Are career motivations changing?

August 28, 2012 | Markus Gesmann

The German news magazine Der Spiegel published a series of articles [1, 2] around career developments. The stories suggest that career aspirations of young professionals today are somewhat different to those of previous generations in Germany. Apparen...
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Sigma motion visual illusion in R

August 21, 2012 | Markus Gesmann

Michael Bach, who is a professor and vision scientist at the University of Freiburg, maintains a fascinating site about visual illusions. One visual illusion really surprised me: the sigma motion. The sigma motion displays a flickering figure of bla... [Read more...]

Bridget Riley exhibition in London

July 11, 2012 | Markus Gesmann

The other day I saw a fantastic exhibition of work by Bridget Riley. Karsten Schubert, who is Riley's main agent, has a some of her most famous and influential artwork from 1960 - 1966 on display, including the seminal Moving Squares from 1961.Photo of...
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Show me the data! Or how to digitize plots

February 27, 2012 | Markus Gesmann

I had mentioned the Guardian's data blog and the need for more data journalism earlier here. What I really like about the Guardian's approach in particular is that they share the data of their articles and encourage readers to use it.Of course there ar...
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Reshaping the IT world

February 16, 2012 | Markus Gesmann

During my university time I worked on the IT help desk for a while. One day I received a call from a professor, who said that his printer had stopped working. So I asked him, if there was a message on the display and if he could read it to ...
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