Here’s a little story, common to many of you, that I’m going to call “Stuck at the Airport While an Important Business Meeting Awaits in a Far-Away City.”
This was the situation: My partner and I had clocked many hours putting together a proposal for an RFP. We went after this job with a vengeance because it was interesting and challenging (aka “fun” for us at Atomic Object), and it was a new client to us.
On a Friday, we got the call that we were a finalist. We were scheduled to make a final, in-person sales pitch in “far away city” the following Monday. Awesome news!
As the clock ticked that weekend, our presentation got more awesome… and an ice storm began brewing. After many hours at the airport that Sunday evening, it was apparent that we were stuck in our hometown with no way of being there to do our presentation.
We’ve been giving internal presentations at Atomic Object more frequently lately, and I recently spoke about data visualization for my coworkers over lunch. As an experiment, I decided to try running my presentation from my iPad and an Apple TV. It worked out well, and I learned some things along the way that I’d like to share with anyone hoping to pull off the same slick format.
I am always worried about breaking the wire coming out of my Macbook Pro power adapter. After going in and out of my bag a few times a day, it usually ends up in an awkward position with a very uncomfortable looking kink in it. I was expressing my concerns to a friend, who is a member of the i3detroit hackerspace. He suggested that this would be a perfect use for a new thing i3detroit recently received samples of.
Not long ago, I had an interesting lunchtime discussion with Job Vranish. I don’t recall exactly how we got on the topic, but we were discussing how mesmerizing siphons are. As the discussion progressed to imagining a fluid-based computer (that’s another story…), I remembered something I had seen as a child at the Indianapolis Children’s museum: an immense clock that kept time with the flow of water through glass tubes.
I generally like using Numbers on my Mac to create charts. I’ll put these charts into blog posts, emails, documents and diagrams when I need data to get my point across. Numbers has some foibles, but I find it produces much more attractive charts and graphs than Excel, and Excel can be pretty capricious as well in this area.