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Max The Magnificent
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re: Periodic Tables (there are more ways to skin a cat…)
Max The Magnificent   2/4/2011 7:41:49 PM
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Thanks for your feedback -- did you see my follow-on blog about the elements found in the human body (http://bit.ly/eHSN6u)?

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threedeept   2/4/2011 5:59:50 PM
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'ways to skin a cat' struck a familiar note, as I had just sent an email to another designer this morning using those words about periodic tables. I have put online an early draft of sketches of many of these ways, at http://www.INNOVATION-TO-EDUCATION.COM. These sketches will soon to appear on the back of a model kit of the Alexander Arrangement of Elements - a tool to defuse the popular negativity towards the periodic table in popular culture by presenting it in its original 3-D form. The AAE is a descendant from de Chancourtois' and Meyer's 3-D, before Mendeleev flattened it for convenience (of us all).

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re: Periodic Tables (there are more ways to skin a cat…)
Max The Magnificent   1/26/2011 1:13:29 AM
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YES I'm interested (only in one set [grin]). I would be delighted to pay the postage -- can you email me at max@CliveMaxfield.com so we can arrange the details -- thank you so much for this -- Max

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re: Periodic Tables (there are more ways to skin a cat…)
Bob Virkus   1/25/2011 10:34:27 PM
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I have two complete sets of his books in mint condition if you are interested.

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David Ashton   1/22/2011 2:24:52 AM
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Sorry - YOUR wish - should not type so early in the morning.....

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David Ashton   1/22/2011 2:24:07 AM
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Tiyr wish might be granted Bob - see http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/world/27powerpoint.html?_r=1&hp

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David Ashton   1/22/2011 2:00:11 AM
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"King of Comments" indeed!! I thinks it's just because, being in Australia, I usually get to comment before anyone else! (Except in this case, I have been flat out the last two days....) The internet (and Max's Cool Beans) always remind me of something Bilbo said in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings": "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to." Google works very much the same way.

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zeeglen   1/21/2011 11:17:59 PM
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One of the nice things about EE Times is occasional forays into other fields of science. Chemistry is knowing where electrons want to be. Electronics is making those electrons do what we want them to do.

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Max The Magnificent   1/21/2011 10:50:11 PM
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Hi Bob -- thanks so much for this -- I'm not familiar with Edward Tufte's work but I will be visiting Amazon.com shortly (grin) -- Max

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Bob Virkus   1/21/2011 8:49:06 PM
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I'm going to assume that you're familiar with Edward Tufte's work beginning with "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information." His books are beautiful explanations of how information can be enhanced through thoughtful presentation; or, more often, obscured by bad design. My favorite Tufte work is a monograph he published in 2003, "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint." He does not pull any punches: PowerPoint causes "foreshortening of evidence and thought, low spatial resolution, a deeply hierarchical single-path structure as the model for organizing every type of content, breaking up narrative and data into slides and minimal fragments, rapid temporal sequencing of thin information rather than focused spatial analysis, conspicuous decoration and Phluff, a preoccupation with format not content, an attitude of commercialism that turns everything into a sales pitch." I would submit that one of the best things that corporate American and the Pentagon could do is delete PowerPoint from all of their computers. For a laugh, search for the PowerPoint version of the Gettysburg Address.

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