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November 01, 2006

Iraq + PowerPoint + Edward Tufte

I'm very into the convergence of technology, but sometimes even I marvel at how things come together.  On one thread, you have some dudes in Redmond Washington taking the concept of the slide projector/overhead projector, implementing it in software, and calling it PowerPoint.

Then, you have the most capable military the world has ever seen, with the ability to precisely direct the most devastating force, locked into highly factious civil conflict for which the military industrial complex has provided almost no tools.  It's one thing to talk about putting in screws with a hammer, but I don't think that really captures the challenge of building a national power grid using precision guided munitions.  Don't get me wrong, I mean who wouldn't want a minigun?  Still, it has it's reconstruction limits.

Then, there's Edward Tufte, off critiquing how well visuals convey information and meaning.

Put it all together, and you get Edward saying "Thbbbt!" about this:

For Mr. Tufte's actual comments, go here and scroll to the bottom.

Posted on November 1, 2006 at 09:39 PM | Permalink


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