Monday, June 11 through Wednesday, June 13
Alright, I’m combining a few days since I’m behind and the number of scheduled events is decreasing (and therefore the number of things to write about, also).
On Monday, I had a good time going for a bike ride by myself. I asked a few other people, but nobody else had time or wanted to. It turned into an opportunity to explore and think, but also to notice that my bike still has some issues to work out on Saturday when a small group will return to the bike co-op. Specifically, the left crank arm doesn’t sit right in the bottom bracket and causes some squeaking and wiggling.
On Tuesday, I (and the rest of the DataViz team) doubled down on finding papers for the literature review. It’s a very slow process and very much a crap shoot. We had a brief meeting with our grad student toward the end of the day in which we learned that our ill-defined project may get a goal soon! We were also reminded that our professor will be leaving for a few weeks to take a train across Siberia to see the World Cup (but another professor will stand in during that time to provide guidance). After the work day was over, I rock climbed for a bit. Biking sounded fun, but I might have overdone it yesterday. Also if the crank falls off, I would want to be on or near campus.
We had another small group meeting on Wednesday. Next up: finish up the lit review with an exhaustive search to see if anyone else is doing research into the impact of data visualizations on marginalized individuals’ decision making (and no, we’re alone). We were also assigned the next set of tasks: write a few paragraphs about the problem area and literature review. We still don’t know exactly what our project is (or its use-case), but that’s coming by Friday.