I’ve just spent some time skimming through my fellow student’s lifestream blogs, trawling for nuggets of information, such as how to better automate some of the data aggregation for this blog, and for reassurance that what I’m doing bears some resemblance to what they’re doing.
Helen Murphy’s thoughts in particular chime with my own and I recognise the overarching need to impose some order on the randomness of the format, as well as to make it look nice.
At some level perhaps that desire to make data aesthetically pleasing is a peculiarly human trait. Having read Sian’s paper I’m reluctant to use the phrase “isn’t that what set’s us apart from machines?”. A machines may need its data to be in a format it can deal with, but to me there a difference between that and rejoicing in data’s beauty, symmetry, asymmetry or some other aspect beyond the individual ones or zeros.