[2022/10/03] US visas, data visualization terms

I called my parents this morning. Unlike my daily commute calls, this one is for fact-checking before I submit their US visa application. I was in a rush because I knew they were about to go to bed after taking a walk around TLNO1. My brother once told me that walking together is one habit and activity that my parents love doing together and have been doing so even before he and I were born. I never doubted that statement, since I witness firsthand that no matter rain or shine and where we are at, they would walk from a certain point to another (and maybe circle back) before they sleep. As if missing a few of those special steps would result in insomnia. I love and admire them for that. I think we are creatures of habit and having a constant activity to do with our loved ones is the most precious thing ever!

My day after the call went extremely normal, so I will not even mention it here. But I want to share some fun terms about data visualization that I learned from reading The Big Book of Dashboard as part of my Business Intelligence class. The chapter started off with the importance of visualization. 50% of the brain’s resources support visual processing and 70% of the sense receptors are dedicated to vision. So there is no coincidence, and I thought this is interesting, that we say “I hear,” when we understand something, rather than “I hear” or “I smell.” He also talked about how visualizations should use as little ink as possible. Too much information and data represented would be too “visually taxing.” Since I have never heard of “visually taxing” before, I thought it’s a cool phrase to share here! Not sure when I will have the chance to use it again, but I would store at the back of my head for references!

    ○ 50% of the brain's resoures support visual processing
    ○ %70 of the sense receptors in our bodies are dedicate to vision

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