What are Steve's fingers doing now?What are Steve’s fingers doing now?


Steve’s Fingers

Note: requires an SVG-capable browser. If you keep your browser fresh-smelling with upgrades, you should be OK.  (Google Chrome doesn’t like it.  There’s always gotta be one.)

This application graphs Steve‘s fingers as he types his stories (not in real-time, unfortunately, but maybe in a future release).  It gets a live feed from his web site, captures the last 4 stories, converts the non-HTML characters to Unicode numeric values, and plots them on a Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) canvas.  This is my first venture into the world of SVG, and I couldn’t have achieved this level of graphical manipulation without the help of the SVG Integration jQuery plugin.

4 Responses

    1. Well, it’s a lousy visual, I’ll give you that. It would have probably been more meaningful to create a bar or pie chart showing, for example, the frequency of different letters as the first letter of your words. But this could be thought of as a readout of your brain almost. I say almost because I have no device in place to capture your keystrokes synchronously so I could put it to an appropriate time scale, but if your brain needs to access the same memory banks in order to make your fingers hit the right key to spell out words, then each line shows your brain activity for [the keystroke movements of] one story alongside your brain activity for [the keystroke movements of] another.

      I can’t wait to play with the other types of charts to analyze your writing.

  1. This is really interesting. Anyway to make the bars thicker or more distinct? It does indeed look like a crazy brain readout!

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