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The Diverging Color Map Is the New Rainbow Color Map

Figure 1. The diverging color map is the new rainbow color map.

I am not a visualization specialist, but I’m convinced that the often used rainbow color map is not well suited for scientific visualization. It might be attractive, but it is not effective. This post mainly introduces diverging color maps as a much better alternative… read more

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Submitted on 16 November 2015

If You See a Fireball, Please Report It

Figure 2. Sightings of a single fireball that appeared on 2015-03-15.

If you have ever seen a fireball, which is an unusually bright meteor (or shooting star), then you know that they can be very impressive. But did you also know that reporting your observation can help to further science? Fireballs, and meteors in general, are like… read more

Submitted on 21 March 2015

Why Did this Image Cause a Traffic Spike on TomRoelandts.com?

Figure 1. Floating Ship.

At first sight, this image has nothing to do with my site. I have not posted it or mentioned it. The picture is real, by the way, it is not “Photoshopped”. It is from TV coverage of the Scottish Open golf tournament in Aberdeen, and the effect is caused by atmospheric refraction. But the details of… read more

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Submitted on 31 July 2014

Introducing Clippy!

Clippy

I’ve decided to introduce the world-famous Clippy to improve the interactivity of this site. After all, who am I to doubt the wisdom of Microsoft when they introduced it as the friendly helper that it is, and that already in 1997. You might be skeptical about this, but trust me, it’ll be cool! I haven’t decided yet whether… read more

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Submitted on 1 April 2014

The Clustering Illusion

The clustering illusion is the human tendency to expect random events to appear more regular or uniform than they are in reality, resulting in the assumption that clusters in the data cannot be caused by chance alone. An important example of this is that the stars in the night sky seem clumped together in some regions, while… read more

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Submitted on 5 March 2014

How is the Size of A4 Paper Determined?

The most common size of ISO A series paper is A4, of which the exact size is 210 × 297 mm. How is that size determined? Amazingly, you can exactly compute all the sizes of the A series sheets from the following two simple rules… read more

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Submitted on 4 December 2013

Astrology For Teh Win!

Symbol for Spaghittarius, one of the twelve astrological signs

I’ve had it with science and plan to convert this site to be completely about astrology. Astrology (as Wikipedia puts it: “Not to be confused with Astronomy.”) is a shortcut to the truth. After all, if the truth is in the stars (“De Trut Is Uit Daar” as we paraphrase the tagline from The X-Files in Dutch), gathering and analyzing data… read more

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Submitted on 1 April 2013

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