Polymorphous Perversity and Texts

Wandering Mice

iOGraphica mouse tracking screenshot, showing many curving, intersecting lines and many black dots, some large

Even mundane actions like scrolling the cursor across the screen generate interesting visualizations. IOGraph watches a user's mouse movements, giving us vizualizations of our pointer wheeling around the screen, large circles marking places where we paused. I generated this over the period of an hour in Louisville last year as I was writing a conference paper. The large circle at 3 o'clock signals either re-reading a section of Capitalism and Schizophrenia that I referenced during the talk or running downstairs for a beer.

Such information seems so quotidian as to lack importance, but the quotidian offers us unexpected joys: an infoviz form of nostalgia.

I remember pausing there when the sun broke through the windows and fell across the desk.

And that well-worn path, where I moved again and again to the iChat window to type three or four words to my wife. Apart but near.

Everyday, but important.