Interactive Data Visualization (D3, 2nd Ed) / Who Sank My Battleship?

Interactive Data Visualization for the Web, 2nd Edition: An Introduction to Designing with D3 by Scott Murray.

From the webpage:

Interactive Data Visualization for the Web addresses people interested in data visualization but new to programming or web development, giving them what they need to get started creating and publishing their own data visualization projects on the web. The recent explosion of interest in visualization and publicly available data sources has created need for making these skills accessible at an introductory level. The second edition includes greatly expanded geomapping coverage, more real-world examples, a chapter on how to put together all the pieces, and an appendix of case studies, in addition to other improvements.

It’s pre-order time!

Estimated to appear in August of 2017 at $49.99.

This shipping map, created by Kiln, based on data from the UCL Energy Institute, should inspire you to try D3.

The Interactive version, using 2012 data, illustrates the ability to select types of shipping:

  • Container
  • Dry Bulk
  • Gas Bulk
  • Tanker
  • Vehicles

with locations, port information and a variety of other information.

All of which reminds me of the Who Sank My Battleship? episode with Gen. Paul Van Riper (ret.), who during war games, used pleasure craft and highly original tactics to sink the vast majority of the opposing American fleet. So much so that the American fleet had to be “refloated” to continue the games with any chance of winning. War game was fixed to ensure American victory, claims general.

Given the effectiveness of Gen. Van Riper’s tactics had on military vessels, you can imagine how unarmored civilian shipping would fare. You don’t need an self-immolating F-35 or a nuclear sub to damage civilian shipping.

What you need is shipping broken down into targeting categories with their locations (see https://www.shipmap.org/), one or more pleasure craft stuffed with explosives and some rudimentary planning.


For the details of what I call the Who Sank My Battleship? episode, the official report, U.S. Joint Forces Command Millennium Challenge 2002: Experiment Report, runs some 752 pages.

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