Continuing the Park System Visualization Experiment: Ontario Parks in Timeline Form

Jessica M. DeWitt: Editing and Consulting

Back in February I explained how I am using interactive timelines to more easily analyze the develop of state and provincial park systems in the United States and Canada. In “Visualizing a Park System: Creating an Interactive Timeline,” I explained how I developed a label/colour system (see below) and mapped the development of Pennsylvania’s state park system temporally.

Timeline Categories

At the time I was interested to see how this method would work for my other three park system case studies: Ontario, Idaho, and Alberta. I am currently halfway through creating a timeline for Ontario. I am finding the task to be more difficult for Ontario than it was for Pennsylvania for three main reasons:

  1. Ontario has over 250 provincial parks, over one hundred more than Pennsylvania.
  2. Background information on individual Ontario parks is harder to find, particularly for those in the nature reserve and natural environment classes. (Does this…

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DeWitt’s Top Artists of 2015

Jessica M. DeWitt: Editing and Consulting

This is the second in a set of three end-of-year music stats posts. I published my top songs yesterday and will publish my top albums tomorrow. I keep track of every track and podcast episode I listen to on Itunes, my Ipods, Spotify, and Rdio (R.I.P.) by way of Last.fm scrobbling. If you don’t have all your platforms connected to Last.fm, then you’re doing it wrong. 

2015 Top Artists II

Below are my top artists for 2015 paired with the song that I listened to the most by each artist.

*If we discount PBS Newshour, Taylor Swift falls into tenth place. 

*Yes, I know how unfortunate that headdress choice is for Nicki in the above image. 

1. Nicki Minaj

Top Song: “Get on Your Knees” ft. Ariana Grande

2. PBS Newshour

Apparently I listened to “Inside Obama’s Middle Class Tax Plan” four times…such good stuff.

obama pbs

3. Marina & the Diamonds

Top Song Tie:…

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100,000 Scrobbles: DeWitt’s Top Artists

Jessica M. DeWitt: Editing and Consulting

10000 Artists 1

I’ve listened to 100,000 songs and podcasts since October 20, 2010. This is the second in a set of three music stats posts celebrating these 100,000 Scrobbles on LastFm. See the first, songs, here. Since October 20, 2010, I have kept track of every track and podcast episode I’ve listened to on Itunes, my Ipods, Spotify, and Rdio (R.I.P.) by way of Last.fm scrobbling. If you don’t have all your platforms connected to Last.fm, then you’re doing it wrong. The following are my most listened to artists thus far and the top song from each artist:

1. Lady Gaga: “Hair”

2. Lana Del Rey: “National Anthem”

3. Marina and the Diamonds: “I am not a Robot”

4. PBS NewsHour: “Conservatives face tougher time in elections as urban burbs take on city trends”

5. Britney Spears: “Inside Out”

6. Florence + the Machine: “Only if for a Night”

7. Rihanna: “Diamonds”

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100,000 Scrobbles: DeWitt’s Top Songs

Jessica M. DeWitt: Editing and Consulting

I’ve listened to 100,000 songs and podcasts since October 20, 2010. This is the first in a set of three music stats posts celebrating these 100,000 Scrobbles on LastFm. Going with songs first, followed by top artists, then top albums. Since October 20, 2010, I have kept track of every track and podcast episode I’ve listened to on Itunes, my Ipods, Spotify, and Rdio (R.I.P.), YouTube, etc. by way of Last.fm scrobbling. If you don’t have all your platforms connected to Last.fm, then you’re doing it wrong. The following are my most listened to songs thus far:

1. Foster the People: “Call It What You Want” (109 Scrobbles)

“Yeah we’re locked up in ideas
We like to label everything
Well I’m just gonna do here what I gotta do here
‘Cause I gotta keep myself free”

2. The Naked and Famous: “Punching in a Dream” (108 Scrobbles)

“If it falls…

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