me, doing this. is a programme built in Max/MSP that visualizes myself programming this programme to visualize myself programming… Yip, coding inception.

In realtime (while coding), I collect the mouse data (screen position, mouse down, mouse up), and whether or not I’m currently working or procrastinating. The white lines are when I’m working (the patcher in focus), and the red lines are when I’m procrastinating (patcher not in focus). Each dot represents a mouse down, and the brighter they are, the more clicks that have happened in that area.

The total project took 9h15m10s to code. I spent 62% of the time working on it, and 38% doing other stuff. A total of 666,207 lines of data with a timestamp were recorded and played back at superman speed.

This was part of a small afternoon project for a data visualization class at CIID, run by Golan Levin.

3 Responses to “me, doing this. {+ visualization}”  

  1. 1 bohitomi


  2. 2 leo

    great stuff! would love to see the whole max file to understand everything.

  3. 3 Andrew Spitz

    Thanks, Leo. The patch is so messy, you’d probably end up more confused 😉

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