So long as the ash cloud patterns stay consistent with the forecasts, I'm really excited to be making my first visit to California and spending the next couple of weeks on a bit of a road trip from San Francisco down to Los Angeles, via the coast route.

So things will be quiet round here for a short while with no blog posts for the next two or three weeks. However, there is plenty of good stuff on here if you are a new or recent visitor to get your teeth into. Check out the growing list of essential visualisation resources (more parts to follow on my return), the recent visualisation project on the Arab Spring or some of the most popular posts listed on the site's sidebar. Where possible I will be following my twitter feeds and will pass on some of the best content so if you're not already one of the 1,600+ why not join my happy band of enlightened followers @visualisingdata!

Best of the visualisation web... April 2011
New visualisation design project: Protests and the Media