J. King-Yost grew up in the mountains of western NC, spending equal time imagining storylines for their friend’s horse figurines, writing derivative fantasy novels, playing video games, and messing around in the guts of computers. They received their MFA in Fiction from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers in 2014, studying under Gregory Spatz. By day they work as a video game developer. They’re currently working on a novel.
This data was produced with a Nexia smart thermostat. The data was collected from May 17 through June 15, 2022. The data came in a spreadsheet, which was downloaded from the Nexia platform by the participants. In the final data visualization, only three data types were kept: Outdoor Low Temp, Outdoor High Temp, and Avg Indoor Temp.
For this story, we encouraged the writer to imagine a story about the dataset from this household, from data's perspective. We invited the writer to think about how data might be inserted into narratives, gaining a life of their own.
This smart thermostat data visualization was used by the author to write this story. The data spans from May 16th to June 15th 2021.
Temperature data from the Nexia Smart Thermostat, including outdoor low and high temperatures and indoor average temperature.
Author’s sketch of June 2 data point personified.