The Operating System • Sci-Fi Web Art • 2009

Cosmic calendar: visualization of the universe’s history, from the Big Bang to the present. Each ring comprises several bil. years, widths roughly based on the speed of expansion therein.

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I built The Operating System ( in 2009 to tell a visual story about the universe and our place in it. Inspired by concepts in cosmology, biology, systems theory, and “ star stuff “. Written in the farcically pompous tone of an imaginary naturalist :) The code hides some easter eggs that further detail the site’s elements and story.

A few years after creating this website, I returned to school to study physics properly, and shortly after that I joined Quanta Magazine to make learning and creating visuals about these subjects my full-time job.

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