Friday, April 20, 2018

“see inside music”

Clair de lune from musanim on Vimeo.

Really nice visualisation of musical score made with the Music Animation Machine MIDI Player (Windows freeware) Colour selection in the score are based on Harmonic Coloring


“Most Adorable Robot Experiment Ever”

via gizmodo


Mapping the “Geography of Buzz”

Maps from a study entitled “The Geography of Buzz” The authors, Elizabeth Currid, an assistant professor in the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and Sarah Williams, the director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University‘s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The maps are a result of the mining of thousands of photographs from Getty Images that chronicled flashy parties and smaller affairs on both coasts for a year, beginning in March 2006. The maps show the density of different types of cultural events in New York and Los Angeles.



Map of NY “Buzz”


Map of LA “Buzz”

There seems to be an increase on interest on mapping social presence in space, see MIT senseable Media Lab or CitySense for related work. Is great to see this work surface more and more as it relates very directly with my own research, visualising the knowledge that emerges from people’s interaction in space, a process I’m calling HINTeractions.

via infoaesthetics




By Christoph Niemann at the NY TIMES


Energy Consumption Awareness

Video from “You have the power. Save Energy” ad campaign in Victoria Australia.
via Energy Consumption Awareness Visualisations at flowing data


“Design is the Problem”


In Design is the Problem: The Future of Design Must be Sustainable, Nathan Shedroff examines how the endemic culture of design often creates unsustainable solutions, and shows how designers can bake sustainability into their design processes in order to produce more sustainable solutions.

This is going straight to the top of my reading list. Nathan Shedroff has always been a great read and inspiration. His pioneering book “Experience design” introduced me the term and ideas and more recently “Making meaning” revitalised the experience design discourse for the “experience economy”. You can get both print and digital versions of “Design is the Problem” at Rosenfeld Media

There is an interview with Nathan about the book at core77, which is also publishing an exclusive excerpt from it and have a special discount available for their readers.

I’ll say that Meaning is the most significant and powerful element of whatever people create for others. Just like how our faces show emotion universally, core meanings are universal throughout all of humanity. This means that every person, in every culture, knows what these core meanings are and why they are significant. Of course, we all prioritize and express meanings differently, which is how they form our values and how they tie into our emotions. Meanings, values, and emotions sit at a deeper level in our lives than price and performance. So, they’re more powerful (which is why they can be so motivating and effective when triggered correctly) but they’re much more difficult to detect, understand, and design for. However, as humans, we do this everyday, just more intuitively or accidentally than deliberately.

Connecting to people’s values and meanings is going to be critical in order to change behaviors and choices and reach more sustainable goals. There’s nothing inherently off-putting about sustainability at all. I challenge you to find someone who is in favor of purposely ruining the future. The problem is in helping people become aware of their impacts and connecting their perfectly adequate values to the effects their activities have. Most of the issues and imperatives around sustainability are simply invisible to people and if we can make them visible, in their languages, we can get more people on board. It’s more than merely design but design thinking and processes can contribute tremendously to making this happen quickly.


New two-wheeled urban vehicle by GM and Segway

The machine, which GM says it aims to develop by 2012, would run on batteries and use wireless technology to avoid traffic backups and navigate cities.

via the Wall Street Journal


What’s Happening “Now”

Very nice infographic advert for network provider Sprint by Superfad via infoaesthetics


Experimental Geography (Paperback)


A photograph of a secret CIA prison. A map designed to help the readers reach Mailbu’s notoriously inaccessible “”public”” beaches. Guidebooks to factories, prisons and power plants in New York. An artificial reef fabricated from 500 tons of industrial waste. These are some of more than 100 projects in this groundbreaking collection of visual research and mapmaking from the past decade. The lavishly illustrated book inlcudes work from leading artists such as Francis Alys and Alex Villar with essays by bestselling authors Trevor Paglen and Jeffrey Castor.

Looking forward to the amazon release.


Google reveals server hardware

Google reveals some of its data centre hardware infrastructure and shows pictures of their own “home build” servers.

Google’s big surprise: each server has its own 12-volt battery to supply power if there’s a problem with the main source of electricity. The company also revealed for the first time that since 2005, its data centers have been composed of standard shipping containers–each with 1,160 servers and a power consumption that can reach 250 kilowatts.

Typical data centers rely on large, centralized machines called uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)–essentially giant batteries that kick in when the main supply fails and before generators have time to kick in. Building the power supply into the server is cheaper and means costs are matched directly to the number of servers, Jai said.


The Google server was 3.5 inches thick–2U, or 2 rack units, in data center parlance. It had two processors, two hard drives, and eight memory slots mounted on a motherboard built by Gigabyte. Google uses x86 processors from both AMD and Intel, Jai said, and Google uses the battery design on its network equipment, too.

Most people buy computers one at a time, but Google thinks on a very different scale. Jimmy Clidaras revealed that the core of the company’s data centers are composed of standard 1AAA shipping containers packed with 1,160 servers each, with many containers in each data center.


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