One of the first things I notice when I travel to a new city is the announcements on the public transit system, particularly the chimes and bells that signal doors are closing.
Now that I’m not traveling anywhere in the near future, it was fun to watch these videos from different cities and listen to the subway chimes, something mundane to those who live there but can be surprising…
Or, how to use data collected in one geography to characterize another overlapping but different geography. In my most recent example of this, I made a cleaner workflow using Mapshaper.
I compiled some demographics data for the precincts results pages for The New York Times. The problem is that the data comes from Census tracts, but our map was presented as precincts, and these two geographies vary quite a bit.
The 2017 total solar eclipse over America was an event I won’t forget. In the months leading up to it, I worked on my most involved, farm-to-table graphic story to date: Utilizing 5,000 years of eclipse paths data to show every eclipse during a reader’s lifetime. It was a tedious but very fun task, and I wrote about my trials and errors over on Source.
We followed that up with a second graphic that looked specifically at the path of this year’s eclipse, utilizing scroll to traverse 3,000 miles in pixels. On the day of the eclipse, the graphic had…
Not really a visual thing (but keeping this stored in the back of my head for possible future visual projects), but recently I’ve been trying out the reverse play feature on my turntable, and they produce remarkable results on classical and ambient records. I stayed up into the wee hours of the night doing a vinyl rip of this one.
For the price of less than a third of a cup of coffee, I acquired an old, battered LP of Debussy’s piano preludes book one, last summer (thanks, Academy Records!). …
Originally published on July 27, 2014.
aw yeah, databending. This time, I tried editing photos in audio editors with Audacity.
JPG >> TIFF >> RAW >> TIFF >> JPG.
the results were spectacular. Making great use of colleague’s travel photos, we edited photos from cities around the world. Interesting patterns I found: fade in/fade out change the color balance of the photo, whereas reverb (as predicted) adds noise to the pixels.
and for the curious, here’s what an MP3 of an unedited TIFF file sounds like: