Physics + fashion from @scanlabprojects
“ScanLAB Projects and Brigitte Stepputtis, Head of Couture at Vivienne Westwood, produced this video piece following a recent fashion shoot with one rule - no cameras. The shoot instead used terrestrial laser scanning to capture the surface of the models, textiles and architecture with forensic precision. This collection of over a hundred million perfectly measured points form a frozen moment in time. The figures, garments and crumbling building remain, monumental but revealing their own fragility by sometimes fading away. The figures are frames by their own data shadows, voids of emptiness in a perfectly recorded world.”
"Mapmakers have long attempted to use various geographical features to define Europe’s eastern border for their own purposes, citing rivers, mountains, and so on. These days, the Urals are most often given as the boundary; this is partly because they happen to be the unusually well-preserved result of two sub-continents running into each other, and this carries a lot of weight with people who base arguments on precedent. But it’s also because it allows Moscow to be European without defining all of Russia as part of Europe, the prospect of which irritates cartographers."
In a wide-ranging interview with James Fallows of The Atlantic, Kalanick introduced his company as part of a new wave of tangible technology that is changing urban policy and city protectionism, starting with the taxi lobby. In Washington, he said, a late-night attempt to pass a law to effectively ban Uber prompted a voracious social media response, including 37,000 tweets, which eventually defeated the so-called Uber Amendment. The experience created a “playbook” that Kalanick is taking across the country, and overseas, as he fights to popularize his app, which connects wannabe passengers with on-demand drivers.
‘Geography of Hate’ Maps out Racism on Twitter
Zeitgeist Google Borders - mapping the borders of google’s autocomplete (note: the site is disabled now)
The data scientists at Facebook – particularly Eytan Bakshy – have produced an excellent set of public analytics on Human Rights Campaign‘s equality avatar initiative, which some have called slacktivism. Facebook’s full report is here. Of the many graphics Facebook produced, the one below particularly caught my eye:
It reveals the likelihood that a person in a given US county would change their profile pic to HRC’s red and pink equality symbol. The darker the shade of red, the more Facebook users in the county were likely to adopt the equality symbol. Of course, seeing that map made me think of this map:
The map above, created by The Washington Post, shows 2012 voting behavior by county. Here, the strength of the red or blue tone of the county indicates the strength of the Republican or Democratic win in that county.
First of all, I love that the Facebook data people, perhaps unconsciously, used the image of the red county to represent strong support for a socially liberal cause instead of strong support for a socially conservative party.
But what I really love is how the map shows that Americans are a lot more tolerant and liberal than electoral maps indicate. Based on the electoral maps we have all seen so often, we think of the US as having liberal coasts and cities and a conservative “heartland.” The Facebook map of avatar changes doesn’t show such clear geographic distinctions. Though the South is a notably paler than the rest of the country, the Southwest, West, Northwest, and Great Lakes region are all pretty rosy.
Let’s take Wyoming as an example. Looking at the electoral map, we see a deep red state with a blob of dark blue on the western edge, along the border with Idaho. Looking at the Facebook map, we again see this area is darker red than the other Wyoming counties, but the darkest red county is actually in the southeast corner of the state, and there are a number of other counties that are distinctively pink. None of that support for progressivism is captured in the electoral map.
So what does this mean? Clearly this is a map of one particular instance of digital activism, and it is a model, not a count of actual profile changes. Still it reveals that Americans all over the country support marriage equality and that the red and blue of electoral differences fails to capture the subtle distinctions of political opinion. Though the man in Cheyenne may vote Republican, he may also have gay co-worker whom he goes out to lunch with every day.
Thanks to Facebook for mining their data on digital activism, and for making the results public.
“Twitter NYC” gives you a bird’s–eye view of the multilingual conversation — Spanish, Portugese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Turkish, Arabic and Italian — happening across the five boroughs.”
Map by James Cheshire, Ed Manley, John Barratt, and Oliver O’Brien.