Dance, Factors, Dance – A Variation On Yorgey's Factorization Diagrams Upon first sight of Brent Yorgey’s brilliant Factorization Diagrams, I knew that I should take his lovely little dots and make them dance. Our first tango would be inspired by the digital clock, with a separate diagram for each of the hours, minutes, and seconds. For example, we’d portray 4:34:27 am like so: One night, plans discreetly set, we stole away, rendezvoused, and had our fun prancing about. Is Music Getting More Energetic Over Time? (This post originally appeared here.) Does it seem to you that today’s music packs more energy than the music that came out last year, decade, or century? You’re onto something. Chalk it up to music having to compete with an increasing number of distractions, an overall increase in the speed of our lives these days, or some other factor or combination of factors, but the energy level of music has been rising steadily over the past five-plus decades of popular music. By running the 5,000 most popular songs from each year through The Echo Nest’s deep musical understanding of music, which not only incorporates what people everywhere say about music, but also listens to it — as in to the soundwaves themselves — data alchemist Glenn McDonald showed that popular music has grown increasingly more energetic since 1960. Notably, popular music’s energy level plateaued slightly during the ’80s.
Welcome to Dicture Gallery Dick-tators of History and Friends Napoleon Boner Parte Saddong Hussein “Weapon Of Ass Destruction Cumrad Stalin Rod Burner If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel - A tediously accurate map of the solar system Mercury Venus Earth You Are Here Ultimate SciFi Spaceship Soundscape ♥ Aboard the Enterprise, minus the flutter is my favorite. This setting is like the White Noise generator, but slightly better. ♥ Needed something to block noise at school but wouldn't distract me from working like music tends to. This plus Saturn Rings is my current favorite.
Climb every mountain: visualising the world's 50 most prominent peaks Data scientist Robert Mundigi has created a multi-faceted visualisation of the world's 50 most prominent peaks. The interactive graphic, made using Tableau Public, features a clickable map of the summits, satellite images of each peak and figures for each mountain's prominence and overall elevation. In mountaineering terms, prominence is the vertical distance between a summit and the lowest contour line encircling it and no higher peak. The different visualisation panels are interlinked, such that selecting a mountain on either the map or bar chart will result in its satellite image being displayed via the Google Maps panel.
People Liked Their Music Fastest in the ‘80s (This post originally appeared here.) That the pace of modern life has been accelerating is taken as a given. And in some ways, it’s actually true. Last year, people took 10 percent of all of the photographs ever created in the history of the world. And a mere glimpse at your email, Twitter, and Facebook feeds should confirm that information comes at us with ever-increasing frequency. Play Swords and Souls, a free online game on Kongregate Check your security settings Connection issues are typically caused by security settings on your network or computer. Check that your firewall or router has port 5222 open and allowing traffic. If you are on a school or office network, you may need to contact your network administrator to make the necessary changes. Is your version of Flash current?
Jobs Charted by State and Salary The industries that people work in can say a lot about an area. Is there a lot of farming? Is there a big technology market? Couple the jobs that people work with salary, and you also see where the money's at. Acoustic Instruments: A Tale of Two Millennia (This post originally appeared here.) When Bob Dylan notoriously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, his folkie fans freaked. Here was their hero, known for singing solo in the Village with an acoustic guitar and a harmonica around his neck, with an electric Fender Stratocaster, a leather jacket, and a backing band. (At least he still had the harmonica.) Not only did this become one of the most iconic moments of the ’60s, but it is perhaps the most famous encapsulation of an ongoing trend from the ’50s to right around the year 2000 — a trend away from acoustic sounds and towards electric and then electronic ones.
The Elian Script Introduction The configuration of the Elian script consists of a formal structure (Part I,) and three basic structural principles Part II). Part I Formal Structure The formal basis of the Elian script is derived from positioning the 26 letters of the English alphabet within a nine-square grid.