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Archive for October, 2008

Red State, Blue State, Green State, Yellow State

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I got this idea from Daniel Drucker, who implemented it back when Flickr first started supporting geotagging. Th dots in the above illustration indicate the positions of about 1.2 million photos on Flickr tagged with the names of the lower 48 states: "Alabama", "Arizona", etc. It took about 15 hours for my computer to collect […]

Sunrise, Sunset

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I prepared these images by downloading about 42,000 thumbnail images from Flickr, and rendering them on these maps. Each image is displayed in the area where the photograph was taken. Bright spots correspond to metropolitan areas that accumulate a lot of photos. If you pay close attention to the differences between the two photos, particularly […]

A Field Guide to your Files

Monday, October 27th, 2008

A few of my friends occasionally run into problems caused by invalid file types. This can happen when someone accidentally types the wrong file extension on a file when saving it. For example, my friend Beatrice, who does transcriptions, often receives audio files that are named “something.mp3″, but the files are not actually in the […]

Spiral Sequencer

Friday, October 10th, 2008

A new product, Reaktor Animated Circuits from Native Instruments has an interesting sequencer called Spiral (shown above) which was inspired by my Whitney Music Box. I’ve been playing with a version that Native Instruments sent me, and it’s pretty cool! If you’re interested in getting Animated Circuits, you’ll also need the latest version of Reaktor […]

Killer Sudokus at KrazyDad

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

A few readers have written to me in the last few months, requesting Killer Sudoku puzzles, so I’ve been feverishly working weekends to get some ready for the website. They are just about ready to go, and I’m ready to pass out samples. Killer Sudokus are an interesting hybrid between the Sudoku and Kakuro puzzles […]

Dan Piker’s Whitney Variations

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

In a recent comment here on KrazyDad, Daniel Piker shared some flash variations he made recently of the John Whitney-inspired “Incremental Drift” animations used in my Whitney Music Box. These are all visual eye candy, without music, but they demonstrate some great flash animation techniques! One with semicircles One very colourful one – The complementary […]