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  • seandodson 8:48 pm on October 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Paris vs New York 

    A tale of two cities told by two bloggers with the help of some attractive graphics. They say their blog is “a friendly visual match between those two cities, as seen by a Parisian-based-and-lover on New York : details, cliches and contradictions”. Need to know more? Then this way, please.

  • seandodson 4:32 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Eric Fischer, mapping, , new york, ,   

    New York City, colour-coded by race 

    Eric Fischer maps US cities by colour-coding them according to US census data. In the image below – one pixel represents 25 people – orange is hispanic, red is white; blue is black and green is asian. First thing you notice is how polarised it all is. Uptown Manhattan sticks out like a pair of sore fingers: almost exclusively caucasian on both sides of Central Park. But see how this contrasts starkly with the cluster around Chinatown (green circle at the bottom of the island), or the long, blue plume of Harlem, itself separated by the hispanic enclave of Spanish Harlem, represented on the map as an oblong of orange.

    Schmit has charted many US cities: the map of Detroit is even more revealing. The full Flickr set here. You wonder how a similar map of London might compare. Would it show the sprinkle of hundreds and thousands that we often associate with the old Smoke? The London Profiler is the closest I could find but as a web-based app it’s a little clunky to provide a definative answer.

  • seandodson 10:22 pm on March 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: career, , interns, new york   

    “Believe it or not, the Internet is a tougher town than New York; fewer people make it here, but no one there seems to make it for long.” – Bill Wasik

    Big lights, big internet, New York TImes
    • Happy Hotelier 9:39 am on March 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Am curious what tool you use to cut and paste nowadays:-)

      • seandodson 5:20 pm on March 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Guido, good to hear from you. The cut-and-paste is nothing special. It’s in the CSS of the theme I’m using. Hope all is well in the Hague

  • seandodson 4:58 pm on May 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beautiful bookstores, , , , dirty projectors, dirty projectors and bjork, housing works bookstore cafe, , new york,   

    Bjork’s new songs sound a bookish note 

    10bjork.4802Two of my favourite things: beautiful bookshops and Bjork. Shame I couldn’t catch them both together on Friday when the Icelandic chanteuse previewed her latest work at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York. Thankfully the New York Times has a review, while YouTube is showing the inevitable handheld video. Bjork was accompanying the Dirty Projectors, a Brooklyn-based ensemble led by Dave Longstreth. Naturally I wish I was there.

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  • seandodson 1:17 pm on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cartography, , google earth, , new york   

    Google reboots your view of New York’s skyline 

    afternycbig1What about this for a New York skyline? It’s actually a composite of several images taken from thousands of that have been digitised and then arranged on the Google Earth application. Accourding to its blog Google has completed nearly every building in Manhattan Island for Google Earth. What’s more Google says it plans to extend the service across the world.

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  • seandodson 11:12 pm on May 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: central park, , grand theft auto, liberty city, , new york, times square, ,   

    New York vs Liberty City 

    Just come across Sightseeing in Liberty City an excellent photoset on Flickr that compares views from Grand Theft Auto’s simulated city with real New York. If you can’t immediately tell the difference – and it’s getting increasingly difficult – the real city is the one on the right. Here you can compare for yourself the opposing Manhattan Bridges; Empire State Building and the now infamous shot of the Statue of Liberty replete with styrofoam cup. Only Central Park disappoints.

  • seandodson 3:45 pm on March 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: brooklyn, community, , , dublin, , , literacy, , microphilantropy politics, new york, pirate, , , , time travel   

    David Eggers’ heart-warming school of staggering genius 

    David Eggers, the best-selling author of a Heart-breaking work of Staggering Genius, gives this impassioned speech at Ted Conference (Technology Entertainment Design) on grassroots community tutoring.

    Back in 2000, Eggers helped form a non-profit organisation helping local kids develop literacy skills. 826 Valencia in San Francisco is no ordinary after-school drop-in centre, mind. It was actually a space in the front of McSweeny’s, the literary magazine started by Eggers. What he helped coordinate was a network of volunteers, mostly writers, who could offer local kids one-on-one tutoring. It has had a massive impact in the neighbourhood and has served as an exemplar for a network of similar projects.

    This being David Eggers, there is a very colourful side story to the project. To get through local planning laws, the centre had to behave as is it was a retail space. The writers decided to nominally create a pirate-supply stores (planks-by-the-yard, peg legs, hooks and bottles fit for messages etc…), this was meant to be a joke. But it has subsequently helped 826 Valencia to turn a profit. A similar project in Brooklyn masquerades as the Superhero Supply Company, one in LA “sells” gear for time travellers. This month the movement (see more here) crosses the Atlantic with the opening of Fighting Words, with the help of Booker winning author Roddy Doyle.

    Why does this matter? Well apart from improving child literacy, Eggers sounds this note of optimism in the middle of the speech: “A bunch of happy families in a neighborhood is a happy community. A bunch of happy communities tied together is a happy city and a happy world, right?”

  • seandodson 12:46 pm on February 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , copyleft, , creative commons, , HDR, hyperreal, new york,   

    Creative photography that’s far from common 

    The image above was runner-up in this year’s Wikimedia Commons Picture of the year competition. Taken by Paulo Barcellos Jr, a professional Brazilian photographer working in Toronto. Barcellos used High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging to take the shot, in a kind of digital sleight-of-hand that allows you to take a range of exposures, lending the picture a hyper-real quality. What’s nice about the prize is that, although Barcellos is a pro-photographer, the image belongs to us all through its “creative commons” licence. And it offers evidence that such licences are providing work that is every bit of good as that locked under copyright.

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