20 December 2009

Northern Europeans are Uniquely Depigmented

Interesting article:
"White," of course, is a a social designation. The question really is, "Why are northern Europeans depigmented?" Here is a map of human skin tone. The natives of northern Europe are oddly light-skinned. They are paler than anyone else on earth.

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12 December 2009

Public statistics

Not sorted

Now debated

06 December 2009

Mapping the Human ‘Diseasome’

Researchers created a map linking different diseases, represented by circles, to the genes they have in common, represented by squares.

25 November 2009

'Secret Agent', the 24th CGChallenge

The mission for 'Secret Agent', the 24th CGChallenge, was to depict characters and events involving espionage, gadgets, guns and evil geniuses, via a still image or video. The field of almost 1,200 undercover artists who took up the challenge did not disappoint.

"Entrants once again astounded us with the quality and breadth of styles of their work. The CGChallenges offer a chart for the evolving excellence, imagination and capability of today's digital artists to produce world class entertainment and art.
Don't miss the Videos: Video1, Video2, Video3

20 November 2009

Harnessing Waste Heat

ScienceDaily (Nov. 19, 2009) — In everything from computer processor chips to car engines to electric powerplants, the need to get rid of excess heat creates a major source of inefficiency. But new research points the way to a technology that might make it possible to harvest much of that wasted heat and turn it into usable electricity.

10 August 2009

How different groups spend their day

Sleeping, eating, working and watching television take up about two-thirds of the average day.

09 August 2009

Ôr'ganik constructions

Interesting details when you zoom in.
Presentation Movie

08 July 2009

Eurovision Song Contest - visualized statistics

Here is the Eurovision Song Contest statistics from 1994-2008, visualized. It's in Norwegian but it gives some good insights to neighbour voting, or not?

23 June 2009


It's old but still fun to show

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Official page

22 June 2009

Portable computer 2.0 - 6th sense

This demo, from the Fluid Interfaces Lab of Pattie Maes at MIT, and spearheaded by PhD student Pranav Mistry, was the buzz of TED. SixthSense [pranavmistry.com] is a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. The innovative device allows to literally overlay everyday objects with real-time visualizations, in order to inform users about normally invisible information relevant to the objects in view. Imagine ingredient pie charts beamed on top of apple pies. Imagine Facebook comments projected on people's foreheads.

Source: Information Aesthetics

21 June 2009

Create your own music - Dub FX

Dub FX, is a beatbox artist who street performs all over Europe. Watching him construct one of his multilayered compositions is impressive—he throws some pitch-shifted bass underneath ethereal treble highlights and solid hip-hop vocals:

Here are some more samples, 2, and just Mr Woodnote.

Roam Bi - from Xcelsius

RoamBi transform your existing data from a variety of sources into state-of-the-art, interactive visualizations for the iPhone. Explore and analyze your data with the ease of playing a video game and the power of an enterprise reporting tool.

And for now, It's Free to Try.
Just register, then use RoamBi.com to start turning your own data into dynamic visualizations for the iPhone.

Santiago Becerra behind RoamBi also started Xcelsius (another software I have written about). Buy Xcelsius

If you have time please check out Antivia, mentioned as Bi 2.0. I think it too early but it's a step in the right direction. , i

Source: Information Aesthetics

14 May 2009

Why do we organize?

Probably genetically related. Which in turn relates to human values rather than a coincidence.

Source of picture:
Donation Coder

15 March 2009

TED - spreading ideas

"TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 100 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted."

TED mission: Spreading ideas.

Here are some talks that I found both interesting and fun:
John Doerr,
Ken Robinsson, Richard Dawkins, Hans Rosling,2, Tony Robbinsson
, Jill Bolte Taylor, William McDonough, Robert Full, A.J. Jacobs, Robert Ballard, Jay Walker, Juan Enriquez, Shai Agassi
For the best talks, select the most discussed or e-mailed talks.

New visual interface

Since I still find TED very interesting, I bump the post (From July 2007 to 2009 March).

World Builder

World Builder from Bruce Branit on Vimeo.

Quite interesting
"The movie above entitled 'World Builder by filmmaker Bruce Branit. World Builder was shot in a single day followed by about 2 years of post production. We really like it, its not often you get a story weaved around the creation of 3D worlds."

Source: Digital Urban


Before you go, you might want to take a sneak preview of the highlights.

"Arounder takes those virtual walkthroughs you see on real estate sites to another level, creating 360-degree, full screen panoramas of locations around the world. The current application is primarily travel- enticing you to picture yourself on the shores of Waikiki, or in Parma's Teatro Farnese. But the ability of Arounder to create an enveloping sense of place could serve many planning applications in the not too distant future."

Source: Planetizen

14 February 2009

Plastic Logic - 1 year left

New Demo

The Compartmentalized Desktop

Kseve has put together a workspace-oriented desktop with a few programs.

This desktop is a combination of several tools including layered wallpaper to establish boundaries between items, previously mentioned Fences to further enforce those boundaries by creating the gray corrals around the icons. Rounding out the computer-as-real-desktop theme is Launchy, skinned with a sticky note skin. The final tweak comes courtesy of Start Killer, which removes the start button in Windows Vista. The widgets are native to Vista, but Windows XP users can install the sidebar too.

Kseve's Work Desktop [Flickr]

Modified copy from