U Street Safety
|| 9/8/2004 || 8:05 am || Comments Off on U Street Safety || ||
I was reading my housemate’s blog about recent crime that has happened in our neighborhood. I thought it would be an interesting task to somehow catalog the crime that is happening around us in some sort of spatial context (its my geographical mode of thought). Last night I realized that one of my free mapping programs has a way to get all of the USGS aerial photography of the USA taken 1988. I was able to export an image of what I thought to be the “U Street Corridor” and import it into Flash to make the image a little bit more interactive. I am very pleased with the results. I was able to eyeball quite a bit of brownfield development and I outlined the areas that have since been developed. Ideally, I’d like to get people’s accounts of where they’ve had criminal run-ins and put little red X’s in the places where events have happened and have them show up on the map with a number and have all the numbers listed. I know this is nearly an impossible task because there is such a long history to the area, but within my circle of friends and people my housemates know on the street, I might be able to make a visually convincing argument for more police patrols in our area. So the Daily Render for Wednesday, September 8th, 2004 is the “U Street Corridor Animation.” If you have a moment or two play around with it. Its my first successful attempt at getting an image to zoom nicely, and I plan on implementing this code into future geospatial flash animations. As for the “Lenz Project,” its on hold while I copy all of my backed up MP3’s on to my recently reformatted external hard drive.
Lastly, I had a fun conversation with my mom last night about people that are “politically undecided.” We both laughed at the suggestion that anyone who is undecided right now doesn’t follow politics at all. I proffered the notion they must be idiots. A mean thought, but I think it all boils down to how much I hate polls. Simply put, I don’t believe in polls, or at least most of the methodology used. I feel polls use spatial autocorrelation improperly. Its hard to explain, but it boils down to how random, how large the sampling population is, and what data aggregation methods are employed and I don’t feel polls do this well. And plus the polls mention undecided voters, and who is an undecided voter? I know plenty of apathetic voters, but these undecided voters must be living with pikas in hobbit holes far above tree line with no television, radio, or computer and only the vague notion that there is something for them to do every four years.
|| 9/6/2004 || 3:19 pm || Comments Off on music! || ||
Nothing is rendering right now because I am using a different external hard drive to add all my archived MP3s to my iTunes playlist. About two months ago I had about 3,000 Mp3s taking up about 20 gigs on one of my external hard drives… But when I was looking through one of videos from the Prelinger Archives the external hard drive mysteriously got corrupted! What resulted was me taking my sweet-ass time moving all the 300 gigs of info from one external hard drive to the other. For most people this would only take a few hours, but since I only have one power supply, I could only move files in 10 gig chunks from one external to the computer, then unplug one external and then plug in the other external then move the files, then repeat! Lets just say it took a l o n g time. Then I had to reformat the corrupted external hard drive…. On one side I am happy I didn’t lose all the files, only one, alebit massive, directory. On the sad side, I lost half of my MP3 collection. I had backed up my collection about a year ago, so I simply lost most of what I had collected being the director of the electronic music department at WRGW, but I am going to recoup some of my audio treats :-) I also lost all of the short videos I had downloaded from GNN & Adbusters. This time around I partitioned my external hard drive to have all the audio in one partition. Hopefully, this will work. Ideally, I’ll buy another power supply so I can have both external hard drives running at the same time. It will bring my total storage capacity to 610 gigs!!!
I did render another 3D panorama of a new template. I am not sure how much I’ll use this template due to its complexity. Its a series of 42 different cubes rotated so that they look like diamonds. When I get the time, I am going to make each cube a different satellite image and then render it again. I think it will look amazing. Nonetheless, it will take a long time to import all the satellite images, as well as placing them in some sort of coherent position. I still need to think the whole graphic a little more thoroughly.
I am looking forward to this week. I expect some surprise waiting in the wings. I can’t wait to listen to my music- its been waaay to long since I’ve heard some of my favorites.
|| 9/2/2004 || 9:21 pm || Comments Off on teaser || ||
Since Bush is about to speak at the RNC and I am planning on recording it, I figured it would be best to not have anything rendering. Sometimes the ol’ 800 Mhz of my iMac makes the recordings choppy… I recorded Kerry’s DNC speech and I look forward to hearing the slop Bush is going to present. Outside of Madison Square Garden is a bigger scene. I’ve been reading the NYC Indymedia website and it looks like there are a few thousand outside protesting. It would be very interesting if there were more “delegates of peace” protesting outside than Republican delegates inside….
Anyways, I was able to format the satellite image of a river delta in the Netherlands and I created a 3D quicktime panorama of it. After the speech, I’ll begin rendering the full size version (it will be the largest rendering yet!). So enjoy the teaser
E St. Risk Analysis
|| 5/9/2004 || 9:51 pm || Comments Off on E St. Risk Analysis || ||
|“E Street Risk Analysis”
Created for a GWU Geography class
Flash presentation uses video, satellite
imagery, and risk analysis to show security laspses in downtown Washington,