Where the Germanwings Plane Crashed
The plane went down in a remote part of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department, and search teams struggled to get to the area. When French air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft, it was flying at approximately 6,000 feet; the elevations in the search area range between 2,000 and 9,000 feet.
No helicopters have been able to land because of the rugged terrain around the crash site. Searchers had to be lowered, further slowing recovery efforts. The size of the debris area, which was about the size of three to four football fields, suggests the plane hit the ground at a very high speed, according to the French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.
It’s one of those things that you’ve perhaps never explicitly thought about, but it may have tickled the back of your mind a few times as you make airplane reservations or stare at a departure screen. Where do the three letter codes used to delineate between airports actually come from? What’s the deal with the “X” in LAX? Why EWR for Newark?
Called International Air Transport Association (IATA) codes, the clean, visually appealing site lets you click on a number of different codes (laid over an image of the airport’s location), which delivers provides a simple, concise explanation of its origin.
The mysterious X is finally understood: it’s simply the letter that’s plugged in if the necessary letter is already taken by another airport. The site also points out that up until the 1930s, airports only used two letter codes. That’s how you get LAX for Los Angeles International Airport, which was previously just LA. The strange Newark code EWR is also revealed. After switching the three letter codes, the Navy reserved all codes beginning with N. Thus, Newark was forced to begin with their second letter.
Many more fun tidbits like these can be found in this very informational little site. Have fun.
Source: Co.DESIGN, What The Hell Do Those Three-Letter Airport Abbreviations Mean?, Fast Company, March 19, 2015, http://www.fastcodesign.com/3043775/what-the-hell-do-those-three-letter-airport-abbreviations-mean?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=codesign-daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=03192015.
Tapestry Conference 2015: Interesting Visualizations From Presentations (and more Odds and Ends) – Part 1
More great information from the Tapestry Conference.
The Graduate Athens – From Hotel Directory
Chad Skelton – Income Calculator (White Male vs Black Women) – Inequality in Earning Income for the Same Job
More Catherine Madden (#catmule) Sketches
RJ Andrews, Info We Trust, Creative Routines
“We all have the same 24 hours that Beyoncé has” and its various iterations took the web by storm in late 2013 as the megastar became the figurehead of not only having it all, but being able to somehow do it all too.
How do creatives – composers, painters, writers, scientists, philosophers – find the time to produce their opus? Mason Currey investigated the rigid Daily Rituals that hundreds of creatives practiced in order to carve out time, every day, to work their craft. Some kept to the same disciplined regimen for decades while others locked in patterns only while working on specific works.
Kim Rees, Periscopic.com, How Nations Fare in PhDs by Sex [Click Image to Watch Interactive Visualization]
Had a great conference and want to share various odds and ends from the last two days.
Hope to post more in a day or two.
The Graduate Athens – Funky, Eclectic.
Breakfast – Shrimp and Grits
The Athens, GA Double Barrelled Cannon. Failed miserably. Ellie Fields: Trying and failing is O.K.
Catherine Madden (#catmule) Sketches
World History in One Picture, Popular Science, July 1930
Seven Data Story Types – Ben Jones
Me at the Demo and Poster Session
Kim Rees, Periscopic.com, Gun Deaths in 2013 [Click Image to Watch Interactive Visualization]
Let us go forth and build double barreled cannons and deed trees to themselves. -Ellie Field
Revelation is based on prior knowledge. -Hannah Fairfield
Show what you know as well as what you don’t know. -Hannah Fairfield
All storytelling is manipulation. -Ken Burns
Do good with data. -Kim Rees
Data only has so much elasticity before it breaks down. -Kim Rees
Source: Ann Swanson, 12 fascinating optical illusions show how color can trick the eye, The Washington Post, February 27, 2015, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/27/12-fascinating-optical-illusions-show-how-color-can-trick-the-eye/?tid=sm_tw.
For example, in this classic shadow illusion by Edward H. Adelson, A and B are the exact same shade of grey:
Here’s a minimalist illustration by Wikipedia user Dodek. The grey bar across the center is actually one constant color:
In this image from BrainDen, the surface colors of A and B are the same. To test it out, just use your finger to cover the middle of the drawing, where the two squares meet.
In this illusion by Barton L. Anderson and Jonathan Winawer, the black and white chess pieces are the same color:
If you want a dog of a different color, just set it against a different background (via BrainDen):
There are actually only two colors in this image — red and green (sorry, color blind people). Also via BrainDen.
The blue and yellow border around this image by Jochen Burghardt creates the illusion that it is pale yellow, instead of white:
Contrasting colors can even give you the illusion of motion, as in this trippy graphic by Paul Nasca:
The same principle is at work here, in Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s “autumn color swap.” If you move the page up and down, the inset square will appear to move.
If you stare at the center of this illusion by Jeremy Hinton, you will eventually see a revolving green circle. When the lilac disappears, the adaptation of rods and cones in the retina leaves a green afterimage.
Or, as in Pinna’s illusory intertwining effect, colors can give the illusion that circles are intertwining (they are actually concentric).
But probably the best illusion on the subject of the dress is by Randall Munroe of Xkcd, who immortalized the debate in an optical illusion cartoon form.
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