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John Pittman
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flaneur, raconteur, chasseur
flaneur, raconteur, chasseur

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Dart frogs (4 photos)
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Dart frogs
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Very interesting stuff. Economic anthropology on debt and money.

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00:59! And again later!

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Today's Dinosaur Comic is relevant to my interests.

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Amazing. (via Evelyn Lamprey)
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My Life On The Railroad, circa mid to late 1970's (41 photos)
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Art ∩ data = killer.
While I was at Anderson Ranch a few weeks back, I met Adrien Segal, an artist who produces large-scale data sculpture which often doubles as utilitarian object.

For example, her Canyon table uses hand-cut layers of wood to represent national water usage data. From her website:

"Canyon is three dimensional representation of national water use statistics, where the central river and its tributaries are related to a specific categorical use. The two largest uses define the central shape of the table, which is based on the line of Colorado River (Thermoelectric) in its entire length, and its main tributary the Green River (Irrigation). Additionally, Industrial, Public Supply, and Domestic/Rural/Livestock are embodied as tributaries in the canyon walls. The Canyon width is relative to amount of water used, and the table height is a measure of time – the top is relative to 1950 water use, the very bottom of the canyon is 2000. Viewers can physically see the changes - as thermoelectric use grows, the statistically smaller categorical uses are swallowed into the crevice walls by its immense growth. Conversely, water use for irrigation has the reverse effect of decreasing gradually over time."

Also included in the album below are images of her Tidal Datum Table, and a new project called SNOW, which represents snow pack data from Colorado on a vertical cabinet. As well as a 3D representation of the snow detail on the outside of the cabinet, each vertical drawer is sized to represent total snowfall year-to-year.

You can find out more about Adrien's work on her blog:
http://www.adriensegalfurniture.blogspot.com/
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Adrien Segal - Data Sculpture (6 photos)
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58 YO guy wins the Mt. Washington Bicycle Hill Climb. Slight reality check - the guy is Deadly Nedly, AKA The Lung (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Overend). Interesting side note - 2010 winner's time for the Road Race (running): 1:00:22 - 2010; winner's time bicycling: 57:26. It's a test of VO2 max. Another side note - I ran the road race regularly in the 90s and was competitive in the women's 70+ division.

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