Awesome data visualization of Twitter and Flickr posts. Check out this map of Manhattan generated entirely from geo-tagged Twitter posts and Flickr pictures.
Click the link to explore other major cities generated from the same data.
A couple weeks ago I had the urge to do a little panorama experimentation. I wanted to see how panoramas of downtown Nashville would turn out when taken at night. Laura and I ventured into the city at about 10:30PM and took the below series at a couple of different locations. We started by City Hall and ended up on Lower Broadway. When we finished we stumbled into the bar at the new Margaritaville :)
One of my favorite places to run in Nashville is Edwin Warner Park. Laura and I love the blue trail. It’s an all dirt trail with various changes in elevation that courses through trees and streams. It’s awesome. A few weeks ago I took several panoramic shots of the Edwin Warner Nature Center and the beginning of the trails. You can find them below :)
This post brought to my attention the fact that I am an incredible Thinker/Inventor and need to spend some time focusing on my inner Doer/Inventor. I love the challenge associated with figuring stuff out so will undoubtedly be spending some time developing my inner doer. It is common for me to have an interesting idea. I endeavor to make it common for me to execute on my ideas as well. Three cheers for inner growth!
Usually I don't fret that much about online privacy. However, the above article made me pause and think for a second. Consider the following piece of information taken from the article:
"according to one study, 87 percent of the population can be uniquely identified with just three pieces of information - zip code, birthday, and gender."So, if you've ever publicly shared those three items someone knows how to uniquely identify you. Furthermore, the article points out how often the government actually uses online databases to find information about people. It's a little alarming and has definitely set my wheels spinning with regards to how I feel about online privacy. Hmmmm ...
Excellent post regarding the daily deals space. This article does a great job of discussing why the daily deals offers aren't necessarily beneficial for the businesses offering their products and services. The short of it is that a business offers a massive discount and then shares the revenue associated with selling the deal with the purveyor of the daily deal. What that means is that a $100 product gets marked down to $50, and then the business and the daily deal company split that revenue 50/50, so each gets $25. That's a massive discount from the initial $100 worth of products and/or services. Of course there is upside to the business, such as advertising, marketing, and reaching a broader audience. However, that might not necessarily be as beneficial as once thought. At least it might not be worth the revenue the business is sharing with the daily deals company. For example, very few businesses (especially local mom and pop shops targeted by daily deals companies) earn loyal customers via price alone. However, daily deals are designed to do just that - lure customers with ridiculously discounted prices. Thus, this might not be the best use of advertising and/or marketing dollars. Well, there you have it, my two cents.
I just discovered this website and mobile app this morning. It appears as though this company is doing something I've long hoped for. I've always thought it would be amazing to see a historical visual record of a specific place. What this site endeavors to do is create a vast archive of historical imagery tied to specific locations. Ultimately, they hope to host a version of Google Street View that can travel back in time. Allowing users the opportunity to investigate a particular street in 1980 or 1880, etc. I like this idea a lot. I just downloaded the mobile app and am going to start tinkering around. Happy app-ing!