(For Class: Mining the Web: How to Scrape, Analyze & Map Open Data) – Visualization Discussion Assignment

Originally posted on kristengrady:

Assignment: 

Find an interesting or visually compelling visualization online and write a blog post analyzing the elements based on the framework presented in class (Acquire, Clean, Analyze, and Communicate). Discuss the visual style, assess its effectiveness, and how well the data was represented (be nice, some of those people may be your instructors).

Despite a plethora of spatially-focused and aesthetically-modern data visualizations that currently exist on the web, I chose an “older” and perhaps less “visually stimulating” visualization to discuss here, but one that I believe has an impact as great as any good visualization that was created with more contemporary data visualization tools: The FAA Closure of US Airspace on September 11, 2001 (created by NASA).

I chose this visualization for a few reasons:

1) Again, for its simplicity, an important quality I believe that can be easily lost with the increasing availability of more accessible (e.g. no code required or simply less code…

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Hawker Hunter F.6 vs MiG-17F “Fresco”

Originally posted on Defence of the Realm:

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The Hawker Hunter was the RAF’s answer to the swept wing Soviet fighters that emerged in the early 1950s namely the MiG-15 and MiG-17. Both Soviet aircraft were prolific in Eastern Europe and had the Cold War turned ‘hot’ in the second half of the 1950s there is no doubt that RAF pilots would have faced these aircraft in air-to-air combat. So how well would the Hunter have faired against the MiG-17F? For this comparison I am looking only at the Hunter F.6 and MiG-17F variants as these were the most common fighter variants of their respective types.

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Both aircraft were day fighters in the traditional sense of the role. In the 1950s the main threat from both sides came from armadas of bombers armed with nuclear weapons. The Hunter and the MiG-17F required radar stations on the ground to direct them to within visual range of the enemy…

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Oil, Theft, And Extortion: How ISIS Earns $3M/Day; Richest Terrorist Group In World History

Originally posted on Fortuna's Corner:

Oil, Theft, And Extortion: How ISIS Earns $3M A Day And Is The Richest Terrorist Group In World History

http://www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com

The Associated Press’s Ken Dilanian, in an article out this afternoon, writes that the Islamic State, once largely dependent on wealthy Gulf donors…”have become a self-sustaining, financial juggernaut — earning more than $3M per day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion,” according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.”

The extremist group’s resources exceed that “of any other terrorist group in history,” said a U.S. intelligence official who, like others interviewed [by the AP], spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss classified documents. Mr. Dilanian writes that “the Islamic State has taken over large sections of Syria and Iraq, and controls as many as 11 oil fields in both countries,” analysts say. “It is selling oil and other through generations-old smuggling networks under the noses of some…

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Rules of attwaction – words that attract attention on Twitter

Originally posted on efangelist:

How you can attract attention on Twitter  – just use these easy “word tricks”

If you want to improve the probability that people read your twitter posts (and click onto any links)  – here are  5 easy “tricks” you can start using – straight away!

If you want tips on the technical side of Twitter and how to use different Twitter tools – it’s best that you check out other “twexperts”.

What can do is give you word tips – on how to write for Twitter.  The writing part is my area of twexpertise.

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Quick context for you:

I used to hate Twitter – but now I’m a massive fan – I’m attwicted (as they say in twitter speak!)

I remember helping the editor of a leading Australian magazine - and we got onto the topic of Twitter.

She is a media veteran…

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Iceland, Day 1 ~ Geothermal Fields, Blue Lagoon, Viking Museum

Originally posted on A Note From Abroad:

Sunday September 7th – Reykjavik Iceland (Day 1)

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I did not make notes while in Iceland. Our time there was limited and with two long excursions booked, I had little free time other than for meals and some sleep. I’ll reconstruct our time there mainly via the pictures we took with a brief explanation. We arrived at noon on our first day and would be overnighting with a 5:00 pm departure scheduled for the next day.

Our first tour was labeled Krysuvik Geothermal Field and Blue Lagoon. It was a 5 hour excursion and cost $89.75 USD per person.

What stood out immediately for me was that other than right in the main city of Reykjavik, which is the capital of the country, the rest of the land is quite barren and sparsely populated. We passed mile after mile of lava fields now partially covered over with green…

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Defeating ISIS And Their Complex Way Of War

Originally posted on Fortuna's Corner:

Defeating ISIS and Their Complex Way of War

by Aaron Bazin

Journal Article | September 15, 2014 – 7:06am

http://smallwarsjournal.com/ jrnl/art/defeating-isis-and- their-complex-way-of-war

Defeating ISIS and Their Complex Way of War

Aaron Bazin

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has succeeded in gaining an incredible amount of ground at a pace that caught the world off guard. Even though they face opponents with overmatch in technology and firepower, ISIS has proven more than capable. One way to understand ISIS is to seek to understand it as a complex adaptive system. Arguably, ISIS’s lack of central control, rapid tempo, and unpredictable behavior suggest that it is a complex adaptive system, and a dangerous one at that. The question this article will address is if ISIS displays the characteristics of a complex adaptive system, how should the international community address this threat?

Is ISIS a Complex Adaptive System?

In the 1950s…

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A FINISHED LANDMARK: TORONTO

Originally posted on Humanity777's Blog:

FOR NOW,

CANADA’S TALLEST RESIDENTIAL TOWER

STANDING  “78”  STOREYS

WITH A  “4”  CROWN

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AND WHY NOW?

THIS TOWER IS NAMED

“AURA”  =  1391  =  14  =  “5”

“END”  =  554  =  14  =  “5”

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UNDERSTANDING WHY THIS HAPPENS IS CRUCIAL, AND THE  TABLET  YOU NEED FOR THESE VALUES,  IS FOUND IN THE ENTRY PRIOR TO THIS ONE.

“78”  =  15  =  “6”

THE NUMBER OF MAN

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“SEVENTY-EIGHT”

“1545527 – 59782″

“60”  =  “6”

THE NUMBER OF MAN

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THE  “7”  SPIRITS OF YOUR GOD

ADDED TO:

“GOD”  =  764  =  17  =  “8”

TOGETHER:

“78”

BECAUSE IT IS THIS MINISTRY

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“MEET THE REAL MESSIAH”

“4552  285  9513  4511918″

“78”

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THIS IS THE TRUE:

“CHURCH OF CHRIST”

“383938  66  389912″

“78”

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WHICH IS THE:

“THE BODY OF CHRIST”

“285  2647  66  389912″

“78”

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“THIS WORSE IS EVIL”

“2891  56934…

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