Archive for February, 2008

Sky Blue

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

I saw Sky Blue (Wonderful Days) recently. Quite stunning visually! It was easy to forget that it’s an animation at times.

Set in 2142 after some sort of ecological disaster there’s a face off between establishment and rebel inside what is called the “time capsule” (around 0:16:15, English release), essentially a museum, where various culturally important(?) artifacts are kept. Among those selected items are

Dopplr Raumzeitgeist 2007: Where we went last year

Friday, February 1st, 2008

So some people will probably have heard of Dopplr. It’s a online community based around travelling and encouraging meetings while travelling. And according to the MediaGuaridan it is one of several media sensations to watch in 2008“…

Today, they published a Raumzeitgeist (musing on Google’s Zeitgeist) which is a — rather basic — analysis of collected travel data. Most visually striking is of course their map of where the Dopplr community went:

Dopplr Raumzeitgeist 2007 - map of travels

Unfortunately we don’t know much about the data and in fact once you think about the map it’s also a bit lacking in information content:

  • what is mapped?
  • is it destinations or destinations and origins (probably the difference is not significant)
  • there’s no data about the all important numbers: e.g. how popular was a destination (could we vary the brightness of the plotted circles to show popularity?)

Also interesting is their graph of travel distance vs. frequency. I’d imagine that short journeys will not be recorded as much as long (expensive and/or significant) travels. So again the data is rather suspicious. But nevertheless, it is quite intriguing that there’s a dip in frequency for travels around 5-8000 miles (how dare they use imperial measurements!) - does that correlate with landing in the middle of a large ocean?