freezing

Posted in science with tags , , , , , on February 9, 2014 by kaffeemitschlag

Sorry for the long break, but I’m hoping to plunge back into this with infographics of utmost simplicity & frequency.

First up, we all know that the freezing point of water is 32°F (0°C), at which point this ubiquitous liquid becomes a solid. What about some other common fluids?

Click to zoom, y’all.

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tangibility concluded

Posted in atlanta on October 1, 2013 by kaffeemitschlag

Last time, on it’s finally time you knew something, the public art installation / physical infographic of sorts entitled Fifty-Five Square Miles had just been put on display for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. Now, a year later, here’s a closer look at the project as it was altered, improved, and claimed by the elements (including spiders building webs in interstates and squirrels hiding walnuts in skyscrapers).

463686_10100673116635887_448407907_o Downtown.

414789_10100673117269617_2074488018_o Buckhead by road, hiking trail, or rail.

705207_10100673116880397_1792713170_o Carter Center, Little Five Points, King Center & Historic District, Oakland Cemetery, and the obligatory “You Are Here.”

469865_10100742838063587_532634376_o East Atlanta Village.

793921_10100742838043627_532968664_o Georgia Dome, CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park.

706303_10100673116810537_2292562_o Zoo Atlanta, with Turner Field in the upper foreground and the Cyclorama in the background (Confederate & Union flags, but the Stars & Bars a bit obscured).

464504_10100673116571017_900601270_o Atlantic Station, Georgia Tech.

706304_10100673116990177_186796596_o Woodruff Arts Center, Midtown.

793919_10100742839346017_1238923212_o A visitor and her brood.

778802_10100742838612487_942805830_o Squirrels making a cache out of the Peachtree Plaza.

704000_10100673117549057_1914179400_o

 

As to why I’ve decided to add this entry after abandoning the blogosphere for just over a year, my infographic on Atlanta’s skyscrapers has mysteriously reasserted itself back into the annals of reddit & facebook lately, so I’ll take this case of the artificially intelligent jpeg as a signal that I may as well reassert more infotainment back here. Now, I can’t promise a new graphic to greet you every morning as a part of a balanced breakfast, or even for that matter assure you I’ll have produced something every week or two, but if I can overcome some logistical hurdles (absolving myself of the no-longer-novel concept of using MS Paint, acquiring and mastering Illustrator; those are really all the hurdles), I’d like to increase the frequency by a THOUSANDFOLD at least. Maybe tenfold.

it’s done

Posted in atlanta with tags , , , , on September 6, 2012 by kaffeemitschlag

Well, mostly. It’s installed and it’s on public display. The official debut is Saturday, but I mean, it’s public art, so you can go look at it now if you’re in Reynoldstown, specifically off Kirkwood Avenue and directly behind the Stein Steel factory (which I always imagine is just full of shirtless steelworkers hammering on anvils, but maybe that’s just me). I’d still like to add a few things (as a professional sports anti-fan, I still lack any Braves or Falcons memorabilia for Turner Field & the Georgia Dome), and chances are it’s a certainty that I’ll be tweaking it and repairing it over the next three months. But here it is:

Another vantage point, as the direct perspective tends to fade into two dimensions:

A close-up of Little Five Points / Edgewood (my own neighborhood is littered with the refuse of sweetgum trees, so I added them earlier today):

I added Oakland City at the last minute (lots of old hangars and steel-ensconced warehouses there):

I still have a lot of work to do, in my opinion. But it’s now available to be scrutinized by the public eye, which is both exhilarating and frightening.

now with EVEN MORE tangibility!

Posted in atlanta on August 9, 2012 by kaffeemitschlag

After some city-scouring and a few setbacks (including but not limited to hot glue melting skin, an incompatibility of the wood I selected with the summer climate of a world boiling itself, and millipede breeding season taking place on my moss solution test run), I’ve begun the process of attaching postcards, bicycle tires, outdated MARTA tokens, bottle caps, broken brick, and various pieces of business cards, retail packaging, and other local business detritus to the two massive sections of wood that will provide the foundation for the map. Check out some of the progress:

 

Bike tires for major roads, MARTA tokens for public rail (with dismantled Breeze cards as each station).

 

A view of downtown from Oakland Cemetery.

 

I mean, this is what I see when I look at East Atlanta Village.

 

The most successful moss solution by far, not that you can tell from the quality/proximity of this photo; this one a blend of buttermilk, Miller High Life, water retention gel, and clumps of dried moss (I’ll be using fresher moss for the final run). Strangely not as attractive to flies, ants, and pillbugs as the last few mixtures, and a much thicker layer that actually resembles the moss carpet it should.

now with tangibility!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 2, 2012 by kaffeemitschlag

The Atlanta BeltLine is a decade-long city project that will, if all goes planned, result in a 22-mile uninterrupted loop of hiking trails, park space, and energy-efficient mass transit around the city center. For Atlanta, located in a state where urban development is probably below mosque building in the list of government priorities, that’s quite something to look forward to. More effort has gone into the construction of this project than I’d realized in the few years since I read about the idea one day on a break from shelving copies of The Secret at whichever local big box bookselling superstore in which I worked at the time.

For the third year, an organization calling themselves Art on the Atlanta BeltLine has enlisted local artists to create projects for a three-month free outdoor exhibit along the BeltLine’s under-construction corridors.

I am one of these artists. As interested as I was in doing a solo art project that would actually be observed by people who aren’t my friends visiting my little blog because I ask them to on facebook, I didn’t expect to get in. But my proposal was accepted, and more than that, these people actively seem to really like this idea. I mean, I’m into it, but all these other people too? That’s just… that’s awesome.

I’ve begun the process of constructing a 6′x4′ tangible map of the center of the city that includes the BeltLine, composed of repurposed, recycled artificial materials for the human elements of the city (for instance, bike tires stretched out as the city’s main roads and beer bottle caps for buildings in bar neighborhoods like EAV) and a continuously growing moss medium covering the more natural areas of the city, including parks, tree-lined neighborhoods, and the BeltLine itself.

The coverage so far:

ImageThis is the actual backing of the map itself, which will eventually be covered in trash & moss that will show you where you are, so to speak. I’ve divided the surface into 24 squares that are likewise traced over a map of the area I’m using. It’s certainly not intended to display every street, business, or backyard shed, but it will be as accurate within its scope as possible.Image

Some of the materials I’ve gathered so far that will be transformed into neighborhoods, rail lines, and skyscrapers. And my cat.

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Testing different recipes for the moss medium: the uppermost third is a mixture of buttermilk, beer, moss, and sugar. The second coat is the same mixture with two tablespoons of moss-specific water retention gel (ordered specially from the internet!) and another handful of moss clumps. The third coat will hopefully be another improvement and a step towards ensuring I can ensure this map will be mostly alive. Which likely won’t be a problem anyway considering how many ants & flies are already very happy about the prospect of free buttermilk, sugar, and beer.

let’s go crazy

Posted in literature & film with tags , , , , on May 25, 2012 by kaffeemitschlag

Click to enlarge.

The blog has conspicuously been on hiatus for a number of months thanks to the logistical difficulties of um, not having a computer.

But I’m back.

This time around, I decided to delve into the cultural realms of literature & film for a short list of some of the most recognizable narrative examples of a character’s descent into madness. Why a list, you ask?

I’ll tell you.

1.) When taking on a subject as ambiguous and malleable as narrative themes, an informal list seems the best choice. It’s not as definitive, but it strives to be an objective appraisal of the subjective.

2.) Lists welcome dialogue in a way that a purely informative graphic doesn’t; I’m hoping visitors will read this and want to discuss, comment, debate, and most importantly, well… that’s part of the next point.

3.) Informal lists like this one are meant to be expanded. This is a very short list of a very common narrative theme (I conspicuously went with the most culturally recognizable ones), so you’d better feel the need to mention the ones you feel should make the more expansive list of which this is obviously a small selection.

4.) This is the internet. The internet loves lists. This is a list.

COMING SOON: I’ll be tracking my progress with a much larger, much more physical infographic map of the city of Atlanta actually commissioned by the city through the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine project!

atlanta, squared

Posted in atlanta with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2012 by kaffeemitschlag

DISCLAIMER: A well-traveled (within city limits) Atlantan will note that some of these may seem off, that they should be larger or smaller than the space given. While maintaining as accurate a representation as possible, some square mileage stems from the location’s (usually a neighborhood) own claims, not professional measurements; and some buildings include only the ground floors’ occupied space as opposed to the entirety of the square footage within (warping some of the university areas, for one). So take this one with a grain of salt until I one day map these all out professionally myself, which will never happen, because that would take forever. But enjoy!

 

You’re gonna definitely wanna use zoom on this one, kids.

Just a quick exercise in data visualization in the vein of David McCandless, premier infographicist. This graphic is the first of what I hope to be many more that fulfill two goals: the inclusion of straightforward visualization of numerical data, as opposed to the usual facts & figures which have decorated this page so far: and the ability to generate simple but effective visuals that can be generated more quickly than and in between those same, more elaborate, graphics I’ve been doing. Instead of taking a month or more, for instance, I completed the research and design of this particular one in about 24 hours (not total; I literally had this idea yesterday). I will also probably continue to add new data to this one (for instance, oh, I didn’t put in any sports arenas or whatever [edit: now I have!]).

As to what you’re actually seeing, I’ve taken the acreage of several Atlanta landmarks, parks, and neighborhoods and condensed them into simple squares for easy comparison, with the colors indicating the various categories. I almost included Stone Mountain Park and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, but they are HUGE. Stone Mountain, for instance, is about five times the size of this graph. The airport is, seriously, even bigger. It is a big airport.

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