Photo Dump

Some things that I have produced since my last post. In no particular order and of no particular significance.

Boot Boot Boot

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Over the last few weeks I had been wrestling with a Mac Pro, trying to get a workable triple boot solution for my father’s consulting company. The basic idea was to install Windows 7 and Ubuntu on their own hard drives to complement the existing install of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and use rEFIt as the boot loader solution. This turned out to be easier said than done, and due to all my trials and tribulations trying to get this setup to work, and ultimately succeeding in it, I thought it might not be a bad idea to share what ended up happening in case others are in a similar situation.

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These are not small apps, they’re…

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Announced yesterday, New York City is holding a competition for the next two months to see who can create the most interesting data visualizations with the data provided at the newly launched NYC Data Mine.  The Data Mine site provides 170 data sets from various New York City government agencies and organizations, marking a growing trend in government transparency with regards to data.

The real kicker though is the prizes for the competition.  Head to the contest page for a full breakdown, but they are making available 12 cash prizes totaling $20,000.  Not a bad deal in exchange for some data visualization work, I’d say.  Here’s to hoping more cities would get this info out there, so that we could start to see some really interesting representations of how our cities function (or fail to, as the case may be).

My personal favorites of the available NYC data sets, and the ones that may potentially make it into my entry if they play their cards right, are the “Directory of Barbecuing Areas” set and the “NYC Population Age/Sex Projection by Borough 2000 – 2030” set.  Can’t wait to see what people start putting together out of this.

The Origins (II)

The thrilling conclusion of the two part series of posts where I post photos from a demolition site.  Not much more to say.  Enjoy.

Detail of the dirty bulldozer responsible for this destruction.

Detail of the dirty bulldozer responsible for this destruction.

Another detail of the shovel of the bulldozer.

Another detail of the shovel of the bulldozer.

Rubble piled up leads to the second floor of the neighboring house.

Rubble piled up leads to the second floor of the neighboring house.

A final shot of the collapsed house.  That fire escape isn't going to do anyone much good anymore.

A final shot of the collapsed house. That fire escape isn't going to do anyone much good anymore.

The Origins (I)

Post one of the excursion that led to a dare being not accepted.  Demolition on Riddle Road in Cincinnati, OH, October 2, 2009.  Two houses and an apartment building were demolished in an apparent attempt to expand a blacktop parking lot.  Future developments will be monitored.

More photos to be posted tomorrow.

A house, destroyed by the forces of parking lot advancement, lies half demolished on Riddle Road in Cincinnati.

A house, destroyed by the forces of parking lot advancement, lies half demolished on Riddle Road in Cincinnati.

A house, destroyed by the forces of parking lot advancement, lies half demolished on Riddle Road in Cincinnati.

The house lies just feet from an occupied dwelling on Riddle Road in Cincinnati.

The roof of a collapsed house halfway through demolition, Riddle Road, Cincinnati.

The roof of a collapsed house halfway through demolition, Riddle Road, Cincinnati.

An opening in a collapsed house as it lies halfway through demolition, Riddle Road, Cincinnati.

An opening in a collapsed house as it lies halfway through demolition, Riddle Road, Cincinnati.

Rubble and standing water from a demolished apartment building on Riddle Road in Cincinnati.

Rubble and standing water from a demolished apartment building on Riddle Road in Cincinnati.

Roebel Rouser

Cloudy Ohio/Kentucky day.  Preceded by a wedding on the Riverfront, followed shortly after by peanut butter and fluff sandwiches.

View from below the Roebling Bridge on the Kentucky side, looking towards downtown Cincinnati.

View from below the Roebling Bridge on the Kentucky side, looking towards downtown Cincinnati.

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Southern gateway of the Roebling Bridge, Covington, KY.

Dare Not Accepted.

Starting today, posts on photography, architecture, design technology, and Cincinnati.  Quite a collection of topics.  Will it work?