Mariah Carey’s Hand

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Purpose

To explore how accurately the position of Mariah Carey’s hand during live performance reflects the pitch of the note she is singing.

Hypothesis

I hypothesize that Mariah’s hand is not a perfect representation of the pitch but will produce a melody that is recognizable as the original song.

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Data Rep: Pineapples

This week for Data Rep, we had to take a dataset from the Guardian’s Data Blog and represent it in two different ways – one “dry” and one specific to the data it represents. I chose the dataset titled “Pineapple Business Figures.” It contains a list of countries split into two categories: importers and exporters. For each country, the Guardian gives data for total kilograms of pineapples imported or exported, and the price at which they import or export at.

My first visualization plots total weight (x axis) against price per kilo (y axis). The size of the circle represents the total dollar amount. Importers are shown in yellow (the inside of a pineapple) and exporters are shown in green (the outside – cute, right?). The large circle on the far right is Costa Rica (1,112,090,000 kilos exported at $0.40 per kilo). The next one in is the USA (712,950,000 kilos imported at $0.74 per kilo).

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My second visualization is a pineapple that represents pineapples! Exporters are on the left, importers are on the right. The height each shoot correlates to the total weight and the width of each shoot correlates to the price per kilo.

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Tracking Street Noise

The other day, I was talking with Jay about tracking street noise. I thought it would be neat to record a video of the street for however many hours and giving it away to anyone who wanted to extract data from it. Taxi frequency, direction of pedestrians, or noise level, for example. I mentioned how the noise from the street was impacting my sleeping, Jay said something about tracking sound, and at that moment, voilà! An idea was born.

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Processing Spirograph

I was showing some of my Processing experiments to classmates here at ITP and it was asked – nay, demanded – that I post about them on my blog. So I’ll kick things off with this little Spirograph-inspired play-thing, which creates some pretty beautiful objects with a relatively small amount of code:

Click through for the code and an explanation of what’s going on here.

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