This is what you get when you cross a histogram and piano keys to show note distribution of songs. It’s the pianogram. View examples such as Fur Elise or the classic Chopsticks, or punch in your own MIDI-formatted song for a taste of the distribution ivories.
Here’s the distribution for Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone.
Because why not.
SUCCESSIVE governments have stood by as America became home to more than 11m unauthorised residents. If they were all in a single state it would be America’s eighth-largest by population, just behind Ohio. Many of those foreigners arrived years ago, working hard and bringing up American children. But their families have enjoyed only provisional futures, overshadowed by the original sin of a parent or parents who arrived without the right papers. Barack Obama now plans to shield many of these immigrants from the threat of deportation. Among other changes, his instructions to immigration authorities will allow the undocumented parents of American citizens or legal residents to apply for work permits—provided those parents have been in the United States for five years or more.
TWO out of three African countries have substantially increased military spending over the past decade; the continent as a whole raised military expenditure by 65% during that period, after it had stagnated for the previous 15 years. Military spending grew faster in Africa last year than in other parts of the world, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The reasons for the splurge vary. High commodity prices over the past decade (they are now falling) have filled the coffers of many: some leaders have been tempted to buy expensive arms to gain prestige. Other are suspected of inflating deals to siphon off money for themselves. But some spending is prompted by genuine security threats. The Sahel and parts of east Africa face a range of jihadists. Coastal states have seen piracy soar, most recently in the west. Offshore discoveries of oil and gas have increased the need for maritime security. More traditional threats, internal as well as external, persist in countries such as South Sudan, where the government is fighting rebels while also facing a hostile northern neighbour….Continue reading
David Yanofsky and Tim Fernholz for Quartz visualized the satellites orbiting Earth. There’s a lot of them.
There are more than 1,200 active satellites orbiting earth right now, taking pictures, relaying communications, broadcasting locations, spying on you, and even housing humans. Thanks to a database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists, we can show you each one, as of August 21, 2014.
As you scroll down, you see satellites that are farther from the Earth’s surface. The horizontal position seems to just be a uniform placement for satellites at the same level.
By the way, I realize 1,200 satellites seems like a lot, but just for context: At the time I’m writing this (in the mid-afternoon on a weekday), there are about 7,800 commercial flights in the air.
The shape of the world’s demography is changing
Global Fishing Watch is an initiative to place some accountability on global fishing, an activity typically a challenge to track.
This version of the Global Fishing Watch started with 3.7 billion data points, more than a terabyte of data from two years of satellite collection, covering the movements of 111,374 vessels during 2012 and 2013. We ran a behavioral classification model that we developed across this data set to identify when and where fishing behavior occurred. The prototype visualization contains 300 million AIS data points covering over 25,000 unique vessels. For the initial fishing activity map, the data is limited to 35 million detections from 3,125 vessels that we were able to independently verify were fishing vessels. Global Fishing Watch then displays fishing effort in terms of the number of hours each vessel spent engaged in fishing behavior, and puts it all on a map that anyone with a web browser will be able to explore.
The map below is an example of the fishing patterns over time.
A good start. I hope they can make estimates of legal and illegal activity in the next iteration.