scribblings by Paul Mison.



photos 21:27:30


Tar series. From top:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, USA
  • London Heathrow Airport, London, UK
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Amsterdam, NL
  • Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong, HK



photos 01:46:00

Three pages from an ARPANET Information Brochure (PDF), via Matt Biddulph.

It’s interesting (to me, anyway) that this copy is marked as being from the Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, which is between Los Alamos and the Trinity nuclear device test site near San Antonio. I also took note of the little spur to London on the ARPANET map.



photos 02:05:00

In-Store Facial Recognition Market Research, via johncoltranedystopiantimes, natashacarolanfaatmatiu:

New technology from Japan can monitor all shop visitors, discerning age, gender, and visiting frequency, and measures the data with a system called ‘NeoFace’, all with a normal PC and webcam

NEC has developed a marketing service that utilizes facial recognition technology to estimates the age and gender of customers, and accumulates the data, along with the dates and times that customers visit stores. This data is then used to analyze trends in customer behavior and visit frequency.

This service is provided in Japan via NEC’s cloud computing technology, only requires a regular PC and video camera, and is available for approximately $880 (70,000 yen) per month per store.

“This service is mainly intended for retailers that have several stores. It provides retailers with customer attributes based on facial images. That information is helpful for sales strategies.”

This service can also detect repeat customers across multiple stores. It uses a face detection and comparison engine developed by NEC, called NeoFace.



photos 01:00:21

Top: a screenshot from an video, illustrating geostationary and low earth orbits.

Bottom: a to-scale visualisation of the real distance to geostationary orbits (black) compared to low earth orbits (red) that I knocked up in d3.



photos 18:42:41

Approaching the Airport and Runways, from Kate Ascher’s forthcoming book The Way to Go: Moving By Sea, Land, and Air (via kottke).

I have both The Works: Anatomy of a City and The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, so I expect I’ll get this one, too. I also recently bought Underground (previously). Infrastructure is cool.


photos 17:47:38

A Popular Science article on the Cray-1, from June 1979 (via Modern Mechanix, which also has the text).



photos 23:17:00

Could emotion detectors make driving safer? (via designculturemind, notational):

Researchers in EPFL’s Signal Processing 5 Laboratory (LTS5), working with PSA Peugeot Citroën, have developed an emotion detector based on the analysis of facial expressions in a car, using an infrared camera placed behind the steering wheel. The researchers say they can read facial expressions and identify which of the seven universal emotions a person is feeling: fear, anger, joy, sadness, disgust, surprise, or suspicion.

To simplify the task at this stage of the project, Hua Gao and Anil Yüce, who led the research, chose to track only two expressions: anger and disgust. How to detect irritation The system “learned” to identify the two emotions using a series of photos of subjects expressing them. Then the same exercise was carried out using videos. When the test failed, it was usually because this state is very variable from individual to individual — given the diversity of how we express anger.



photos 01:15:30


Chicago, 1961 — Kenneth Josephson



photos 17:44:15


1968 Democratic presidential Hubert Humphrey, from Humphrey Campaign (1968). (via the Internet Archive)



photos 20:52:28

Cloud Index, a work of art for the new Crossrail station at Paddington, London:

Crossrail is proud to announce the appointment of artist Spencer Finch for Paddington station. His proposal, A Cloud Index, intends to create an index of clouds embedded within the glass of the centrepiece of the new station: the 120m long canopy.

The result will create both a picture of a the sky in the tradition of English landscape painting by artists such as Constable and Turner, but also a taxonomy of more than 25 different types of clouds. The image will interact with the environment, changing with the different light and weather conditions. On a clear day, the clouds on the glass will float in the blue sky and on cloudy days they will overlap and interact with the real clouds, casting soft, ever-changing shadows into the station.

Images from Future City and the Evening Standard, via Frankie Roberto. See also: Ian Visits the Paddington site.