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On Being with Krista Tippett is a public radio project delving into the human side of news stories + issues. Curated + edited by senior editor Trent Gilliss.

We publish guest contributions. We edit long; we scrapbook. We do big ideas + deep meaning. We answer questions.

We've even won a couple of Webbys + a Peabody Award.

So many interesting things to chew on here:
Married people are 10% happier than unmarried people, but having a child reduces happiness by one-quarter of 1% on average. Hmmm… doing the math (tapping finger on temple).
Happiness is maximized at, get this, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Current outside temperature in Minneapolis is -11 degrees Fahrenheit. Do they even do studies measuring people’s happiness at negative temps?
If 94% of people in Iceland say they are happy and the warmest day of the year on average is 57 degrees Fahrenheit, does happiness decrease at the same rate when the temperature increases or decreases by one percentage point? 
I’m writing this up at 2am because I can’t sleep. Would my questions be stated with more positive words if I read this infographic at 2pm?
I’m way behind my 100 hours of service in the community. Time to get moving!
From the Tumblr desk of our executive editor trentgilliss.

So many interesting things to chew on here:

  • Married people are 10% happier than unmarried people, but having a child reduces happiness by one-quarter of 1% on average. Hmmm… doing the math (tapping finger on temple).
  • Happiness is maximized at, get this, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Current outside temperature in Minneapolis is -11 degrees Fahrenheit. Do they even do studies measuring people’s happiness at negative temps?
  • If 94% of people in Iceland say they are happy and the warmest day of the year on average is 57 degrees Fahrenheit, does happiness decrease at the same rate when the temperature increases or decreases by one percentage point? 
  • I’m writing this up at 2am because I can’t sleep. Would my questions be stated with more positive words if I read this infographic at 2pm?
  • I’m way behind my 100 hours of service in the community. Time to get moving!

From the Tumblr desk of our executive editor trentgilliss.

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An absolutely stunning visualization from The Guardian:

In flight: see the planes in the sky right now – interactive
To mark 100 years of passenger air travel, our stunning interactive uses live data to show every one of the thousands of commercial planes currently in the air. Prepare for take off

I don’t know whether we should be overwhelmed or dismayed.
~Trent Gilliss, head of content

An absolutely stunning visualization from The Guardian:

In flight: see the planes in the sky right now – interactive

To mark 100 years of passenger air travel, our stunning interactive uses live data to show every one of the thousands of commercial planes currently in the air. Prepare for take off

I don’t know whether we should be overwhelmed or dismayed.

~Trent Gilliss, head of content

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What an absolutely splendid way to usher out the day, thanks to explore-blog:

This is amazing: A mesmerizing Beach Boys vocals inspired by the physics of church bells from Alexander Chen, who wrote code to draw a circle for each note of the song using a mathematical relationship between a the circumference of a circular surface and pitch. A fine addition to these synesthetic visualizations of music.

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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Bubble Map Breaking Down the World Religions (Infographic)
An excellent graphic from the National Post on the number of adherents of the world’s believing and non-believing constituencies. What factoid surprises you?

Bubble Map Breaking Down the World Religions (Infographic)

An excellent graphic from the National Post on the number of adherents of the world’s believing and non-believing constituencies. What factoid surprises you?

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We’re in the audio business and are marveling. We can only imagine the possibilities of layering the hand movements of our favorite public radio personalities and putting them to music (think Brian Eno adapting his generative music app) to form some type of chamber piece.

From theatlanticvideo:

At the Intersection of Music and Data, Visualizing a Drummer’s Movements

Bartek Szlachcic, an audiovisual artist based in Poland, used motion capture software to trace his drumsticks in space during a performance, creating this mesmerizing video. Portrait of a Ghost Drummer is a part of the artist’s ongoing investigation of “the interdependence between sound, video, human senses and issues of data storage,” a solo project named Odaibe.

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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A Magic Classical Music Roller Coaster Ride (video)

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Isolate the musical notes of the first violin playing the fourth movement of Ferdinand Ries’ second symphony. Then create a visualization that gives the most untrained ear an idea of the sweeping undulations and dynamic energy of the German composer’s piece. What you get is this smart, real-time look at the Zurich Chamber Orchestra (Zürcher Kammer Orchester) in the shape of a roller coaster:

"The camera starts by showing a close-up of the score, then focuses on the notes of the first violin turning the staves into the winding rail tracks of the rollercoaster. The notes and bars were exactly synchronised with the progression in the animation so that the typical movements of a rollercoaster ride match the dramatic composition of the music."

(h/t Julia Schrenkler)

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