Running the Numbers
August 1, 2008
Quite brilliant, passed on by my friend Dave:
An American Self-Portrait
Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.
This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.
~chris jordan, Seattle, 2007
Perot Charts » Charting Government Fiscal Irresponsibility
July 2, 2008
From Ross Perot, the “father of fiscal charts”, comes a new site to help us understand just how screwed we really are: perotcharts.com.
"The American people must wake up and face the reality that promises made in the past will soon bankrupt this nation. These problems are explained in an easy-to-understand chart presentations..."
After a long hiatus...
July 1, 2008
So, I let this blog go fallow for a couple years – I was trying out other ways of posting stuff (iWeb using my Mac) as well as buying a house, getting married, selling the house, buying another house, etc.
During that time I put together a different blog, focused on letting our friends and relatives know what our family is up to. That’s not a good outlet for rants, technology, bike fetish, and such, so I’m reviving this one at last!
Handbuilt bicycle show pictures
March 27, 2006
Here are some pics from the handbuilt bike show I went to. It really revived some of my enthusiasm for nice bikes! I had planned to take lots of pictures, but there was a big sign at the entrance saying “no photography” and I wimped out :-(
Observations from the field
March 24, 2006
I found this note I made in May of 2001:
I have seen more people muttering in Washington D.C. than any other place I can remember -- They look normal, but you can see their lips moving as they walk along. Some of them you can hear, engaging in a public dialog with themselves.