The data viz designer Mike Cisneros has mapped out the political positions of every member of Congress ever, starting with the first Congress in 1789 up until the 115th Congress that’s currently filling the news cycle with so much anguish. The central visualization is a giant scatterplot, where positions are mapped based on how conservative or liberal each Congress member is economically and socially. The data, analyzed by UCLA’s Department of Political Science and Social Science Computing, measures every historical Congress member’s political beliefs based on their voting record, with the two central factors being economic forces and social issues. The average for today’s Congress is more economically conservative and–surprisingly–slightly socially liberal. … [Read more...] about A Breathtaking Illustration Of How Congress Got So Partisan
Tom Steyer, the billionaire activist and 2020 presidential candidate, qualified for the latest Democratic debate against what appeared to be improbable odds. Even as the debate stage narrowed to six people, even as viable candidates like Andrew Yang and Deval Patrick failed to make the cut, even as highly experienced senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have already dropped out of the race due to a lack of funding, Tom Steyer the billionaire was there—answering questions from moderators and discussing policy proposals as if he actually has a shot at becoming the next president of the United States. … [Read more...] about Democratic debate leaves a crucial question unanswered: Why was Tom Steyer even there?
However, 360RA’s focus on isolating and locating sounds may work with some genres of music, particularly jazz. The 360 approach could be used to deconstruct and reconstruct classic jazz music recordings, especially since many recordings from masters such as Coltrane, Monk, and Parker sound like live recordings anyway. In addition, jazz doesn’t always depend on the cumulative effect of musicians playing together in the way that other genres do. Jazz players are virtuosic: You can enjoy the sections of the music that are played in unison, but it’s also easy to focus on the individual artistry of the players—which 360 sound helps emphasize. … [Read more...] about How Sony’s 360 Reality Audio makes recorded music sound like an immersive concert
By letting the woe-is-me of not being involved go unspoken, and instead critiquing the process, Patrick came off by far as the least embarrassing lower-tier candidate. Everyone else offered mostly sour grapes, trolling, or a vision of an alternate universe where their absence from the debate is the cause of their electoral unpopularity rather than a reflection of it. … [Read more...] about Bloomberg haunted the Dem debate with fake irony on Twitter. Here’s how the other absent candidates fared.
Lenses for consumers, eventuallyOnly after Mojo has begun marketing its vision assistance and vertical market lenses does it plan on making lenses for regular consumers. Like the other versions of the lenses, the consumer incarnation will put helpful digital information within the wearer’s view to help them get things done. But the information will be more about life than work. For example, if you’re leaving the airport—perhaps with your hands full of luggage—the lenses might display arrows pointing the way to your car in the parking lot. They might put a pointer over your Uber ride as it arrives, and display the license plate number and other information. If someone rings your doorbell at home, the lenses might display a video of the person standing on the porch. … [Read more...] about The making of Mojo, AR contact lenses that give your eyes superpowers