Last minutes with Oden

Beautiful documentary.

Since you came here there have been …

Came across “Gary’s Social Media Count” today via Ronnestam. If this doesn’t have the famous “wow factor”, I’m not sure what does. All of these stats fits in quite well with the recently released “Did You Know?” from The Economist.

Unbelievable, wouldn’t you say? Kudos to Gary.

Personas art installation

Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display until Sept 09 at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab (Please contact us if you want to show it next!). It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one’s aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you.”

Very interesting, would you agree with your Personas?

Hans Rosling: Let my dataset change your mindset

You have to love and respect Hans Rosling, he’s enthusiasm and world hope in a Swedish doctor-package. This is his latest talk at the US State Department, making and emphasizing his point with Gapminder World, a web-service displaying time series of development statistics for all countries.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s “HOME” in numbers

I just watched the beautiful “HOME” documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. It has +1M views on YouTube after about a month. I’d warmly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. A bit “propagandic” in an Inconvenient Truth way, but hey – it’s only the truth this time around too. Some key takeaways:

  • 20% of the world’s population consumes 80% of its resources
  • The world spends 12 times more on military expenditures than on aid to developing countries
  • 5,000 people a day die because of dirty drinking water. 1 billion people have no access to safe drinking water
  • Nearly 1 billion people are going hungry
  • Over 50% of grain traded around the world is used for animal feed or biofuels
  • 40% of arable land has suffered long-term damage
  • Every year, 13 millions hectares of forest disappear
  • One mammal in 4, one bird in 8, one amphibian in 3 are threatened with extinction. Species are dying at a rhythm 1,000 times faster than the natural rate
  • Three quarters of fishing grounds are exhausted, depleted or in dangerous decline
  • The average temperature of the last 15 years have been the highest ever recorded
  • The ice cap is 40% thinner than 40 years ago
  • There may be at least 200 million climate refugees by 2050

Scary.