Tag Archives: data visualization

Presidential travel pattern: flights of fury vs. efficient targeting

The travel plans in Rick Moran’s PJMedia article, How to Tell Which Campaign Thinks They’re Winning — and Losing describes a tale of two cities:

  1. Flights of fury with Mr. Obama flying around like crazy:

    Mr. Obama’s travel plan, Flights of Fury

  2. Mr. Romney’s efficient targeting plan,
    Romney efficient targeting

    Mr. Romney’s efficient travel plan.

Here are a few conspicuous visual patterns, to my eye:

  1. No Romney trip to Florida; Obama to Ft. Lauderdale. What does that tell you?
  2. Both candidates flicking to New Hampshire. Seems like a lot of effort for a few electoral votes. How close do they think it will be?
  3. Huge churning for both candidates in, as Michael Barone calls it, Germano-Scandinavian America, especially Wisconsin and Iowa.
  4. No repeats for Romney, so he will be spending one significant visit, one significant message. Obama is flicking around like a housefly, leaving fly specks, sloganeering probably.

Leave a comment if you see more patterns that seem important.

Good start: Huge security shake-up at Y-12; Secretary Chu announces suspension of guards, relocation of key security managers

Good. It looks like some security heads will roll at Y-12, seeing as how some octogenarian criminalistic nun got penetration of the perimeter. Unforgiveable.

Huge security shake-up at Y-12; Secretary Chu announces suspension of guards, relocation of key security managers | Frank Munger's Atomic City Underground | knoxnews.com.

Image: Rodney Johnson, right. (NNSA)

Thanks, Frank.

What the –?! Three peace activists infiltrated the highest-security area of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant

Three peace activists — including an 82-year-old nun — infiltrated the highest-security area of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant.

Wrap-up on Y-12 events | Frank Munger's Atomic City Underground | knoxnews.com.

What the hell is going on up there?

What is happening in Zahedan today?

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is in southern Afghanistan lately.

U.S. Defense Secretary Gates Visits Afghanistan
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates paid a visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, arriving in Kabul on Thursday, as shared in a feature on The Washington Post. His visit, according to the feature, is happening during the time of the arrival of the last U.S. reinforcements in the country. Secretary Gates was met by NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus upon his arrival in Afghanistan.

On Friday, the Secretary travelled to Kandahar province…

Whenever one of these big shots shows up over in that part of the world, I look for something to squeeze up to the surface in Zahedan, like puss oozing out of a zit.

Where is Usama bin Laden, and what is happening in Zahedan today?

UBL's Baluchizone?

Zahedan, Iran, with a few other rumored locations for UBL, Zabol, Iran, Quetta, Pakistan, and the Taliban stronghold Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Click for large version.)

Helmand, Lashkar Gah and purple fingertips

old timey stoplight

old timey stoplight

Afghanistan elections start in a few days. Can the US Marines and friends use the event to view the movement of people to polling places as well as people not moving to polling places? A lovely problem solving task.

People of Afghanistan, time for freedom and purple fingers.


Zahedan, bin Laden and Lashkar Gah, July 2009

Today, the US Marines launch operations into the south of Afghanistan.

Marines exchange fire with Taliban in searing heat
Transport helicopters carried hundreds of Marines into the village of Nawa, some 20 miles south of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, in a region where no U.S. or other NATO troops have operated in large numbers…

Pakistan’s army said it had moved troops from elsewhere on its side of the Afghan border to the stretch opposite Helmand to try to stop any militants from fleeing the offensive. It gave no more details…

"We are kind of forging new ground here. We are going to a place nobody has been before," said Schoenmaker, 31, who commands Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment…

A month ago I made a visual conjecture that bin Laden might be holed up in the south of Afghanistan, between Kandahar and the Iranian frontier at Zabol, viz.

Zahedan, Iran, with a few other rumored locations for UBL, Zabol, Iran, Quetta, Pakistan, and the Taliban stronghold Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Click for large version.)

Zahedan, Iran, with a few other rumored locations for UBL, Zabol, Iran, Quetta, Pakistan, and the Taliban stronghold Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Click for large version.)

Not an especially new conjecture – many folks figured bin Laden was hiding in that part of the world.

But let’s review some recent events:

  1. About a month ago, there were strange al Quaeda events in Zahedan, Iran that smelled like a rat.
  2. Before the election, Pres. Obama contacts Grand Ayatollah Khameini.
  3. Then there were elections in Iran and massive street protests for freedom in Tehran and other cities.
  4. Pres. Obama strangely keeps his mouth shut even during the most dangerous days of the freedom movement in Iran.
  5. The street protests have calmed down a bit now — quiet but not disappeared.
  6. Pakistan positions troops opposite the border with Helmand Province.
  7. Today, the US Marines launch operations into the south of Afghanistan, south of Lashkar Gah.

They say the operation is about poppies and the coming Afghan election. Good.

But is this also the squeeze on bin Laden?

Are the Marines about to flush bin Laden and snap him up?

PersianKiwi we are with you!

No scientific visualization of the PersianKiwi data again today — no new messages!

But yesterday I received some twitter about keeping an optimistic view of what is happening with PersianKiwi and all those who seek freedom in Iran. I said, "GO! GO! GO!" and somebody replied, "Persiankiwi for president of Iran!"

We are with you, PersianKiwi!

We are with you, PersianKiwi!

We are with you this day, PersianKiwi!

PersianKiwi Data visualization, June 22 to June 24

Aggregate message from PersianKiwi’s channel in Twitter from past two days.

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Aggregate message without the rt symbol.

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Here are two views of the word Tehran.

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PersianKiwi is using the channel to describe and direct all manner of activity in Tehran.

Here is one more look: the top 25 word associations in the channel for June 22 to June 24.

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The Many Eyes website is interactive, so anyone can work with these data sets and create a new visualization that might be even more interesting than the ones here!

Visualization of PersianKiwi June 21-22

New "many eyes" data visualization of the PersianKiwi channel, and more changes.

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Precious daughter who perished in such a cruel way, Neda, her name begins to appear in the stream:

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How can the world continue in existence when there is such cruelty? But this name will continue to resonate.

Visualization of the PersianKiwi aggregate message June 20 – June 21

Again the aggregate message changes subtly.

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I wonder how Abraham Lincoln would react to this use of the word people? Positive reaction, probably!

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Please feel welcome to comment.

Visualization of the PersianKiwi aggregate message June 19 – June 18

Subtle changes accompany the strong RT symbol in the past day.

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The word confirmed is now the prefix to a well organized message.

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Visualization of the PersianKiwi message June 18 – June 19

New features in the aggregate of PersianKiwi’s data stream in the past day or so.

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Now that PersianKiwi has been tweeting strongly for almost a week, it would be interesting to break down the stream into 6 hour segments on Iran time:

  1. early watch, midnight to 6 AM
  2. morning, 6 AM to noon
  3. afternoon, noon to 6 PM
  4. evening, 6PM to midnight

and then visualize and measure the data again.

Also, the structure of the RT symbol has changed since yesterday.

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PersianKiwi visualization, overnight June 17-June 18

Again the nature of the message in the PersianKiwi channel has changed.

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The symbol RT is now used like a trumpet calling out into to the distance. Excellent.

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All the Many Eyes visualizations are interactive.

Click the RT symbol in order to see relative importance. The smallest, innermost RT symbol follows the most important message.

Morning June 17 visualization of the data stream from Iran

Nature of the aggregate message is changing, it appears.

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The abbreviation cont for "message continues" was the suffix to a slough of tweets last night.

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More visualization of the data stream from Iran

Here is a visualization of roughly twenty four hours of data streaming out of Iran on the PersianKiwi channel. Still very interesting to look at.

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I decided to look at the word “source” in the stream this time.

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You can click through each image and interact with the data sets and create new visualizations — possibly even more interesting than these.

Freedom in Iran is a good goal.

Visualization of the information in the Persiankiwi channel of Twitter

This graphic visualizes the PersianKiwi channel on Twitter, mostly #Iranelection, in which many of the words describe the reliability of the information — a careful person. Good.

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The technology is Many Eyes, an IBM project. You can join the Topic Center discussion area “The #Iranelection channel in Twitter” if you join Many Eyes.

Here is an interesting visualization of the channels content that begins with the word “confirmed” — which the PersianKiwi source is careful to include.

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