the ocean depths have become a noisy place

SoundMap is a project to document and map man-made noise in the ocean by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The results have been compiled into the world’s first large sound maps. The ocean visualizations use bright colors to symbolize the sounds radiating out through the oceanic depths, frequently over distances of hundreds of miles. Via NYT here.

Sources: NOAA Underwater Sound Field Mapping Working Group; HLS Research; NCEAS

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Euro debt crisis and spatial memory as baseball nostalgia.

Data Points: Bill Marsh for NYT

Arrows show the imbalances of debt exposure in Europe during this current and ongoing Euro monetary and PIIGS crisis in a great infographic from the NYT. Image found in this article It’s All Connected: An Overview of the Euro Crisis.

Steven Heller for the NYT reviews Nader Vossoughian’s Otto Neurath: The Language of the Global Polis “, wherein Vossoughian, argues Neurath believed that “the dissemination of images or pictures could foster Bildung, that is, education and self-actualization” and Angus Hyland and Steven Bateman’s, Symbolwhich contains over 1,300 logos classified by visual type” divided into two section Abstract and Representational.

In No True Sense of History Without a Sense of Place, Jane Leavy explores baseball’s heavily nostalgic and rich sense of history and place, particularly with regards to the architecture/layout of baseballs stadium/fields (for instance see here and here). After noting how many historic diamonds have been lost over time, she proposes “Why not create a national baseball landmark society to protect the places that still exist and mark those that once mattered?“. The piece raises interesting questions about the role space plays in memorialization. As Leavy explains, as fields are moved or closed physicists, are even dragged into to assist with the detective work need to correctly identify and landmark (if only with a plaque), sites of various record holding significance…

All of these articles are from a Sunday NYT edition, which is now almost two weeks old, but I have been busy and they are interesting anyways…