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Let’s Tesselate: Hexagons For Tile Grid Maps

A hexagon tile grid, square tile grid and geographic choropleth map. Maps by Danny DeBelius and Alyson Hurt. As the saying goes, nothing is certain in this life but death, taxes and requests for geographic data to be represented on a map. For area data, the choropleth map is a tried and true visualization technique, but not without significant dangers depending on the nature of the data and map areas represented. Clarity of mapped state-level data, for instance, is frequently…

Tech note: Connecting to an Amazon RDS database from a legacy EC2 server

By David Eads | May 08, 2015 Amazon’s Relational Database Service (RDS) is an excellent way to host databases. The service is affordable, low-maintenance, and self-contained. If you use the Amazon cloud, there are precious few reasons to maintain your own database server. At some point, Amazon started requiring RDS instances to use Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) networking. However, if you’re like the NPR Visuals team, you might have older Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) server instances that…

Product Packaging Strategies to Maximize Profitability

Kuerig used Pulp Packaging for three great reasons , cost ,the environment, and as far as i am concerned the best is it can be stomped on and deposited flat in my recycling bin. As a low volume ,low setup cost manufacturer of custom molded pulp we hope more companies give it a chanceRobin TremblayPulpPackaging.com ReplyDelete Source link…

Audio in the Browser: Horrors and Joys – Learning

At NPR, we create some of the finest audio storytelling in the world every day. When our radio reporters go into the field to gather stories, they often have a team of audio producers gathering interview clips and natural, found sounds of the highest quality. On the web, audio has never enjoyed the wide browser support and investment that other forms of media, such as images and videos, have received. This means working with audio as a web developer can be…

OneEleven – Post Tensioned Transfer Deck

  The high-rise building located at 111 W. Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago was formerly known as the ‘Waterview.’  The structure was originally designed as an 89-story luxury hotel located along the Chicago River.  The construction of the conventionally-reinforced building progressed until the 27th floor when the 2007 economic recession hit the U.S.  Ultimately, the original project was shelved due to financing issues.  The unfinished building became a visible eye-sore in the heart of Chicago for several years.  Fortunately, a…

Better, faster, more: recent improvements to our dailygraphics rig

In the past couple weeks the Visuals team has consciously shifted resources to focus on the parts of our work that have the highest impact. As part of this reorganization the graphics team has grown from one (Graphics Editor Alyson Hurt) to two—the second being me! Having a dedicated engineer working on daily graphics means we are doubling down both the amount of content we can create and on the tools we use to create it. For the last week…

Making small multiples maps with invar

Mapping the spread of Wal-Mart For a recent story on the growth of Wal-Mart in urban areas we set out to map Wal-Marts across the US and over time. Due to limitations with our dataset, we only ended up mapping three cities. Here is the graphic we produced: Automation is key to generating these sorts of maps. There are huge number of things that could go wrong if each one was produced by hand. For this story the automated process…

Video : Pre-pour of Post-Tensioned Concrete Loading Dock

Repairs to mildly-reinforced concrete and asphalt loading dock driveway.  AMSYSCO used post-tensioned concrete in order to increase long-term durability of the concrete member.  This loading dock experiences heavy-duty loads from flatbed trucks (over 40,000 lbs) and forklift traffic. (Video from September 2014) ____________________________________________Copyright © 2015 by AMSYSCO, Inc. All rights reserved. Source link…

Video : Around the World with Post-Tensioning

Walking around a bundle of post-tensioning tendons ready to be shipped to a construction jobsite! – Neel Khosa, Vice President ____________________________________________Copyright © 2015 by AMSYSCO, Inc. All rights reserved. This entry was posted in AMSYSCO News, Video and tagged Post Tensioning, YouTube Video. Bookmark the permalink. Source link…