Things of note for the week ending Friday April 3rd, 2015.
To those of you working today:
I FEEL YOU.
To those of you not working today:
I FEEL YOU.
Either way, I hope you have an amazing Easter weekend break and hey, to really cheer you, here’s a nine and a half hour Spotify playlist that me and a friend created especially for you.
Right then, shall we?
1. ALL YOUR TUBE DATA BELONG TO US
This is fairly geeky but stick with me (oh come on, you know I’m a massive tube nerd when it comes to this kind of stuff); below you’ll find a data chart that measures annual passenger figures from 2004-2012.
Look at that lovely data!
But that’s not why I’m telling you about this, oh no. The reason I’m drawing this to your attention is because Citymetric, the wonderful bunch that I’ve dug this stuff up, have gone a little bit further and analysed YOY passenger growth, disparity of usage between certain lines, and ultimately what reasons are behind these numbers – in turn offering up some really super-geeky facts and insights.
For example: if you divide total number of passenger figures by kilometres of line served, you get this pretty awesome chart.
What to know why the data looks the way it does (or why there’s that dip in the W&C Line)? Have a guess in your head and then get yourself over to CityMetric and find out.
2. MORALITY AND THE IDEA OF PROGRESS IN SILICON VALLEY
This is my favourite long read of the week. Written by Eric Giannella, a PhD candidate in sociology of science and technology at UC Berkeley, it examines the amorality issues that rise from the blind faith that many place in ‘progress’.
‘ Progress, as we think of it, invites us to cannibalize our initial moral aspirations with rationality, thus leaving us out of touch with moral intuitions.’
Open this in a new tab, make yourself a coffee, and dive in.
It really is a fantastic read.
3. FORGET MILLENIALS; YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO THE REALTIMERS
Has the generation of ‘things’ arrived? Who knows. Read the results of this piece of UK research- aka the ‘Realitime Generation Survey’ [PDF download] – from Logicalis and make your own mind up.
As ever the first thing you should do when you come these kinds of documents is skip to the end and check out the survey size / methodology.
I’ve totes done that for you already:
- Methodology: Online quantitative survey
- Base Size: 1,116 UK children aged 13-17
- Fieldwork period: 12th December 2014 – 5th January 2015
There’s so much of this stuff floating around at the moment but most of it US-based. If you’re in the UK, you might find this useful – give it a look and see if you learn something.
4. I’M SPEAKING @ DIGITAL SHOREDITCH / #DS15
Digital Shoreditch 2015 is coming.
Set to ‘Celebrate Outstanding Creativity’ and spread over five very differently themed days (Make, Grow, Next, Connect, and Live), #DS15 is set to be bigger than ever. This year is my first year attending, so I’m hoping for good things.
In fact, on the CONNECT day I’m actually hoping to contribute to those good things myself as my talk proposal was not only accepted but was then also voted by my friends and peers into the schedule (so thanks for that, gang).
The talk is called ‘Seriously, what now?’ – and it will aim to cover off the BIG TRENDS and MASSIVE MYTHS of social content in 2015. I admit, I may have been angry at the time I wrote the synopsis so the output on the day maybe a little provocative. But we’ll see what that looks like when we get there, shall we?
- Time: 12:35 – 12:50.
- Date: May 14th.
- Place: Shoreditch Town Hall.
Digital Shoreditch itself runs from May 11th – 15th and the cheapest tickets available are only available for three more days. Fingers crossed I’ll see you there!
Tickets available now.
5. LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS APPLE WATCH PIECE FROM WIRED
I really love it when publishers put something like this together. Written by David Pierce, ‘iPhone Killer: the secret history of the Apple Watch’ is not only brilliantly written but also expertly constructed as a web experience.
Wonderful stuff. Check it out.
Bonuses this week:
- Ben Evans on ‘messaging and mobile platforms‘
- Reddit on ‘what’s the worst thing you’ve ever done in The SIMS?‘
- Tom Standage, on ‘Digital strategy and the limits of advertising-based models‘
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