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I like to fill my talks with lots of visual references but don't have time to credit all the sources. Here are all the projects and stories I referenced in my talk at Visualized this year, some additional notes on things I have been reading in preparation, and some pointers to sections I eventually cut from the talk.

I also generally keep lots of notes on Pinboard and Pinterest.



Space
"We went to explore the Moon,
and in fact discovered the Earth."

— Eugene Cernan

Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo by Nicholas de Monchaux
The EX-1A by Air Research
Model in Playtex girdle. Stroboscopic photo sequence by Bartholomew, 1950
Film by ILC of spacesuit tester playing football
The Blue Marble
The Overview Effect by Frank White, 1987
Bruce McCandless on the Manned Maneuvering Unit
Earth, View from Space


Film
There is an incredible database for film data called Cinemetrics, which measures average shot length (the average length of time between a cut).

"If movies are dreams, and if dreams represent disguised wishes, then Hollywood movies, created by many hands under high economic pressure, disguise the wishes of something like the hive mind of capitalism."
"The symbols and myths in a box-office hit contain fantasies that many people want to believe"

The Thoreau Poison via Kenyatta Cheese
Cinemetrics
Fritz Lang's Metropolis
Femme Fatale, directed by Brian de Palma, 2002
Batman Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan, 2005 (ASL: 3.1 seconds)
Hallway Fight Scene, Oldboy, directed by Park Chan-Wook, 2008 (ASL: 8.4 seconds)


Myth and Storytelling
There was a section in the talk on storytelling, on the hero's journey and mythic structures that was cut for time.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, 1949
The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, by Christopher Vogler, 1992
Save the Cat!, by Blake Snyder, 2005
(relatedly, Solving Equation of a Hit Film Script, With Data)
Kurt Vonnegut on the shapes of stories
The Lost Books of the Odyssey, by Zachary Mason, 2007
The Unwinding, by George Packer, 2013


Visualization
"We use these words to hide."
Kim Rees of Periscopic

Gyre by Jacob Macgraw-Mickelson
CNN's Home and Away and process work
US Gun Deaths by Periscopic
Baidu Migration Map
Coordination Migration by Facebook


Data and Sensing
"If you're wearing glass, you've turned yourself into a sense organ for a corporate being. Not even a metaphor, that's the real situation."
Fred Scharmen

What the Google driverless car "sees" posted by Bill Gross
Ongoing Google Glass experiments by the amazing James George

"The prison industry is using the number of children currently in third grade as a basis to determine the number of beds they will build for future incarceration."
— Allan Nance, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer

"We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing. By the way, we don't supply that data to anyone."
Jim Farley, VP/Marketing and Sales of Ford
(recently, Potential Mandate for Vehicle to Vehicle Communications by 2016)


Protest
The David Foster Wallace piece, Just Asking, was cut, but the talk is trying to explore the idea of monstrous thoughts.

"Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance"
— SMS from protests in Kiev. Atlantic, New York Times

"Have we actually become so selfish and scared that we don’t even want to consider whether some things trump safety?"
David Foster Wallace

UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident, Four Perspectives videos timesynced by Andy Baio


...
Or, just read these books:
Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo
The Overview Effect
The Lost Books of the Odyssey
Seeing like a State
Unwinding