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September 17, 2014

The Pitch and Width of Airplane Seats

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From Vizual Statistix:

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There has been considerable debate lately about reclining airplane seats. Some feel it’s their right to recline. Others see it as outrageously rude. And then there are those who couldn’t care less. As a short person, I've never had a problem with the person in front of me reclining, but I can understand that it would be frustrating if your legs were already wedged in the space. 

The leg room we’re given on a plane varies significantly by airline, seat class, and whether the flight is short haul (less than six hours) or long haul (greater than six hours). The data source provides the seat pitch (distance between your seatback and the one in front of you) and seat width (armrest to armrest) for various seat types (e.g., standard, recliner, flat bed) and plane types (e.g., Boeing 737, Airbus A320) for all reporting airlines. Currently, the source has data for 109 airlines. For instances where a range was reported, I used the average value.

I've graphed the data on six separate plots because there was considerable overlap, even after jittering the points. This allows you to see clustering by seat class. The average seat pitch and width for short-haul economy class is 31.7 inches and 17.5 inches, respectively.

September 17, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Batman Candle Shadowcaster

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$35 (candle not included).

[via technabob]

September 17, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

"The iPhone 6's new camera could forever change filmmaking"

From Wired:

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Amidst all the hoopla over the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and their motion processors, faster CPUs, and larger screens, it was also announced that Apple’s latest smartphones would have a much better camera. And while that's great news for those looking to take less-wack selfies at the bar, the new video features that come along with it mean something else: a high-quality camera filmmakers—and those who aspire to be — can keep in their pockets.

Not that they didn’t have that before. iPhones have been used to make shorts and other types of films before—there are even multiple iPhone film festivals — but what the iPhone 6 offers is what Apple’s Phil Schiller called "technology used by high-end DSLRs" during yesterday's product announcement. Coupled with the ability to grab 1080p high-definition clips at 60 frames per second, take 240-fps slow-motion shots, provide cinematic video stabilization, and offer up to 128 gigabytes of storage, there’s more than enough oomph in the iPhone 6 for a few takes. It’s the kind of power that could, like other developments in filmmaking technology, give rise to a whole new style of moviemaking.

"The iPhone has been here for a while, but in 2015 I think there’s going to be dozens, hundreds, of movies shot on the iPhone 6. I hope, at least, people find it a useful tool," says Ricky Fosheim, the director of And Uneasy Lies the Mind [top], a feature film he made entirely on an iPhone 5 for $15,000 and managed to get into this spring’s South By Southwest Film Festival. (It's out on VOD this month.)

When Fosheim made his movie about a young movie star whose weekend with friends goes terribly awry, he turned many of the iPhone 5's bugs into features, using the gritty images it shot to create the look he wanted. He estimates the iPhone 6's images would be too clean to do the same, but sees its features as a new toolkit for those looking to experiment. "Now, every new model of the iPhone that comes out, it’s getting rid of those imperfections," he says. "It’s adding video stabilization, it's increasing resolution, it's making it less grain-y, and hopefully with the new sensor it’s increasing the dynamic range. But you don’t need to go through elaborate training to use this thing, it’s literally just that you can take it out of your pocket and start filming and you can come up with something amazing."

September 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Selfie Sombrero

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From technabob: "I'm just going to come out and say it: Tom Ford is not going to cosign this, and Daniel Craig won't be wearing it in the next James Bond film. In fact, the Selfie Sombrero is probably Acer's worst product of all time." 

"What's worse is that Acer hired a professional fashion designer to create this monstrosity to promote one of the company’s tablets, and clearly got trolled hard."

September 17, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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