Newsfilter on steroids
February 13, 2006 8:25 PM   Subscribe

Watch news events happen in realtime as they get pumped into RSS-space™. In the grand if not lengthy tradition of newsquakes, vanishing point, and newsmap. Plugins and stuff required. [Visualize the hell out of the news, come here, post it, then get hauled into Metatalk for your trouble!]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken (26 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This is very cool. I like the title balloon—jumped from Alaska to Beijing to Cuba to New Zealand and then to the Bahamas, where I learned that the financial sector survey results weren't good. Or something. I didn't actually care enough to put the mouse over the Bahamas afterwards. It is pretty, though.
posted by RobotAdam at 8:36 PM on February 13, 2006

I want a big ol' LCD panel on my office wall at home dedicated just to displaying that first one, 24/7.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:41 PM on February 13, 2006

Egad, information overload.
posted by Pontius Pilate at 8:48 PM on February 13, 2006

I'll settle for a screeensaver, stav. Thanks for sharing it!
posted by WolfDaddy at 8:50 PM on February 13, 2006

Very cool -- as mentioned above, a large screen in my office with this sort of site/tool always on would be sweet indeed.
posted by davidmsc at 8:52 PM on February 13, 2006

Okay, that's hot.

Back in 2000 or so when cityscape webcams became pervasive, I imagined something along these lines. Only instead of news, it would show updated views of cities around the world. It's amazing to me that we're able to do stuff like this now-a-days.
posted by icosahedral at 8:54 PM on February 13, 2006

I've always thought newsmap was cooler than heck.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 9:00 PM on February 13, 2006

"At present, this is not real-time due to server problems. Soon, I'll be releasing a real-time, expanded version of the script that can also be downloaded as a screensaver or desktop background." -- What's Up 0.9

This will make one hell of a screen saver.
posted by ?! at 9:10 PM on February 13, 2006

Whoops, I thought it was realtime. Sorry.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:12 PM on February 13, 2006

Pretty impressive. I also want a big-ass monitor on my wall just for this (of course, my wife wouldn't really care for it, stinking up the decor and all). Thanks stavros.
posted by ashbury at 9:13 PM on February 13, 2006

All the inks I clicked on where dated January 27th, so this a bit useless for now.
posted by cillit bang at 9:21 PM on February 13, 2006

this a bit useless for now.

Like I said, sorry. But I don't know how much information visualizations like this are meant to be useful as much as brainbending and novel and captivating. That's arguable, of course.

Anyway, I'm extremely visually-oriented, and always fascinated by new ways to look at information.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:31 PM on February 13, 2006

Very cool!
posted by dhruva at 10:00 PM on February 13, 2006

Okay, every now and then something comes along and convinces me I'm living in the future. That is pretty close. It feels kind of like one of those cyberpunk information domes where Mr. Hacker keeps his fingers on the ever-quickening pulse of society or whatever. I didn't last too long, obviously.

That and, well, having geographical locations pop up just two or three squares off was getting real distracting. Dallas was like in the Florida Panhandle or something.
posted by furiousthought at 10:05 PM on February 13, 2006

Dude, I'm totally gonna visualize the hell out of everything now!

uh... feeling a little ill...

I think I'll use the phrase "visualize the hell out of it" in my next art review. Thanks stavros.
posted by medialyte at 10:28 PM on February 13, 2006

That's realy cool - works well with an application such as desktopmagik (mac) to stick it onto your desktop.
posted by twistedonion at 1:28 AM on February 14, 2006

Way cool, I hope he gets the server situation fixed. Agreed it would make a great screen saver.
posted by wtfchuck at 1:58 AM on February 14, 2006

Very cool. Nice graphics too.
posted by R. Mutt at 4:40 AM on February 14, 2006

Now we just have to figure out how to tell a computer the difference between interesting local news and boring local news.
posted by smackfu at 7:22 AM on February 14, 2006

This is really cool, real-time or not (yet). Once they release the screensaver, I'm going to be all over that.

They should come up with localized ones for when you're feeling isolationist or just want to check out news in your area (one for the US, one for Europe, Austrailia, etc.).

Still, it has a very awesome look to it.
posted by educatedslacker at 8:32 AM on February 14, 2006

I'm working on convincing "the relevant people" in my office to put some of these up on some screens in the lobby.
posted by pithy comment at 9:42 AM on February 14, 2006

Beam it on your wall with a projector. $500 on eBay.
posted by LordSludge at 9:42 AM on February 14, 2006

Some great stuff there ... reminds me of...

About a year back, someone here linked to a site that analyzed the day's news (through Google News, I think) and then depicted this as lines connecting nodes. So a US news story on Iraq would show up as a line connecting Washington to Baghdad (for example). I have been trying to dig this one up, but can't find it.

Not attempting to derail, that site complements the ones linked to here.
posted by bumpkin at 10:19 AM on February 14, 2006

It's elegantly made and the concept is very cool, but as of now it's just a loop - I checked it out a few days ago and it's still the same stories in the same sequence.

That few people seem to notice the stories "outdatedness" reminds me of what Tufte says about chart junk (graphics in data visualisations that work like eye candy but doesn't really say anything).
posted by hasund at 2:25 PM on February 14, 2006

I always envisioned the control room of CNN would have a huge display of something like this - a big map of the world with live video feeds from CNN and other news sources along the perimeter connected by lines to the site of the video. Layered over the map would be text balloons of mini-reports as they are received.

Very cool, stav. Looking forward to the screensaver. Should be beautiful on the TV/monitor.
posted by junesix at 3:12 PM on February 14, 2006

Late addition that I just ran across: this is pretty neat, too.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:03 PM on February 20, 2006

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