Thursday, March 30, 2006

Coalition war deaths in Iraq

BoingBoing linked to an animation showing the number of troop deaths on each day of the war in Iraq. Here's the author's description:
The animation runs at ten frames per second - one frame for each day [of the war in Iraq] - and a single black dot indicates the geographic location that a coalition military fatality occurred. Each dot starts as a white flash and a larger red dot which fades to black over the span of 30 frames/days, and then slowly fades to grey over the span of the entire war.

Accompanying the visual representation is a soft 'tic' sound for each fatality, the volume of which increases relative to the number of fatalities that occurred simultaneously that day. More deaths in a smaller area produces visually deeper reds and audibly more pronounced 'tic's.
This goes well with the Washington Post's Faces of the Fallen project.

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