Thursday, December 17, 2015

Heat Maps

I was looking at a heat map of Melbourne, clearly indicating by the glowing red bits where children weren't immunised. Some parents think they know better than centuries of science and medicine. I will leave the adjectives out.

I looked at a heat map of London children who play freestyle in London parks. No, you won't find a kiddie snuggled up in their cubby under a tree on Hampstead Heath. It used to happen but does not now.

I then looked at a heat map telling of internet and Tweeting activity when the Lindt Cafe in Sydney siege took place and murders happened. There was lots of activity in  Britain, India, China. To be expected. I forgot to look at Canada, but I did look at that US. I was surprised. I can only conclude that we are well connected to New Youk and the east coast of the US, but it seems we are of little of interest to San Francisco and Los Angeles. The east coast of the US, New York etc was aglow with red but just small blobs on the west coast of the US.

I did not read any interpretation of the stats but take it from m me, we Australians are on the east coast of the US in larger numbers and the east coast is more comfortable for us, no matter how much movies tell us of wonderfulness of the west coast.

Later edit: I am not sure how these stats are recorded. Could the US oddness be because of time differences between the US east and west coasts?


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  1. I remember seeing that same heat map, it came up as one of the news stories on my home page after the Paris trouble. I wondered then why more people weren't interested in what goes on downunder.
    Are we really so far away as to be out of people's minds unless they have connections here?

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    1. River, I think what you say is true. If people don't have a connection to Australia, it is not on their horizon.

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  2. I'm puzzled by why more of your country men and women are on the East coast. I suppose I assumed that from a climate point of you, more would settle on the west coast. I guess not. America continues to be a fairly insular society in many ways which may help to explain the perceived lack of interest.

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    1. Craig, it is just as puzzling to me. I expect the answer may be found in what sort of employment do Australians have in the US. My first thought is the tech area, but then that is more west coast. Odd.

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    2. I think it has a lot to do with the east coast being more hospitable to the early settlers and their ships, Sydney Harbor in particular must have seemed a very favourable spot after all those months at sea.

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    3. Sorry Craig, after I read River's comment I realised I misread what you said. The only really big city on the west coast of Australia is Perth, favoured by many South African and Rhodesian immigrants, earlier Kenyan too I think. I would find it too hot there. Travel north from Perth along the coast and it quickly becomes desert desert right up to the sea, whereas the east coast is fertile from the tropical northern tip down to the southern most point and then across to Adelaide. From there across to Perth on the south coast, more desert.

      River, I think just the sheer greenness of the east and south coast made them attractive to settlers.

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  3. Heat maps are an alien country to me. I suspect we probably are forgotten most of the time. Which is fine.

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    1. EC, perhaps a bit like not telling people about your favourite coastal holiday destination, lest it become overrun.

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  4. How daft am I, I thought heat maps showed you where the highest energy using areas exist!

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    1. Marie, there would be a heat map for energy use, I am sure.

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  5. I can tell you should it make you feel better, I was watching the goings on of that event. So many people here work nonstop or don't even have internet. You might be surprised by the number of people in my area alone who have no internet, unless they go to the library.

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    1. Our country is not as rich or developed as many might think, especially in the rural areas. Much of Oregon is poverty stricken.

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    2. Strayer, your valid thoughts are noted. There would be very few people here under 50 who do have the internet in some form or other. Every 2nd person walks around while staring at their phone.

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  6. When I was living in the UK, it was said there were 200,000 Australians and New Zealanders living mainly in London and the SE. Any time Australia had an election back then, Australia House in London had 200,000 ex-pats standing in a queue waiting to vote, making it the biggest electorate in Australian politics.

    There was no electronic voting back then!

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    1. Hels, an exaggerated figure perhaps but how good is it that so many people take voting so seriously when they aren't forced to attend a polling booth.

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  7. There is one Australian on the East Coast, my granddaughter learning to be a minister at missionary school at some nutjob religious church. Is there a Heat Map for nutjob churches?

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    1. Jah Teh, perhaps there should be one and you know which country would be glowing. Perhaps granddaughter's choice is reactive behaviour because of her wicked grandmother.

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  8. More like the actions of her 'Queen Bitch of the Universe' mother.

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  9. I remember the timing of the Lindt Cafe incident very well as it was mid morning when it started and visitors to the hospital stopped to view events on the television located above my work station.

    It would have been the middle of the night on the west coast of USA and early morning/breakfast time on the west coast of the USA. I imagine that must have played some part in the social media statistics.

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    1. You've confused me now Victor. I will have to look myself. Right 10am AEDT is 6pm New York time, 3pm Californian time. But when was the peak of interest? The ending of the siege that happened about 2am here?

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    2. I've confused myself Andrew. The point I thought I was making - but not very well - was that with the time zones across the USA maybe more of the siege event occurred overnight US west coast time than US east coast time.

      I suppose population levels on the respective coasts comes into play too and if you consider that a lot of social media is initiated by, and builds from, professional media (newspaper, television and radio) comment then the major NY, Washington DC outlets could be a factor.

      Anyway your innocent post potentially generates a tsunami of debate.

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    3. Professional media initiated social media is another good factor to mention.

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