I found Teehan+Lax Labs‘ Google Street View Hyperlapse project today and was inspired to think a little bit about the data we’re collecting in this Big Data era. It’s so often seen simply as an ineffably large database that requires obscene technical skills to understand and utilize. But the Hyperlapse project demonstrates how the accumulation of data—images of roads for navigation—can be adopted to provide a different kind of “big data” experience, one predicated on intuitive interfaces, beautiful images, and a sense of awe.
This coming mountaineering season, I have three trips planned: my second ascent up Mt. Shasta, a trip to summit Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood, and, if all goes well, a late summer climb up Mt. Rainier. Rainier is home to 26 glaciers making it the most glaciated peak in the lower 48 states, and has more prominence—the vertical distance from the peak to the surrounding area—than K2, the second highest mountain in the world. I am very excited. At the same time, however, these sorts of trips are so out of character for me, I cannot believe my gear is already spread out over half my floorspace.