Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Washington SR 20 - April 17 2010 and April 25 2011

This is a photograph I took last April on opening day for the North Cascades Highway Washington State Route 20. The front end loader is clearing off a minor avalanche in the background.

P1010308 by Jack Crossen
P1010308, a photo by Jack Crossen on Flickr.

This is a photograph from WA DOT taken this April. It's going to be awhile before the road opens this year.

Excavating for the blower by WSDOT
Excavating for the blower, a photo by WSDOT on Flickr.

All the rain we are getting this spring translates into more snow up on the highway. Washington Pass is over a mile high.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Where did my tax dollars go?

Where did my tax dollars go? is the Grand Award Winner of the Data Vizualization Challenge announced today - Tax Day 2011.

The challenge was sponsored by Google and Eyebeam.

The objective of the challenge was to create data visualizations that make it easier to understand how the government spends our tax money.

Interesting stuff, and a lot more intuitive than looking at the tabular source data from

One of the Finalists, Budget Climb, looks like it might be more fun...I didn't listen to the audio just watched for awhile. It's about 30 seconds into the video before you see what makes the little Uncle Sam character move.