Sunday, February 15, 2009

"Rollercoaster! Ooh, ooh... ooh ooh!"

Rollercoaster... of love...

Well, not of "love", actually. It's really more a rollercoaster of math. Specifically, a graph of US housing prices since 1890, done up in Rollercoaster Tycoon. Wanna go for a ride? Hop in. Please keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle while the ride is in motion...

6 comments:

Peter said...

That was fascinating! Thanks for posting the link, Tam.

Word verification: relyperm. Ha, ha!

mts1 said...

Nice touch: the lens diffraction artifacts (bubbles) when the car was pointed towards the virtual sun.

karrde said...

So, the video was published in 2007.

April 2007.

And I suddenly want to see the graph extended out to July 2008, and then Jan. 2009.

the pawnbroker said...

"...see the graph extended out to July 2008, and then Jan. 2009."

okey dokey...

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ah, but feb.'09? it's all gonna be okay now...free money for all God's chilluns!

huh? whaddaya mean "not that god, and not us chilluns?" oh. crap.

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jtc

wv: undes...yeah, i think i'm gonna need some clean ones after that last ride.

Tam said...

"And I suddenly want to see the graph extended out to July 2008, and then Jan. 2009."

I think it did there, kinda, right at the end of the rollercoaster.

Anonymous said...

Well, it was corrected for inflation, but not for square footage, building standards, wiring, plumbing (yes, most new houses through the early 30's had no bathrooms), appliances, the Nixon kitchen, high-efficiency HVAC, insulation, & green shit.

Of course, neither are we.