Flabbergasted by numbers

My friend Johan tipped me for the work of Chris Jordan whose photographs visualise in clear and very understandable terms the average waste production in the USA. The picture above zooms in gradually on a photograph, which depicts two million plastic bottles, the number used in the USA every five minutes.

Don’t you think these pictures would do great as wallpaper though? I could probably cover my living room with the amount of cell phones retired every 2 seconds in the USA, my bath room with the amount of plastic bottles thrown away every 0,0001 seconds and my kitchen with the amount plastic bags handed out every 0,000001 seconds in the USA. Weird! (and quite sad of course)

Today seems to be all about numbers anyway, I found a link to this beautiful website on the weblog of Another Company. Here I’ve learned how long it takes to travel from side of the Milky Way galaxy to the other: at the speed of light (around 10 million km an hour) it will take around 100 million years! I mean, what the..?!

And last but not least, I stumbled across an old book (written somewhere in the 80s by Jeremy Rifkin) about how computers would change the world and found the following quote:

…Imagine two computer engaging in a discussion during a certain period of time. After a while, a human being asks them what they are talking about, and during the time it takes him to ask this question, the computer have exchanged more words than the total amount of words that mankind has uttered since the day Homo Sapiens appeared on earth, around two or three million years ago…

I think I need a coffee now…

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