Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Visual Coding with Processing: COVID-19 Tracker

This project uses the public API for COVID-19 mortality data, and maps the regional totals. So long as you understand the basics of Processing, you should be prepared for the step-by-step instructions in the video.

Get the code on Github. The repository has a improvements on the version in the video, but is largely similar.
Thursday, April 09, 2020

A Few Non-Technical Facts About 5G

5G is so named because it is the fifth generation of wireless cellular data networking to be widely deployed. The main advantages are increased bandwidth and decreased latency.

Lately there have been many colourful conspiracy theories trotted out about 5G, along with less extreme health claims. But like all such campaigns, these rely on spreading fear and uncertainty, making people distrust evidence-based sources and those who are more expert than the reader in relevant fields. Take this as a typical example:

"5G means densification, with each individual, visible antenna being replaced by thousands of tiny antennas menacing people, animals and nature from every nook and cranny on Earth and from 20,000 or more satellites with lethal, laser-like beams hitting their unwitting targets millions of times a day like silent bullets."

The negative energies demonstrated by this statement are far more damaging to our psyches and personal well-being than anything cellular telecommunications is likely to come up with. For that reason I present a few non-technical facts about 5G.