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Age visualization

November 11, 2012

At Visualized in NYC last week, one of the presenters (Sha Hwang) showed a visualization of his age.  I found this striking as a measure of one’s place in life and a lovely graphic as well. I decided to create a similar graphic for myself.

Age in months. The green line is the medial life expectancy of 78 years.

My Processing code is available on Github in case you want to make your own.

 

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  1. December 10, 2012 12:49 am

    Very neat! It would be interesting for the visualization to account for our perception of time, too. According to this (http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2011/11/if-life-speeds-up-when-you-get-older-does-tha/) our perception of time speeds up as we age, so by the time we’re 20, we’ve lived half our lives! (As if this graph didn’t induce enough anxiety!)

    Also, just a note that I needed to add `import java.text.*;` to the top of the code to get it to run. I’ve never used Processing, so I’m not sure if the problem is on my end. I was getting an error that it couldn’t find SimpleDateFormat.

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