Three Things on Thursday #13

Hello, and welcome to the 13th edition of Three Things on Thursday.

This week, our things include: Generating art with CSS and HTML, exploring the complicated weather phenomenon that is lightning, and how Honda brought the telemetry data of Ayrton Senna’s 1989 record breaking Suzuka lap to life with light and sound.

Let’s go check them out!

1. Generating Art with CSS

Yuan Chuan is a frontend developer, who shares his generative art creations on Twitter (which is where we spotted them), and on Codepen (where you can explore the CSS and HTML behind them, and tweak it in real time!).


See the Pen Seeding by yuanchuan (@yuanchuan) on CodePen.

See the Pen Floating heart by yuanchuan (@yuanchuan) on CodePen.

See the Pen Falling by yuanchuan (@yuanchuan) on CodePen.

Want to learn more about the way Yuan Chuan creates with code? Check out the slide deck, and notes from his recent talk at the 5th CSSConf in China.

2. Lightning is Complicated

Join Professor Mike Merrifield, as he explores and explains the science behind lighting.

3. How Honda Brought the Telemetry Data of Ayrton Senna’s 1989 Record Breaking Suzuka Lap to Life with Light and Sound

In 1989, Formula 1 legend, Ayrton Senna made a blistering 1:38.41 qualifying lap of the 5.859km Suzuka race circuit in Japan - which no only sounds incredibly quick, but when you watch along with the in car footage from time, feels incredibly quick.

The Honda engined, Maclaren MP4/5 that he was piloting, was one of the earliest F1 cars to collect, and transmit live telemetry data back to the engineering team in the pits using a system called Internavi.

In 2013, Honda revisited this data to create an epic piece of performance art, made from Senna's telemetry data, called the Sound of Honda.

Headphones on. Volume up (to a reasonable level!). Full Screen enabled.

Bonus Content: Because we know you love demystification as much as we do, here’s a couple of bonus goodies.

Making The Sound of Honda / Ayrton Senna 1989

DotsLab’s Data Visualisation of Ayrton Senna’s 1989 Suzuka Lap

Ayrton Senna 1989 from dotslab on Vimeo.

Edition #13 done!

See you next week, for more Three Things on Thursday.

Chris ~ Resident Collector of Things
(Fan of Vintage Formula One)

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