Visualizing Ocean Shipping - shipping routes in the 18th and 19th centuries
I wanted to see the ships in motion. Plus, Dael Norwood made some guesses about the increasing prominence of Pacific trade in the period that I would like to see confirmed. That got me interested with the ship data that they use, which consists of detailed logbooks that have been digitized for climatological purposes. On the more technical side, I have been fiddling a bit lately with #ffmpeg and (two completely unrelated systems, despite what the names imply) to make animated visualizations, and wanted to put one up.