DC Comics Greeting Cards, 1978, Part 2

In 1978, DC Comics teamed up with printer Mark 1 to release a range of superhero-themed greeting cards.

DC Comics Greeting Card - Batman, Robin, The Joker, Penguin and Riddler
DC Comics Greeting Card – Batman, Robin, The Joker, Penguin and Riddler
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Funko Pop! Pan Am Stewardess Vinyl Figures

We appear to be edging ever closer to The Funkopalypse–that point where there will be at least one Funko Pop! and at least one variant figure for every human being who has ever lived.

This is probably why alien civilizations have never contacted us. They all reached the Funko Pop! level of development before gradually exhausting all of their resources in an orgy of plastic likenesses.

Funko Pop! Pan Am Stewardess Vinyl Figure
Funko Pop! Pan Am Stewardess Vinyl Figure
Funko Pop! Pan Am Stewardess With Blue Bag Vinyl Figure
Funko Pop! Pan Am Stewardess With Blue Bag Vinyl Figure
Funko Pop! Pan Am Stewardess With White Bag Vinyl Figure
Funko Pop! Pan Am Stewardess With White Bag Vinyl Figure

River Runner–Follow the Path of a Rain Droplet To Its End Point

River Runner uses US Geological Service data in combination with Mapbox to let a the user click on any location within the continental United States and then follow how rain falling on that location traverses to its end point.

The code for the site is available on github.

This uses USGS NHDPlus data and their NLDI API to visualize the path of a rain droplet from any point in the contiguous United States to its end point (usually the ocean, sometimes the Great Lakes, Canada/Mexico, or another inland water feature). It’ll find the closest river/stream flowline coordinate to a click/search and then animate along that flowline’s downstream path.

I’ve used mapbox to animate the downstream path, but needed to make all sorts of adjustments for elevation and bearing changes to prevent jerkiness/nausea (just moving from point to point feels a little like flying through turbulence while shaking your head side-to-side).

I’ve hosted a dataset with NHDPlus Value Added Attributes on Firebase, which allows me to group flowlines into their parent features and determine distances quickly.