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Some 25’000 visitors on urbanTick today… over actually!

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urbanTick – Graph blog visits per hour, per day and per day per hour

The blog remain stable on the high numbers of visitors over the summer month. It started to increase in May and visitor numbers now are stable around 155 per day over the week.
Regarding the graph, it represents three sets of data in three rings. From inside to outside, he inner bit is the visits per day per hour. The big peaks are still around midday, mid afternoon and four in the morning representing the shift between Europe and America. The middle ring is representing the number of visits per day. Differences here between weekdays and weekends, where the mid week is still a bit between than the beginning and the end. Wednesday remains the most popular day, closely followed by Tuesday. The weekends generally have about half the visitors of these popular days, so it is a dramatic difference. The last ring is the total visits per hour. The peaks are mainly the same as last times, the overall line is smother however with less wiggles.
The topic of body and city as proposed was the topic for the summer and I am just finishing a working paper on this. Some stuff will of course also go on to the blog. A second working paper focusing on the urbanDiary project is also under way. Here a lot of bits and pieces have already featured on the blog, but some stuff is still to come.
I am currently working on my upgrade and will give a presentation, sort of a mini viva either next month or in December. For this I am trying to finish the two papers.
There is also a publication of this blog coming up. Having this platform for a year now, I am planning to publish extracts of it. For this I have joined up with a bunch of researcher working on related topics and they will contribute a short essay to each section. It is all under way and should be ready towards the end of the month. I don’t want to give a way too much of this but the structure of the publication will be roughly:
urbanDiary        urbanMachine        urbanNarrative        timeSpace        bodySpace        LocInfo        Review

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The role of cycles and routines in culture have been explored in various aspects on this blog earlier. From early settlements to the concept of time in terms of units such as days, weeks and month.
One of the cultures that have throughout a very strong concept of repetition in the more literal sense is ancient Egypt, the culture of the Pharaohs. There is so much research on this culture out there and for Europe and especially Britain this has been a deep fascination for centuries. The British Museum is stuffed to the roof with artifacts and knowledge collected in Egypt.
What I want to look at is the “simple“ concept of the birth and death of the sun during the course of one day. Two elements in Egypt have had a fundamental impact on how the Egyptian culture has formed. This is on one hand the Nile as the life spending river that runs through the deathly desert from south to north and the sun that spends the warmth and makes the plants grow that travels from east to west. These two elements might also had a fundamental influence in how orientation and navigation was developed. (Yi-Fu Tuan (1974), Topophilia. Columbia University Press, New York) It is believed, that the Egyptian culture hated the darkness that arose together with the cold as soon as the sun has touched the horizon in the west. The dark and the cold were associated with death, just like the daily death of the sun. As an opposition to this there was the daily birth of the sun as it rose over the horizon in the east. For this miracle the Scarab beetle was responsible. The beetle was an important character that took care of the death and was associated with the Egyptian god, Khepri. He did take care of the sun and made sure, that after she died in the evening she was reborn in the morning in the east. To do so he rolled the sun just like a ball backwards along the sky, just like a Scarab beetle would roll a ball of dung. So the beetle rolled the son during the night from west to east. The Egyptian name for this important insect was ”Kheper“. The scarab beetle was also a symbol of rebirth after death. To believe in being reborn led to the mummification of the dead body, to preserve it for it’s next life. When the Egyptians mummified a body they would remove the heart and put a stone carved like the beetle in its place. Just like the sun would be reborn every day, also humans would be sent back from the death to be reborn. The idea of cycles and repetition as observed in nature was deeply embedded in the culture of ancient Egypt.

Image from labspaces.net

Some sort of visualization with a time lapse of the night sky.
Perseids from powrslave on Vimeo.

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Some 10’000 visitors on urban tick… over actually.graph_24H-totalAll_090713.eJtH2Njs7vho.jpg
Image by UrbanTick

UrbanTick has become more popular and from 5’000 visits in just two month the 10’000 visitors mark was reached. I have to confess, that I have done a lot more promotion for the blog during this time, including writing more regular posts. I am aiming at one post a day, not strict but more or less.
The graphs look a bit different this time. I merged all three graphs into one. Looks better and is more complicated to read. So for those who’d rather have it in short, the data it self has changed. There is a much bigger peach over lunch now. The big peak at noon is largely influenced by I a one off event, where the blog hat over 160 hits within one hour. At least this shows the record from sitemeter. I cannot remember having seen this, but there you are. This also brings the Tuesday high up, although Wednesday remains the most popular day. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are within 100 visitors the leading days of the week. The weekend is pretty low compared to the weekdays, less than half the visitors. During the course of the day, it is the morning for European visitors and after four for the US visitors.

I usually used this post to talk about the direction the research will be going in the next few month, but this time the period was so short, I have hardly started the stuff I proposed last time. So, the direction will stay the same, towards a city of body experience.
And a note about the blog, I have lost the comment link in the html of my site at some point. Sorry about that, I will try to put it back anytime soon, as I am very interested to hear about your comments!

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5000 visitors so far on UrbanTick! Great stuff and thank you all for the interest in the work hat is presented in this spot. 5000 is a good number to look back again at what the number say and how the graph draws this time, plus looking at the content so far and what will come up for the near future.
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Image from Sitemeter.com

The content of this blog was aimed at rhythms and cycles in its description. These topics have been rather on the sideline and the focus was more on GPS and tracking stuff. This has mainly to do with the UrbanDiary project that is still ongoing, which generated this interest. For the future the intensity towards GPS and specifically tracking will remain, plus more posts more directly aimed at cycle and rhythm research as well as the additional topic of the body in relation to rhythm, routine and the body. Body will relate on one hand to the human body with the physical experience of space and time and on the other hand directly to the city and the urban morphology as space and time. This addition shall enable the research to start evolve a not so traditional view of the city as a result of motion and change rather than the traditional fix points and space containers.
Regarding the blog’s visitors, so far the peaks have been similar at 15h00 and 22h00 with the mid weekdays being most popular.

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Image by UrbanTick

There is a slight shift in the days, it not Thursday with the most visitors, but Wednesday now. It is still at 15h00 in the mid afternoon when it peaks, but then it basically stays up until 22h00, whereas the late night and the morning stays relatively calm.

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A book by Josef H. Reichholf titled “Warum die Menschen sesshaft wurden”, translated why men started settling, explores a new theory to explain why the first settlements started forming. As generally known, the early humans were not settled at one place but rather nomadic, moving around to ensure the supply of food. The current theory to explain why they started settling down assumes, that around 15000 to 11000 years ago there has been a shortage of animals to hunt and people started farming plants and simultaneously started domesticating animals. Josef Reichholf argues this view is wrong and develops in his book a different explanation for the big change from nomads to citizens. His two main arguments are that at this time, in the area where farming first started, the ground must have been very rank and therefore it must have had plenty of food. The second argument is, that starting to farm grain from early forms of these plants would have been much too labor intensive as these early plants must have had such tiny grains. Only much later crossings of these plants grow the grain we know today. So he sets out to set up his own theory on how all this happened. His main idea is that it all started from having too much rather than not enough. He suggests that it started with the production of beer, or rather an early form of it, which is quite simple to brew from grains and water. This drink was sweet and nutritive. It was mainly consumed as part of events related to cult and religion. The buildings for rites and cult are the oldest ones known, for example Goebekli Tepe (Turkish for “Hill with a Navel”) in south Turkey. From there it has grown into permanent settlements. It wasn’t therefore hunger that lead to permanent settlements but excessive consumption and surplus of supply.

Image from GEO.de/kultur / Image from seshat.ch

This theory of how settlements started is very interesting in the context of the research work on cycles in urban environments, not so much because of the beer and how the early settlers had started farming, but more in context with the rites and events that were based on a cyclical repetition but also based at one specific location in space. In connection to this cult site a permanent settlement could have started growing, but it would still be based, through the cycle of the cult event, on a repetition. This would then suggest that the rhythm of the rite was the main driving force behind the settlement and from it must have influenced all areas of everyday activity in these early hamlets from the start.
As an example a quote about the calendar system developed for Goebekli Tepe: “The Mesopotamian year of Göbekli Tepe in southeast Anatolia, Urfa-region, north of the Syrian Harran plain, 11 600 – 9 500 BP, and the calendar of Upper Mesopotamia in later times, for example in the Halaf period, 6th millennium BC, had (I believe) a month of 30 days, a year of 12 months plus 5 additional days, while 63 continual periods of 30 days yield 1890 days and equal 64 lunation”

This would link in with the earlier post on week and calendar concepts, that also derive largely from religious rites and cults and at the same time have their spatial manifestation.
To have the event or rite as the starting point for the settlement give a very interesting dimension for the research on cycles in the current urban environment.

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Six month into writing this blog it hits the 2500 visitors mark. The last post on this was back in mid January where it hit the 1000 visitors mark and now it is more than double this number. This is very good news.
Again there were some very supportive links to the work on this bog and the work was quoted on a number of other blogs including digitalurban and GISagent, many thanks to them.
The graphs with the stats updates from sitemeter show a surprisingly similar picture. There is almost no change in the visitor’s pattern in terms of hour of the day looking at the total visits per hour. It is again this peak around three in the afternoon and a second one around ten in the evening. The later one could probably be America with the time difference ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ that they also visit around three in the afternoon local time.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Image by urbanTick for urbanDiary

The visitors per week day look​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​also similar, the mid week days are popular, with Thursday having the lead, where as the weekend is rather quiet.

The last update on this was followed by an outlook for this project. One point was on collecting tracking data of a number of individuals and the other point was regarding an option to build up an online community to collect much more data to dandify the picture of urban cycles.
The tracking of participants has started as the UrbanDiary project and it is already one month that fourteen individuals collect data of their daily activities. This pre study is going well and the data is very good.
For the second point the UrbanDiary project has now a facebook page!

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It is updated with news from this blog, but mainly with news from the UrbanDiary project and enables participants and people being interested in this topic to share information and experience directly. The page is accessible to facebook member and to non-members so you can bookmark it and following it even if you are not on facebook.

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Tonight we had the 1000th visitor on the blog. It is great that so many people are interested in the work on the topic of everyday cycles and routines.

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Image by urbanTick – Visitor statistics by Sitemeter

The first entry on the bog dates from the 7th of October 2008. So only 98 days online, with twenty entries featuring seven videos and a number of images.
The visits so far have developed rapidly and closely related to being referred from by popular blogs.
Some analysis of the hit record shows the popularity of the bog over the course of 24 hours. It turns out to be very popular on mid weekdays, in mid afternoon…

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Images by urbanTick – graphs by hour and by weekday

As we started this blog, it was not the aim to attract a lot of attention, rather was the idea to use it as a diary (in the sense of the project) and logging the work that we are doing here to keep track of things and log some progress. To now see that putting the work online generates such an interest really is a big motivation. The topic of cycles as it is defined at the moment puts the focus on everyday routines and habits and this really is what we all experience or rather produce. Anyone experiences it on a daily basis, e.g. rush hour, shop opening hours or meal times or is involved in longer periodic events such as the now just passed festive season with the busy celebrations. To understand more about these patterns is the aim of the work and obviously makes a lot of people curious.
The interest was generated by some big blogs that picked up the work and made it prominently accessible for a wider audience. The DigitalUrban blog where the now everywhere quoted labeling Fabian started, then the New Scientist blog, the Gearth blog, the AllPoints blog, the PlymothianTransit blog, andrelemos.info and also the heomin61 blog.
So maybe it become a routine for some visitors to come back a check this spot for new work and of course comments and suggestions on the work are very welcome.
For the future progress of the work on cycles and rhythms the aim is to make a broader study based on GPS tracks involving a number of individuals. Maybe even to start an online community who would share individual routines to help painting the bigger picture. Something like “the City Routines“, a big drawing that represents the habits of inhabitants. We’ll see how it goes.

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