Thursday, 28 July 2011

Post-It Animation: Melissa Power of Love

As a follow-up to my previous post on Melissa's 500,000 post-it façade on Oscar Freire street (link) here's an impressive animation the Melissa guys did as part of the same project:


Someone invested a lot of patience into this project..

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Reflections on São Paulo H1 crime figures 2011 vs 2010



Following a scandal over the sociologist Túlio Kahn who is accused of supressing his own crime figures whilst clandestinely selling the data to private companies, Geraldo Alckmin, the governor of São Paulo, anounced that forthwith crime figures would be published monthly and broken down by district as opposed to every 3 months at city level only. That was back in March 2011.

Now that the full first semester is in we have the usual articles comparing 2011 to 2010 and yesterday a good few were celebrating a 29% fall in homicides in São Paulo capital. Now, don't get me wrong, a drop in murder rate is usually a good thing but there is some detail in the stats that doesn't make as nice reading as the 29% fall headline would seem to imply:

  • First up, violent crime may have dropped in the last few years for various reasons and some may have dropped versus 2010 which is all good but they have dropped from an already very high level - however big the city is if you compare the below figures with the same 180day period in most western countries your per capita incidence metric will be through the roof. 

    • Although murder fell by 29%, attempted murder (which is similar in terms of intent but perhaps lacking in execution (excuse the pun, poor taste I know)) rose by 18% which suggests that the murder drop is not as dramatic and part of it is perhaps coincidental. Either that or the assasins are getting clumsier. 

      • Murder is not the only crime on the list. Drug trafficking is up, as is car theft and GBH. As you can imagine these were not exactly low in 2010 but they all increased. Car ownership did increase too so we would have to look at whether the rise is proportional (i.e. the risk to car owners is the same) but in absolute terms in went up 

        • Another interesting one to notice is that the incident of hostage/kidnapping for ransom is actually statistically very low. If you were to judge by the conversations of the wealthier residents of São Paulo they would have you believe this was extremely likely to happen, everyone has a story they have heard about kidnapping, but if you look at the stats there were only 13 cases in H1 2011. Unlucky number for some but contrary to the media hype around it quite a low number for a city of 20m. So maybe a nice topic to sell papers with but not necessarily the most worrying criminal activity in SP.

          Full table below (sorry, no translation this time)

          Ocorrências na capital paulista 1º semestre 2010 1º semestre 2011 Diferença
          Nº de vítimas de latrocínio 32 47 47%
          Latrocínio 32 46 44%
          Tentativa de homicídio 480 567 18%
          Furto (outros) 83.320 98.112 18%
          Tráfico de entorpecentes 2.802 3.263 16%
          Lesão corporal dolosa 17.038 19.765 16%
          Roubo de veículos 17.414 18.796 8%
          Roubo a banco 76 78 3%
          Furto de veículos 21.106 21.076 0%
          Estupro 1.210 1.186 -2%
          Lesão corporal culposa por acidente de trânsito 13.422 13.002 -3%
          Roubo de carga 2.186 2.108 -4%
          Roubo (inclui roubo de carga e banco) 56.676 54.026 -5%
          Homicídio culposo (inclui mortes em acidentes) 460 428 -7%
          Homicídio culposo por acidente de trânsito 426 378 -11%
          Nº de vítimas em homicídio doloso 596 501 -16%
          Homicídio doloso 568 470 -17%
          Extorsão mediante sequestro 16 13 -19%
          Lesão corporal culposa (outras) 998 799 -20%

          Monday, 25 July 2011

          São Paulo Knit Café advertises via knitted lamp posts


          Readers of Discovering São Paulo will remember the post about painted lamp posts (link) scattered around the city. I still don’t know whether this is spontaneous creativity by a handful of individuals or whether there is a reason behind it but a few days ago I found the next level of painted lamp posts. These are knitted lamp posts. Yes, knitted. The street name for this is Yarn Bombing” (bombardeio de novelos in portuguese) or grandma grafitti (grafite da vovó in portuguese).
           
          Here’s a couple of pictures of the lamp posts on Mourato Coleho 678 in Vila Madalena. 

          Close up of a knitted lamp post

          This tree is knitted too



          In this case this is street marketing for the new Knit Café Novelaria. And before you ask what a Knit café is here are some pictures.

          Knit with friends on the sofas

          Choose your wool and knit away
          The idea is you come in, buy some wool, order a coffee and sit down to knit with other members of the local knitting community. I don’t think I’m personally taking up knitting anytime soon but it’s a novel concept :)

          Monday, 18 July 2011

          São Paulo: 10th most expensive place to send an expat

          We increasingly need bigger notes than this one down in São Paulo...


          Every year Mercer does a study of the cost of 200 items to derive a comparative ranking of the cost of living in various cities worldwide, or more accurately the cost to a company of sending an expat to live there.

          This year the top Brazilian city, and the top South American city for that matter, is São Paulo, up 11 places and in the Top 10 global wallet munchers for the first time. In fact it's not only the highest placed South American city, it's been ranked as more expensive than any US city too and by quite a margin.

          And while the economic downturn has kicked European cities down the ranking, Brazil with the help of its strong Real has other cities jumping up the ranking after São Paulo; Rio is up 17 places to 12th spot and Brasilia up 37 places to 33rd place.

          Yes, security is factored in (which is why Luanda is at No 1 spot) and yes, it is subject to global inflationa and currency fluctuations but every algorithm needs its assumption and it's good enough for me to think about asking my company to do the right thing, protect my purchasing power and raise my salary...





          Rankings




          March 2011

          March 2010


          City

          Country

          1


          1

          LUANDA

          ANGOLA

          2


          2

          TOKYO

          JAPAN


          3

          3

          N'DJAMENA

          CHAD

          4

          4

          MOSCOW

          RUSSIA

          5

          5

          GENEVA

          SWITZERLAND


          6

          6

          OSAKA


          JAPAN

          7

          8

          ZURICH


          SWITZERLAND

          8

          11


          SINGAPORE

          SINGAPORE

          9

          8


          HONG KONG

          HONG KONG

          10


          21

          SÂO PAULO

          BRAZIL

          11


          19

          NAGOYA

          JAPAN


          12

          7

          LIBREVILLE

          GABON

          12

          29

          RIO DE JANEIRO

          BRAZIL

          14

          24

          SYDNEY

          AUSTRALIA


          15

          11

          OSLO


          NORWAY

          16

          22

          BERN


          SWITZERLAND

          17

          10


          COPENHAGEN

          DENMARK

          18

          17


          LONDON

          UNITED KINGDOM

          19


          14

          SEOUL

          SOUTH KOREA

          20


          16

          BEIJING

          CHINA


          21

          25

          SHANGHAI

          CHINA

          21

          33

          MELBOURNE

          AUSTRALIA

          23

          23

          NIAMEY

          NIGER


          24

          19

          TEL AVIV


          ISRAEL

          25

          13

          VICTORIA


          SEYCHELLES

          25

          15


          MILAN

          ITALY

          27

          17


          PARIS

          FRANCE

          28


          67

          OUAGADOUGOU

          BURKINA FASO

          29


          30

          ST. PETERSBURG

          RUSSIA


          30

          60

          PERTH

          AUSTRALIA

          31

          55

          BRISBANE

          AUSTRALIA

          32

          27

          NEW YORK CITY, NY

          UNITED STATES


          33

          70

          BRASILIA


          BRAZIL

          34

          26

          ROME


          ITALY

          34

          74


          CANBERRA

          AUSTRALIA

          36

          28


          VIENNA

          AUSTRIA

          37


          38

          NOUMÉA

          NEW CALEDONIA

          38


          38

          GUANGZHOU

          CHINA


          39

          62

          DJIBOUTI

          DJIBOUTI

          39

          76

          STOCKHOLM

          SWEDEN

          41

          62

          LAGOS

          NIGERIA


          42

          31

          HELSINKI


          FINLAND

          43

          42

          SHENZHEN


          CHINA

          44

          32


          DAKAR

          SENEGAL

          44

          141


          KHARTOUM

          SUDAN

          46


          90

          ADELAIDE

          AUSTRALIA

          47


          47

          PRAGUE

          CZECH REPUBLIC


          48

          36

          BAKU

          AZERBAIJAN

          49

          33

          BANGUI

          CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.

          50

          35

          AMSTERDAM

          NETHERLANDS

          Friday, 15 July 2011

          Sweetcorn ice cream



          I went to the supermarket yesterday and in the frozen food section, in amongst the double choc and mango sorbet I spotted some milho verde (aka sweetcorn) ice cream made by Kibon, who you may know as Walls, Algida, Frisko, Eskimo etc depending on where you've lived/travelled.

          Iit's an interesting flavour for usre and I haven't seen it anywhere else in the world but I must admit I backed out of trying it on this occasion. Maybe next time...

          Wednesday, 13 July 2011

          Great photos on Folha's sport section

          I always look forward to reading the Folha de São Paulo's sport section and it's partly because it always has a great front page photo + caption combo. Here's a couple of recent ones I liked:

          São Paulo crashing out of the Copa do Brasil

          Neymar taking the headlines again as Santos wins the Paulistão

          Monday, 4 July 2011

          Keeping it simple on Thursday night

          Every now and again, even in hectic São Paulo, sometimes you find the best way to enjoy yourself is to keep it simple.

          Here's a video from a bar I was at a couple of Thursday's ago. This is known as a "roda de samba"

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