Zachary Nichols

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I'm the co-founder and Creative Director of George & Elaine in New York City. This site acts as a collection of interests as well as ongoing experiments in web technologies and user interface design. For work references please visit George & Elaine.


The current layout explores WebGL, SVG filters and alternative layout concepts. Best viewed in Chrome as the content uses bleeding edge browser features not available cross-browser.

For the past year or so I have been working on a series of terrain visualizations of the coordinates where the greatest number of civilians were killed in US drone strikes.

This piece is Ladha, where roughly 37 civilians where killed by 5 drone bombs on an August afternoon in 2009.

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The universe is brimming with vexing, invisible dark matter — something we can’t identify, interact with or observe. However, solutions for the issue of its genesis are constantly being proposed. Most ideas focus on dark matter’s form or how it is birthed from gravity. A third new concept by Erik Verlinde reconsiders gravity entirely. Perhaps gravity is not a fundamental force, but an effect of some other fundamental interactions? This could explain dark matter.

Today, it’s important to remember that while devastation to our person, our home, our country, or our citizenship deserve every bit of acknowledgement, we are a species of thinkers, doers and problem solvers. We can, and will, find that gleam of imagination that allows us to interpret the existing conditions as new circumstances for progress.

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With the winter, my morning slog to preparedness has a new stage: turning myself into a layered clothes-lasagna. As Sinclair Lewis put it, “Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” I’ve got a new part time job.

The lack of snow thus far, and the approaching Winter Storm Jonas, has me thinking doubly of our pallbearer’s lockstep to climate change and of tropic climates. Today the warmer thoughts are winning out — like the work by Elena Chiavi, Ahmad El Mad, Matteo Golden pictured.

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“I re-invented my image so many times that I’m in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman.”

RIP DB.

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Captivating new photos of our on-again-off-again planet neighbor, Pluto, combining blue, red, and infrared images into a serpentine composite.

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Short dance film “Fred Astaire with a stomach full of Corn Chips and Valium” by Phillip R Lopez. The director’s comments about the camera’s movement being entirely integral to a piece of this sort are exactly the reason this one’s worth a watch.

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Delight in simplicity. A short — only 70 frames short — little animation by Eran Hilleli. He calls it “just a place i hung out in last night.” Indeed.

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Invisible Child, Girl in the Shadow

Excerpt from the NY Times.

She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside her, their chests rising and falling under winter coats and wool blankets. A few feet away, their mother and father sleep near the mop bucket they use as a toilet. Two other children share a mattress by the rotting wall where the mice live, opposite the baby, whose crib is warmed by a hair dryer perched on a milk crate.

Slipping out from her covers, the oldest girl sits at the window. On mornings like this, she can see all the way across Brooklyn to the Empire State Building, the first New York skyscraper to reach 100 floors. Her gaze always stops at that iconic temple of stone, its tip pointed celestially, its facade lit with promise.

“It makes me feel like there’s something going on out there,” says the 11-year-old girl, never one for patience. This child of New York is always running before she walks. She likes being first — the first to be born, the first to go to school, the first to make the honor roll.

Even her name, Dasani, speaks of a certain reach. The bottled water had come to Brooklyn’s bodegas just before she was born, catching the fancy of her mother, who could not afford such indulgences. It hinted at a different, upwardly mobile clientele, a set of newcomers who over the next decade would transform the borough.

Dasani’s own neighborhood, Fort Greene, is now one of gentrification’s gems. Her family lives in the Auburn Family Residence, a decrepit city-run shelter for the homeless. It is a place where mold creeps up walls and roaches swarm, where feces and vomit plug communal toilets, where sexual predators have roamed and small children stand guard for their single mothers outside filthy showers.

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