30 seconds on the monorail

The Seattle Monorail station has a set of televisions displaying a “fun facts” video loop of animated infographics. It’s an interesting fact-dump of the sorts of things you’d expect: when it was built, who built it, how much it cost to build, how much it cost to ride then-and-now, top speed, how many passengers it holds, and so on.

One fact is that it takes 2 minutes to make a one-way trip.


I decided this would make a good excuse to use Hyperlapse, a time-lapse video recorder from Instagram that I rarely get the chance to use.

I shared a truncated version on Instagram, but that version isn’t as nice. Instagram enforces a few constraints — namely, the video must be square (so the top part of the Space Needle got truncated) and must be less than 15 seconds, meaning I had to discard the first 10 seconds of hyperlapse.

The full 25 seconds of tall-cellphone video follows:

seattle monorail hyperlapse-screenshot



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Brian Enigma

Brian Enigma is a Portlander, manipulator of atoms & bits, minor-league blogger, and all-around great guy. He typically writes about the interesting “maker” projects he's working on, but sometimes veers off into puzzles, software, games, local news, and current events.

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