Steve Nelson, who has created fascinating visualizations which combine real-world political data with the Second Life metaverse, is at it again.
On his Clear Night Sky blog, Nelson has posted a video which mashes up SL and the 2010 federal budget:
To commemorate the 2010 federal budget… I have installed a new feature at the Capitol Hill in Second Life.
Using the APIs available from USASpending.gov, the Show Me the Money! piggy bank will shower $100 bills down on the Capitol Hill legislative chamber. Each bill has the name of one of the top 50 recipients of government funding during 1Q 2009. The size of the bill is proportionate to the amount of money received, at a scale of $1billion = 1 Second Life meter.