Death, Taxes, and Deep Zoom

No, this isn't a political post. I just came across a cool use of Silverlight's new Deep Zoom feature (h/t Adam Kinney via twitter), Death and Taxes: 2009:

"Death and Taxes:2009" is a representational poster of the federal discretionary budget; the amount of money that is spent at the imagediscretion of your elected representatives in Congress. Basically, your federal income taxes. The data is from the President's budget request for 2009. It will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress by October 1st to begin the fiscal year.

The poster provides a uniquely revealing look at our national priorities, that fluctuate yearly, according to the wishes of the President, the power of Congress, and the will of the people. If you pay taxes, then you have paid for a small part of everything in the poster.

Note that you have to have Silverlight 2, beta 1 installed to get the Deep Zoom experience. Otherwise, it fails over to a Flash version.

Comments (2)
  1. kay says:

    You can take down the link to the poster…….it’s not working, nor is anything that was online about how to contact the creator of the poster. I ordered two quite a long time ago and have not received them.

    I hope you replace this example with another one so more people don’t get sucked into buying these things.

  2. DEvHammer says:


    It was down for a bit, but seems to be back up now. Thanks for the heads-up. And thanks for the caution on the posters. For what it’s worth, I don’t necessarily endorse everything I post here…just passing it along.

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