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How far Frodo and Sam walked compared to real geography


If you read the books or watched the movies, you get the sense that Frodo and Sam walked pretty far to toss that ring in the fire.

Rise of data art

Data art is on the rise. Jacoba Urist for the Atlantic gets into the beginnings and its current prevalence.

Power of the reveal

Hannah Fairfield, who does graphics at the New York Times, talks about using visualization to show specific narratives.

Testing broken computer colors


Computers can calculate an infinite number of colors, but our brains can only process and see so much.

Graduate student makes up data for fake findings

Last month, This American Life ran a story about research that asked if you could change people's mind about issues like same-sex marriage and abortion — with just a 22-minute conversation.

Brewing Multivariate Beer


I was toying around with the idea of multivariate beer, along the same lines as Data Cuisine. I wanted to represent county demographics with beer ingredients.

Satellite time-lapse shows changes on the ground


Since the 1970s, NASA has used satellites to take pictures of the Earth's surface. This is an ongoing process, so when you string together the photos and play them out like a flip book, you see dramatic changes where cities boom, bodies of water dry up, and forests disappear.

Time-lapse using photos online


Think of time-lapse photography, and you imagine someone sets up a camera in a single spot to take photos at set periods of time.

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Running through digital particles

Force of Nature by FIELD is a running installation commissioned by Nike. It uses data fed from Kinect and sensors hooked up to a treadmill to create an experience as if you were running through a sea of particles.

Upgraded self, but there’s a catch

With wearables and cheaper and advancing tech, the how part of personal data collection is fairly straightforward.

Animated history of US county boundaries

Here's a straightforward animation that shows US county boundaries change between 1629 and 2000. You can also grab all the data from the Newberry Library site.

Estimated age based on your name


A while back, Nate Silver and Allison McCann for FiveThirtyEight estimated age based on a person's name using a relatively straightforward calculation.

Data as a verb

As in, you data me, I data you, and they data us. Jer Thorp argues for a verbified data, because after all, it's already in a grammatical shift with the whole big data thing.

A year of earthquakes


Fathom provides an interactive browser for a year of earthquakes, based on data from USGS. You've likely seen this data before, but the interaction is quite useful and applicable to other maps.

Where Subway Dominates Its Sandwich Place Competition, Basically Everywhere


As of this writing, there are over 27,000 Subway restaurants in the United States and about 16,000 locations in other countries, putting the total count at around 43,000.

The Great Grid Map Debate of 2015


There's been a sudden bump in grid maps lately taking the place of state choropleths. For example, Haeyoun Park used them to show changes in state laws for gay marriage.

The big companies behind organic food brands


When you walk down the aisles of the grocery store, there are probably shelves of organic foods with branding that looks small, local, and healthy.

Illegal to collect environmental data in Wyoming

Wyoming just passed a law that makes it illegal to collect data about the environment, if you intend to send it to a federal or state government agency.

#DrunkTufte


There were some blips on Twitter last week for the DrunkTufte hashtag for which people made some not so readable charts.


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