Archive for the ‘Worth Seeing’ category
I love a good chart, and this one is interesting to look at whether or not you’re into hip hop.
Click through for the creator’s thoughts on the analysis. And I do think it’s worth considering the vagaries of such an analysis, as Jesse Thorn says:
Please stop sending me the rap vocabulary chart, I think it’s inane, patronizing, gee-whiz nonsense.
I’ve seen many of American sports fandom maps, but this is the first that seems really throughly researched and well done. And it comes with an amazing write up of the details of the interesting boundaries.
Not so different from the recent Touching Strangers (on LB) or First Kiss (on LB) ideas, photographer Pieter Hugo recently went to Rawanda to capture pairs of genocider and victims in close proximity to each other as the twentieth anniversary of the event comes to pass. There’s quite interesting images, and the presentation here is fantastic:
This thing is mind-blowingly good. It’s simultaneously beautiful and a good way to get a sense of the data it presents, which is unfortunately rare.
I’ve snapped a static picture above, but you really should take a bit of time to interact if you’re the least bit curious. Some of the actions are a bit puzzling, but clicking around a few times give you a sense of its power and utility.
Like many, I’m not a big fan of April Fool’s Day. The whole internet becomes a undifferentiated combination of bad joke, real news, and some interesting novelty. Everything most go through your bullshit filter. But The Economist came up with a really great idea, they’ve created a literal comparison of apples and oranges:
In contrast, orange production has plateaued, due in part to a decline of orange juice consumption in America—around 40% less over the past 15 years. Close to the equator, oranges are more popular than apples, whereas farther north apples are more appealing, perhaps reflecting their ease of growth.
A photographer takes real pictures of buildings, and then makes them looks as if they are merely thin facades builts as if for a single photograph or movie scene.
Neat little chart — maybe even a map — of how the European language relate to each other. It’s a pity it’s a bit cryptic with many getting only two letter abbreviations, but the gist is quite good.
It includes some interesting notes about English:
English is a member of the Germanic group (blue) within the Indo-European family. But thanks to 1066, William of Normandy, and all that, about 75% of the modern English vocabulary comes from French and Latin (ie the Romance languages, in orange) rather than Germanic sources. As a result, English (a Germanic language) and French (a Romance language) are actually closer to each other in lexical terms than Romanian (a Romance language) and French.