Archive for the ‘Worth Seeing’ category
This post from Max Fisher on the Washington Post’s WorldView blog is just what I like. A huge array of beautiful maps about history, technology, politics, and the way societies work today. Oddly enough, it even starts with the map I posted about yesterday.
There’s a part one, just as great, that makes me really sad I didn’t know about this blog sooner.
National Geographic made this really cool map a few years back (which I just caught on /r/MapPorn) of where people live, and how much money they make. Pretty cool just to look at, but if you click through you can drill deeper into the tiers of wealth that they shaded the map with.
I’d always wanted this map but not realized it. This map plots the difference between the exact time of solar noon and when the clock registers it. China’s rather famously off for enforcing Beijing time throughout the country, but Eastern Russia is actually as bad and worse — which I’d never have guessed.
(via /r/MapPorn, where there’s a pretty good discussion of it as well)
EDIT (28 Feb 2014): Added link to source, found via Kottke.
A nice and clear animated-GIF map of how the laws with respect to same-sex marriage laws have changed across US states over time.
The Divisions of US Land Area
This is a pretty cool animated GIF, which shows the way that American states, territories, and future spaces were organized over time. It also moves pretty fast, and because it’s an animated GIF, doesn’t natively allow you to pause. Which is why you should also use it as an excuse to try out this pretty neat tool: JSGIF, a little bookmarklet that makes it easy to pause and step through GIFs.
(via Christian Heilmann’s Oredev talk, where he’s primarily quickly highlighting the bookmarklet, but my attention was more caught by the map)
Second Largest Religion Map
I’ve recently learned that I’m more interested in maps than I previously knew. And this one’s pretty cool, though the comment thread (linked below casts doubt on some of its specific data points). This is a map of countries shaded by the second largest religion in their territory. You can probably easily guess the first in most of them, but the second wouldn’t have occurred to me for many of these.
(via /r/MapPorn — which is completely SFW; my efforts to find the creator came up empty)
This site got linked from everywhere this week, and that’s because it’s amazing.
Planet Money is a great and approachable podcast about the American economy from NPR, and their long project to make a t-shirt has culminated in an amazing multimedia experiences of a site, with a story that reminds me of I, Pencil (on Link Banana). Truly great.
It’s snowing here today, so it feels appropriate to link to these amazing photographs. I don’t really have anything to add to Jason Kottke’s post, where I discovered them:
On second thought, one thing to add: here’s the link straight to the fullscreen slideshow. It makes a quick and beautiful pseudo-screensaver. Throw on some seasonal music, put that up on a screen and you’ve got a quick holiday party.
A fun little visualization of the vastness of space. Both technologically and practically it’s pretty neat.
A fun little map.
XKCD may be a poorly-drawn stick-figure webcomic, but this chart — posted as a strip — is damn great. A breakdown of the ideological history of both houses of Congress throughout the over 200 years they’ve existed. It’s not exactly deep or rich history, but it’s both pretty and informative.
A surprisingly helpful (a simple) guide explains how to tell Korean, Japanese, and Chinese writing apart. It’s also rather profane in each of those languages.
(via r/funny, where you can find out exactly how it’s profane)
That’s the collective noun for a group of starlings (a type of bird). This breathtaking video reminds me of something Reggie Watts was once quoted as saying (very last paragraph):
If you pay attention to the world, it’s an amazing place. If you don’t it’s whatever you think it is.
Isaac Asimov explains the magical things they do.
(via Austin Kleon)
Wired has an awesome profile of some of the most interesting cloud formations you’ve probably never seen. Worth a look for the pictures, worth staying around for the science.
(I know this is over a year old; I’m finally trying to tackle my massive Instapaper backlog.)