Archive for the ‘Worth Seeing’ category
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.)
I really like this chart, which I completely decontextualized. I don’t think it needs context, but you can find some where I found it.
Take a woman and her housekeeper, capture them removed from any recognizable context, and leave people wondering which is which. The linked PDF begins with an explanation (en Español) of the project, photos begin on page 23. Contexts.org provides some details for those of us better at English than Spanish.
This isn’t done often enough. Foreign Policy got a batch photos taken by Kabul teens which shows the day-to-day life of the people. While this may be antithetical to the traditional notion of news photography, regularly undertaking this practice would be an invaluable compliment to that.
I liked this animated map of the spread of paleolithic man, but it probably won’t change your life.
In Johannesburg, to get a local minibus taxi ride you point to the ground, to get to the Central Business District you point to the sky. The system isn’t exclusive to Jo’burg, Durban’s city government boasts about them, but South Africa seems to be the only place such a system exists. Artist Susan Woolf seems mostly responsible for documenting the system, the work of which she explained at a TEDx. The best article I could find about their origins (don’t miss its graphic):
“Ah well, we have meetings to discuss the new routes and then we choose the sign, simple,” he says. Once the code is coined it’s the responsibility of the “queue marshals to inform the commuters about the new sign”.
The obvious one, of course, he says, is the universal train station route code, the choo-choo train-wheel arm movement. Other signs are “decided by the customers”, he says. Like the one used for the S’God’phola — Randburg route.
Turns out there were a lot of shootings in S’God’phola, an informal settlement near Fourways, in 2006, so the gun hand sign became the code for taxis going there.