Archive for the ‘Worth Seeing’ category

#  The Frequency of Events on Earth →

February 18th, 2014 at 16:22 // In Worth Seeing 


This XKCD “comic” got a ton of well-deserved attention yesterday. It’s quite interesting, hypnotic, and moving if you contemplate it deeply.

#  Colonization Maps since 1492

February 11th, 2014 at 11:30 // In Worth Seeing 

These maps have a strange periodicity, but I got some interesting knowledge from it. It’s a GIF, so a JSGIF should get another mention, or your can view it as a this imgur gallery.


(via /r/mapporn)


#  News of the Disease →

February 7th, 2014 at 10:31 // In Worth Seeing 

An interesting idea that leads to some really compelling photographs:

“I have something to tell you.”

It is with this loaded phrase that self-taught photographer Adrain Chesser sets his scene, creating a series of intimate, surprising portraits as a means of telling friends and family that he has been diagnosed with AIDS.

(via a retweet by @ironicsans)

#  Average Commute Times in the US Map →

February 5th, 2014 at 16:14 // In Worth Seeing 

Awesome project from WNYC last year made an zoomable map of the US shaded by average length of commute in an area. Click the title link, or the map below to really get the full experience:


#  How Much Snow Cancels School?

January 31st, 2014 at 15:06 // In Worth Seeing 

The US has been cold and snowy for weeks, so this map passes as quite topical.


And it’s just well made (by reddit user /u/atrubetskoy), who offers in the comment thread a great array of provisos:

  • Urban areas like Chicago and New York have more resources to clear snow and often need more to cause closings.
  • Clarification: The lightest green says “any snow” but also includes merely the prediction of snow.

#  Mapped Milk Consumption and Lactose Intolerence →

January 31st, 2014 at 13:07 // In Worth Seeing 

It’s kind of expected, but I still think it’s worth a second: maps of milk consumption and lactose intolerance are nearly inverts of each other. At a quick glance South America seems to be an odd exception.

(via @Amazing_Maps)

#  Population Lines →

January 27th, 2014 at 9:47 // In Worth Seeing 

This a neat map (direct link to image) that:

  1. Shows a novel visualization of the distribution of people across the surface of our planet.
  2. Evokes a rather famous album cover, that of Joy Divisions Unknown Pleasures.

Whichever makes you you like it, you’ve got to seriously consider buying the print.

#  Animated Map of US Homicide Rates →

January 22nd, 2014 at 14:00 // In Worth Seeing 

An awesome work of original mapping whose source I succeeded in discovering. This guy is putting out great stuff — including that gay marriage laws piece I linked recently — so pay attention. His explanation of the motivation behind this:

Specifically, the homicide rate in the United States has reached a 50-year low. Using data I compiled from FBI Uniform Crime Reports, the GIF above shows the decline in the homicide rate for each state between 1965 and 2012. Every state in the country has seen a decrease in the rate of murder and non-negligent manslaughter committed within its borders.

#  Foreigners Welcome! →

January 21st, 2014 at 11:48 // In Worth Seeing 

WorldViews published a really neat map last year about how friendly countries are to foreigners. They also did some good work on their analysis:

Part of what makes these data so interesting is that there is no easy “grand unifying theory” that I can see, no single variable that explains the outcomes. It’s not wealth or GDP per capita: that would not explain why South Korea ranks so low, or the variance among rich Western states. It’s certainly not the number of foreign visitors: the mid-ranking United States and low-ranked China have some of the world’s highest rates of foreign tourism.

If anything, maybe what’s interesting about this map is the degree to which it seems to cut against common American perceptions of the world. Although there are definitely some Middle Eastern states in the red here, the region actually scores pretty well. Tourism-friendly Morocco is no surprise, but you might not have expected to see Yemen ranked above Sweden and Belgium.

(via @Amazing_Maps)

#  All The Ships in the World →

January 16th, 2014 at 9:41 // In Worth Seeing 

I’ve seen prettier maps, but this is quite a dataset: every commercial shipped vessel in the world, by location. Fun to see.

I snapped the Strait of Gibraltar:


(via @kerrizor)