Archive for the ‘Worth Seeing’ category
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.
None of these charts of American food availability really shock me but they would make a good addition to Mesofacts. The most interesting thing to me is how constant America’s appetite for pork has been — while chicken’s just climbed and beef rose into the ’70s and started to fall. And if you can wade through the bureaucratic writing, there are some interesting tidbits not represented in the chart:
The availability of fats and oils grew from 36 pounds per person in 1909 to 87 pounds in 2008. Much of this increase was in salad and cooking oils used to cook french fries, a mainstay of fast food and other restaurant menus. Cheese availability also skyrocketed—growing from 11.4 pounds per person in 1970 to 31.4 pounds in 2008. Cheese owes much of its growth to the spread of Italian and Mexican eateries in the United States and to innovative, convenient packaging, such as string cheese for lunch boxes.
These photos are compelling and disturbing.
Hey, you remember how people were talking about a series of photos about a soldier? And you remember how you didn’t look at them? Here’s your chance to correct that mistake.
Cameron Booth set out to make a map of America’s Interstate highway system in the style of H.C. Beck’s famous map of the London Underground. Unlike other versions — I linked one here — he strived for the ideal compromise of geographic accuracy and simplicity of presentation, and it’s fair to see he’s made the best one the internet’s seen. The big version; and some details on the forthcoming hardcopy.
If you’re tired of all those satellite pictures of the Earth I keep posting, how about everyone’s second favorite planet?
You’ve probably heard the apocryphal anecdote that the Great Wall of China (and sometimes New York City’s garbage dump) are the only human creations visible from space. Wired Science shows a number of man made open pit mines visible from low-earth orbit and explains a few details of how they supply us with many of the metals whose provenance we rarely question.
Pictures of things on Earth from above always interest me. Pictures of the earth from above that teach me a little science along the way satisfy me.
I think the most interesting thing about these maps showing which NFL games are shown where in the United States is seeing what teams and matchups get the greatest geographical distribution as the season unfolds. You can already see data from the last four(!) years for just such a study. At this point in my life, this interests me more than the actual games.
These maps aren’t new — I think I may have even perused them before — and contain no information I was really shocked by, but I still think they’re worth a gander. A fairly comprehensive pair is made by the percentage of people with religious affiliations across the country, and the churches with which the greatest number are affiliated.
(via Flowing Data)