Archive for the ‘Worth Seeing’ category

#  Stripped of their Roles [PDF] →

July 14th, 2010 at 18:00 // In Worth Seeing 

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. provides some details for those of us better at English than Spanish.

(via Bobulate)

#  The Afghanistan We Don’t See →

June 18th, 2010 at 20:06 // In Worth Seeing 

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.

(via Reddit)

#  Mapping Tourism →

May 25th, 2010 at 18:25 // In Worth Seeing 

The map is interesting, but the way it’s made is what I really like. Ahti Heinla used data about number of users and photos at a given location from photo site Panoramio to tell where the most tourists are going. Surely this doesn’t yield a perfect data set, but it’s damn clever.

(via MoWIL)

#  How Humans Spread →

May 18th, 2010 at 16:30 // In Worth Seeing 

I liked this animated map of the spread of paleolithic man, but it probably won’t change your life.

(via Reddit)

#  Handcoded Destination [PDF] →

March 30th, 2010 at 18:28 // In Worth Seeing 

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.

(via Bobulate)

#  The Changing American Appetite →

March 24th, 2010 at 16:01 // In Worth Seeing 

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.

(via kottke)

#  Inside Birds’ Stomachs →

March 18th, 2010 at 19:01 // In Worth Seeing 

These photos are compelling and disturbing.

(via HN)

#  Ian Fisher →

February 2nd, 2010 at 19:23 // In Worth Seeing 

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.

(via kottke)

#  Nail Houses →

December 1st, 2009 at 19:35 // In Worth Seeing 

Up’s Carl Fredricksen is probably America’s most famous nail house resident, but he’s certainly not the only one.

(idea via FYE)

#  America’s Tube →

November 23rd, 2009 at 18:25 // In Worth Seeing 

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.

(via kottke)

#  Mars from Above →

November 11th, 2009 at 19:49 // In Worth Seeing 

If you’re tired of all those satellite pictures of the Earth I keep posting, how about everyone’s second favorite planet?

#  Man from Space →

October 28th, 2009 at 17:26 // In Worth Seeing 

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.

#  Glaciers from Above →

October 14th, 2009 at 20:16 // In Worth Seeing 

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.

(via kottke)

#  World’s Most Beautiful Bookstore →

September 28th, 2009 at 18:42 // In Worth Seeing 

I don’t think anything could top this one. Modern fixtures dropped inside a 13th century Dominican church in the Netherlands. A Google Image search has the biggest pictures I can find, and a review from the Guardian is available.

(title link via Boing Boing)

#  Letters of Note →

September 23rd, 2009 at 13:44 // In Worth Seeing 

A truly awesome tribute to the lost art of letter writing, history, and all the cool stuff we can gather with the technologies available to us today. Yesterday’s is great.

(via Yewknee, who points to some more historical examples)

#  Mapping Matchups’ Perceived Popularity →

September 16th, 2009 at 20:36 // In Worth Seeing 

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.

(via kottke)

#  America’s Religious Geography →

August 20th, 2009 at 17:15 // In Worth Seeing 

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)

#  Reinterpretting Children’s Drawing →

August 18th, 2009 at 19:06 // In Worth Seeing 

Illustrator Aaron Zenz moved his refrigerator — spellcheck was invented for words like that — to the internet three years ago, and in honor of that anniversary he encouraged people to reinterpret his kid’s drawings. The results are pretty great.

(via @ironicsans)