Archive for July, 2011

July 29th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Uncategorized

Harry Potter Films by the Numbers

We went to see the finally installment of the Harry Potter film series the second day that it was out, not counting the Thursday midnight showing. It was sad to me, because now it’s over. The books and the movies are something that my wife and I have been able to experience with our children. [...]

July 28th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Uncategorized

Common Concerns About Islamic Extremism

Pew Research Center is a deep, rich, and constant source of data about us — what we believe, like, love, hate, fear, and so on.  On July 21, they published data comparing the differences and similarities of how the western world and Muslim world feel about conditions in the Middle East. Musli[...]

July 27th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Humanities, STEM

Hierarchy of Digital Distractions @ MoMA

Here’s another one from the Beautiful Information guy, David McCandless, a former journalist, turned designer and infographics guru.  It traces a hierarchy Of Digital Distractions, that.. ..features interactive objects, data visualizations, and brain-blending guerilla tech projects. Onw impor[...]

July 26th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in featured, Humanities, STEM

Bye Bye Space Shuttle infographic

The last space shuttle returned to earth on Thursday (July 21, 2011). It’s the the end of an era, that began, in my opinion, with Alan Shepard’s suborbital flight in the gemini space capsule — with was little more than an airtight tin can. It’s something that I’ve grown[...]

July 25th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Humanities, STEM

¿Para cuándo las reglas sobre tecnología en el mundo?

It’s not clear who put this one together, but it’s a fairly comprehensive infographic that tracks the rise of technology from paper to the singularity. I learned about it from Alfredo Vela’s TICs y Formación blog. Blog: Graphic: Sources: h[...]

July 22nd, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Humanities, Miscellaneous

Netflix favorites by location (fun)

My wife takes her long walks in the morning. It’s a more creative time for me, so I take mine in the afternoon (suffering the heat). She often comments how she sees so many people stepping out to their mail boxes in the early hours to slip those bright red envelops in to be picked […][...]

July 21st, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Data Sources, Humanities

U.S. Status as World’s Superpower Challenged by Rise of China (data)

This is a tricky one.  But isn’t it the tricky data sets that need to be visualized.  So how do the U.S. and China compare, and who thinks so?  This is the data you have before you today and I just wonder how you or your learners might use visualization to tell the story. From […][...]

July 20th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Health, Humanities, STEM

The Sunscreen Smokescreen

Is this more than you wanted to know about the sun and your skin?  No! It started with a question. It always does. This time, the question was simple: How much sunscreen should I wear? I’m a pale geek who burns. I wanted to know the optimal. A simple question with a simple answer, right? Wrong. [...]

July 19th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Uncategorized

Visualizing Real-Time Legislative Data

Here is one of those visualizations that include the old graphic styles of paper and colored pencil and also some of the greatest benefits of digital networked content. The Clear Congress Project [] by Thomas Gibes is a real-time visualization of US Congress data made availa[...]

July 18th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Data Visualizations, Humanities

News of the World scandal unfolding on Twitter

This is one of those dynamic visualizations that is both informative and mesmerizing. Last week it was Rupert Murdock and the scandals surrounding phone hacking and his News of the World tabloid.  It is actually a cleverly executed multidimensional visualization that counts tweets with the hash tag[...]