Archive for November, 2011

November 14th, 2011 - 2:29 am § in Data Sources, Humanities

Views on the News

  Google defines “news” as new information or events or a broadcast, a very generic definition. At one time in history there was only one resource to get the news. If your town was large enough you had a local newspaper (although much of the information just printed was weeks old). [...]

November 11th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Data Visualizations, Humanities

Who does all the text messaging?

One of my biggest pet peeves (that I am very guilty of) is the increasing ability for people to connect with others without actually connecting. With every new technology, there have been people that have said “this will be the downfall of society.” Beginning with the telephone, continui[...]

November 10th, 2011 - 2:49 am § in Data Sources, Data Visualizations, Humanities

Baby Name Voyager:Names starting with 'A' per million babies

Many people say that one’s name defines them. William Shakespeare disagreed. But a given name came bring to mind a certain image before someone even meets the person. For instance, the name Ruby. I imagine a female of the Baby Boomer generation. It can define one’s gender, one’s cu[...]

November 9th, 2011 - 1:09 am § in Data Sources, Data Visualizations, featured, Humanities

Number of Independents Continues to Grow [data]

  As a social sciences education major I was required to take a mix of social sciences courses. I got to take my beloved history, but I also had to take the boring political science courses. The only relevant thing I remember from either of these courses is that the political world is fairly ev[...]

November 8th, 2011 - 1:39 am § in Uncategorized

What Digital Maps Can Tell Us About the American Way

The New York Times discovered this digital map by ARTSBEAT BLOG, which shows the life expectancy deviation across the United States. The life expectancy was averagedĀ for all of the United States, and then averaged for what must be various counties across the United States. This could be useful in m[...]

November 7th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Data Sources, Data Visualizations, featured, Health, Humanities, Miscellaneous, STEM

Who Is Occupy Wall Street?

  Occupy Wall Street. This is the modern day strike. It is history in the making. It is important to make your students aware of this event, because it is something their children will be learning about. Being a former US History teacher, I taught about strikes. Thanks to unions, the popularity[...]

November 4th, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Data Sources, Data Visualizations, Humanities, Miscellaneous

What Music Do People (Dis)Like the Most?

Music can be very controversial. Sit heavy metal fan in a car for a ride across a state listening to country, and there may be some ill feelings within a matter of minutes. Music can set some ones mood, whether they are happy or sad. It can remind people of good times and bad times. […][...]

November 3rd, 2011 - 1:01 am § in Data Visualizations, Humanities, Miscellaneous, STEM

Visualizing Geospatial Data in 3D

  Rather than a post about an actual infographic today, I am blogging about a way to create the infographics. has created a great free app (free as of 10/30/11), that allows one to enter information as a spreadsheet about various geographical points, and view the information on a[...]

November 1st, 2011 - 2:07 am § in Data Visualizations

A Free Visual Thesaurus of the English Language

  A thesaurus is a boring, but vital tutorial when writing anything. But who wants to pick up a thick book, or even go to a website and read a list of words whose only connection is the original word. Aside from being a synonym, they are just a random list of words that are […][...]