Culture Archive:

A beautiful language tree by


I’m not sure what value these have. Tere must me tons of layering and resizing assumptions behind the result. Mostly they are just creepy.

USA presidents from 1789 to 1889:



Soviet Union 1917-1991:

I always get confused by this shit. I grew up with my dads cousins kids and can never remember how to reference their relationship.




Flowingdata also has a version:


And annotated interactive narrative of about 20 charts on trends in death. This was done by Bloomberg, which has a number of these well done data mining narratives.




Somewhat obvious, but fun to look at the details. The original NYT article points out some of the more contentious borders.


Judgmental Maps

In: Culture Maps

29 Apr 2014

What’s not to love about these? (more)

Baltimore, MDby The Notorious DGD
The Notorious DGD Copr. 2014. All Rights Reserved.

San Francisco, CAby Dan Steiner
Dan Steiner Copr. 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Northern Virginia (Arlington, VA)by Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson. Copr. 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Interesting analysis. I work with a lot of non Americans, and it’s helpful to view their actions through a different lens when you’re trying to figure out what the hell they’re talking about.

From Richard D Lewis’ book When Cultures Collide.

communication styles around the world

One theory is the it’s because it takes a while to absorb the knowledge of your predecessors.

Scientists spend ages 5 through 18 in school, and then ages 18 through 30ish getting their academic degrees. Then a few years of learning on the job, and presto! . Meanwhile, scientific breakthroughs tend to be less common in old age because we invest less in learning as we get older, and our skills gradually become less relevant.

Personally, I’m not sure I buy the explanation of the drop-off.


And the age continued to get older over the 20th century.


Type in any name and see how popular it was across the USA over the past 60 years. (blog post explaining methodology)


Based on an analysis of 4,191,533 flights and 1.3 billion air fares, “in 2013 the best time to buy a domestic airline ticket was 54 days in advance, or 7 1/2 weeks on average.” Check out the related article for other insights.


Loren Munk

In: Culture History

25 Feb 2014

Artist Loren Munk has created many beautiful interpretations of art history, genres, and incubators.


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My personal favorite:


Facebook analyzed peoples online interactions zeroed around relationship status events. It turns out (not surprisingly I suppose) that relationship changes track closely with online interactions.


and what kind of posts they are interacting with:


Here’s what a breakup looks like:


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