Culture Archive:

Music sales rose last year for the first time in over a decade. Click below for a video explanation over at the Economist. Huffington has some more of the numbers.

I look at this chart and wonder who is still buying all that physical music? Must be the same people who are responsible for this list of top ten selling albums I have never heard.

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Which of these do you worry about?

I’m not expert enough on any of these to say whether this is accurate or not. A clear explanation of what the different colors and line widths would have been helpful.

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Some other versions:

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http://chaos1.hypermart.net/fullsize/wreastfs.gif

http://chaos1.hypermart.net/fullsize/wrwestfs.gif

Bloomberg has several interactive tools for filtering and ranking the the world’s billionaires.

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If you click on any of them, individual profiles come up, like for Carlos Slim":

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You can plot them by industry, gender, number of children and all kinds of other variables.

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An amusing map from 1927, showing which areas of California could be used to film movies that you wanted to look like other parts of the world.

filming locations

Games by genre, and games by platform. Labeling the axis might have been useful – I assume it’s supposed to be percent of total, with the space at top “other”? I tried to find the original source for this, but had no luck.

http://i.imgur.com/Eo9kJ.png

I dabble in VJ’ing, and it’s amazing what you can do with todays tools, like Resolume. But take a look at what Oskar Fischinger did back in 1938 with pieces of paper hanging from wires in his synesthetic interpretation of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody. Amazing. Actually, it’s kind of embarrassing. We are so spoiled.

A cool real time synced visualization of guitar riffs and their matching tabs notations. Apparently the Soundslice site let’s you annotate any youtube video in such a way. I love internet functionality mashups like this.

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A practical combination of diagram and example. Simple is usually best.

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Very nice heat chart. I wonder what would happen if you filtered by geography? An awful lot of people I knew in northern NY were born 9 months after the cold dark winter.

More colorful Tableau version:

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History of Film

In: Culture

5 Nov 2012

I don’t know. These amorphous charts with somewhat arbitrary categorization and selection bias just don’t do it for me. They are nice for reminding you of films – and maybe that’s useful now that you can’t wander the isles of blockbuster anymore – but that’s about it.

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A lot bigger than I thought:

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