History Archive:

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.

Cool graphic from National Geographic:

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By the talented Robert J Vanderbei

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And here’s 2012 as calculated today:

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Hurricanes since 1851:

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Earthquakes since 1898:

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Fires 2001-2012:

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Another beauty from xkcd. I’m a little dubious of the methodology behind the liberal/conservative distinctions, but they’re upfront and clear about what is being displayed.

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Ages and reigns of famous leaders throughout history. The coverage is a little odd. Mao but not Castro? No Khans?

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Here’s a similar chart of the empires themselves. I’m told this is an awesome graphic, but I can’t read Italian.

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The angle threw me for a minute, and I wonder if the ending arc widths are proportionally representative or not – but overall, I like it!

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I guess today is the day of map posts! Here is one from the Economist that shows which countries participated in each summer Olympics since 1896. You can see the stupid 1980/84 boycotts by east and west, for example.

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Origins of America

In: History Maps

30 Jul 2012

Awesome animated gif of the growth of the US territories and states. The only improvement I can think of is if there was a timeline control – watching the dates change while keeping track of map changes is almost impossible.

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I couldn’t find the original creator to link to. If you know where credit should be given, let me know.

A look at drought through the years. There’s also a nice article about the design decisions and process that went into it.

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Some slick programming in this annotated exploration of 50 years of poverty statistics. Tough I’m not a fan of the pie charts, per se, the rollover drill down is a nice idea. Be sure to click on the small “change year” to bring up a timeline slider that updates in real time. Like I said – slick!

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Truck Timeline

In: Culture History

17 Jul 2012

Ok, confession time. I’m not posting this because it’s a great infographic or timeline. I’m posting it because I love vintage trucks. Particularly those in the 50s and 60s.

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