Four maps (one of them with interactive annotations), a bar chart, and a related article – and none of them explain how “drought” is defined. What is the difference between severe, extreme, and exceptional drought? They all sound terrible.
In search of context, I went to the Drought Monitor site, where I found more cool looking maps and animated gifs…
… and finally a “what is drought” section, and a link to a comparison of major drought indices and indicators (none of which explained how the categories used by the drought monitor are defined), and a link back to monitor site. At which point I gave up.
A beautifully executed timeline of the history of the web. But really, why does anyone care when different kinds of html were included in each browser? Does anyone actually find this kind of internet navel gazing to be interesting?
The Guardian has created explanatory infographics for just about every game. Some are better than others. They also have interactive guides to many of the sports. I imagine we’ll see lots of these in the coming weeks.
For example, for beach volleyball. They should have explained the scorekeeping like they did for normal volleyball.
Trulia now maps commute times in cities around the country.
One of the reasons I love DC: You can get just about anywhere in less than 30 minutes
Click on each state in the map with your predictions, and the running total at the bottom will tell you who wins! You can also cycle through the results of elections 1789-2008, which is entertaining if you read the little election facts at the bottom of each map.
Personally, it kind of reminded me of playing Risk on the computer back in college.
An interactive online Hue test. It’s a little tedious to sort all the squares – but kind of challenging too. I got a 20, which apparently puts me in the top 25% or so.
Not sure what kind of chart best suits your data? Use the tabs at the top to indicate what kind of comparison you want to make.
Not much different than the original version, really.
An excellent analysis of the players from both teams. The colors map out where shots were taken from, and how accurate they were.
Interesting scatter plot of service and return performance. Grey dots indicate players already out of the tournament. I don’t like that the top players are indicated with bigger circles – I think a color indicator would have been better, but perhaps the intention was to make them easier to click on? Content wise, it appears that you need both a service and return game to win (which I suppose is no surprise).
A nice map of estimated US mortgages underwater (owe more than it’s worth) from Zillow. Interesting data, but the color ranges are too close in hue for my eyes. When I zoomed into Washington DC I couldn’t tell which range was which unless I used the rollover. I also had a question about the data: how could you end up >200% underwater? (via The Big Picture)
The NYT presents a list of options for you to decide how to trim defense spending. As usual, it’s not quite as easy as you might think – but I still got it up over $800 billion. I like this interactive way of educating people about budget issues.
A nice interactive visualization of gay rights in the United States, by State. This was created by the Guardian in the UK – where, interestingly, the conservatives support gay rights.
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