Source: Washington Post Archive:

Cross-country financial and trade exposures are hard to visualize, but this interactive network diagram from the Washington Post is a good attempt.  And the sovereign spread sparklines at the bottom are a nice addition.

Interactive web diagram of loan and trade interdependence for the united states and the EU

I somehow missed catching this when it came out in December.

A very cool look at the cost and popularity of gadgets since the 1980s – covering phones, computers, TV, video, and audio. You can clearly see the “digital revolution” start around 2000, killing off earlier technologies; it’s also interesting to see the cost of any gizmo fall over time (the circles get smaller). By Alicia Parlapiano for the Washington post. (related article)

Chart of personal communication technology from 1980 to 2010Chart of gadget popularity and cost over time

Maps of who commutes using public transport, and who has to get up before 7am to make it to work (an odd metric, no?). Related story.

map of washington dc commute time and use of public transport

Part of a multi-part Washington Post Investigation. Each dot represents a death; word clouds illustrate information on the circumstances, sentencing, and other details.

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Five-part interactive explanation of quantitative easing. My favorite part: “The Fed will likely buy $100s of billions of Treasury bonds using money that it creates out of thin air”

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A nice animated/annotated series of charts explaining the output gap and its effects on unemployment.

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Word clouds of republican and democratic “contracts” with the American people. Related article.

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A very well done interactive of how people will be affected by the expiration of the 2001/03 tax breaks, as well as a what Obama is proposing.

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Includes the recent $26 billion state aid package. Related article.

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Two cool analyses (even if you don’t care about baseball) of how Mariano Rivera and Stephen Strasbourg pitch. You have to wonder what kinds of similar work team scouts do behind the scenes.

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As much as I hate to draw more attention to anything this woman has to say, I thought some of you wonks might find this interesting in the run-up to this November.

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To counterbalance the bad taste that left in my throat, I’ll give another shoutout to the WashPost’s overall Campaign tracker, which is excellent:

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Interactive exploration of the 45 Government agencies, 2000+ companies, and 854,000+ people working on government security. Part of the Washington Post’s 3-part series on the growth of national security infrastructure since 9/11.

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