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.
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.
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:
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.
Ever wonder why you can’t fly directly into Washington’s DCA airport (which is on the metro and only 15 minutes away from downtown, and have to fly into BWI or IAD instead (45 minutes away, if you’re lucky)? It’s all based on agreements with the Virginia locals on how many long distance flights are allowed to land. Congress is considering stretching that boundary a bit (which I am in complete favor of). Related article.
From the Guardian, a detailed history from 1930-2006.
From the Washington Post, an interesting Map/Calendar menu leads to team info and recent news.
The Washington Post’s new “Post Politics” online section has an excellent map of elections (Senate, House, and Governor), all updated regularly. Click around for a while – there are a large number of filters, drill downs, and highlights to play with.
There are a lot of these out there, but most of them are pretty crappy. This one is very well done – data dense, yet easy to read.
A 2009 survey identified about 600 labels that denote some definition of "environmentally friendly" worldwide, including more than 80 on products sold in the United States.
The Nature Conservancy has developed an atlas of ecodiversity and conservation. The hard copy will be published on Earth Day 2010, but some maps are available online now.(Related Washington Post article and photo gallery).
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