I’m not sure what value these have. Tere must me tons of layering and resizing assumptions behind the result. Mostly they are just creepy.

USA presidents from 1789 to 1889:
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1960-2008:

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Soviet Union 1917-1991:
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Some beautiful visualizations of where each player shoots from, and is more successful (this is last year’s season, though)

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Anatomy of Songs

In: Humor

17 Feb 2015

Depressingly true. I watched the grammy’s recently and it was a long slow reminder of why I hate popular music of almost any genre.

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I always get confused by this shit. I grew up with my dads cousins kids and can never remember how to reference their relationship.

 

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Flowingdata also has a version:

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Mostly accurate.

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Pretty wonky, but it’s a nice breakdown of content analysis.

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An interested analysis, but not too surprising if you are already aware of DC income distributions. (via WashingtonPost blog article)

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I first posted about this awesome graph back in 2010, but it is now available from HistoryShots as print. Besides all the rare economic info, what’s fascinating to me is that this was orginally created as a piece of wall advertising. The most commonly circulated version had it as an ad for an envelope company, though I’ve seen others.

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Artist Julian Oliver recreated the horrible powerpoint templates used in Edward Snowden’s leaked NSA powerpoint presentations. Awesome.

 

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Who doesn’t like goats?

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The statistics don’t look good.

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I recently went to the eastern shore of Maryland and came across this awesome bank logo on the outside wall of a bank. It made me want to walk in and give them my money. and other people’s money. and sacrifice some children in their name.

Now let’s compare it to citibank’s logo, which only succeeds in evoking slightly positive associations for a series of tween magazines that I will never read:

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I am a huge fan of simple and memorable. but I think branding has overtaken design – companies just pick something catchy and throw it in peoples faces over and over until it becomes “them”. It’s important sometimes to remember a time when a logo actually evoked real emotions. Look at the font selection. Look at the kerning. Look at the stone they chose for the outside wall of the bank as a background, that has aged beautifully over the years. Look at the bird. It’s a real sculpture with depth, shadows, and gravitas. I mean, wow, it’s just stunning.

Ok, now everyone can chime in with pithy observations about how this would look terrible on a webpage banner, or how it makes them think of nazis.

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