According to this Harvard study, on average people today are just as likely to be better off than our parents than the generation 50 years ago was. I wonder if they adjusted incomes for debt? (I’m too lazy to check).
I’m not sure why it took the Washington Post six months longer than the NYT to do an article and map about this. NYT’s interactive map/chart combo helps grasp what they’re measuring:
See where denial of service attacks are occurring based on hourly data. Shows flows as well as relevant news stories. You can scroll along the timeline to view different dates.
Popularity of genres today, based on how many Google Play Music users have those artists or albums in their libraries. It takes a second to wrap your head around the temporal aspects of it – it’s basically looking at music that is in most people’s playlists now and telling you when it was made. It’s hard to tell if this is thus revealed preference of how good each genre was at each time, how popular, how enduring, or how old people are (whose music collections go back further?). Ok, I’m not sure exactly what this means. Haha!
Each stripe on the graph represents a genre; the thickness of the stripe tells you roughly the popularity of music released in a given year in that genre. (For example, the "jazz" stripe is thick in the 1950s since many users’ libraries contain jazz albums released in the ’50s.) Click on the stripes to zoom into more specialized genres.
24 hours of global airplane traffic.
Muzak used to try to systematically lift your mood to encourage shopping – basically they were shopping DJs. I have several of the old albums – pretty funny stuff. Here’s a great article about the history of Muzak.
It’s important to know the difference between correlation and causation when using charts. Duh. Below is a good example of why.
Interesting analysis of the composition of Reddit content. Randy Olson has a great blog post about how the chart was created.
Ok, I lied. It’s really only updated every three hours – but it’s still pretty awesome. You can zoom in and rotate the globe to see whichever hemisphere you’re interested in.
You can even change the map projection used:
The creator asked 30 people to draw a map of the world and then combined the results. Pretty sad. (the bottom image – it’s a mockup, not an exact replica of the real result)
The original drawings are even more pathetic, for the most part:
This one is pretty impressive:
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