Judgmental Maps

In: Culture Maps

29 Apr 2014

What’s not to love about these? (more)

Baltimore, MDby The Notorious DGD
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San Francisco, CAby Dan Steiner
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Northern Virginia (Arlington, VA)by Robert Thompson
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Not sure I agree with the written analysis in this article from the Urban Institute, but it contains some interesting medium term charts on the housing market.






According to a new analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the industries responsible for the most job creation over the last four years are also the industries that pay the least.

National Employment Law Project

Interesting analysis. I work with a lot of non Americans, and it’s helpful to view their actions through a different lens when you’re trying to figure out what the hell they’re talking about.

From Richard D Lewis’ book When Cultures Collide.

communication styles around the world


In: Science

16 Mar 2014

Periodic table distorted by how abundant each element is on earth.


The above is from 1970, so we’ve gotten a little more precise since then. Here are a few other versions:



image showing Abundance in Earth's crust: cylinders logs periodic periodicity in a 3d cylinder style for the chemical elements

One theory is the it’s because it takes a while to absorb the knowledge of your predecessors.

Scientists spend ages 5 through 18 in school, and then ages 18 through 30ish getting their academic degrees. Then a few years of learning on the job, and presto! . Meanwhile, scientific breakthroughs tend to be less common in old age because we invest less in learning as we get older, and our skills gradually become less relevant.

Personally, I’m not sure I buy the explanation of the drop-off.


And the age continued to get older over the 20th century.


Another unique chart by xkcd.


Josh Worth created a horizontal map of the solar system using a scale of 1 pixel = diameter of moon.  There’s a lot of nothing out there (but Josh does add some amusing commentary to help pass the time scrolling between planets).


Pizza Value

In: Food

10 Mar 2014

How much more pizza do you get for your money depending on the size? (based on 74,476 prices from 3,678 pizza places around the country).




Type in any name and see how popular it was across the USA over the past 60 years. (blog post explaining methodology)


In theory, the sun should hit it’s apogee (highest point overhead) at noon. But that doesn’t happen in much of the world, for a variety of reasons. The below map by Stefano Maggiolo details the discrepancies.


Based on an analysis of 4,191,533 flights and 1.3 billion air fares, “in 2013 the best time to buy a domestic airline ticket was 54 days in advance, or 7 1/2 weeks on average.” Check out the related article for other insights.


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