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:
Interesting breakdown of the costs of military and national guard personnel, and how they’ve been used this century. (related article)
Home equity vs mortgage debt is about to flip back to the good side.
Of course, this is on a net basis, so a lot of people are still underwater – 6.3 million according to one estimate (13% of mortgages).
This map is missing a proper label for the legend (sigh) but it is apparently “concentration of underwater mortgages”.
Zillow has a similar interactive analysis that let’s you zoom in, if you want to see how your region is doing:
A very well executed videographic. Well paced with clear visualizations.
I love these huge old maps. Apparently flying across the country then required taking a train for some stretches though. Hehe. (via Slate)
Ok, I doubt many people really give a shit about the scenic breakdown of the six Rocky movies, but the implementation of this interactive graphic is pretty impressive. The real time scanning of the entire movies is very cool, and the whole think is snappy and responsive. Well done.
Interesting research and simulation of how pandemics propagate in the modern world: (via FastCoExist)
National Geographic is adding 500 of their classic maps to the Google public data archive. Basically, these are layers mapped onto Google’s existing map engine. The press release contained two examples, but bizarrely, no link to the public gallery where the NattyG maps will eventually appear.
In some ways, this strikes me as a bit silly. but having access to these historical maps at all is a good thing, and it’s remarkable how accurate many of them were.
We really need to raise the minimum wage. As some have pointed out, if a worker can work full time and still not support himself and his family, then the government has to step in with food stamps, housing vouchers, and other big government programs that everyone hates. The low minimum is basically a government subsidy for companies that don’t give a shit about their employees. And contrary to fear mongers, raising the minimum wage does not increase inflation or unemployment.
We’ve seen maps of languages around the world but it’s interesting to look a little deeper at how specific words differ across countries. Michael Kelley makes a few guesses over at Business Insider as to what explains some of the difference.
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