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.
An interactive map showing the range of radio stations in the United States.
I tried to find a version of this including commercial stations, but the best was maps of coverage areas for single stations from radio-locator.com.
Nearest pizza parlor chain within a 10 mile radius:
But there are other important pizza questions. How much of pizza sales do the chains represent?
How do the sales breakdown?
Who has the most pizza stores? NYC! Oddly, though, Miami has the most per capita.
p.s. – I love pizza. The best pizza in the world is Pontillos.
I still prefer the Baby Name Voyager, but this is a nice presentation.
Also: Jacob? Barf.
I like it. It never occurred to me to use colored lines to differentiate rising and falling values in this type of chart. I would suggest sorting by the change instead of the most recent observation, but I suppose it would depend on the point you were trying to make.
Settlement and fines for mortgage abuses are starting to add up to real money. Of course, as Matt Taibbi points out, this is still just a drop in the proverbial bucket compared to the related profits and scale of activities that took place.
(disclaimer: clever post title pilfered from the Economist)
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