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.

What the USA would have looked like if every succession and state partition movement had succeeded.

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It’s important to know the difference between correlation and causation when using charts. Duh. Below is a good example of why.

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Interesting analysis of the composition of Reddit content. Randy Olson has a great blog post about how the chart was created.

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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.

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You can even change the map projection used:

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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)

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The original drawings are even more pathetic, for the most part:

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This one is pretty impressive:

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Interesting breakdown of the costs of military and national guard personnel, and how they’ve been used this century. (related article)

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Home equity vs mortgage debt is about to flip back to the good side.

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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).

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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:

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The Solar System

In: Science Video

16 Dec 2013

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)

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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.

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Interesting research and simulation of how pandemics propagate in the modern world: (via FastCoExist)

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