Very nice heat chart. I wonder what would happen if you filtered by geography? An awful lot of people I knew in northern NY were born 9 months after the cold dark winter.
More colorful Tableau version:
Is it just me, or do John McWade’s awesome videos remind you of Bob Ross? The same happy obsession with a craft, combined with a calm soothing voice. I mean, just add a perm, right?
Anyways, his graphic design advice is fantastic. He can occasionally get a little too Tufte minimalist, but that’s just a minor quibble. Subscribe to his youtube channel if you know what’s good for you.
Hopefully these will be the last ones of the cycle – though these were nicely done by the Chicago Sun-Times’ Max Rust:
By margin of victory (technically, the same data as the “purple america” map that used blue/red hues).
by electoral votes:
I love these evolutionary causation theories.
A study published yesterday in the journal PNAS puts weight behind the hypothesis that–more than any social or environmental factor–humans own their giant cognitive leap to the ancestral chefs and proto grill masters who invented cooked food.
Why? According to the researchers, a diet of raw foods can’t support an endless growth of both brawn and brains. Larger body sizes and bigger brains both meant more energy use, which meant more time spent eating each day.
And, since no primate can sustain a daily foraging requirement of much more than eight hours (gorillas average close to eight, but sometimes spend closer to nine), our ancestors must have found some way to get more energy in less time.
I don’t know that I buy the summary argument, but viewing “time spent getting calories” as a driver of intelligence and socialization selection is intriguing.
Thanks to Will T. for sending in the link!
By the talented Robert J Vanderbei
And here’s 2012 as calculated today:
How effective was all the new campaign spending? I’m sure the analysis will be debated until the next election.
Preliminary estimates of total:
Also, if you’re all worked up about the election (as I was yesterday), it calmed my nerves and restored my faith in democracy a bit to read this article from Cracked (which is having oddly insightful articles lately)
I don’t know. These amorphous charts with somewhat arbitrary categorization and selection bias just don’t do it for me. They are nice for reminding you of films – and maybe that’s useful now that you can’t wander the isles of blockbuster anymore – but that’s about it.
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