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Square mile grid-ness of the United States


Named after the grid system Thomas Jefferson used to apportion land acquired through the Louisiana purchase, the Jefferson Grid Instagram account highlights remnants of the system through satellite shots from Google Earth.

Minimum Wage Machine pays in pennies


The Minimum Wage Machine by Blank Fall-Conroy places minimum wage in the context of seconds and pennies.

Extracting NBA player movement data


NBA basketball teams have tracking systems installed in their arenas called SportVu, essentially a system of cameras pointed at the court to track player movements.

Live cyber attack map


Norse monitors cyber attacks in real-time. This is their map of what's going on. (All I hear is pew, pew, pew when I watch it.) [via Boing Boing] Tags: Internet, security

I’m doing a Reddit AMA

I'm doing a Reddit AMA tomorrow hosted by the DataIsBeautiful subreddit. It'll be at 1:30pm EST on August 27, 2015.

Subway complaints by station


This map of subway complaints in Madrid isn't geographically relevant to me, but the encoding scheme is interesting.

Making a hit song with Bieber, Diplo, and Skrillex


The New York Times got me to watch an interview with Justin Bieber in it multiple times. Along with (mostly) Diplo and Skrillex, a visual layer set on top of the video interview further explains what the musicians are talking about.

Bias from bias from bias

Jim Davies for Nautilus on our unconscious bias and how being non-biased leads to more bias: And the more we convince ourselves that we don’t have certain biases, the more likely we are to exhibit them.

Same BMI, different body


Body mass index is often used as a way to set weight classes of underweight to obese, but the measurement is likely too basic.

Predictable Android lock patterns


Passwords are annoying, which is why so many people use passwords that are less than secure. Maybe the keys are a bit shorter than they should be, match a word in the dictionary, or are repeats across services.

Decent options.


I have no idea what's going on here, and I prefer to keep it that way. Tags: government, humor

Lessons in statistical significance, uncertainty, and their role in science


Science is hard. Statistics is hard. Proving cause and effect is hard. Christie Aschwanden for FiveThirtyEight, with graphics by Ritchie King, discusses the uncertainty in data and the challenge of answering seemingly straightforward questions via the scientific method.

Hearing color instead of seeing it

Artist Neil Harbisson is completely colorblind, so he sees in black and white. But he still perceives color.

Where the checked luggage goes

x Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam put a camera on a piece of checked luggage and recorded the winding path of conveyer belts and luggage lifts.

Sponsor: Data Visualization with D3.js →


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Nuclear detonations from 1945 to present

There have been over 2,000 nuclear detonations since 1945. Orbital Mechanics mapped each documented test in animated form.

Mapped: Solar energy and savings if you got panels


If you own a home or have gone to a home improvement store recently (in California at least), you've probably heard the solar panel pitch by now.

Game tests your color-matching skills


Color in visualization can be a finicky process. You want colors to correspond with the topic at hand, you must make sure that readers can actually see the palette you choose, and people must decode appropriate differences between shades.

Surveillance selfie with cell phone metadata


How much can you find out from “just the metadata” about your cell phone? ABC News in Australia aims to find out.

Using Amazon’s $5 button for personal data collection


Ted Benson used a straightforward hack to repurpose Amazon's quick-order button. Its intended use is to automatically order an item from Amazon when you push the button.


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