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Fast image classifications in real-time

NeuralTalk2 uses neural networks to caption images quickly. To demonstrate, the video below shows a webcam feed that continuously updates with new image captions based on what the computer sees.

Thanksgiving flight patterns

Millions of Americans will fly home this Thanksgiving weekend. (Based on my morning commute, the holiday already started a couple of days early.) Josh Katz and Quoctrung Bui for the New York Times mapped the difference in flight volume for this weekend against the norm, based on Google Flights search data.

Metadata surveillance investigation

Metadata can tell you a lot, and most of us agree that it's not “just metadata” at this point. The Share Lab shows what one can find, just using everyday tools and relatively straightforward analysis.

Sometimes the y-axis doesn’t start at zero, and it’s fine

It's true. Sometimes it's okay for the y-axis to start at a non-zero value, which is why Johnny Harris and Matthew Yglesias for Vox tell people to shut up about the y-axis.

Food tracker diary timeline

With the availability of weight and food tracking apps these days, there are thousands of people building out their time series every day.

Sponsor: Mapbox Studio →

Thanks to Mapbox for sponsoring the feed this week. Mapbox Studio makes map visualization accessible to everyone, and grows with you as you become a master cartographer.

Daylight Saving Time geography

Keith Collins for Quartz made an interactive that showed how much more daylight you get because of Daylight Saving Time.

Out-of-state gun purchasing

In states with stricter gun laws, firearms still find their way in. Based on data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, maps by Gregor Aisch and Josh Keller for the New York Times show where the guns came from in 2014.

Plotly.js, a JavaScript graphing library, open-sourced

Plotly, a service that lets you make interactive charts online, open-sourced their main JavaScript charting library.

ASCII business report

Bloomberg put together their list of 50 companies to watch in 2016. For each business is a chart or graphic, and the whole thing is in ASCII text.

What the world eats

Diets vary around the world. Fathom Information Design for National Geographic charted the differences between countries using data from FAOSTAT.

Missing votes in Congress

When members of the House of Representatives miss a vote, it is customary to provide a reason. ProPublica put together a database of these reasons, going back to 2007.

Sponsor: Data Visualization with D3.js →

Thanks to Metis for sponsoring the feed this week.   January 20th - February 29th Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:30pm enroll here   Enrollments are open again for the popular evening class at Metis titled Data Visualization with D3.js.

Average of faces in things

You've likely seen projects that take the average of people's faces, but you probably haven't seen the average of faces in inanimate objects.

Pale Blue Dot motion graphic

Joel Somerfield created this motion graphic to Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot monologue. Good stuff: [via Brain Pickings] Tags: Carl Sagan, Earth, space

Counting the Hours

Every day is a bit different, but here is a wideout view of how Americans spend their days. Compare with your own time use.

Motion graphics in Keynote

x As an experiment, Linda Dong used Keynote, typically for your everyday slide presentations, to put together a motion graphic.

The Sun in ultra-HD

x Daang, NASA. Using images of the sun taken in space, NASA constructed this super-detailed view of what the star looks like.

US boundary evolution

We saw a similar video of boundary development over the centuries before, but I like this one as a contrast to it.

Past and future predictions of when the world will end

Wikipedia has a list of predicted dates for when apocalypse strikes, because of course it does. For kicks and giggles, Jeff Fletcher put the dates on a timeline.