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Editing photos as if they were audio files


Masuma Ahuja and Denise Lu for the Washington Post applied a technique called databending to a bunch of photos.

Voter approval rates as butt plugs

From a couple of years ago, but still relevant, I think. Matthew Epler took candidate approval ratings (again, this is from a little while ago), tossed them in a 3-D program, made the molds to match, and poured in some silicon.

Misery index based on perceived temperature


Late last year, Cameron Beccario made a wind map for earth, inspired by an earlier work by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg.

You get a personal data site, and you get one, and you too


Personal data collection keeps getting easier and more efficient. Much of what was manual or clunky a few years ago is now automatic, done via the phone we carry every day anyway.

Flights around Ukraine


The New York Times is covering Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with a series of maps. The ones above show a sample of recent flights in the area.

Geologic map of Mars

The USGS released a more detailed geologic map of Mars, not just renderings based on rough models. The USGS-led mapping effort reveals that the Martian surface is generally older than previously thought.

Spiky betting odds during LeBron James decision


LeBron James decided to head back to Cleveland, so naturally the odds that they win the championship went up.

How much underwear to bring on a trip


Packing underwear for a short trip is easy. You just pack a pair for each day you're away. However, longer trips require extra planning.

Visualization Education Mailbag

It's around that time of year when more people than usual ask for advice about degrees in statistics, career paths in visualization, and how to get started with something that looks awesome.

Changing World Cup fans


Shan Carter and Kevin Quealy for the Upshot have a look at sports fandom once again using Facebook usage as a proxy.

Mosquitos: The deadliest animal


This graphic from the Gates Foundation is from a few months ago, but it was just National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.

FoamTree: Visualize hierarchical data with a lot of groups


For small-ish amounts of hierarchical data, most JavaScript libraries can handle the load. However, it gets tricky when you get into hundreds and thousands of levels and groups.

xkcd: Dominant players in chess and basketball


I'm pretty sure xkcd is the only one who gets away with showing player ratings for both basketball and chess players in the same frame, without the y-axis labels.

Polling for stress


NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a survey about peoples' stress levels and factors contributing to the stress.

Birth year and political leanings


A statistical model, from Yair Ghitza of Catalist and Andrew Gelman of Columbia University, estimates when people form their political preferences.

Whaling in Japan explained


After a ruling by the United Nations International Court of Justice, Japan was ordered to stop whaling in parts of Antarctica.

19 Maps That Will Blow Your Mind and Change the Way You See the World. Top All-time. You Won’t Believe Your Eyes. Watch.


Many lists of maps promise to change the way you see the world, but this one actually does. The maps above don't count towards the 19, so your world view hasn't changed yet.

Test your geographic knowledge in Google map game


Smarty Pins is a simple, fun map game by Google. You get a trivia clue about some location, and the goal is to drop the pin as close as you can to the correct place.

Data trails explainer

We produce data all the time, everywhere we go, and this process implies something about how we live.

Filing cabinet follows people around, like a data trail

Jaap de Maat, a graduate student at the Royal College of Art, rigged a filing cabinet to follow people around for his final project.


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