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A timeline of history

“I wish there was a timeline browser for all the historical events documented on Wikipedia, from the Big Bang up to present,” you thought to yourself.

Using stereotypes as an advantage

In 2004, Annie Duke won the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, taking home a prize of $2 million.

Network Effect overwhelms with data

Network Effect by Jonathan Harris and Greg Hochmuth is a gathering of the emotions, non-emotion, and everyday-ness of life online.

Superhero HR dashboard

Talent Lab is an application for human resource professionals to evaluate a work force. (I'm going to pretend that sentence didn't make me feel slightly dirty.) To demonstrate, they put in data for superheroes, so that you can explore abilities, talents, and demographics.

Human side of executions

There are ample records of executions in the United States, but looking at them through the data lens can feel disconnected and horribly robotic.

Imagining alternative iPhone power sources

Lithium-ion batteries power the iPhone (among other things), but what if we could use a different power source like coal or diesel?

London Underground rent map

In a straightforward map, Jason Allen for Thrillist replaced station names on the London Tube map with median rent prices for a one-bedroom apartment in the area.

Cost of mobile ads to the consumer

The ethics and future of ads to keep sites running is still up in the air. But one thing's for sure: Ads and their trackers take up a lot of the bandwidth and load time for many sites.

Members Only: Bivariate Area Charts in R

Quickly compare two time series variables with this line-area chart hybrid that originated in the 1700s.

Scale model of the Solar System

x In most depictions of the Solar System, planets are drawn big enough to show details and placed side-by-side to show order.

Predicting who needs a working fire alarm

In 2014, five people died in New Orleans in a house fire. Three of them were children. There was no working smoke alarm.

Fun in exchange for personal data

Sensible Data by Martin Hertig is an installation that asks what personal data is worth to you. Using a photo of you and an email, it gives you a self-portrait sketch and guess at your mood, age, gender, and beauty based on your words.

What probability means in different fields

Statistically, probability ranges from 0 to 1 — impossible to definitely without a doubt. Math with Bad Drawings characterized what those values mean in various fields of expertise.

Weight loss and life events

Reddit user superemmjay tracked his weight for 20 months and plotted the measurements. The annotation makes interesting what would otherwise be just some graph of someone's weight over time.

Classic 1939 book on graphs in its entirety

Willard Cope Brinton is credited as one of the pioneers of information visualization, and I just found out his 1939 book Graphic Presentation is available in its entirety at the Internet Archive.

Interactive explanation for how neurons work

Nicky Case made an interactive explanation of how neurons work. It's part narrated video and part game.

Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here's a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.

Gravity visualized in physics demo

Dan Burns explains some properties of time and space using marbles and two large pieces of spandex sewn together in a classroom demonstration.

What interviewing for data science jobs is like

Trey Causey just finished an interview roundabout for data science jobs. He outlines his experiences and describes what interviewers seem to want, what questions to expect, and what to expect from yourself.

Power sources in each state

In a clean and simple set of slope charts, Alyson Hurt for NPR shows the shifts in power sources — coal, gas, nuclear, hydroelectric, and renewables — from 2004 to 2014.