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Ghost Estates: Unoccupied Reminders of Ireland’s Housing Boom

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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For a few months in 2005, I lived in Ireland. At the time, the country was bustling with a property boom – and large 4 bedroom houses were springing up in remote towns far from centers that could provide employment for any new population. They were often called ‘holiday homes’ because nobody expected the future inhabitants to find, or even want, jobs.

From the mid-1990s to 2006 house prices in the Republic of Ireland increased, a prosperous time referred to as the Celtic Tiger. Then, in 2008 with the start of the global financial crisis, all that came to a halt.

Irish-born photographer Valérie Anex (who grew up in Switzerland) traveled the northern and western regions of the country documenting the developments that have never been occupied. The eerie places are called ‘Ghost Estates’. [Read more...]

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Explore Crunchbase Visually to See Hidden Connections

Saturday 03.23.2013 , Posted by

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If you have an idea for a startup, you’re an investor, or you’re a journalist looking for information on anything Web 2.0, this is visual research gold: you can now explore CrunchBase visually to find hidden investment connections. CrunchBase, the wiki-style database of Web 2.0 people, investors, and companies that include lists of their key employees – or key events in their business – is a go-to resource for many people doing research in the online investment world. Now, the company Wikisway is giving us the option of exploring the CrunchBase network visually, opening up a whole world of information previously hidden in the text. [Read more...]

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Interactive: The Richest People in the World

Monday 02.11.2013 , Posted by

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Have you ever wondered where the richest people in the world get their money? Have you ever been curious about what country holds the most of these ultra-rich? If so, Bloomberg has recently published an excellent interactive graphic highlighting a slew of facts about the 100 richest people in the world. [Read more...]

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Latest News on the Fiscal Cliff Updated Every 5 Minutes

Wednesday 12.12.2012 , Posted by

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Has the US gone of the fiscal cliff? Not yet. For those of you interested in the latest news and opinions on the fiscal cliff, you might want to add hastheusgoneoffthefiscalcliff.com to your bookmarks. The live site, brought to you by QUARTZ updates every five minutes with new articles and tweets on the topic and also shows a graph of bond yields and the countdown to the fiscal cliff decisions, as well as the countdown to the end of the Mayan calendar, for those who believe the two are correlated. On December 31, 2012 the US lawmakers will face a huge decision in which none of the outcomes look very good: 1) Increase taxes and cut spending, potentially driving the economy into a recession to decrease the national debt, 2) cancel some or all of the scheduled tax increases and spending cuts and continue to increase the debt, risking total financial collapse, or 3) stay on a middle ground with little to no potential for growth. Stay up to date with all of the latest news regarding this decision by clicking on the image after the jump. [Read more...]

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The Golden Calendar: Patterns Display Unique Facts

Friday 05.11.2012 , Posted by

Gold. It is a precious metal and has been a valuable item for thousands of years. It’s beauty has captured the minds and hearts of many men and has spurred endless adventures and journeys to seek it. Yurko Gutsulyak went on an adventure regarding gold. It was an artistic adventure and also a philosophical one. [Read more...]

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