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Visualizing the Mind of Controversy-ridden Anthony Weiner

Wednesday 08.21.2013 , Posted by

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As a public figure, how do you protect your social media brand? First move, do not consult on-again off-again politician Anthony Weiner. The would-be New York City Mayor is now a walking blueprint for the type of social media discourse a brand shouldn’t be having.

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A Breathing Earth: Watch the World’s Seasonal “Heartbeat” from Outer Space

Monday 08.12.2013 , Posted by

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Each year we experience our normal seasons of hot and cold. Winter brings snow to many of us, and in summer, often blazing hot temperatures and beach days. John Nelson has given us a new vision of this familiar cycle in the form of a simple GIF… but the result is mesmerizing for its profound demonstration of these cycles upon our lives and the world processes it clearly illustrates. [Read more...]

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Funny: Somebody Save Us from Digital Clutter!

Monday 07.15.2013 , Posted by

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Okay, so it might not be the most beautiful infographic you’ve seen in your life, but this one surely rates high on the honesty scale… and by the end will have you wondering what the heck we’re doing. Ray, Raf and Will, the three superhero/geniuses behind the online comic series DogHouseDiaries have whipped up another brilliant, funny and true effort observing the current state of our media through graphs… lots and lots of graphs. The thing is, as you read down their list, it becomes painfully obvious that today; our many photographs, music tracks and even our friends are hopelessly disorganized. [Read more...]

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The Art of Pi – A Colorful Data Visualization

Tuesday 07.09.2013 , Posted by

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Calling all data geeks! Using Circos, a circular visualization software popular in Genomics, Cristian Ilies Vasile and Martin Krzywinski have created these vibrant representations of π, φ and e. First Cristian Ilies Vasile had the idea of connecting each digit of π to its successive digit with links to the position of the numerically corresponding segments. Martin Krzywinski added to Vasile’s visualization “by showing the transition probabilities for each digit across bins of 10 digits” and did this for φ and e as well for the first 1,000 digits, followed by the first 2,000 digits. [Read more...]

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The Time You Have (In Jelly Beans)

Sunday 06.23.2013 , Posted by

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If you could see how many days you had left to live, how would you spend them? Would you do things differently than you’re doing them now? Ze Frank, an online performance artist, puts things in perspective as he uses jelly beans to represent the time the average person has in this powerful video. When we look at the days in our lives as a pile of jelly beans (28,835 beans to start- should we reach our full life expectancy) and see how many are already gone, it may have you shifting your priorities. The average person will watch television for 2,676 days, sleep for 8,477 days, spend 1,635 days eating or preparing food, 3,202 days working, and 1,099 days commuting. [Read more...]

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The Deadliest Countries for Journalists

Monday 06.17.2013 , Posted by

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For many journalists, their day-to-day lives aren’t always thought of as being dangerous. For many, the clacking of keys, insider scoops, and getting those page views up is their normal routine. However, there are journalists whose lives are in grave danger every time they show up to work. These journalists are reporting from the front lines of some of the world’s most embroiled conflicts; dodging bullets, grenades, and mortar fire to get that epic picture, or information that will give the world a first hand account of how things are on the ground in these areas. To these brave souls, their job is hazardous to their health. From 1992 to May of 2013, 985 journalists were murdered around the world. This graphic looks to find out where the deadliest countries for journalists to perform their jobs are, and explores whether their killers are being brought to justice. [Read more...]

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Sci-Fi Characters Who Survived Their Planets’ Destruction

Wednesday 06.12.2013 , Posted by

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The destruction of your home world is one of the worst things that could ever happen to a science fiction character. It’s also a popular theme laced throughout science fiction movies and television shows. The annihilation of planets happens in a variety of different ways, from explosions, to war, or a gradual destruction where the planet’s environment causes the destruction of the lifeforms that inhabit it. There are many famous planets that have been destroyed over the years, and many sci-fi characters who have survived their planet’s destruction. We’ll take a look at a couple of them below in this graphic from Confused. [Read more...]

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From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System

Tuesday 06.11.2013 , Posted by

Food is the fuel we use to get our bodies into motion. Fruits and vegetables are our friends; foods like chips, soda, french fries, hamburgers, and candy are the devil. With the way our current food system works, these processed foods are making up a significant portion of our daily food intake. They’re readily available at every food store you enter, and an ice cold Coca-Cola is very difficult to pass up in favor of sparkling water. The problem, however, is that it’s not even about choosing healthy foods over artery cloggers. Today, 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms associated with a myriad of environmental and health risks. From farm to fork, our food system is toxic. [Read more...]

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Inception in Real Life? Learn to Control Your Dreams

Friday 06.07.2013 , Posted by

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Most of us have many types of dreams… but few of us realize there’s far more to experience. Some dreams are wild adventures in mysterious lands; some are the frustrating type where we repeatedly try to do something that never seems to work; others are crazy nightmares that startle us awake in a cold sweat; and some are sex dreams that add a little spice to our lives (ooh la la!). But have you ever had a dream that you could control? [Read more...]

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Quote a Bluth: An Arrested Development Interactive

Thursday 05.30.2013 , Posted by

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The long-awaited premiere of Arrested Development’s fourth season graced our senses this Sunday more than six years after the show was cancelled because of dwindling ratings. Fans of the show have rabidly declared their love in the form of memes, gifs, and random quotes – across every social network conceivable. This spur of online support inspired the creator of the series, Mitchell Hurwitz, to create another season of our favorite dysfunctional family; exclusively for Netflix. This Quote a Bluth interactive created by Column Five – whose headquarters are in Newport Beach, California, home of the Bluth family and their world-famous banana stand – takes a look back across the first three seasons of Arrested Development, and some of the funniest moments provided by each character. [Read more...]

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