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The Periodic Table of Periodic Tables
March 23, 2010 12:13 PM   Subscribe

The Periodic Table of Periodic Tables
posted by shoesfullofdust (25 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

 
Woo! I live for stuff like that -- what a find...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 12:17 PM on March 23, 2010


I was all righteously indignant until I realised that they had, in fact, included Look Around You. That being the case, this rocks.
posted by turgid dahlia at 12:23 PM on March 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


1. Neat idea.
2. Is there any more hackneyed and ridiculous way to implement this kind of thing than a jpeg hosted on Flickr with linked annotations?
posted by koeselitz at 12:28 PM on March 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ah, missed the apology for that in the description. But honestly, wouldn't it have taken less time just to link-map a flat image on a web site? Guess he finds the Flickr interface easy to use. Anyhow, he says a better version will be available later, and this is awesome even as a Flickr image.
posted by koeselitz at 12:30 PM on March 23, 2010


I knew I should have waited until I had a good web version! My trigger finger got itchy. Maybe tonight. :-)
posted by bkeaggy at 12:34 PM on March 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


Douglas Hofstadter will be pleased to see that the table contains itself as its first element.
posted by echo target at 12:37 PM on March 23, 2010 [8 favorites]


I support any map that arranges its elements correctly by periods rather than just presenting disorganized links in the shape of a periodic table.
posted by The White Hat at 12:37 PM on March 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Douglas Hofstadter will be pleased to see that the table contains itself as its first element.

Reminds me of Google's sense of humour.
posted by malusmoriendumest at 12:39 PM on March 23, 2010 [10 favorites]


"Flickr's notes work fine here but not on the large, readable versions. Anyway, it'll be updated at www.keaggy.com/periodictable. Consider this v 1.0."
posted by ericb at 12:39 PM on March 23, 2010


Oh man I've looked at the Look Around You periodic table before but I still had to close it because people around me were looking at me trying to figure out why I kept giggling.

My favorite elements are Ng - nothing and Te - Tedium.

An experiment was performed to determine the breaking strength of Tedium.
posted by Babblesort at 12:41 PM on March 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


bkeaggy: “I knew I should have waited until I had a good web version! My trigger finger got itchy. Maybe tonight. :-)”

Don't be! It's awesome, seriously. I was more amazed that you had the patience to input all that into Flickr, honestly; I would've given up halfway through and just thrown the thing into GIMP and made every square into a simple button or something in a table element on a web page.

But, interface aside, this is really cool. I've been clicking it for twenty minutes now, and I don't think I'll get bored for a while.
posted by koeselitz at 12:41 PM on March 23, 2010


Don't be embarrassed, I mean.
posted by koeselitz at 12:42 PM on March 23, 2010


Au - Gold
fAu - Fool's gold
posted by kuujjuarapik at 1:01 PM on March 23, 2010


Heh, undiscovered periodic tables.
posted by GuyZero at 1:04 PM on March 23, 2010


This post has hit upon some kind of weird optimization that I didn't even know existed. It's a maximization of single-concept interestingness on the axis between posting a link to one periodic table and posting a link titled "the web" that goes to Google's main search page.
posted by FishBike at 2:05 PM on March 23, 2010


Wow, impressive effort. I want to watch Look Around You, maybe it will come to BBCAmerica.
posted by theora55 at 2:13 PM on March 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


This will be the first entry in my Periodic Table of Periodic Tables of Periodic Tables.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:27 PM on March 23, 2010


Adult Swim has a block of Brit stuff on Friday Nights. Look Around You is included along with Mighty Boosh and The Office.
posted by Babblesort at 2:32 PM on March 23, 2010


Somebody will make a fine wood shadow-box arrangement for printouts of all of the tables, and then we will have a Periodic Table of Periodic Tables Table
posted by tss at 2:37 PM on March 23, 2010


Season 1 of Look Around You is on YouTube:

Pilot: Calcium (pt 1) (pt 2)
Sulphur
Maths
Water
Iron
Ghosts
Music
Germs
Brain
posted by Electric Dragon at 2:39 PM on March 23, 2010


I want to watch Look Around You, maybe it will come to BBCAmerica.

WHAT??? No, that will never happen. If they started airing shows like Look Around You, they'd have to interrupt their endless stream of reruns of Gordon Ramsay and Top Gear.
posted by hippybear at 3:58 PM on March 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Look Around You is included along with Mighty Boosh and The Office.

Putting Mighty Boosh in there is like eating a Hot Pocket in as the entree of a gourmet meal. I'm just glad they didn't put in Little Britain.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 4:26 PM on March 23, 2010


This is funny and this is just gorgeous.

And as someone who studies recursion, I cannot thank malusmoriendumest enough for that link. If I was cool enough to be able to predict the number of this comment, I would totally include a link to it here.
posted by ErWenn at 6:24 PM on March 23, 2010


Shouldn't the Periodic Table of Periodic Tables be near the bottom, and not the first? By definition, it is bigger and heavier than other tables.
posted by colinshark at 6:31 PM on March 23, 2010


FWIW, the web version now works.
posted by bkeaggy at 8:51 AM on March 24, 2010


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