Up Close on Baseball's Borders
is a detailed, zoomable interactive map which uses data from Facebook to present the team preferences of baseball fandom in the United States. Around the end of March, Facebook had released a map using the same data which despite being touted as most accurate
ever, had significant problems. The most notable of these issues was a colorshift introduced as the main graphic went viral, rendering the map illegible. [more inside]
A Speck in the Sea [NYTimes.com]:
John Aldridge fell overboard in the middle of the night, 40 miles from shore, and the Coast Guard was looking in the wrong place.
Bearing Arms: [New York Times]
Articles in this series examine the gun industry’s influence and the wide availability of firearms in America. [more inside]
Hipsters on the Hudson.
The NYTimes is at it again, reporting on "Hipster Sprawl" (??).. yes, I made up that term.
The New York Times
has compiled a list of the 50 words
which are most frequently queried in their stories. Mirabile dictu (no. 19) that it's redoutable (no. 17)!
The New York Times
discusses some of the nation's most atrocious bands in the context of the Vans Warped Tour. We've seen some of these bands on the blue before, but never before has there been this much atrocity in one place. [more inside]
NYT article 4/12/09
Interesting article about the Dead on the eve of their tour. Bonus: link on the sidebar that shows reader photos. Find your friends. Or not.
John Leonard is dead
. A literary prodigy at thirty-two
when asked to edit the New York Times Book Review
, Leonard oversaw the NYTBR
's glory days between 1971 and 1975. Television critic
for New York
, monthly books critic for Harper's
, regular contributor to The Nation
and The New York Review of Books
, he also went out of his way to help young writers
Gore Vidal on The New York Times Magazine.
On McCain: "Who started this rumor that he was a war hero? Where does that come from, aside from himself? About his suffering in the prison war camp?". On WFB's death: "I thought hell is bound to be a livelier place, as he joins forever those whom he served in life, applauding their prejudices and fanning their hatred". [more inside]
Blogging May Cost You Your Life
NY Times discusses the possible "death by blogging" of two prominent Tech Bloggers, Russell Shaw
and Marc Orchant, Blognation
. A third, Om Malik of gigaom.com
, 41, survived a heart attack in December. I am thinking twice about my late night posts.
Freemasonry has a long history of accusations of evil conspiratorial machinations
, both in print
. But it seems that, if you ask most Masons, they're just in it for the booze
. Now, the newspaper of record is taking a look at the Masons' efforts to open up to the public
in this post-Da Vinci code