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The Modern American Man, Charted

"This summer, All Things Considered is looking at the lives of men in America. By some measures, not much has changed over the past few decades — girls still do better in school, and men still make more money. In other areas, the shifts are profound." They made some charts.
posted by cmchap on Jul 18, 2014 - 51 comments

Science is beautiful...

In a new exhibition titled Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight, the British Library pays homage to the important role data visualization plays in the scientific process. The exhibition can be visited from 20 February until 26 May 2014, and contains works ranging from John Snow's plotting of the 1854 London cholera infections on a map to colourful depictions of the Tree of Life. In a Nature Video, curator Johanna Kieniewicz explores some of the beautiful examples of visualizations that are exhibited.
[more inside]
posted by infini on Mar 3, 2014 - 1 comment

There's no such thing as purple urine.

Hypochondriacs unite! Here is a handy infographic about diagnosing yourself with your own urine!
posted by Kitteh on Jan 9, 2014 - 41 comments

Still, highly illegal

Every wondered where your favorite brown liquid came from? Find its starting position on the Bourbon Family Tree. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 14, 2013 - 67 comments

Mega, twisted and radical

Stakker Humanoid - How 25 years ago Future Sound of London brought Acid House to the mainstream.
posted by Artw on Nov 11, 2013 - 39 comments

Donut charts are mostly for decoration, right?

WTF Visualizations is a collection of charts and graphs that make no sense. Why settle for boring old bar charts and pie charts when you can use Percentacles, Timecentages, Interferograms, the Donut Ring Explosion or whatever this is?
posted by RobotHero on Sep 10, 2013 - 95 comments

Dear Dylan

Wonkblog has a new advice column called "Dear Dylan" where Dylan Matthews answers the usual advice column staples using game theory, mathematics and charts.
posted by reenum on Aug 25, 2013 - 30 comments

"Don't mess up"

How airplanes pulling banners take off. (With wonderful MSPaint style illustrations.) Short video showing how it's done. You can hire companies to fly most any banner, of course. The pickup move is risky, so some types of banners can be directly taken off with, because of wheels (that from Wikipedia).
posted by skynxnex on Aug 19, 2013 - 24 comments

Visualizing the Bechdel test.

Visualizing the Bechdel test. Datawankery and female representation in film.
posted by shakespeherian on Jul 10, 2013 - 82 comments

Some cause for optimism. Or pessimism. Take your pick.

31 charts that show improving long term trends. Same charts, but with titles that will destroy your faith in humanity.
posted by bartonlong on May 31, 2013 - 38 comments

The Disapproval Matrix

If you're facing criticism and are having trouble "separating haterade from productive feedback", you might Ann Friedman's Disapproval Matrix helpful, especially when it seems as though everyone's coming down on you.
posted by AccordionGuy on Apr 29, 2013 - 16 comments

Material Poverty & Privilege in India

What would a poverty map of India look like?
posted by Gyan on Apr 14, 2013 - 10 comments

Time Square Still Hell On Earth

So, which are the most used subway stops/lines in New York City anyway?
posted by The Whelk on Apr 11, 2013 - 32 comments

The Daily Viz

Matt Stiles is a data journalist for NPR. He tries each day to create a data visualization, or post those he finds online. [more inside]
posted by frimble on Mar 12, 2013 - 21 comments

SPEECHLESS

Congress Floor Charts (SLTumblr)
posted by BungaDunga on Nov 17, 2012 - 18 comments

Life Lessons in Charts & Graphs

Although the heading is a little bucket-listy, I found many of the thoughts in 40 Things To Say Before You Die to be represented with insight in the form of charts and graphs. [more inside]
posted by achrise on Oct 15, 2012 - 79 comments

For Lsson Plans, Study Help, or Quick Reference

Are you the type of person who, when flipping through a book or scanning a website, immediately searches for the diagrams or charts because you'd rather absorb the information visually than have to read a bunch of text? If so, then you are probably a visual learner and you may find Useful Charts helpful. The goal is to present useful information in the form of study charts so that students, teachers or simply those interested in increasing their general knowledge can absorb the information quickly and visually.
posted by netbros on Oct 4, 2012 - 9 comments

A Handsome Atlas: 19th Century Data Visualizations

Rank of states and territories in population at each census: 1790 - 1890
Political History (Supremecy of Parties and Popular Vote)
Insanity (1870)
and more at
A Handsome Atlas: The Amazing and Incredible Statistical Atlases of the United States of America compiled in the final decades of the Nineteenth Century. [via projects]
posted by carsonb on Sep 12, 2012 - 11 comments

"...the 2012 campaign still looks like a titanic collision between the economy and demography."

In 2008, the National Journal released The Hidden History of the American Electorate, an analysis of exit poll demographics conducted by multiple news organizations from US presidential elections between 1988 and 2004. The study looked for "pressure points in the electorate": trends which were likely to decide the outcome of the 2008 presidential election. They've released an update for 2012, by adding exit poll results from the 1980, 1984, and 2008 presidential elections. It gives a more comprehensive look at voting trends over a 32 year period of the groups whom they believe are likely to influence the outcome in November. Charts: Voting Preferences of the American Electorate, 1980-2008
posted by zarq on Sep 3, 2012 - 54 comments

Gangnam style: 30,000 horse riders

Though the 'Gangnam Style' music video and the reactions it creates have been mentioned before on MetaFilter, with the video analysed for the deeper socio-economic meanings and context within, to the bafflement of some Koreans and Australian journalists Psy's comeback track continues to climb various music video and song charts while 30,000 fans enthusiastically, and soakingly, sing and do that dance.
posted by Wordshore on Aug 28, 2012 - 90 comments

Digital Aeronautical Charts

Digital Aeronautical Charts
posted by Confess, Fletch on Apr 22, 2012 - 17 comments

What do you get when you cross ...

"Mythical Creatures" by Jim Unwin and Dylan Carline. [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm on Apr 20, 2012 - 16 comments

Ultramapping pinterest blog collects great maps

Ultramapping - outstanding and cool maps of all types, collected at Sha Hwang's Pinterest pinboard.
posted by LobsterMitten on Jan 25, 2012 - 12 comments

I Have Your Infographic Right Here

How far above (or below) the average was the temperature and income in your state for the year you were conceived? A genealogy of US Airlines and a visual history of the TSA. See how the increasing severity and frequency of disasters is starting to strain the resources of FEMA (and where will the next big earthquake strike?). Alcohol vs. Marijuana. Facebook vs. Twitter. International travel and hotel prices for Americans and Canadians. How much does the US subsidize energy? And what would it look like if that energy was renewable? [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Sep 30, 2011 - 23 comments

F**k Statistics

Statistical analysis of OKCupid profiles exposes some sexually fascinating revelations:

- Herbivores like giving oral more than omnivores
- Twitter users are more likely to masturbate today
- Christians and Atheists are just as likely to claim they have never masturbated
- The correlation between men who prefer gentle sex & use of the word 'boating'

I f**king love statistics [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Aug 31, 2011 - 75 comments

We're All Born Superstars

In Defense of Pop Music -- New York Magazine takes a look at the rise of pop and dance music and the death of rock in the charts.
posted by empath on Jul 16, 2011 - 110 comments

Outliers

The World Top Incomes Database (click on "Graphics" and select countries, years and other variables) (via)
posted by vidur on Jun 7, 2011 - 5 comments

Ben Greenman’s Museum of Silly Charts

Ben Greenman’s Museum of Silly Charts.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse on May 12, 2011 - 14 comments

Off The Charts

Off The Charts: "In his wildest satirical dreams, not even Christopher Guest could top Off the Charts for sheer folk-art eccentricity. And yet, the creator of A Mighty Wind would find comedic inspiration in Jamie Meltzer's hilarious and sincerely affectionate tribute to the subcultural phenomenon known as the song poem. For over 50 years, a small, strictly amateur music industry has thrived on the fine-print ads that appear in alternative newspapers and music-industry magazines, inviting would-be songsmiths to send in their lyrics (and perhaps even "earn royalties") when their songs--and we use that term loosely--are set to music, recorded by seasoned musicians, and returned to their creators as a kind of one-shot fantasy fulfillment of dreams that will never come true. What drives Meltzer's film is a uniquely American combination of pathos, fringe-dwelling ambition, and free expression by assorted misfits and "regular folk" who seek elusive immortality by turning their lyrical musings into trash-art that's simultaneously fascinating and pathetic. But despite the end-credit claim that not a single hit has resulted from the estimated 200,000 song poems that have been recorded over the decades, Meltzer's not out to ridicule these wonderfully ungifted artists. Instead, Off the Charts gives a memorable spin to the flipside of the American dream. --Jeff Shannon" (PBS, 54mins.)
posted by puny human on May 10, 2011 - 15 comments

Tufte eat your heart out!

"A Series of Statistical Charts, Illustrating The Condition of the Descendants of Former African Slaves Now Resident In the United States of America." (HQ Library of Congress links.) W.E.B. DuBois : "I wanted to set down its aim and method in some outstanding way which would bring my work to the notice of the thinking world. The great World's Fair at Paris was being planned and I thought I might put my findings into plans, charts and figures, so one might see what we were trying to accomplish." [more inside]
posted by stratastar on Feb 25, 2011 - 8 comments

Everything looks better on graph paper.

I Love Charts
posted by backseatpilot on Feb 25, 2011 - 15 comments

Five seconds of every No. 1 song from about 1956 to 1993

Five seconds of every No. 1 song from about 1956 to 1993.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Feb 22, 2011 - 42 comments

what color is YOUR moggie?

guide to housecat coat colors and patterns Just what it says....
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jan 15, 2011 - 106 comments

History of Western Philosophy Influence Charts

History of Western Philosophy, illustrated in huge scroll-down timelines. Kevin Scharp at OSU made these, based on work by Randall Collins, and they are great. Includes the influence of the Muslim world. He also has separate diagrams on a few specific issues, eg paradoxes, theories of truth, etc. This link goes to his fast-loading index page, where you can click to load the (big) charts. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 11, 2010 - 43 comments

Junk Charts

Junk Charts and its "sister blog", Numbers Rule the World, are long-running sites with trenchant critiques of the visual and textual display of information in media. Both are instructive for decoding the information glut, as well as getting your own messages across clearly. See for example, posts on display of census information and race; Trying Too Hard; and Over Plotting.
posted by Rumple on Oct 11, 2010 - 5 comments

There can only be One

It's a simple concept: Given a choice between two random movies, which one do you like best? That's the driving force behind Flickchart, an addictive review site for movie lovers. Faced with two posters, click the one for the title you prefer (weeding out the ones you haven't seen). Good! Now do it again. And again. And again. With each new face-off, Flickchart perfects a growing list of your favorite films -- and there can be no ties. This leads to some difficult dilemmas: Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark? Citizen Kane or The Godfather? WALL-E or Spirited Away? But you needn't struggle alone -- Flickchart is also social. By drawing on the data of tens of thousands of fellow users, you can create remarkably specific lists: Martin Scorsese's Best Period Films. The Best Road Movies of the 1980s. The Worst Movies of All Time. If you rank enough films, you can generate interesting personalized charts, like "Your Favorite Musicals" or "The Best Movies You Haven't Seen." These filters carry over to the ranking system, letting you judge nothing but Horror movies or 1960s movies or unranked movies or movies from your top 100. You can also comment on popular match-ups, lending your voice to contentious debates like Ghostbusters vs. Back to the Future or Jaws vs. Predator. Not a movie fan? Don't worry. Flickchart will be expanding into books, games, and music soon. Until then, you can give your own data sets the Flickchart treatment using this tool from CNN. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Sep 3, 2010 - 202 comments

Charting the Beatles

Exploration of Beatles music through infographics.
posted by chillmost on Jan 19, 2010 - 92 comments

This is Why The Music Industry is Screwed

In 2005, Look Around You created a brilliant satirical video about the music industry charts.
posted by rageagainsttherobots on Jun 22, 2009 - 34 comments

Armchair pediatrician

Do you have a rash? Is your knee deformed? Why does my tooth hurt? (and other fun medical flow charts) [more inside]
posted by puckish on Apr 28, 2009 - 18 comments

The music of our times

The past year in economics and politics as described by Microsoft Songsmith (SLYP) via this guy
posted by mock on Feb 2, 2009 - 10 comments

Infopornographics

Everything is prettier as a flow chart. [more inside]
posted by puckish on Nov 22, 2008 - 30 comments

The #1 Song On This Date in History

Ever wondered what the number one song was on your birthday? Anniversary? the day John Lennon was shot?, the attack on Pearl Harbor? (last two links can open iTunes directly).

Well, wonder no more. (via reddit)
posted by purephase on Apr 12, 2008 - 80 comments

Dorothy Gambrell is very fond of data

Year Zero throughout history. Waffle Houses per capita. The 20th Century on Google Image. Dorothy Gambrell is very fond of data. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Mar 21, 2008 - 14 comments

Relax. Just chart it!

Song Chart Meme. A series of charts breaking down popular music.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Feb 29, 2008 - 18 comments

Indexed on US Politics

Jessica Hagy, author of indexed (previously) covers the 2008 Presidential Election for McClatchy's "alt.campaign" site.
posted by whir on Dec 7, 2007 - 7 comments

A Study in the Trickyness Involved in Rocking a Rhyme

Rap represented in mathematical charts and graphs.
posted by 31d1 on Nov 9, 2007 - 66 comments

A well-done "The Band" fan site

The Band is one of the more user-friendly fan sites I have come across. What I appreciate most is the (unadvertised) chord charts. They are not always right but they are often not wrong. Subtle, theatrical chromaticism, your name is Mozart Robbie Robertson.
posted by St Urbain's Horseman on Oct 26, 2007 - 16 comments

The Manual (How To Have a Number One - The Easy Way)

The Manual (How To Have a Number One - The Easy Way). Both light-hearted and thorough, the Timelords, aka the KLF, wrote this tongue-in-cheek manual in 1988 following their own novelty pop No. 1 "Doctorin' the Tardis". "If you are already a musician stop playing your instrument. Even better, sell the junk. It will become clearer later on but just take our word for it for the time being." Oh and apparently have lots of tea on hand.
posted by yeti on Jul 12, 2007 - 35 comments

.................................................................................

An average of 81 people die of gunshot wounds in the US each day. Most of them aren't who you'd expect.
posted by alms on Apr 22, 2007 - 149 comments

Le Grand Content

Le Grand Content (embedded QT) is a short film inspired by the (previously mentioned) awesome charts-as-life-descriptors blog Indexed (and in fact, found via that site). More on the project here.
posted by jonson on Jan 15, 2007 - 6 comments

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