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Playing The Probabilities

Playing The Probabilities

October 26, 2011

Daddy needs a new pair of shoes. So, it’s off to Vegas… to win, baby! There, I’ll saunter up to a “twenty one” table, exchange a few hundred for chips, and pit my blackjack fu against the casino.

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My God, It’s Full Of Blocks

My God, It’s Full Of Blocks

October 3, 2011

Here’s a “behind the scenes” image that might strike you as interesting, eye candy, or perhaps both, depending upon your particular inclination and intimate knowledge of online map tiles:

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British Isles And Golden Arches

British Isles And Golden Arches

September 14, 2011

My inbox hums with feedback: warm fuzzies, media inquiries, cold pricklies, and scads of similar requests from across the pond that read something like this:

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Storing Your Value

Storing Your Value

July 26, 2011

Suppose that you snapped. It might have been the blood-red 401k statement that arrived in yesterday’s mail. Or that last year, you paid your broker $10,000 to lose $100,000. Or, perhaps, that while everyone else, by government largesse, refinanced houses, replaced clunkers, and recouped bad investments, you received nothing!

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It Flows Downhill

It Flows Downhill

May 24, 2011

The nondescript lowlands surrounding the Old River Control Structure – the complex of levees, dams, floodgates, and spillways designed to prevent the great Mississippi River from changing course into the Atchafalaya – belie a fascinating history of man subjugating nature and nature’s inevitable payback.

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Growth Rings, Part Two

Growth Rings, Part Two

April 11, 2011

By popular demand, we’ve added more maps to the Growth Rings collection, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, and the rest of the largest 40-or-so U.S. metros:

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Growth Rings

Growth Rings

April 6, 2011

Whether by birth, storm, or interest-only loan, our nation’s population is perpetually shifting – from neighborhood to neighborhood and state to state – and now, Census data in hand, we present the past decade’s growth and decline as a series of high-resolution maps:

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Shifting Burdens

Shifting Burdens

March 15, 2011

The tax man cometh, and to illustrate the inequities of his cleft-hoofed embrace, we’ve charted the shift in U.S. income taxes from rich to poor over the past century:

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