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Maximal Attraction

Maximal Attraction

January 10, 2011

In his latest tromp through the fertile fields of human desire, Christian Rudder once again mines Okcupid’s huge database of online daters to discover that, for a woman looking to attract the most in male attention:

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Ready And Rumbling

Ready And Rumbling

January 6, 2011

Woohoo, it’s 2011! Happy New Year to you and yours, and oodles of health and happiness in the coming months.

This Christmas holiday, as I tobogganed through the remote Montana wilderness, I found myself pondering this blog.

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The Tiniest Nation

The Tiniest Nation

December 28, 2010

What do you get when you take Kai Krause’s well-done exposé on the surprisingly-large proportions of Africa… and put it in reverse? Jeffrey Winter’s maptastic infographic of the territory occupied by the world’s tiniest nation:

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Population: 308,745,538

Population: 308,745,538

December 21, 2010

It’s official! According to the Census Bureau, on April 1, 2010, the total population of the United States was 308,745,538 residents. That’s 27.3 million more people than in 2000 – a ten-year increase of 9.7%.

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The Santa Brand Book

The Santa Brand Book

December 17, 2010

Earlier this year, jolly old St. Nick hired a marketing consultancy – to buttress his rustic cottage operation against the blossoming distractions of modern-day bling. The result? The Santa Brand Book. From the introduction:

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Big, Crunchy Circles

Big, Crunchy Circles

December 17, 2010

If Edward Tufte got high, gobbled down the MLS database, and yawned it back up in Technicolor, the aftermath might look something like Cheerio Maps, Stamen Design’s new experimental visualization of San Francisco home sales:

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Access Not Denied

Access Not Denied

December 15, 2010

On Sunday, hackers broke into Gawker Media, stole the user database, and promptly posted it on the Internet. Now, the email addresses and passwords of 1.3 million Gawker accounts –

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Queries In Review

Queries In Review

December 13, 2010

It’s been a humdinger of a year, and in Zeitgeist 2010, Google has mined trillions of queries to show us “how the world searched” it:

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