Category Archive 'Graphics'
18 Oct 2013


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J002E3 is the designation given to a supposed asteroid discovered by amateur astronomer Bill Yeung on September 3, 2002. Further examination revealed that the surface appeared to contain the paint used on the Apollo moon rockets. The object is probably the S-IVB third stage of the Apollo 12 Saturn V rocket (serial S-IVB-507).

Via Ratak Monodosico.

27 Aug 2013


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Hat tip to Madame Scherzo.

11 Jul 2013

Witty Cover


26 Jun 2013

The Power of Font Faces


Chris Gayomali, in The Week, discusses the remarkable power of the properly-chosen typeface to lend authority to a text.

Type design is something we tend not to think about when we’re reading. But font can have real-world implications that affect our lives in tangible ways.

Take this somewhat famous quasi-experiment by university student Phil Renaud back in 2006 (preserved for posterity in Pastebin form). Over the course of six semesters, Renaud wrote 52 essays for his classes, earning himself a commendable A- overall.

Here’s the thing: Toward the end of his last semester, Renaud’s average essay score began climbing. “I haven’t drastically changed the amount of effort I’m putting into my writing,” he wrote. “I’m probably even spending less time with them now than I did earlier in my studies.”

What he did change, however, was his essay font — three times, in fact. Renaud went back and looked at his essay scores and the different typefaces he’d used when he submitted his work. His papers were handed to his professors in three different fonts: Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, and Georgia.

Here’s what he tallied:

21 May 2013


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23 Apr 2013

Your Picture Here

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Worldometers put up one of these little men to represent each and every living human being in the world on a single page.

Hat tip to Vanderleun.

19 Mar 2013

Spider Bites

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21 Jul 2012

1880 Time Map of US Politics

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Detail of 1880 “Conspectus of the History of (US) Political Parties,” an attempt to represent graphically just over a century of American politics.

Susan Schulten
introduces this interesting antique item at Mapping the Nation.

I had never heard of a “conspectus,” which is a nineteenth-century term meaning “a comprehensive mental survey.” And that is exactly the idea. I have only reproduced the image here, and left out the extensive narrative that was designed to be laid out under the chart, which lists political events, Supreme Court decisions, and acts of Congress.

In fact, there’s so much detail that I wonder about the purpose of the chart. Perhaps the point was to collapse the chaos of change into a single view, one where a party’s power could be traced over time. The appeal seems to be to capture an overall state of change, of flux. Notice how much the chart resembles a a river. The metaphor is useful — the wider the river at any spot, the more “powerful” the party at that time. I’m particularly impressed by the representation of the turbulent 1850s, when the Whig Party disintegrated and the Republican Party was founded.

Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan.

16 Jul 2011

National Debts Compared

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Hat tip to Theo.

11 Apr 2011

Modest Budget Reduction Produces Great Liberal Wailing

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As we enjoy a nice spring day, punctuated by the voices of happy songbirds, as well as by the clamor of unhappy liberals moaning and wailing over the budget cuts (which they describe as “Draconian,” “damaging,” proof that “our democracy has been irretrievably lost,” the kind of result only possible through “hostage-taking“), you can get a good picture of fiscal reality from the graphic below.

Our friend Bird Dog, added a slight addendum to this illustration from Gateway Pundit, making clear just how dramatic the Obama Administration’s contribution to the $1.65 trillion deficit is, indicating how comparatively insignificant the budget deal’s reduction of $38.5 billion is by comparison.

04 Apr 2011

Comparing Libya & Iraq

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At Red State, Jeff Emmanuel has a large graphic illustrating a number of informative comparisons between President Bush’s unilateral, war-of-choice in Iraq and President Obama’s kinectic action in Libya which illustrates a number of difficulties in the conventional wisdom of the establishment commentariat. Be sure to look at the larger original.

15 Mar 2011

The History of Science Fiction Illustrated

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Click on the image

A graphic from Places & Spaces via Shannon Connors and Leah Libresco.

03 Dec 2010

200 Countries, 200 Years

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