Entries in history (249)
Recently published in the Proceedings of The Royal Society, Biological Sciences, Volume 275 Number 1650 on November 7, 2008.
This is over my head, but this radial family tree shows the diversity of dinosaur species. It's used in the article to help challenge the theory that dinosaurs went through a rapid decline during the Cretaceous period. A brief summary is online over at The New Scientist.
Furthermore, we conclude that dinosaurs did not experience a progressive decline at the end of the Cretaceous, nor was their evolution driven directly by the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution (KTR).Thanks for the link Michael!
Jaime Arvizu, a student at the Vancouver Film School, sent me a link to this infographic video that he and his team mates (Tyler Lemermeyer and Leo Aguiar) created for their Motion Design class. You can find a high resolution version at Jaime's blog.
Thanks for sending this in Jaime, I love it!
The original Star Wars has certainly gone on to produce more than just sequels. It has created the people and the technologies that are now considered the best in the industry. Michelle Devereaux created this family tree for Wired magazine back in 2005 and I love how the line colors indicate people, technologies and company connections, but the tree is organized into movies, sound, effects and technologies.
I actually believe the tree is incomplete. I think Star Wars had far greater reach and influence that what Michelle mapped out here.
It all started with a band of rebels who wanted to help a farmboy follow his dream. Three decades later, the Star Wars empire has grown into one of the most fertile incubators of talent in the worlds of movies (Lucasfilm), visual effects (Industrial Light & Magic), sound (Skywalker Sound), and videogames (LucasArts). Along the way, some of the original Lucas crew has gone on to become his biggest competitors. This chart maps the people, companies and technologies touched by the Force. - Michelle DevereauxThanks Alwyn!
The games have always brought of this world together in peace, leaving behind any racial or cultural boundaries. The Olympic games create a time when the world can be smaller and united as a human race, rather than separate nations. With the summer games in Beijing, China, and the upcoming games in Vancouver, Canada, the Olympic games will continue to be a time of friendly competition.
Thanks Grace. I love how this project turned out.
By popular request I have uploaded the full PDF version here.
Since today is Election Day, the nytimes.com has a neat feature that lets you create your own Electoral Map. Ireally like that it also gives you the option (seen above) to view the country with teh states sized by electoral votes or by geography (below).
It's been preloaded with the NYTimes.com breakdown of how the states may fall today, and which states are still undecided. It's a little misleading because there are more undecided states, but they have assumed they will lean as the have historically. It also allows you to change them on your own so you can see the effect on the overall election.
When your done playing, you can also see the NYTimes version of the map that includes the states that are leaning, but are not yet truly decided.
As you can see, the NYTimes.com site is predicting a Democratic win. Let's see what really happens today.
Sticking with the stuff from GOOD magazine, this is one of the GOOD Sheets available for sale as a poster at Starbucks for a limited time. I've been looking for some good election related graphics. There are a ton out there, but I'm looking for the gems.
I hear all the time that people don't think their vote matters, and in some cases it may get lost in an election that isn't close or competitive. However, you never actually know if a race is going to be close or not (unless there is only one candidate).
In some of our local elections, I've seen some decisions put up to vote that won by only 12 votes!
I'm not pushing any specific politcal opinion, just that everyone should get out and vote. Early voting is already open in many areas, so do your part and be heard!
Great timeline from GOOD Magazine (via picdit.com).
What most of the doom-and-gloom reports on our economy don’t provide is perspective—a historical survey of an economy that’s been through more than a few ups and downs in its day. Here’s a farsighted view of how our temperamental economic machine works, and a close-up of how it stands today.Thanks Adam!
Our friends over at XPLANE have done a fabulous video explaining what led up to the recent credit crisis in the U.S. economy. A great job simplifying a complex problem.
Thanks Parker, and great job to your team!
Watercube, is a new book by Ethel Baraona Pohl. The book is about the National Aquatics Centre built in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, and has some cool infographics inside. Some of the graphics were contributed by architect César Reyes Nájera. A review of the book can be found here on www.v2com.biz
WATERCUBE: The Book is a complete monographic publication about the National Swimming Center for the Beijing Olympics 2008. With an exhaustive description about the Watercube we present a detailed study of the project. The book makes an holistic approach to the project that starts with a brief description of urban and social changes that China has been experienced in the last decade. These facts have encouraged the construction boom that made possible these kind of projects occur in cities like Beijing.
This page is one of the years of the timeline leading up to the construction of the Watercube.
Here you can buy Watercube, by Ethel Baraona Pohl, on Amazon.com.
Special thanks to Ethel for sharing the images from her book, and allowing me to post them on Cool Infographics!