Thanks Li, for sending in the link!
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Great image from MSNBC PhotoBlog that tries to demonstrate how much space junk we have put into orbit around Earth. I think the downside of this image is that the satellites aren't to scale. If they were all this large, they would be running into each other all the time.
If you have Windows, you can see this high-res version with Microsoft HDView, but it doesn't work on a Mac. I was able to see it with Parallels running on my MacBook.
A computer-generated artist's impression released by the European Space Agency (ESA) depicts an approximation of 12,000 objects in orbit around the Earth. A communications satellite belonging to US company Iridium collided with a defunct Russian military satellite on February 12, 2009. (ESA via AFP - Getty Images/)Thanks Karen for sending in the link!
I had to post this one. TorrentFreak.com revealed that The Pirate Bay has quietly released a Google powered map site that shows the locations of the bit-torrent clients. Of course they carefully maintain the anonymity of their users.
You can click on the icon over a particular country to see their statistics. From everything I hear, I would have thought the U.S. to have more pirates...ARRRRR!
Nathan Yau over on FlowingData.com has done a great job creating an animated map showing the growth of Target stores across the U.S.
Well, fortune was smiling on me last week, and I got a hold of data for Target opening dates and locations (thnx, Cole). So here it is - a map that shows the growth of Target from 1962 through 2008.Nathan has promised to combine the data from this map with his previous work mapping The Growth of WalMart, into one map where you can see the differences. So we'll keep our eyes out for that.
Mike Wirth, The Beer Geek, created this map of award winning beers using 20 years of data of the Great American Beer Festival medal winners from 1987-2007. Originally created for the Lyke 2 Drink blog, it also shows the breweries with the most medals and the specific beers with the most awards.
Great work Mike!
UPDATE: Mike has put up an updated version of the Best Beer in America map.
A while back Bungie.net, the makers of the Halo series of games, started tracking data on their servers about how their different online multiplayer maps are preforming. They converted the data on kills and deaths in the multiplayer games into heatmaps, and then started publishing the maps online for everyone to see.
The advantages to players are that you can see places to avoid (areas with the highest deaths), and the locations from where the most kills come from. The map above shows the total data for the map called The Pit. But you can narrow down the information based on the type of weapon used. For example the map below shows the locations of the kills made with the sniper rifle. Meaning that shooting from these locations have been the most successful. (Also helpful if you keep getting killed by snipers and can't find them)
"Heatmaps are the Doppler Radar System of Death in Halo 3. We're tracking encounters, weapons used and their results in a given game, collecting that data and sharing it with players visually. The key here is 'the darker the red, the more frequent the deaths (or kills, depending on the parameters)'," Bungie explains in its weekly update.
Ben Fry is the author of Visualizing Data, and describes the ZipCode project in his book. Each dot on the map is one zip code, and as you type a zip code, it highlights all of the dots that share that portion of the zip code. You can turn on the "zoom" feature that zooms farther into the map for each digit you add.
This is built with the open source Processing tool that was recently released to the world as version 1.0.
Here are all of the zip codes that start with "6"
Thanks Steve for sending the link!
Here's a link to Ben's book on Amazon:
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.