Practicing good nutrition keeps your mind sharp, your body fit, and your life long. The same could be said for consuming media. (Seriously, knowledge is power.) When you add it all up, the average American spends roughly nine hours a day glued to some kind of screen, and like your diet, quality is as important as quantity. Here areWired's suggested servings for optimal media health.
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Create a graph of your own network of friends on Facebook with Nexus. You've seen many visuals of Twitter and Facebook connections, but this one is especially cool because it's your own network. That's my network chart is above, but you don't care about mine...go create your own!
Found on Twitter
From the Texas Department of Agriculture at GoTexanWine.org, the Wine Personality Wheel comes from the Texas in a Bottle guide to Texas Wine (download as a pdf). I love the sense of humor.
Ever listen to somebody describe a wine? They talk about it having "character" and "personality." To hear them tell it, wines are a lot like people. We've talked it over and came to a conclusion - they have it backwards. People are a lot like wines.
Here at the Viticultural Personality Institute, we've compiled a fun list of personality types based on wine preferences.
If your favorite wine listed here does not accurately reflect your particular personality, please choose another favorite wine (or change your personality - otherwise, you'll make our researchers look bad).
Looking around the GoTexanWine.org site, I also found a good, animated timeline (link) of the history of wine in Texas.
Eight federally approved Viticultural Areas currently exist in Texas. Eighty-five percent of wine from a Viticultural Area must be made from grapes grown within the area's boundaries. If the wine is a varietal, 75 percent of that wine must be made from the designated grape variety.
Recently I found the Geek Charts BETA, which looks up your usernames on a few of the popular social sites, and charts out your usage. It's charting all activity within the last 30 days.
The embedded chart is also live, so it will change over time.
A study from Kansas State University has plotted the prevalence of the Seven Deadly Sins across the U.S. Follow the link to see all seven.
Geographers from Kansas State University did a study called "The Spatial Distribution of the Seven Deadly Sins within Nevada." They also looked at sins nationwide.Reported by the Las Vegas Sun, I found links this this on Twitter.
Quub.com is an interesting service that facilitates updating your status often to create "ambient communication". This is a form of micro-presence, that helps you keep your status up to date, which keeps it relevant to your followers. Quub.com created three infographic videos to help explain their service.
Currently the service in in Beta, but there are still many slots available if you want to join the Beta program. You can use their service with many different social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Plaxo, LinkedIN, MySpace, Hi5, Tumblr, Plurk, etc.
Even though the ambient model has established itself as a popular form of communication, it requires you to continuously update your status in order to work effectively. This is a problem. Coming up with new status updates requires time, effort and creativity. Additionally, you are forced to consider a number of complex factors before updating. Is your update appropriate? What should you type in? Who is your audience? Does anyone care? Is your message even relevant? Because of this, many people neglect to update their status and it's value decreases. Without consistent updates, the ambient model falters.Found the link Information Aesthetics and on Twitter!
Dan Meth did a great job creating his own personal Trilogy Meter showing his personal enjoyment of movies released as a trilogy. This shows that Dan never likes the 3rd movie as much, so he should just stop spending the money.
Although this is based on Dan's personal ratings for each movie, there's no reason why something like this couldn't be done with more official data like critic ratings or box office dollars.
Thanks for the link Jesper and Daniel!
I'm back! I've been on vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida, but I'm back now and its time to catch up on a bunch of great infographics that have been sent in to me.
First, I'll share this one from Disney. The Laugh System Diagram is from the queue area in the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. I wish they sold it as a poster. It seems simple, but I was amazed watching a five year-old explain it in great detail to her parents.
Of course, there are some inside connections too. The yellow car in the bottom right corner is the car from the animated short on the DVD "Mike's New Car".
NameTrends.net is a fantastic interactive site that charts and maps the popularity of baby names over the last century in the U.S. You can look at the most popular names, or search for specific names to see their results. The chart above shows the top 20 baby names from the 2000's decade (10 boys and 10 girls). You can see that those names also had some popularity at the end of the 19th century.
The site also allows you to map the name popularity by state. The slider across the top allows you to see the geographic distribution by year.
Found on Information Aesthetics.