Just days before video of NFL player Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee sparked outrage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some startling numbers on the prevalence of domestic violence:

More than 31% of women in the U.S. have experienced physical abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the new survey. Here’s Washington Post’s look at the stats

In South Carolina, the state’s domestic violence epidemic is particularly deadly. Read the chilling investigation from our partners at The Post and Courier for an in-depth look at the problems – and what can be done to address them.

That’s what I call a weather map!

Remember that animated wind map of the United States from a while back? Well, now there’s one of the whole earth! You’ve got to check out the interactive site (which is updated with near current weather) because these images don’t do it justice. YOU CAN ORBIT THE EARTH! YOU CAN ZOOM! YOU CAN SEE WIND SUPERIMPOSED ON TEMPERATURE, PRESSURE AND CLOUDS. Standing ovation to developer Cameron Beccario! (and thanks to my friend Alice Anderson for giving me the heads up)

The rarity of a federal grand jury not indicting, visualized - The Washington Post

A data point from FiveThirtyEight’s coverage of Monday night’s events in Ferguson is worth pulling out. “U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010,” the site’s Ben Casselman writes, “the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.”

That data is from a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and covers October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010. Over that time period, over 193,000 federal offenses were investigated, about 16 percent of which were declined for prosecution. That leaves just over 162,300 offenses that the government tried to prosecute. And the grand jury decided against doing so 11 times, finding no true bill or a lack of evidence to do so.

I stumbled upon an article on Yahoo! ranking the best and worst airlines. Since I traveled for the holidays and did not have the best experience on the way back, I read it to see if the airline I took was on it (it wasn’t). Included in the article was this chart. The “2013 Airline Scorecard” has 9 different airlines ranked based on 7 different operational areas, as well as an overall rank. It’s concise and easy to read. The colors make it easy to follow each airline throughout the chart. The title/heading serve as secondary assurance of how one should interpret the chart so there is no misinterpretation. While it is successful in displaying a lot of information in a simple manner, the design of it could have been improved. Adding some air between the rows and columns would make it easier on the eyes. Experimenting a little more with the title/heading would have called more attention through it.

Full article:


Spaxels let you draw 3D figures in the air using light.  These guys chose to draw a teapot.  I approve — but it would also be great to draw charts and graphs, no?


Mac OSX 10.4 Install Disc ISO no. 4

Mac OSX Mach Kernel No. 2

Binary Blankets by Glitch Textiles

A collection of blankets aimed at making visible the hidden data structures that give shape to everyday life. The materiality of our digital age is composed of binary data encoded on electronic devices and transmitted through the airwaves on invisible frequencies of light. As an alternative to the screen, Binary Blankets allow you experience the fabric of this otherwise invisible and intangible side of our digital world.

Talk nerdy to me, Mr. President.

Today I was inspired by The Washington Post’s look at individual words from state of the union addresses, so I compiled GROUPS of words (for example - “doctors”, “vaccines”, “medicine” were all included for the HEALTH total) from the first Roosevelt all the way down to Obama’s speech on Tuesday. A few interesting things to look at:

  • Presidents tend to talk more about alternative fuels and climate change near the end of their presidencies. Hmmm …
  • The 1973 Oil Crisis really got those presidents talking.
  • I included global oil prices (adjusted for inflation) as a reference.
  • There’s a major shift from worrying about agriculture to worrying about health.
  • It’s been eclipsed by the Watergate scandal, but Nixon had a strong environmental record. Just look how excited he was about natural resources (clean air, water, environment) in his first year!

NOTE: I got the data from These aren’t tallies of words - they’re a normalized frequency of words (words per 10,000) so really long-winded presidents don’t rack up bigger numbers just by talking for a long time.

As People Become Richer, They Consume More Space

via The Economist

In much of the world people born in cities, or who came to cities young, are moving out, and incomers from the country do not manage, or aspire, to live right in the centre of their chosen city. Even as their populations grow, the density of metropolitan areas is dropping all around the developing world.

Interactive map via The Economist and data from The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.