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The First Time…

When Americans had sex, moved in with someone, and so on. Often not average. Far from normal. Read More

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Light entertainment: Making art by making data

Chris P. sent in this link to a Wired feature on "infographics." The first entry is by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec. These are fun images and I enjoy looking at it as hand-drawn art. But it's a stretch to call them "data visualization," "data," or "data analysis," which are all tags used by the Wired editing staff. (PS. Wired chose a particular example of their work. There are many...

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Oil and gas wells in the United States

Tim Meko and Laris Karklis for The Washington Post take a dive into oil and gas wells in the United States. Since 2010, the United States has been in an oil-and-gas boom. In 2015, domestic production was at near-record levels, and we now produce more petroleum products than any other country in the world. President Trump said he plans to double down on the oil and gas industry, lifting regulations...

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xkcd: Projecting country borders by time zone

Time zones are odd sometimes. Tags: time zones, xkcd

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States most similar to the US overall

“Normal America.” I’m not sure what that means anymore, but at some point it had a lot to do with demographics. Naturally, the “normal” that you look at or want bleeds into policy-making and the like. Jed Kolko for FiveThirtyEight looks into the states most similar to the country overall — the one from 1950 and from today. But the places that look today most like 1950 America are not...

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An enjoyable romp through the movies

Chris P. tipped me about this wonderful webpage containing an analysis of high-grossing movies. The direct link is here. First, a Trifecta checkup: This thoughtful web project integrates beautifully rendered, clearly articulated graphics with the commendable objective of bringing data to the conversation about gender and race issues in Hollywood, an ambitious goal that it falls short of achieving because the data only marginally address the question at hand. There...

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“Could Trump Really Deport Millions of Unauthorized Immigrants?”

Source: Nytimes Via: Jessica Pavel It’s unclear if Mr. Trump could carry out the deportations he has proposed without violating due process, especially at the scale and speed he has suggested. The last time the United States carried out mass deportations was when President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized military-style roundups to expel hundreds of thousands of Mexicans in 1954. Read more at: www.nytimes.com

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“How Many Structurally Deficient Bridges are in Your County?”

Source: Washington Post Via: Kevin Uhrmacher Select a county of the bridges in are structurally deficient. That is the national average of 9.4%. See county details Percent structurally deficient bridges by county Bridges are rated by a sufficiency rating that is an overall measure based on inspector ratings of many aspects of the bridge’s top deck and underlying structure. Read more at: www.washingtonpost.com

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Evolution of The New York Times front page

From Josh Begley, this quickfire flip book shows every New York Times front page since 1852. Watch the shift from all words, to a handful of small pictures, to larger pictures, to color, and then more color pictures. It reminds me of the flip book for the Hawaiian Star and the comparison of pages for popular science magazines, which show a similar evolution. Tags: animation, New York Times, news

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“Incarceration by Executive Order”

Source: Washington Post Remembering Japanese American internment camps, 75 years later. Read more at: www.washingtonpost.com

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