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I get mail with wonderful links in it, but I’m hard pressed to find the time to post them, so my apologizes to those who’ve sent me things and not heard back. I’m beyond swamped. In the meantime, perhaps you’ll enjoy these two nontraditional takes on “mapping.” First up, map as music (or is it…

I think DNA is amazing. I think biotech inspires great design. And if you’ve read this blog at all, you know I love sciart. But I just cannot understand the new infogenetics product from DNA 11 – the company behind that trendy gel electrophoresis wall art. While I’d normally just say “I don’t get it”…

Weekend reading

Here are some essay links I’ve had open as tabs in my browser for over a week, waiting to be posted. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to do the extensive commentary they deserve, so I’m admitting that, and just posting them already. Enjoy. Graphical Abstracts & Biologists as Designers Andrew Sun discusses “graphical abstracts” at…

Joy of Stats: Full-length video

Hans Rosling’s Joy of Stats is now available in its entirety (one hour) from YouTube! Thanks to flowingdata for the heads up.

Because people have been discussing Google ngrams a lot, and because there are always major caveats to new datamining methodologies, I have to link Natalie Binder’s excellent series of posts urging caution, not only about the methodology, but about assuming too much about ngrams’ utility in social research.

Google Your Body: Body Browser

Google Labs just released a new “experiment” – Body Browser. You have to upgrade to Google Chrome beta if you don’t already have it, but when you do, you can play with a 3-D, rotatable reconstruction of a (female) human body. Sliders let you fade the circulatory, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems in and out…

What is Nature Worth?

This video from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment is like a conservationist’s version of the “Right Here, Right Now” video about social media (although the music isn’t as good). It has crisp design, good infographics, and makes a very important point: that nature has massive, unappreciated economic value. I’m not saying that…

The BBC is screening a new documentary, “The Joy of Statistics,” hosted by Hans Rosling of Gapminder. This is a short clip; you’ll probably recognize the data and presentation from a couple of years back, but the Minority Report-style, virtual full-body interface is new. Granted, it starts off a little reminiscent of a local news…

The New York Times decided earlier this week that biological animation warrants its own article. About time! 🙂 Seriously, for those of you who haven’t discovered BioVisions‘ amazing animations, you should check them out and/or use them in class – with the caveat that they’re not “pure” data: While acknowledging the potential to help refine…

Edward Tufte auctions off his library

In less than a month (December 2nd), Christie’s will auction off Edward Tufte’s library – an idiosyncratic collection of first edition books, plates, prints, and ephemera that the dataviz guru calls his “Museum of Cognitive Art,” and I call “Jessica’s Christmas List.” I’m not going to sample low-rez images of the lots here, because there’s…