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Five fun things for Friday, March 26
Delaney Turner 270002T14M firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  numerati cognos smarter_planet
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Wow, that week went by fast. Almost too fast to find this week's five fun things. But, thanks to you, our ever-growing audience, I've been able to make the list again. This week I look at identity, geography and the power of imagination. Enjoy!
1. What do you look like on the internet?
If you liked my post on The Numerati, you'll love Personas. Personas is an art exhibit on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. It uses natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one's aggregated online identity. It's you (and presumably, everyone with the same name as you), in bar chart form.
First, type in your name...
Then watch the values change as the results come back...
Then marvel at the result. Here are mine. The "Illegal" section is a bit puzzling. Must be a different "Delaney Turner."
2. What does the internet look like?
Here's another reason to love both Fast Company and the BBC: They've charted the top 100 sites by unique users in January 2010, encompassing the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil, U.S., and Australia. Yes, Facebook is the biggest social network by far, but as far as online activity goes, it's far from the end-all and be-all of our online existence:
3. WSJ Hedcuts: Stunning visualizations of a different sort
Yes, the Wall Street Journal is the business paper of record, but it's really the hedcuts - those stipple drawings of world and business leaders - that give the paper its panache.
Turns out they're all done by hand. Last week the paper reported on what illustrator Noli Novak calls its "sacred process.
It's a painstaking and deliberate process, dot by dot, as an image complete with contour and shading emerges," writes the Journal's Brian Aguilar. "Because artists work from home, their efforts are often overlooked – if not altogether forgotten, they say."
If you spend your days wrangling data into dashboards, you probably know how they feel.
4. I LEGO N.Y: You've never seen New York like this
New perspectives on the famous and utterly familiar. Christoph Niemann’s illustrations have appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Newsweek, Wired, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration. Here, he presents New York in Lego blocks:
Here's how to decode New York taxis:
Here's how I see New York. Suddenly I feel very conventional.
5. 50 Londoners, one question
Here's a great video posted at the Smarter Planet blog over on Tumblr via ibmbizanalytics. Design firms Crush + Lovely and Deltree asked 50 Londoners one simple question: If you could wake up anywhere, where would it be?
Where I am it's Friday afternoon and there's a patio somewhere. See you all next week!