• June 2, 2023

    For ProPublica, Ian MacDougall and Sergio Hernandez evaluated records of sitting justices to gauge the rights at risk of being taken away. Each right gets a section with background, bills and court cases challenging the right, and the justices that have questioned the right through judicial opinions and public remarks.

  • In an effort to provide a more transparent process in visualization and interaction research, The Journal of Visualization and Interaction begins:

    The Journal of Visualization and Interaction (JoVI) is a venue for publishing scholarly work related to the fields of visualization and human-computer interaction. Contributions to the journal include research in:

    • how people understand and interact with information and technology,
    • innovations in interaction techniques, interactive systems, or tools,
    • systematic literature reviews,
    • replication studies or reinterpretations of existing work,
    • research software packages for HCI and visualization,
    • and commentary on existing publications.

    Cross-disciplinary work from other fields such as statistics or psychology, which is relevant to the fields of visualization or human-computer interaction is also welcome.

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    June 1, 2023
  • To better understand the scale of time and feed your existential dread, Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh used LED lights spread miles across a desert, proportional to milestones in the history of the universe. The model stretched 4.3 miles to represent 13.8 trillion years.

    See also the seven-mile scale model of the Solar System, which is another video in their To Scale series. [via kottke]

  • May 31, 2023

    This is a good example of things are not quite what they seem until you look at more data. Andrew Van Dam, for Washington Post’s Department of Data, looks into why it appears red states hire more than blue states.

  • May 30, 2023

    Add another geolocation guessing game that I am terrible at. TimeGuessr shows you a photograph, and you guess when and where it was taken.

  • Baseball games grew longer over the decades, with the average length well over three hours in recent years. Ben Blatt and Francesca Paris, for NYT’s The Upshot, show how a few rule changes this season keep the ball moving for shorter games.

  • May 26, 2023

    The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), run by the OECD since 2000, surveys teenage students to estimate the quality of education around the world. One of the questions asked: “What kind of job do you expect to have when you are about 30 years old?” For Vox, Alvin Chang walks through how the responses changed over the past two decades, which appears to suggest that students are less certain about what the future holds.

    There are some tricky spots in explaining misalignment between ambition and preparation, but Chang does a good job of moving along step-by-step.

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    May 25, 2023
  • With a cross between the games Wordle and GeoGuessr, Russell Samora for The Pudding made a daily game that challenges you to geolocate a place based on images of the place from Wikimedia Commons. You get five guesses to click on a map, and after each guess you get a new image and the number of miles you were off.