I discovered NPR’s Ask Me Another about a year ago & it has quickly become my new weekend favorite! This bonus song that, constructed from a quiz in their A Holiday Spectacular episode, perfectly demonstrates why I love the show. It’s clever, creative, just challenging enough, and ultimately hilarious! the
When making decisions, my instinct is to find relevant graphs. Browsing for baby names has proved to be no exception. At first, the results were interesting, but not surprising. Names spike in popularity and then gradually become passé.
The exciting twist came when I discovered a second category of names. These names experienced the same meteoric rise to popularity at some point in time, but this new category of names was slowly making a resurgence & becoming popular again! My favorite find, so far, is “Samuel” which has experienced three separate rises in popularity. “Naomi” is pretty cool too in that it is more popular now than during its first 1920s high.
The most recent episode of 99% Invisible was both unexpected and fascinating. It’s a collaboration between author Jon Mooallem and the band Black Prairie. A musical story-telling extravaganza about how we try to fit nature into our modern lives.
Wild Onesis about the cutesy stuffed animals, the eco-tours, and the byzantine methods of conservation that evolve when our experience with wild life goes from something natural to something designed. Human-animal interaction has become a designed experience and the story of that transition… is sometimes dismaying and weirdly reassuring.
The stories are beautiful, insightful, and well worth a listen!
[For the Dark Sky weather app,] instead of packing color information into the three [RGB] channels, we pack data representing the weather at different times. In the blue channel we store an image of the temperature, say, at 8am. In the green channel we store the temperature 4 hours later (at noon). And in the red channel goes the temperature 4 hours later still (4pm). … By packing sequential data into the color channels of the image, you get a great picture of how the temperature is changing!
A very cool accidental visualization of global temperature changes from the forecast.io blog, which goes into a lot better detail as to why this rainbow effect appears.