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Another for the futurist set...

February 4, 2012

It's been a while since we posted one of these, so here's Corning's latest peek at the future, "A Day Made of Glass 2:" (And here is a narrated version with additional details on what is -- and isn't -- currently possible.)

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November 27, 2011

Six famous thought experiments, each presented in 60 seconds: Reminds me a bit of the Peabody and Sherman sketches from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle show...

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September 19, 2011

A nocturnal timelapse of the view from the ISS, featuring lighting and lightning:   This is probably the best button to press     ↑    

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Visualizing politics through time

November 22, 2010

We love choropleths here at TGR, and here's a really great set -- David Sparks has mapped US presidential voting patterns through time to create an excellent visualization of ebbing (and sometimes volatile) political attitudes: Best of all, he did it with R. Please see David's website for more details. Some of his other projects […]

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Kicking the oil habit

June 23, 2010

Jon Stewart is insightful as always:

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Sweating the small stuff

June 9, 2010

An excellent (and humorous) TED talk by Rory Sutherland on the importance of detail and clarity:

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What Europe Did

May 25, 2010

In a piece called "Laughing as you Sink," Clarke and Dawe explain the European Debt Crisis -- this is required watching: (And yes, my title stems from LOST withdrawal.) (Via The Big Picture)

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"You already know how to use it"

May 13, 2010

A new iPad ad breaks the mold and tells us exactly what the iPad is: a screen capable of showing any kind of data at any time. I think that's quite incredible. We take for granted that computers can do anything: now you can take that with you. When was the last time you saw […]

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Cancel all orders!

May 8, 2010

I can't stop watching this. A guy chooses the worst possible moment for a stock market webinar. He loses his mind around 1:10; by 2:35 he's talking like a robot. We call this a capitulation! Every time he says "this is what happens," I think of Walter's rant in The Big Lebowski (which I will not […]

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Data wars

January 11, 2010

The NYT writes about the military's data problem: Air Force drones collected nearly three times as much video over Afghanistan and Iraq last year as in 2007 — about 24 years’ worth if watched continuously. That volume is expected to multiply in the coming years as drones are added to the fleet and as some […]

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The Burj Khalifa

January 4, 2010

It was announced at the official opening of the tallest building in the world that it will no longer be called the Burj Dubai, but rather the Burj Khalifa, a nod to the President of Abu Dhabi, Sheik Khalifa. One will of course recall that just a few weeks ago, Abu Dhabi rescued Dubai from […]

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December 22, 2009

We've come a long way since Powers of Ten... (Also see the AMNH videos that this one is responding to for some more amazing visualizations.) (via Infosthetics)

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Professor Risk

December 13, 2009

David Spiegelhalter is the Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University. He has recently produced the following video to encourage better practices in the casual perception of risky behaviors: I think it's a brilliant video and would love to have been one of Professor Spegelhalter's students. I firmly believe that the study […]

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If you're watching this, it's not the future yet

November 12, 2009

It's been a while since I posted a video for the futurist set, so here we go: (This one is a commercial production for Freeband, heavy on the infographics and benefits of smart networking with a pinch of cheesiness. Sign me up.) (via

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Data intervention

October 16, 2009

The always-excellent How I Met Your Mother addresses a major social problem: (via FlowingData)

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An interview with Mandelbrot

October 1, 2009

The FT has posted a lengthy video interview with the brilliant mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, whose book The (Mis)behavior of Markets first inspired me to enter finance and risk management in particular. I do find  that some of John Auther's questions mar an otherwise interesting (but extremely high-level) overview of Mandelbrot's thoughts on finance. Right from […]

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Ferrari 458 in motion (x2)

September 25, 2009

The goal of any automotive film is to convey the pure sensation of driving at speed - and few are as successful as Ferrari's latest promotion for the new 458 Italia, embedded here for your driving pleasure. The disclaimer in the beginning notes that no special effects are used and the implied message is that […]

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I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords

September 17, 2009

Why waste your time with those "Did You Know?" videos (the fourth one has just been released; in lieu of a link please accept my earlier criticisms) when you can see the wonders of the future right here: I found the phone-catching demonstration near the end particularly astounding. (Via Spontaneous Symmetry)

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Land speed

September 2, 2009

I saw this ad for the new Cadillac lineup, in particular the CTS coupe, on Sunday night and was left with the feeling that I had seen something almost-but-not-quite-like it before. The sand, the straight-line speed, the radio-quality voices, the ambient nothingness... and finally, I remembered. Here's the Cadillac ad: And here's the classic BMW […]

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Planet Earth is blue

July 8, 2009

This video is absolutely amazing. Filmed by cameras attached to the solid rocket boosters of the space shuttle Atlantis, it records the flight from liftoff to splashdown:

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Butter & Marge

June 24, 2009

Add it to the list of things you didn't even realize you were missing - here's a stunning infographic about butter: (via information aesthetics)

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The First Nerd

June 22, 2009

At the recent Radio and TV Correspondents' Dinner, John Hodgman (you know him - he's a PC) followed Obama's humorous address with one of his own, delivering one of the funniest speeches I've had the pleasure of watching this year. Hodgman immediately identifies Obama as "the first nerd president of the modern era" and proceeds […]

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Top Gear season 13 is coming!!

June 19, 2009

This is the second trailer, and I like it a bit more than the first: Truth be told, the first trailer really is worth watching if only for the way mini-James yells "Clarkson, you great oaf!" near the end. ...All right, you've talked me into it:

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WordPress 2.8 beta 2 + TinyMCE 3.2.4 + Safari 4 beta = :) (finally)

May 25, 2009

WordPress 2.7 was released in December 2008 and represented a milestone in the software's development, incorporating a number of major changes in particular to the back end. One of the most visible was the inclusion of the latest TinyMCE post editor (version 3.2). Unfrotunately, TinyMCE 3.2 doesn't play nicely with the Safari 4 beta. Specifically, […]

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"Why do we live together?"

May 18, 2009

This hilarious spot for Nike aired last night - the simple premise (established in the slightly-less-funny "Chalk" ad) is that Kobe and LeBron are inexplicably roommates. Also, they are muppets.

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And on the 73rd day I will rest

May 11, 2009

Obama the comedian at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner:

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Fact-checking the singularity

May 10, 2009

This movie made the rounds last year, but now that it's resurfaced on Mashable I need to revisit the frustration it has caused me. First, here's the video in question: It's a tour of the "pace of progress," designed to alternatively intimidate the viewer by revealing his lack of identity and insignificance and astound the […]

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It is not only possible - it is essential!

May 3, 2009

It has just come to my attention that the most highly rated comedy on Rotten Tomatoes is Dr. Strangelove. Stanley Kubrick's dark comedy about the Cold War shouldn't be missed by anyone. Therefore, as a public service (and thanks to the magic of the internet), I present the Peter Sellers extravaganza in its entirety. Please enjoy […]

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Just in time for the LOST season finale

April 30, 2009

ABC shows are coming to Hulu!  Cleverly, NBC/News Corp-owned Hulu has always listed ABC shows, but the links directed to ABC's hosted player. Will you watch LOST at Hulu? (Obviously. Multiple times. ) Can CBS's stand up to the challenge? (Hulu is more of a video aggregator; is more of a television resource […]

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