This is lovely.

Maps, maps and more maps.

I should have a whole wall full of them and this would have to be included.... along with the greatest map of all, (in my humble opinion) the Harry Beck London Underground Map.

Check out Lineposters Etsy shop for more cities.


The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Interactive graphic tool? Sounds exciting? I'd say!

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity have developed the tool to show migration flows between pairs of countries between 1970 and 2007.

I love the look of it, not that the content isn't important....

The screen shot shows Denmarks flow in 2007. Not sure how Ghana relates to it, think I need to play with it a little more......


Edward Tufte

I have shockingly neglected this blog, so I hope by adding a little Edward Tufte things can only improve......

"Public discussions are part of what it takes to make changes in the trillions of graphics published each year."   
Edward Tufte.


London Sound Survey

This is amazing. Anyone who systematically and methodically collects information so rigourously has my vote.

Described as "..... a growing collection of Creative Commons-licensed sound recordings of places, events and wildlife in the capital. Historical references too are gathered to find out how London sounds have changed."

The map to the left is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to the work on the rest of the website.

Check it out. Here.


A Word on Statistics by Wislawa Szymborska

Out of every hundred people,

those who always know better:

Unsure of every step:
almost all the rest.

Ready to help,
if it doesn’t take long:

Always good,
because they cannot be otherwise:
four — well, maybe five.

Able to admire without envy:

Led to error
by youth (which passes):
sixty, plus or minus.

Those not to be messed with:

Living in constant fear
of someone or something:

Capable of happiness:
twenty-some-odd at most.

Harmless alone,
turning savage in crowds:
more than half, for sure.

when forced by circumstances:
it’s better not to know,
not even approximately.

Wise in hindsight:
not many more
than wise in foresight.

Getting nothing out of life except things:
(though I would like to be wrong).

Balled up in pain
and without a flashlight in the dark:
eighty-three, sooner or later.

Those who are just:
quite a few, thirty-five.

But if it takes effort to understand:

Worthy of empathy:

one hundred out of one hundred –
a figure that has never varied yet.

(translated from the Polish by Joanna Trzeciak)

I know this has been doing the rounds (found via Swissmiss) but when is enough truly enough?


History Shots

I could look at their artwork all day and still keep finding new and interesting facts on them. Here's the link for this one.

They also cover other subjects, pop, politics, race to the moon. Well worth a visit.



Fantastic interactive website called Soilscapes, developed by the good people at Cranfield University in the National Soil Resources Institute. It is a simplified map of the types of soils covering England and Wales, with the purpose of "effectively communicating a general understanding of the variations which occur between soil types, and how soils effect the environment. Soil heavily influences our whole ecosystem and is a fragile resource that needs to be protected and understood."

I absolutely love it.

Found by my sister....