Some fantastic data visualization graphs at
Many-Eyes a public-created set of visualizations at IBM.

Below: Alcohol Consumption Worldwide (maxing at 17.6 liters per capita in Uganda)

From ACM Queue: “Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas have collaborated on many groundbreaking visualization projects together, the latest of which is Many Eyes ( ), a Web site that encourages users to upload their own data sets, create visualizations from them, and share and discuss these visualizations with others. Both are interested in the artistic component of visualization and have had work shown in museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.”… Read the rest

Chinese Public Health Posters

The U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.) has a collection of interesting public health posters from China during the middle part of the 20th century.

Understanding Human Body (1933-1951)
Hygiene Education for Children (1935, 1950)
Public Health Movement (1950-1974)
Prevention of Diseases (1952-2003)
Pharmaceutical Advertisements (1935-1956)

I cover my mouth when I cough, and I spit into spittoon, ca. 1950.

Public health and germ warfare during the Korean War, ca. 1952.

How the hookworm eggs become little hookworms in the soil, 1957.

Go to the countryside to serve the 500 million peasants, 1965.… Read the rest

Ninth U.S. Census – 1870

The site Radical Cartography is worth browsing if you have any interest in geography or maps. However, be aware that they use humongous (more than 1MB each) images on their pages which can take minutes to load.

One thing they got their hands on are the charts from the 1870 census, only the 9th American census conducted after the first such counting of population in 1790, when the U.S. population was 3.9 million.

The 1870 census was the first to count those who had been slaves prior to abolition. It was less than 70 years after the Louisiana Purchase and the population was still very much centered in the Northeast part of the country.

Many of the charts are difficult to read, but what is … Read the rest

Emergent Bird Music

“The Barbican today unveiled its latest art commission, which has seen one of its gallery spaces transformed into a walk-through aviary by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. He has strategically placed plugged in electric guitars as perches and cymbals containing water and seeds as feeders. As the birds fly around and land on the instruments, or even wipe their beaks on the strings, the visitor will hear the amplified results.”

The “concept” in this kind of art-piece seldom interests me. If someone makes a piece involving music (or what they call music) then it has to sound good, or at least interesting. This guy seems to have succeeded. You can hear the audio here:… Read the rest

Prime Meats


“Prime Meats is a farm to table restaurant created in the spirit of the inns and dining rooms found in New York at the turn of the century. Prime Meats is influenced by Germanic alpine cuisine and the menu pays tribute to the American artisan movement; featuring local and fresh ingredients, prepared simply and honestly.”

465 Court Street at Luquer St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
fax:718-254-0345 … Read the rest

Tuthilltown Spirits

Tuthilltown Spirits

Hudson Valley distiller of whiskey, rum, and vodka

“For 220 years Tuthilltown Gristmill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, used waterpower to render local grains to flour. In 2001 Ralph Erenzo and Vicki Morgan acquired the property and with the help of partner Brian Lee, they converted one of the mill granaries to a micro-distillery.The partners worked tirelessly to teach themselves the craft of small-batch distillation while navigating the legal and administrative aspects of building the company.

Two and a half years later Tuthilltown Spirits produced their first batches of vodka from scraps they collected at a local apple slicing plant. Now the distillers use fresh cider from nearby orchards. Production includes vodkas, whiskeys, rum, eau de vie, brandy, and infusions. New … Read the rest


Artisanal breads available throughout Brooklyn, including:
Gorilla Coffee
Cafe Grumpy
Get Fresh Table & Market
Blue Apron Foods
Bklyn Larder
Dandelion Wine
South Slope Coffee
Glass Shop… Read the rest

Growing Chefs

“Since 2005, Growing Chefs has maintained a simple philosophy: “broccoli is not boring!” As agriculturalists and educators, we teach that to eat well from field to fork is to stewart good soil, celebrate the genetic diversity of seeds, practice organic agriculture in growing food, eat well-balanced, fresh, hand-cooked meals among friends; and to compost. We think all eaters should be know where their food comes from and how to grow it. All our educators share the same enthusiasm and curiosity as their students exploring the garden and the kitchen. We grow with, and for, the generations after us. And we love good food.”… Read the rest

Rooftop Farms

6,000 square foot organic vegetable farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn


“Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) begins on the rooftop in the late spring of 2010… Membership is now FULL, but you can email to join the wait list…The farm market will reopen in late spring of 2010.”… Read the rest

Breuckelen Distilling Company

Craft distiller in Sunset Park Brooklyn scheduled to open Spring 2010.

“Our first product is a gin made from NY grown organic grains and organic botanicals. All of our production occurs in our Brooklyn based facility. We also have a tasting room and offer tours to allow customers to learn about how our product is made.”

Breuckelen Distilling Company Inc
77 19th St
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(347) 725-4985
(718) 408-9509 fax … Read the rest

Color of 2010: Turquoise

Each year Pantone names a color to be the “color of the year” of sorts, anticipating trends in clothing and home decorating.

The color they have selected for 2010 is “Turquoise”, nearly identical to the 2005 selection, “Blue Turquoise”



HEX: #1A9A94

In 2009 the shade was called “Mimosa”, although it looked more like mustard



HEX: #EEC050

And in 2008 the color was “Blue Iris”



HEX: #2B167B

I don’t recall seeing any more blue in the world in 2008 or any more yellow in 2009. Maybe I’m not sensitive enough to have noticed anything but the broadest patterns, but the only color trends I’ve ever noticed in this country were the early 1990s when mauve seemed to be everywhere, and the … Read the rest