How astronaut Garrett Reisman found a match made in the heavens thanks to two trucks—an International Harvester Scout II and a Ford Bronco.

Date posted: July 1, 2015 | Filed under cars, Scout, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

From the ever-informative, a Medium article with 9 excellent book recommendations on information visualization that aren’t written by Tufte. My Amazon budget for this month is blown.

Date posted: June 25, 2015 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks, WRI | Leave a Comment »

I would have to agree with the author of this Lifehacker post: Carrying around a Moleskine note book for the last five years has saved me hours of grief and gray hair. I may have to try Field Notes next, because I’m not happy with the small Moleskine notebook–it’s too thick to lay flat and be useful as a sketchbook, which is what I ask of my notebooks about 50% of the time.

Date posted: June 23, 2015 | Filed under drawing, productivity, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I just got word last night that the Carbon Emissions interactive we built won another award– Best Entry from a Small Newsroom Under 25 People from the Global Editors Network, in their 2015 Data Journalism Awards.

Date posted: June 19, 2015 | Filed under shortlinks, WRI | Leave a Comment »

I’d have to agree with the author, there’s no way this Scout is worth $175,000, but it is an interesting, and (somewhat) valuable footnote in the saga of IH’s demise. Body cladding will only go so far.

Date posted: June 14, 2015 | Filed under shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I saw this in (ahem) my Facebook feed this afternoon. It’s quite amazing; a camera drone that doesn’t need piloting. It’s got a bunch of pre-set modes, and it follows a tracker you carry. Pre-order is $599, and the full price is a cool $1K. Still, I’d have a lot of fun with this toy.

Date posted: June 1, 2015 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Could Mastodon be any cooler? Not after being invited to portray Wildlings on Game of Thrones.

Date posted: June 1, 2015 | Filed under music, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Hmmm. Filing this away for future reference: How to Modify a Cheap BBQ Smoker for Better Tasting Meats. It’s mostly clickbait, but the part about sealing it up is good advice.

Date posted: May 20, 2015 | Filed under shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

This is pretty cool. It’s a visualization of how Baltimore looked 200 years ago, with an overlay of what it looks like now and some basic landmarks for orienting. Funny to see that my house in Canton was underwater in 1815. (You will need Chrome to view it; unfortunately, we’re back to 1998 when you need a special browser flavor to view a site.)

Date posted: May 19, 2015 | Filed under Baltimore, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Huh, I missed this when it was published back in January, but it appears we’re in great company: 15 Data Visualizations That Will Blow Your Mind.

Date posted: May 11, 2015 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks, WRI | Leave a Comment »