Uh, wow. Over 400 of you helped place these 700 Sanborn pages over the past 48 hours. They're almost all finished, with the exception of about 200 stragglers that need to be confirmed in their placement. Here are some basic results spreadsheets as of Wednesday night: all placements (179K), all problems (e.g.
Inspired by the visualization Our Mountain of Debt by the Washington Post, we mapped how much the United States owes to foreign countries and to whom. Our goal with this visualization was to show which countries are lending us money and to let people interact with data on a country by country basis to see how this lending has changed over time.
This project, Mexodus, which the El Paso Times is publishing today and Monday is the final result of a collaborative effort between journalism students and professors from the University of Texas at El Paso and four other universities in the United States and Mexico.
Surveillance street art (via @kaepora): Cynde Soto dreads the arrival of yet another benefit notice. Her cash assistance has been cut four times in two years. State medical coverage is getting more expensive and no longer includes dental care or podiatry.
A few days ago I came across the first mention of Auto-Tune I've seen in fiction: Lauren Beukes' 2010 novel, Zoo City. It's weird noir, set in contemporary Johannesburg, featuring an ex-junkie protagonist named Zinzi December and her magic sloth.
If you're lost as to what's going on in Chile, I'm going to be writing a post for New APPS soon, but in the meantime, I'm posting useful links as I find them (updating periodically). The idea here is to provide a wide range of news sources to expose the range of responses in Chile.
Last night I went on a tear all over twitter about the value of Miles Morales, a.k.a. Spider-Man…a.k.a. the African-American/Hispanic-American/Arachnid-American Spider-Man. Here now are all those tweets gathered in one place. Multi-part tweet rant coming! I never do these. Okay: If Marvel made the new Spider-Man white, would we be accused of pandering to whites?