MapFight is a fun little web application, which superimposes the maps of two selected countries to show which one is larger and by how much. And the best part is that you don’t even to stick just to countries – the continents are in there as well, so you can compare Europe to Asia, or even Russia to Europe.
VentuSky is an interactive weather forecast map. It shows temperatures, winds, rain, thunderstorms and more.
This is one of those things that I love about the Internet. When you are wrong, the Internet doesn’t just gently mention it. It absolutely destroys you, shoving the reality so hard down your throat, you forget how to breath for a while. And then, next time, if you haven’t killed yourself yet, you think long and hard before saying anything out loud. If you have a half a brain or more, of course.
Here is a gallery of National Geographic’s 52 best images of the year—curated from 91 photographers, 107 stories, and 2,290,225 photographs.
Some are, as always, absolutely amazing. Some are not so much. For a global collection of pictures, it’s surprising to find the word “Yellowstone” mentioned 13 times on the page.
This one is my favorite:
Of those with people in them, I liked this one:
“If programming languages were countries, which country would each language represent?” over Quora is hilarious! Here are a few bits to get you started:
C – Russia. Everything has to be done in a backwards way, but everything is possible, and there’s a lot of legacy.
C++ – USA. Powerful, but more and more complicated, unreadable, error-prone. Tends to dominate and influence everything.
Haskell – Monaco. Not many people, but very rich, so they don’t have to consider lower classes’ problems.
Java – Sweden. Comfortable, but has its own king and currency.
PHP – Bangladesh. Poor, but numerous, and it’s found all over the web.
Pascal – Germany. Strict rules, good performance. And there are many people who just don’t like the language.
Bash – Switzerland. Not very big in itself, but pulls the strings of the others.
Awk: North Korea. Stubbornly resists change, and its users appear to be unnaturally fond of it for reasons we can only speculate on.
If you were wondering how banks got “too big to fail,” here’s a good place to start. This chart shows us how, over the last couple of decades, 37 banks have became just 4 mega-banks. These same 4 mega-banks have, thus far, been immune to the consequences of any and all of their terrible decisions that places the entire world economy in jeopardy.
Ars Technica runs a nice overview article “How the Internet works: Submarine fiber, brains in jars, and coaxial cables“. It features plenty of cool images, statistics, and details of the Internet wiring from under the sea to the last mile to the last 100 meters. It’s mostly focused on UK, but it provides a good understanding of what’s involved in the modern day connectivity.
P.S.: On a less serious note, here’s The IT Crowd take on how the Internet works. Thanks to Maxym Balabaev for a reminder.
I came across “Global Internet Map 2012” – an interactive map by TeleGeography, via this article (in Russian). If you read the language, check the article for more maps and resources on the subject. Also check my previous posts here and here.
Apart from the absolute visual awesomeness, one thing that struck me in particular is how weird the world looks if you just rotate the map a bit.
Slashdot runs these two stories, a day apart:
- Apple Has First Earnings Decline In More Than A Decade
- Smartphone Shipments Flat For the First Time, Says IDC
Nobody is dying (yet), but it’s an interesting change in trends. Read Slashdot comments for more insight.