Fun Links

Fun with Information Design

Word Count Visual representation of the 86,800 most frequently used words in English, way cool! Bonus points: the words whose ranks correspond to my date of birth are (drum roll, please!) "Feel Literature," and my Other Half's are "Certainly Gentleman." Even better, at #3130, "jean" falls between #3129 and #3131 to form the phrase "constantly jean dominant" - I wish!

Thinkmap's Visual Thesaurus Visual representation of word meanings and relationships - much clearer than any print thesaurus and fun to play with. Limited use for free trial or buy/subscribe.

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Yarn, Math, and the Environment, or, What Shape Is the Universe?

Wordle A toy for generating pretty "word clouds" from text that you provide.

FlowingData Stay up-to-date on what's new in data visualization.

Lovely Charts Create pretty charts easily online.

Crappy Graphs Browse other people's or make your own.

Information Is Beautiful On this site, it sure is! Check out the "Goggle Boxes" graphic and think about what real-world problem we might solve instead of just watching "reality."

Fun with Information

Podcast of Harry Shearer's "Le Show" public radio program.

Gimundo Battle the brainwashing - get good news every day!

Peculiar English What if English words were all derived from Anglo-Saxon, or from Greek?

Schott's Vocabulary Blog (NY Times) Fun with words. (Is there any other kind?)

The F'ing Word of the Day Non-work-safe fun with words.

Wordnik ALL the words (and they're not kidding!)

The Guardian Data Blog All kinds of interesting stuff, from Dr. Who to the war in Afghanistan. Much of it is UK-specific but there's plenty of stuff for the rest of us, too.

Just Fun

Rob Breszny's Free Will Astrology Simply the Best. Horoscope. Ever.—especially if you don't believe in astrology.

Pronoia Resources Links to things from Breszny's weekly newsletter. Pronoia is the opposite of Paranoia.

The Book Quiz Which book are you?

Mr. Picassohead Make art!

The Geostationary Banana Over Texas Hey, why not?

Structured Procrastination Horizontal Organizers of the world, unite!

Online Magnetic Poetry from your fridge to the Internet!

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