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Fun with Information Design

Word Count [1] 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 [2] 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 [3] Yarn, Math, and the Environment, or, What Shape Is the Universe?

Wordle [4] A toy for generating pretty "word clouds" from text that you provide.

FlowingData [5] Stay up-to-date on what's new in data visualization.

Lovely Charts [6] Create pretty charts easily online.

Crappy Graphs [7] Browse other people's or make your own.

Information Is Beautiful [8]On this site, it sure is! Check out the "Goggle Boxes" [9] 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" [10] public radio program.

Gimundo [11] Battle the brainwashing - get good news every day!

Peculiar English [12] What if English words were all derived from Anglo-Saxon, or from Greek?

Schott's Vocabulary Blog [13] (NY Times) Fun with words. (Is there any other kind?)

The F'ing Word of the Day [14] Non-work-safe fun with words.

Wordnik [15] ALL the words (and they're not kidding!)

The Guardian Data Blog [16] 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 [17] Simply the Best. Horoscope. Ever.—especially if you don't believe in astrology.

Pronoia Resources [18] Links to things from Breszny's weekly newsletter. Pronoia is the opposite of Paranoia.

The Book Quiz [19] Which book are you?

Mr. Picassohead [20] Make art!

The Geostationary Banana Over Texas [21] Hey, why not?

Structured Procrastination [22] Horizontal Organizers of the world, unite!

Online Magnetic Poetry [23] from your fridge to the Internet!




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