Debtris (Visualization of Debt)

How does the cost of the Iraq War compare to US credit card debt? What about the worldwide costs of the financial crises from the late 2000s to the present? How do those costs compare to African nations’ debts?

Information is Beautiful provides those answers and more in his first animation, entitled “Debtris“. I have embedded both the US (dollars) and UK (pounds) versions below.

Did any of the figures surprise you?

[Via @timoreilly on 21 February 2011 @14:07.)

CBS News Examines the Internet and Our Right to Privacy

What if you are asked to resign your position because of a complaint about photos you posted to Facebook that you thought were private and for friends only — but weren’t? What if in the pictures you are perfectly sober, but simply posing with two glasses of alcohol, and reference a site that has a profanity in the name? What if the complaint about you to your employer was sent anonymously?

Erin Moriarity of CBS News examines these questions and more in the video below, “The Internet and Our Right to Privacy” from 48 Hours on February 6th, 2011. The producers write:

24-year-old Ashley Payne was forced to resign from her position as a public high school teacher when a student allegedly complained over a Facebook photo of Payne holding alcoholic beverages claiming it promoted drinking. 48 Hours’ Erin Moriarty investigates our ever changing rights to privacy.

There is an article that accompanies the video, ”Did the Internet Kill Privacy?“.

What do you think? If you put something online, is it automatically public, even if you mark it private? Do we have any right to privacy online? Is it morally OK, even if it is legal, for companies to compile profiles about us — without our knowledge and consent — based on our digital footprint?

Test Your Digital Footprint

You may be aware of your carbon footprint, but do you know the size of your digital footprint? Would you like to know how much digital exhaust you leave behind during your normal daily activities?

The Discovery Channel has created a tool called Your Digital Footprint that measures “how much information about your daily life gets recorded by big business and Big Brother”. I took it, and I leave a moderate footprint. I could take some steps to clean up my digital exhaust.

24 June 2013:: The Discovery Channel’s Digital Footprint Test is no longer available. EMC provides a free Personal Digital Footprint Calculator.

The Discovery Channel -- Test Your Digital Footprint

What was your score? Were you surprised at how much data about your activities you leave behind? What did you think of the tool? Did any of the questions surprise you? Were there any questions you expected to be asked but were not?

Americans’ Valentine’s Day Plans via Social Networking Sites

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Are you honest about your relationships status on social networking sites? Do you display the name of your significant other on your site? How have you spent this past Valentine’s weekend? How will you spend today? Did you buy or do you plan to buy a gift for your significant other?

These questions and more are answered in the infographic below. The data was culled from 400 users of MySpace and Facebook.

Social Networking Americans’ Valentine’s Day Plans

The infographic above, “Social Networking Americans’ Valentine’s Day Plans” was created by Lab42 for Mashable.

Is there any Valentine’s Day data from social networking sites you’d like to see that is missing above? Does any of the data surprise you?

Linked Open Data: the Promises an the Pitfalls…Where Are We and Why Isn’t There Broader Adoption?

This post is for those of you who are interested in Linked Open Data.

The following is from an announcement sent out via email by Diane Goldenberg-Hart of CNI on 7 February 2011.

A new video from CNI’s 2010 fall membership meeting is now available from CNI’s video channels on YouTube ( and Vimeo ( Linked Open Data: The Promises and the Pitfalls… Where Are We and Why Isn’t There Broader Adoption? features case studies by speakers from Cornell University, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Internet Archive, as well as a summary presentation by MIT’s MacKenzie Smith.

Presentation slides and handouts from this session are accessible from the project briefing page at

Why do you think Linked Open Data hasn’t been more broadly adopted? What do you think are the promises and pitfalls?

Beer and American Football

Beer and American football. A match made in heaven.

In honor of Superbowl XLV this weekend in Texas showcasing the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Green Bay Packers, I am posting this infographic called “Learn the Language of Beer How to Talk Like a Beer Snob“.

How to Talk Like a Beer Snob

Figure 1 – “How to Talk Like a Beer Snob”, ©Pimsleur Approach.

For a different take on beer, The Oatmeal has a great poster called, “20 Things Worth Knowing About Beer“.

Have a great weekend!

The Mechanics of Moving — A Guide to Avoiding Injuries and Damaged Possessions

How many times have you moved from one house or apartment to another in your lifetime? Do you think you know what it takes to move objects, pets, and people? I’ve moved plenty of times in my lifetime, but I am eager to hear of any information that can help me tame the moving beast.

I was thrilled to find an infographic on The Mechanics of Moving. Patrick Garvin created the infographic after helping a colleague move to a new house. He based it on his own notes, plus the comments and feedback of moving company employees. He writes:

In the summer of 2007, I helped one of our editors move his family to a new house near the beach. I noticed that when helping carry large items such as tables and couches that I was designated as the person who had to walk backwards. I mused aloud that there surely was an ettiquette that dictated moving protocol. What started as a joke ended up as a scribble in my graphics notebook and in turn became a full-page graphic a month later. I contacted a few moving companies to get their takes on the mechanics and manners necessary for a sucessful move, then wrote all the text myself. It came out a few weeks before school started for the fall, timed perfectly with the droves of college students who would be moving into the dorms.

The infographic below provides information on how to pack, how to stack furniture in a van or pod, which person of which height should be on which side of a piece of furniture when carrying it, the physical qualities of a good mover, and so forth and so on.

[If you would like to view a more readable version of the infographic, please click on the image below, and then click on it again to reveal the larger image.]

The Mechanics of Moving infographic by Patrick Garvin

Figure 1 – “The Mechanics of Moving”, ©Patrick Garvin.

Did you learn anything new from this visualization of the mechanics of moving? Do you have any moving tips or tricks you’d like to share? Is there anything on the infographic that you would delete? Is there any missing information you would add to it?