Weekly Link Roundup – November 21, 2009


A Visual Guide to the Financial Crisis

A visual illustration of how the entire global financial crisis or credit crunch started in a flow chart manner. Things can’t be expressed any easier!

The Crisis of Credit Visualized

Video illustration of the global credit crisis. This is a two part series.

Golden Parachutes: How the Bankers Went Down

Excellent depiction of how the bankers and in essence the entire banking system went down.

Invest in Gold Without Getting Scammed

What glitter isn’t always gold. Investing in gold and other precious metals is one of the best ways to maintain your footing in an otherwise unstable economy. But while gold, silver, platinum (and their lesser known cousins ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, and iridium) have maintained their status as solid investments, you need to be wary of unscrupulous dealers and the many scams they perpetrate on unsuspecting investors …


The rebirth of the infographic

Complex data-based images are all the rage now. Are infographics worth your time? As data and graphic design tools become more widely available, the infographic is becoming the trendy way to display complex data sets to readers …

5 Tips For Building Effective Infographics

Infographics (short for Information Graphics) are part design, part data visualization. Like generic data visualization tools such as charts and graphs, infographics typically represent some data in a way that a viewer can quickly understand. But infographics are customized specifically to the data, topic, and audience – each infographic is essentially a creative work that gets a point across.

By pairing your infographic with software, you can allow people to interact with the visualization and explore the concepts, giving a more powerful and immediate ability to understand the point you are making.

Inspired by the visualizations that we regularly see in Good Magazine, Wired, and New York Times, we created some sample interactive infographics. Take a look at obesity trends in America, or explore the job roles that go into creating a web site.

Creating a slick infographic needs a bit more effort than is needed to fire up a generic charting or graphing tool. But the extra work can really pay off, making your visualization stand out from the crowd.

And to help you out, the above is a compiled list of handy tips for creating effective infographics …

The Anatomy Of An Infographic: 5 Steps To Create A Powerful Visual

Information is very powerful but for the most bit it is bland and unimaginative. Infographics channel information in a visually pleasing, instantly understandable manner, making it not only powerful, but extremely beautiful. Once used predominantly to make maps more approachable, scientific charts less daunting and as key learning tools for children, inforgraphics have now permeated all aspects of the modern world …


The infographics weblog above is a running collection of links to infographics found on the web through my own research and the submissions of many individuals.

Often more powerful than words or imagery alone, infographics utilize visual elements of design and words to convey a message in such a way that context, meaning and understanding are trancended to the observer in a manner not previously experienced. The observer becomes enlighted, having learned from the visual feast and is motivated to seek out more knowledge in this medium. They can present a wealth of information without intimidating you. Or sometimes they intimidate you, but make the digesting of the information much more bearable …

Websites as graphs

Everyday, we look at dozens of websites. The structure of these websites is defined in HTML, the lingua franca for publishing information on the web. Your browser’s job is to render the HTML according to the specs (most of the time, at least). You can look at the code behind any website by selecting the “View source” tab somewhere in your browser’s menu.

HTML consists of so-called tags, like the A tag for links, IMG tag for images and so on. Since tags are nested in other tags, they are arranged in a hierarchical manner, and that hierarchy can be represented as a graph. This blogger has written a little app that visualizes such a graph, and there are some screenshots of websites from that.

Visualcomplexity.com | A visual exploration on mapping complex networks

VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project’s main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web. I truly hope this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing research on this field.

InfoGraphic Designs: Overview, Examples and Best Practices

Information graphics or infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics are used where complex information needs to be explained quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. They are also used extensively as tools by computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians to ease the process of developing and communicating conceptual information.

Data Visualization and Infographics Resources

Information graphics or infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics are used where complex information needs to be explained quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. They are also used extensively as tools by computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians to ease the process of developing and communicating conceptual information …

Art of Speaking:

Art of Speaking

Here you will find Tips & Techniques, Vocabulary, Templates, Images, and other resources for your Presentations.

The Art of Speaking: “There is a special circle in hell for those who use laser pointers,” this and other advice from a master speaker.

Some great tips and advices for mastering the art of speaking.


Port80 Compression Check

Just enter a website and get a detailed report for Compression status i.e. Compressed (gzip), Original size, Compressed size, Savings in bytes, Percentage saved by compression, Transfer speed improvement etc.

Software Development:

Experts Announce Agreement on the 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors – And How to Fix Them

Title says it all. This is a followup on the consensus list of the 25 most dangerous programming errors that lead to security bugs and that enable cyber espionage and cyber crime.

Explained: ASP.NET Formula for Reducing Contention

The formula for reducing contention can give you a good empirical start for tuning the ASP.NET thread pool. Consider using the Microsoft product group-recommended settings if the following conditions are true:

  • You have available CPU.
  • Your application performs I/O bound operations such as calling a Web method or accessing the file system.
  • The ASP.NET Applications/Requests In Application Queue performance counter indicates that you have queued requests …

Breaking Down ‘Data Silos’ – The Open Data Protocol (OData)

The Open Data Protocol (OData) is a web protocol for querying and updating data. OData applies web technologies such as  HTTP, Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub) and JSON to provide access to information from a variety of applications, services, and stores. This protocol emerged organically based on the experiences implementing AtomPub clients and servers in a variety of products over the past several years. OData is being used to expose and access information from a variety of sources, including but not limited to relational databases, file systems, content management systems, and traditional web sites. Microsoft has released OData under the Open Specification Promise (OSP) to allow anyone to freely interoperate with OData implementations. We intend on working with the community to move the features of OData into future version of AtomPub or other appropriate standards.

OData is consistent with the way the web works. OData makes a deep commitment to URIs as a means to identify resources (just like the web). OData commits to an HTTP-centric protocol with a uniform interface for interacting with those resources (again, just like the web). OData builds on the conventions over HTTP popularized by AtomPub, which have simplified the process of sharing data, content and information across independently developed systems. OData defines additional conventions that implementations may optionally implement to support basic query and schema information to be exchanged. To simplify integration with HTML and JavaScript clients, OData defines an optional JSON representation of the protocol that complements the XML-based AtomPub format …

Iframe related JavaScript Development:

Cross-Domain Communication with IFrames

Resizing an iframe according to its contents

jQuery : Auto iFrame Height


Hack your brain – How to hallucinate with ping-pong balls and a radio

DO YOU EVER want to change the way you see the world? Wouldn’t it be fun to hallucinate on your lunch break? Although we typically associate such phenomena with powerful drugs like LSD or mescaline, it’s easy to fling open the doors of perception without them: All it takes is a basic understanding of how the mind works.

The first thing to know is that the mind isn’t a mirror, or even a passive observer of reality. Much of what we think of as being out there actually comes from in here, and is a byproduct of how the brain processes sensation. In recent years scientists have come up with a number of simple tricks that expose the artifice of our senses, so that we end up perceiving what we know isn’t real – tweaking the cortex to produce something uncannily like hallucinations. Perhaps we hear the voice of someone who is no longer alive, or feel as if our nose is suddenly 3 feet long …

One response to this post.

  1. It’s a great weekly link roundup,
    thanks for share


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