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New Olympic sports explained

The 2020 Summer Olympics are here, so ’tis the season for experimental visual explainers. The Washington Post uses a combination of illustration, video, and augmented reality to show off three new Olympic sports: skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing. The skateboarding piece with Heimana Reynolds uses a left-right hover to move back and forth...

Weather Strip, an app that shows the forecast as a time series

Weather Strip is a new weather app by visualization researcher Robin Stewart. It shows the week’s forecast as a time series chart, aiming to show you details at a glance. The temperature shows as a line chart, and a stacked area chart that represents weather conditions serves as background. You’d think it’d hit all the right notes for me, but I’m more...

✚ Learning New Visualization Things Practically – The Process 149

Welcome to issue #149 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members about how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m thinking about how to learn as much as I can about new visualization things, but also get actual work done. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

Olympic event visual explainers

With the Olympics starting on Friday, The New York Times started their coverage of events and athletes to watch. Their visual explainers are always very good in that the topic is entertaining and the results feel like a creative break, which a lot of us could probably use right about now. Check out what NYT has so far for climbing, gymnastics, hurdles,...

Case rates adjusted for the unvaccinated

Covid-19 cases in the United States were down, but they’re moving up again, mostly among the unvaccinated. Dan Keating and Leslie Shapiro for The Washington Post break down the comparisons by state. A difference chart for each state shows the overall rate compared against an adjusted rate for the unvaccinated population. As you might expect, the rate...

Introduction to Deep Learning

Sebastian Raschka made 170 videos on deep learning, and you can watch all of the lessons now: I just sat down this morning and organized all deep learning related videos I recorded in 2021. I am sure this will be a useful reference for my future self, but I am also hoping it might be useful for one or the other person out there. It’s split into 19...

Falling spin rates in baseball after rule enforcement

NYT’s The Upshot analyzed spin rate on pitches before and after enforcing a ban on sticky substances that provide more grip on the ball. The rule has been in place for decades but wasn’t enforced. However, there’s been more strikeouts than usual, which makes for less exciting sports, which means less people watch, and therefore, the league makes less...

Rise of K-pop

K-pop seems to be inescapable these days, which really confuses me. Marian Liu, Youjin Shin, and Shelly Tan for The Washington Post explored the rise in popularity and what makes the songs and artists so popular. Tags: K-pop, Washington Post

How long it takes a ball to drop on various Solar System bodies

James O’Donoghue made this straightforward animation that shows how long it takes for a ball to drop one kilometer on different planets: It might be surprising to see large planets have a pull comparable to smaller ones at the surface, for example Uranus pulls the ball down slower than at Earth! Why? Because the low average density of Uranus puts the...

✚ Analyzing Data, General to More Specific – The Process 148

Welcome to issue #148 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members about how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m remembering to start an analysis with the basics — to get over the initial hump — and then generate questions towards more specific answers. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

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