20 December 2010

Global Property Guide

Property trends: Sweden, South Korea, ... see Data left hand side.

19 December 2010

Energy map

On EnergyMap.dk you can find information about the latest energy and climate related technologies, projects, solutions, cases and events. EnergyMap is the national Danish internet portal for energy and climate related solutions.

On EnergyMap Danish companies, organisations, institutions and public authorities are given the opportunity to present their work and ideas on technologies and programmes that may help combat climate change and improve energy-efficiency

17 October 2010

PhD, what do you know

This is what you know, when you really know what you are talking about.
Source: 1, 2

Religion and GDP/capita

Interesting correlation between religion and GDP/capita.

Self actualization

The questions to self actualisation (what, why, how, where, when, who, ...):
If someone don't do it for you: http://www.justspotted.com/map/
You can do it yourself: https://www.google.com/latitude

A good way to find new sites, similar to your own.

Source: ...

03 August 2010


How to Disable, Remove or Hide IE8 Search Box

ItsHidden Free VPN Tunnel Service for Anonymous Surfing and Torrent Downloading 

Toucan - sync, backup and secure, all in one place

Smart defrag

Recorded Future


Source: GizMag

Kno - Dual iPad

Interesting new Pad.

Source: GizMag

01 August 2010

World statistics - interactive time

StatPlanet looks like a Trendalyzer clone; similar categories, with ticking time scale.
It's is a free software that is very easy and intuative. As they say "StatPlanet can be downloaded as a stand-alone application and used as free educational software. It comes with up-to-date world statistics in the categories shown below."

Source: Wikipedia, Trendalyzer

Personal Finance

How much does a normal house hold spends per month.

Categories I found interesting: the 2010 report, couples with/without children and spending per age group.

The data comes from "Our data comes from the U.S. government, from anonymous and aggregated spending transactions from Citi, and from third party data providers."

Their philosophy is: "the Bundle philosophy that people can become more aware of their everyday spending and saving choices. And it’s our way of leveling the playing field for people: companies have been paying millions of dollars for this kind of data for years in order to get you to buy more stuff. Now you can see it, too, and it won't cost you anything."

Source: Information Aesthetics

07 July 2010

Save energy with Infrared map

A good idea to make a "Infrared save energy map".
The house owner can see how well his/her property is insulated.

05 June 2010

World Map Of Touristyness

Great places-to-avoid heatmap using distribution of photos on Panoramio. Nice idea! By BlueMoon.ee

Source: InformationIsBeautiful.net

10 April 2010

Microsoft Live Drive - 50Gb free

Microsoft Live Drive offers 50Gb storage space for free.
With the free SDExplorer addin the space is available direct in Explorer (without login).


The picture says all. Click and try the interactice charts

02 February 2010

USA report - More than 1 of 10 is starving

Feeding America reports that the number of people that receivs food support during 2009 is now more than 37million of their population of the 310 million. The increase is nearly 50% in just 5 years time. (source: DN)

Few of those can afford a private medical health plan and less likely to make pension savings. Food and house (Morgages) are the two primary priorities (Maslow). There is a tipping point but I hope the 50% increase is not a early warning sign.

If a major natural disaster - like an earth quake in the Bay area - would strike, the Stockmarket would collaps. The hungry, and social security needy would increase dramatically. In contrast to many other countries, the social security sector rests heavily on Private organisations. Social security can be said to be, not a legal obligation/institution but a free choice*.

Americas debt in now mainly owned by China. They are worried about the state of USA, and are bound to ask USA to take necessary measures to stabalize their country. They are not yet ready to take up the butan as the World leader. They need all power/focus on their domestic events.

Paradigm shifts have happen previously in the history of man kind - often followed by great movement, instability and realignments. I can look at it from trade and ideas as rejuvenating. I can look at from values/ideology and legality, with fear. Especially since IT is a powerful tool in the hands of law enforcers. History has shown us that it takes very few people to control many.

* The free choice selection process is intresting. We get more choices and are required to take spend more time to select. Now if the selection process could be automated, it would free our time. For instance, when I select energy supplier it is now based on a number of simple criterias, and done automatically and instantanious (elskling.se). Same thing when it comes to selecting internet service supplier etc.

The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures

"Hello, old friends. I am back from dark months of data mining, here now to present my ores. To write this piece, we cataloged over 7,000 photographs on OkCupid.com, analyzing three primary things:
  • Facial Attitude. Is the person smiling? Staring straight ahead? Doing that flirty lip-pursing thing?
  • Photo Context. Is there alcohol? Is there a pet? Is the photo outdoors? Is it in a bedroom?
  • Skin. How much skin is the person showing? How much face? How much breasts? How much ripped abs?

In looking closely at the astonishingly wide variety of ways our users have chosen to represent themselves, we discovered much of the collective wisdom about profile pictures was wrong. For interested readers, I explain our measurement process, and how we collected our data, at the end of the post. All my bar charts are zeroed on the average picture. Now to the data."

Read more: The 4 Myths

Copy from blog.okcupid.com

Personal 3D Food Printer - MIT-media lab

Cornucopia is a concept design for a personal food factory that brings the versatility of the digital world to the realm of cooking. In essence, it is a three dimensional printer for food, which works by storing, precisely mixing, depositing and cooking layers of ingredients.

Cornucopia's cooking process starts with an array of food canisters, which refrigerate and store a user's favorite ingredients. These are piped into a mixer and extruder head that can accurately deposit elaborate combinations of food. While the deposition takes place, the food is heated or cooled by Cornucopia's chamber or the heating and cooling tubes located on the printing head. This fabrication process not only allows for the creation of flavors and textures that would be completely unimaginable through other cooking techniques, but it also allows the user to have ultimate control over the origin, quality, nutritional value and taste of every meal.

This project is currently starting, at MIT-media lab.

Other interesting projects: electronic popables

Target Point - Chart wars & What is rich income?

A great, short talk by TargetPoint's VP and Director of Research, Alex Lundry, at DC Ignite. He addresses the issues of subjective messaging through visualization, the emergence of open data, some ideal data visualization tools, a set of quick lessons in graphic literacy, and a short list of recommended visualization books, all within the time span of 5 minutes.

Watch the movie below.

Copy from: Information aesteatics

"What is rich income"

- Another interesting article fromTarget point -

The most frequent response, the mode, was $100,000. The median response was $250,000 – that is, half of the country gave an answer above $250K and half were below. The mean is too heavily influenced by extreme values and is a correspondingly inefficient measure of the midpoint. We can also estimate a nationwide consensus at the 75th percentile, where ¾ of the country defines rich below the $500,000 mark.

Still despite the fact that all demographic effects are subsumed by income, we can’t help but point to a number of interesting and fun significant differences in the crosstabs. For instance:
  • GENDER: men’s median response is $250k, while women’s is 200k.
  • IDEOLOGY: conservatives have a higher “rich” threshold, $250k, than liberals, $200k, and moderates line up with conservatives with a median response of $250k.
  • 2008 VOTE: mirroring ideology, “rich” to a McCain voter means an annual income of $250k (median), while an Obama voter sets the bar at $200k.
Finally, it’s important to put these numbers into their proper perspective: median annual household income in the United States is about $44,389 (from 2005 Census Bureau data); if we were to arbitrarily define the rich as the top 20% of household incomes the lower limit would be $88,030 a far cry from our survey’s median of $250,000. Even the top 5% of household incomes begin at $157,176, nearly $100,000 short of our survey’s median response.

Copy from: Target Point

17 January 2010

Knol - Ethics theory

An Introduction the Ethical Reasoning

This knol provides an introductory overview of ethical reasoning as a foundation for professional ethics. It presents some of the philosophical background to ethical thought and attempts to answer the question - "How can we know the difference between right and wrong?".

While the knol is aimed primarily at students in higher education and young IT professionals , it is equally relevant to other disciplines and professions.


We all have a sense right and wrong - or good and bad. There are things that we feel we (or others) ought to do, and other things that we feel we (or others) ought not to do. Ethics is the study of how we distinguish between these alternatives.

This knol is intended to familiarise students and young professionals with the basic concepts of ethics and ethical reasoning in order to equip them for the responsibilities that accompany professional status.


Other interesting links:
* Knol
* "How to Use the Harvard Style of Referencing"
* Gold
* "Laying a house foundation"
* ...