Friday Links On Tape!From Jonathan Arnold, and this fellow is tremendously skilled: Unicyclist goes extreme. Also, and this is fascinating, it's The 7 Most Terrifying Archaeological Discoveries.
From Meg McReynolds, and this is entirely wonderful: Getting The Book Invented. Also, and this is wonderfully clever, it's Chaos Theory:A Unified Theory of Muppet Types.
Here's more information in the long-running investigation of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart: Credible Amelia Earhart radio signals were ignored as bogus.
This is absolutely one of the most amazing pictures I've ever seen (note: you must click on a link in the article to view the picture): What 25 years of driving a truck can do to your skin.
From jdv, and this is a fascinating interview (from McSweeney's, no less): Ken Doyle, Safecracker.
From DQ reader My Wife, a fascinating article on the development of pop music: 40 Noises That Built Pop.
From David Gloier, and this is quite incredible: Honey, I shrunk the Flughafen: German builds world’s largest model airport. Also, a video of the airport in "action": Knuffingen Airport: Kleinster Flughafen der Welt // The world's smallest airport.
This link is fascinating both as a visual display of information and as a presentation of the evolution of F1 cars: History of Formula One Cars in Wireframes.
More data visualization links from John Catania, and they're amazing. First, it's Micro Fashion Network: Color, and just listen to this description: " A fixed camera and custom software process and store the dominant colors of moving people in Cambridge's busy neighborhoods. Similar colors connected to each other form a large color network over time. As the network grows, the new vertices are connected to existing similar colors; because of this preferential attachment model, we see the power law distribution and the highly connected dense color hubs in the resulting images. In the resulting demonstration, three different artistic representations are put side by side: captured human figures, color information as abstract boxes, and the complex network of colors."
Next, it's Map of science. "Description: How Scientific Paradigms Relate shows the relationships between more than 700 scientific paradigms based on how they were mentioned in more than 800,000 scientific papers. Relationships are also based on how often different papers were cited by each other and by authors of other papers."
Finally, and this is terrific, it's newsmap.Description: "Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator.
A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap's objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe."