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Marvel and Maps


1. We watched Iron Man! It was very enjoyable. I even liked quite a bit of the soundtrack.

2. This is full of some wonderful statistical snark. FlowingData has some great and insightful posts, but this one has to be my new favorite. 4, 5, 7, and “9 through 18” made me seriously laugh.

Oh Internet, You Are a Vast and Wonderful Place

The awesome site FlowingData brought this to my attention. It’s a map of the internet! Created by Ruslan Enikeev, it’s a searchable graphic displaying data for over 350,000 websites. Says Enikeev:

“The Internet map is a bi-dimensional presentation of links between websites on the Internet. Every site is a circle on the map, and its size is determined by website traffic, the larger the amount of traffic, the bigger the circle. Users’ switching between websites forms links, and the stronger the link, the closer the websites tend to arrange themselves to each other.”

The colors represent websites from different countries (the light blue is the US, yellow is China, red is Russia, things like that).

My thoughts and observations:

Pretty, isn’t it?

Google.ca just BARELY eclipses StumbleUpon. That’s hilarious.

Flickr’s bigger than Tumblr? Blasphemy!

God, look at all of Google’s little satellite circles. Watch out, little websites. Google’ll eat you.

I can’t even zoom in close enough to see the name of that little Russian website. That blue part of the screen? That’s Google.

Explore! Al Gore would be proud. Donate to the creator, too. This must have taken a lot of work.

Edit: Okay, I calculated it all out. If we took the biggest circle on there, Google, and set its diameter equal to the diameter of Jupiter, the following sites would have diameters (roughly) proportional to the other planets:

Mercury: Newgrounds
Venus: IBM
Earth: Walmart
Mars: 4chan
Saturn: YouTube
Uranus: Amazon
Neptune: LinkedIn
And for old times’ sake, Pluto: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

Exciting times!