Articles by drunksandlampposts

Why are pirates called pirates?

September 19, 2012 | drunksandlampposts

In homage to International Talk Like a Pirate Day… I recently stumbled across a series of blog posts from the folks at IDV that visualised the archive of recorded pirate attacks which has been collected by the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. It’s a dataset of 6000+ pirate attacks which have ... [Read more...]

118 years of US State Weather Data

April 22, 2012 | drunksandlampposts

A recent post on the Junkcharts blog looked at US weather dataand the importance of explaining scales (which in this case went up to 118). Ultimately, it turns out that 118 is the rank of the data compared to the previous 117 years of data (in ascending order, so that 118 is the highest). ... [Read more...]

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