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World GDP changes – 2012/2013


World GDP per country (Russia took exception to being included for some reason)

The redder it is, the greater the contraction in 2013. The greener, the larger the positive rise.

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World economies, 2012-2013

World GDP: 2012-2013

A fusion map of the GDP’s of the world, measures as +/- changes throughout 2012-2013.

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Catches of the week (07/19/2013)

Flesh and Blood

A new type of ceratopsid dinosaur with funny horns and a big nose has been discovered. ❤ for new dinosaurs.

Certain ants, like Rome, can't get by without their slaves. Enter the ant version of Spartacus.

The arts:

A cute movie about seemingly unrequited bench affection between a boy and a girl. In the sequel their gazes sync up and the sparks fly.

Kuriositas’ picks from the selections at this year’s 1-minute Film Festival. At one minute apiece, there’s no reason you can’t go check them out.

I tried, and quite early gave up on, James Joyce’s Ulysses. I’d be willing to give it another try, now that its coming out in graphic novel format.

Dogs wearing capes, babies sleeping in fields of fabric, and people recreating photos from yesteryear: Mental Floss’ list of delightful photo projects.

Amazingly crafted drawings that jump out at you by the very talented Alessandro Diddi.


The nachthexen, or night witches: Soviet fighter pilots and female daredevils who piloted wooden biplane bombers on the Eastern Front and raised hell for their German adversaries.

What did people name their pets in the medieval ages? Title says it all.

The Oatmeal raised over a million dollars for the Tesla museum so that we could know about his automated war boats? What?

Euro trip 2013

So tomorrow we (being my girlfriend and myself) embark on a quick, one month trip to Northern Europe. On the docket:

  • Stockholm (and, hopefully, Uppsala)
  • Helsinki,
  • Tallinn and the western regions of Estonia
  • Riga and the environs
  • Lithuania’s Vilnius
  • A quick sojourn to Warsaw
  • Journey’s end in Berlin

I’ll be bringing plenty of pen, paper, and laptop, not to mention a camera, so there’ll be no excuse not to write, and comment, and share about our journey. It’s gonn’ be gooooood.