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16:15 // 8 months ago
December 3, 2013
theatlantic:

Congratulations, Ohio! You Are the Sweariest State in the Union

There’s a relatively long tradition, in the field of data visualization, of tracking the way we swear. This makes sense. Not only is it fun to track, but cursing is also conveniently specific as a data set; you’ve got your f-bombs and your double hockey sticks and your bodily functions, and, factoring in their permutations, you’re good to go. Plus, you don’t need much sophisticated sentiment analysis to ensure that your data are accurate: An f-bomb is pretty much an f-bomb, regardless of the contextual subtleties. As a result of all this, we, the public, get treated to sweary heat maps. And more sweary heat maps. And sweary interactive maps. There’s just something about big data and sailor-cursing that complement each other—like peanut butter and mothereffing jelly. 
Traditionally, those maps are based on text—on swears that are typed into Facebook or, even more publicly, Twitter. Making a map of the sweariest states requires simply gathering geocoded posts, isolating the swears, and going from there.
Read more. [Image: Marchex]


Of course Jersey is in the top three. Of course.

theatlantic:

Congratulations, Ohio! You Are the Sweariest State in the Union

There’s a relatively long tradition, in the field of data visualization, of tracking the way we swear. This makes sense. Not only is it fun to track, but cursing is also conveniently specific as a data set; you’ve got your f-bombs and your double hockey sticks and your bodily functions, and, factoring in their permutations, you’re good to go. Plus, you don’t need much sophisticated sentiment analysis to ensure that your data are accurate: An f-bomb is pretty much an f-bomb, regardless of the contextual subtleties. As a result of all this, we, the public, get treated to sweary heat maps. And more sweary heat maps. And sweary interactive maps. There’s just something about big data and sailor-cursing that complement each other—like peanut butter and mothereffing jelly

Traditionally, those maps are based on text—on swears that are typed into Facebook or, even more publicly, Twitter. Making a map of the sweariest states requires simply gathering geocoded posts, isolating the swears, and going from there.

Read more. [Image: Marchex]

Of course Jersey is in the top three. Of course.

13:56 // 9 months ago
November 13, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 13, 2013

We’ll let this lede speak for itself: "Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who admits smoking crack cocaine, faced new allegations in police documents released today that he brought prostitutes to his office, guzzled vodka in his car and made racial slurs to a taxi driver.”

At Camp Pendleton in California, a freak accident led to the death of four Marines on Wednesday. Details still forthcoming.

This death row inmate would like to donate his organs, and Ohio is gonna give him time to do just that, if it’s possible.

A Francis Bacon painting sold for $142 million at an auction on Tuesday. Most. Expensive. Ever.

Still can’t get over this idiocy.

20:54 // 10 months ago
July 28, 2013
Nelly’s special guest: Yesterday, rapper Nelly, playing at Cleveland’s RoverFest, brought Amanda Berry, one of the three women rescued from a Cleveland home earlier this year, onto the stage. ”She waved to the crowd, everyone went crazy cheering, and she went backstage,” said one concert attendee, Kayleigh Fladung. “Nelly did his set, 4 or 5 songs, and then he brought her out again and everyone cheered.” Her captor, Ariel Castro, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Nelly’s special guest: Yesterday, rapper Nelly, playing at Cleveland’s RoverFest, brought Amanda Berry, one of the three women rescued from a Cleveland home earlier this year, onto the stage. ”She waved to the crowd, everyone went crazy cheering, and she went backstage,” said one concert attendee, Kayleigh Fladung. “Nelly did his set, 4 or 5 songs, and then he brought her out again and everyone cheered.” Her captor, Ariel Castro, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

16:14 // 1 year ago
July 17, 2013
Accused kidnapper Ariel Castro has pleaded not guilty to 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape on Wednesday, even as prosecutors filed the new indictment which nearly tripled the total number of charges from the original 329-count filing. Castro remains incarcerated on an $8 million bond, and is expected to return to court for the beginning of his trial on August 5. (Photo via The Guardian) source

Accused kidnapper Ariel Castro has pleaded not guilty to 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape on Wednesday, even as prosecutors filed the new indictment which nearly tripled the total number of charges from the original 329-count filing. Castro remains incarcerated on an $8 million bond, and is expected to return to court for the beginning of his trial on August 5. (Photo via The Guardian) source

14:50 // 1 year ago
July 3, 2013
Fortunately, the driver is OK: In what might be the scariest-looking photo we’ll post all day, this car in Toledo, Ohio was sucked in by a sinkhole. (The car was moving at the time.) The sinkhole, created by a water main break, briefly trapped the driver, though she was said to be (understandably) shaken. Yikes. (photo via Associated Press)

Fortunately, the driver is OK: In what might be the scariest-looking photo we’ll post all day, this car in Toledo, Ohio was sucked in by a sinkhole. (The car was moving at the time.) The sinkhole, created by a water main break, briefly trapped the driver, though she was said to be (understandably) shaken. Yikes. (photo via Associated Press)

22:16 // 1 year ago
June 29, 2013

How the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings are affecting state politics

  • changing gears Politicians in a number of states, most notably Oregon, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, have started discussing repealing laws which bar same-sex marriage in the state, whether through laws or through amendments. (29 states have amendments similar to the one struck down in California.) In the case of Oregon, the state’s Democratic governor, John Kitzhaber, argues that the federal ruling underscores the urgency of the issue. “Oregon has not yet lived up to the ideal of equal rights for all,” he stated. A court decision in Michigan involving a same-sex couple adopting one another’s children could also play a factor in that state—that decision was on hold due to the Supreme Court decisions.
  • doubling down In the case of West Virginia and Indiana, however, Republicans in the states are considering strengthening state laws barring same-sex marriage through the usage of amendments. One advocate in Indiana, the American Family Association of Indiana’s Micah Clark, argues that the decision should be left up to voters. “The future of marriage matters,” he told the Associated Press. “And it belongs in the hands of Hoosier voters, not the courts, not Hollywood, and not the activists seeking to change it from what it is and always has been.” source
11:15 // 1 year ago
June 22, 2013

Two killed in crash at Dayton air show

  • two people killed in a crash at the Dayton Air Show, a pilot and a “wing walker” — a performer who walks and/or stands along the wing of an aircraft mid-flight. During one of the most dangerous parts of the stunt, with the walker hanging from the bottom of the wing by her legs before the plane inverts and flies upside down, the low-flying craft reportedly slammed into the ground, killing both of them. Said Michael Emoff, chairman of the volunteer board which organized the show: “It’s part of what they do for a living. They know the risks. They do this because they love it. But it’s devastating.” source
16:44 // 1 year ago
June 6, 2013
21:39 // 1 year ago
May 15, 2013
Attorneys for Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping and imprisoning three women and a child for periods ranging from six to eleven years, say he will plead not guilty to the kidnapping and rape charges he faces. Strangely, they also seem to admit that Castro fathered the six-year-old child found with Amanda Berry and two other women last week, telling WKYC-TV that Castro loves his child “dearly.” (Photo via The Guardian) source

Attorneys for Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping and imprisoning three women and a child for periods ranging from six to eleven years, say he will plead not guilty to the kidnapping and rape charges he faces. Strangely, they also seem to admit that Castro fathered the six-year-old child found with Amanda Berry and two other women last week, telling WKYC-TV that Castro loves his child “dearly.” (Photo via The Guardian) source

14:30 // 1 year ago