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Heaven help me if I ever give one of my kids a "popular" name.
Why do people give their kids certain names at certain points in history? It's not always clear -- but at least we can amuse ourselves with data about it. Abacaba created this strangely captivating bubble chart that contracts and swells with the popularity of U.S. girls names for every year since 1880.
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How far back in time do you have to go such that the number of your ancestors is equal to the human population?
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How our many languages came to be (via TED-Ed):
Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.
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Finally, tiny world's on demand.
 
Microsoft Image Composite Editor 2.0 offers new panorama features and improved interface http://ow.ly/2UpSv4
Microsoft's Research's Interactive Visual Media Group has announced the release of Image Composite Editor 2.0. The software's latest update, taking advantage of the company's Photosynth technology, can seamlessly stitch together 'gigapixel images', create panoramas from video, and automatically fill in areas of missing photographs. Read more
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Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 - Fujifilm has announced the X-A2, a new version of its X-A1 budget X-series mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, which incorporates mostly minor changes compared to its predecessor. Like the X-A1, the X-A2 uses a conventional Bayer-pattern CMOS sensor and offers virtually identical ergonomics but now comes with an LCD screen which tilts upwards to 175-degrees for selfies. Other improvements include the addition of Fujifilm... http://ow.ly/2TojHW
Fujifilm has announced the X-A2, a new version of its X-A1 budget X-series mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, which incorporates mostly minor changes compared to its predecessor. Like the X-A1, the X-A2 uses a conventional Bayer-pattern CMOS sensor and offers virtually identical ergonomics but now comes with an LCD screen which tilts upwards to 175-degrees for selfies. Other improvements include the addition of Fujifilm's new 'Classic Chrome...
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“From December 11th to the 14th, 1972, astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt set foot on the lunar surface, becoming the last two human beings to do so as part of the Apollo program.”

It’s been nearly 43 years since humans have set foot on the Moon, and yet we’ve never forgotten what it looks like. Yet nothing that anyone can describe — either about what it was like or what we’ve done while we were there — can take the place of what our final, highest-at-the-time resolution views can tell us. Go experience the whole thing for yourself.
It’s been 43 years since humans walked on the Moon. Here’s our final view.
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If you are like me and often wonder how that thing you are drinking is made or what's exactly in it, this interesting infographic will help you figure it out. It shows how the different countries in the world prepare their most popular alcoholic beverages and what ingredients they use.
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I can't imagine, after getting vodka so completely wrong, that they would have any worth while information on anything else.
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Lars is amazing. Go Lars.
 
This video is nearly six minutes long. I understand that asking you, dear reader, to watch a six-minute video of some dude doing archery tricks in his garage and the woods by his house is a tall order, but you need to do this. You need to watch Lars Andersen, master of ancient and long-forgotten bow skills, do his damn thing.
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Watch Steven Soderbergh’s Re-Edited Version of Kubrick’s "2001: A Space Odyssey" Free Online http://goo.gl/q2UCGU  
In 2013, Steven Soderbergh told me during an interview that he was retiring. “Five years ago, as we were finishing Che, I said, ‘OK, when I turn 50, I want to be done. I'm going to jam in as much as I can, but when I turn 50, I want to be done.'' Yet Soderbergh’s concept of retirement must be different from most mortals.
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NASA Exoplanet "Travel Posters" Aim To Help With Space Trip Planning

What beauty, and what awesome travel slogans! NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created a set of “Exoplanet Travel Posters” to bring you — at least in your imagination — to actual exoplanets.

Whether you have a fancy for skydiving, or doing astronomy with two Suns, it appears there is a spot to whet your imagination.

http://www.universetoday.com/118022/nasa-exoplanet-travel-posters-aim-to-help-with-space-trip-planning/
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I mostly post travel photographs and general links of interest (science, music, language, poetry, etc).  My blog can be found at http://timforsythe.com.

My wife and I are originally from Huntington Beach, California, but now live in Austin, Texas.  I'm a retired software engineer and run a genealogy website for my friends at http://gigatrees.com.  My genealogy posts have moved to +Gigatrees.
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