Some years ago, I appeared on Crosstalk with Anne Budgell and pretty much the whole hour was taken up with the subject of ... baby names. We talked about names that have come in and out of vogue, and callers (this is where it got most interested) told stories about where their names came from.
This chart from Daily Infographic illustrates a key point: once-popular names, like John, have effectively disappeared. It reminds me of the Yogi Berra line about no one going to a restaurant anymore, because it was too popular; similarly, no one names their kid John anymore because it's too common!
Via Laughing Squid, this infographic that breaks down which popular shows were based where. New York and L.A. get more than their share, but I could have sworn there'd be more from Atlanta than The Walking Dead.
Largely because it's set at Christmas, and mostly because it's fun, we watch Richard Curtis's Love Actually every year in December. This year, Nick sat with us on the couch and saw it on the first time; as expected, Rowan Atkinson's super-fussy sales clerk was a favourite.
Here's a diagram that maps out how the characters in the overlapping storylines are connected to each other. As seen here, on I Love Charts.
The South By Southwest festival may have started off all about the music, but it's basically a business conference these days, with a strong focus on tech and innovation. While the audience is not exactly grey, it's definitely grown-up, and with the salaries to match. Check out some of the details in this infographic, which I found on Cool Infographics.
Google+ - you may also call it Google Plus - got a rap off from the start for being a bit of a boys' club; a running joke has also been that it turned into a club that everyone wanted to join, but then never visit again. This infographic, from Flowtown, delves into all that, and more.
We tried something new at cbc.ca/nl today - an infographic. Peter Gosse, our web developer, and I had been talking for a while about doing one. Yesterday, Peter Gullage, the executive producer of our newsroom, came up to me and said, "You want an infographic? Here's an infographic."
It was the annual collisions report prepared for St. John's city council - filled with interesting tidbits, and kind of heavy on the numbers. I picked out some facts and wrote some text, and Peter Gosse produced the following. It was published here, as part of this report.
I was really happy with the results, and would definitely like to do more. An infographic, after all, adds to the palette of the ways we can tell stories.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.