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Michael Paukner And His Esoteric Subjects

I think I am in love. The more time I spend on Michæl Paukner’s Flickr stream, the more I am drawn into his visual style. He creates a selection of posters and infographics that seem marry science and design in the most beautiful ways. He illustrates some heady, complex stuff that I certainly don’t understand, like the Dymaxion Map and the Antikythera mechanism, they’re all so fantastic to look at.

See some of his art after the jump.

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Trillions: A Look Into The Future of Computing

I love infographics, especially the animated ones. Trillions is a short film but technology research lab MAYA that takes a look at the evolution computing from its humble beginnings to the future that possibly awaits us. Have a look at it below.

[via Crunch Gear]

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The Most Homicidal Countries

In South Africa, we have a lot of things to be proud about. On the sporting front, our rugby team is top of the IRB World Rankings and the Proteas are ranked the third best cricketing team in the world. I have conveniently left out the national soccer side but I’m sure they hold a record for something – perhaps having the most coaches hired/fired.

We have some of the most “entertaining” politicians (see Julius Malema), and whilst no list will ever be able to graph it, our love for braai and beer is unparalleled. We also have the dubious distinction of topping a list that most countries would try to avoid being a part of.

In a local-is-not-so-lekker situation which most of us are aware of (but don’t tend to bring up in normal conversation), South Africa leads the world in homicide rates. The Guardian reports that, according to United Nations data from 2004, South Africa has 69 murders per 100,000 people, with Colombia in second place with 61.1 and El Salvador taking third with 57.5. That UN data was visualized by GOOD magazine’s “Transparency” department into an infographic that I am hard-pressed to find visually appealing.

These kind of traits obviously shape peoples’ perceptions of countries, but for the most of it, South Africans really are a nice bunch of people. If you ever visit Cape Town, drop us a line and we’ll happily let you buy us beer ;-)

[Thanks to PS3ZA member RA1THE for the tip]


Nonsensical Infographics

Just the other day, I compiled a small list of infographics that I thought were pretty interesting. They seem to all the rage at the moment and in his “Nonsensical infographics” series, artist Chad Hagen has created a series of complicated graphs that chart nothing in particular but still look absolutely beautiful. Have a look at them after the jump.

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10 Interesting Infographics

Infographics are a great way of communicating complex information and data in a visually pleasing manner. Sometime I think I could be an infographic as I’m regularly told, “You’re much smarter than you look”. In any case, we love them here at Onelargeprawn and decided to compile a small list of the ones that we particularly liked. Have a gander at them after the jump.

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If You Printed The Internet

Reading can be such hell at times. Can you imagine the schlep of reading all the content on the internet? Doing it 24-7, 57 000 years would pass until you were finished complete. And if you were to print and bind the Internet into a book, it would weight 1.2 billion pounds. How do I know this? The Internet told me.

Find out all the mathematics in the neat infographics that lay after the jump.

Science & Technology Useful/Useless Info

How Much is a Petabyte?

The other day I was sitting on the toilet and as one does, I asked myself “Dude, like how much is a Petabyte?” Unsurprisingly I hadn’t the remotest clue what the answer was so I quickly changed the conversation to big hairy balls. This is my modus operandi when cornered by difficult questions or people.

It wasn’t until today that I remembered the toilet question and a convenient tweet from shawnroos revealed the answer:

There you have it. Now both you and I can impress the laydeez with our knowledge of frankly useless facts.  :yes:

TV Video Clips

A Brief History of Weed

Doobie, dope, roach, reefer, grass, Mary Jane, boom, splif, ganja, herb. Whatever it’s called, Marijuana has become a facet of people’s lives as far back as the 3rd millennium BC. And this fun 2-minute infographic takes a look at marijuana through the ages. Check it out below or watch it in high quality at YouTube.

It’s a clever promo for Showtime’s hit TV series Weeds that returns for its fifth season come June 8th.

[via Blame It On The Voices]

BONUS: Sultry actress Mary Louise Parker regrets doing topless bathtub scene in Weeds’ season four finale.  Story and pics at The Superficial [NSFW].

BONUS #2: 40 creative infographics can be found at Six Revisions.