Yet another one of my favorite things has been given the infographic treatment: The Beatles. Charting the Beatles is a collaborative community project that turns Beatles information into infograhpics.
Here’s an example: The Self Reference Diagram
The lyrics of the Beatles include a number of references to their own previous songs. This diagram explores these connections, noting the exact referencing lyrics and at what point in each song they can be found.
You can find more examples at Michael Deal’s site.
When I was kid, I loved baseball. I played baseball all the time. When it was snowing, or when it was raining and my mom wouldn’t let me play outside, I’d still play baseball — RBI Baseball ’93 on my Sega Genesis in the basement. When I got tired of my video games, I’d turn my attention to other baseball-related activities — building baseball stadiums. Inspired by Green Cathedrals, which I had read with my dad, I fell in love with baseball stadiums. I’d build them with blocks, or measure out ratios and build scale models of historic parks out of construction paper. They didn’t usually turn out that great, but they were a lot of fun. This culminated in a family vacation where we visited various Midwestern baseball parks, comparing newer constructions (modern and throw-back styles) with the classic styles of ballparks like Wrigley Field.
While I can’t get quite as excited about baseball these days, I was still pretty impressed by this poster from HistoryShots. It beautifully charts the history of baseball stadiums from the pre-classic to today’s retro constructions.