Well, here’s a first. I tried linking this through Revue (where it pulls in images and headlines etc) but it redirected me to a ToS violation page. So a normal link will have to do - Bloomberg have made a little ‘pick your own Brexit’ game which is quite brilliant.
The Economist Intelligence Unit has compiled an index showing EU countries’ positions on various Brexit topics. Overall, the stance has ‘softened in recent months’ with 20 out of 27 countries shifting to more lenient positions (though Ireland has gotten tougher).
Following Paul Manafort being found guilty, and Michael Cohen pleading guilty to eight counts, including tax evasion, to a federal grand jury in New York… Who else in Trump’s sphere has been charged by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III? Um, loads.
This is a rise of about 10%, according to the NYT. Fentanyl (a synthetic opioid) is responsible for most of this rise, but thankfully it looks like there are public health campaigns and addiction treatment that are helping to reduce deaths in certain states.
This is not quite data, but still a really effective way of highlighting inequality. A photographer took pictures of neighbourhoods using a drone in South Africa, Mexico and India, and the divide is really striking.
This map is probably the most detailed map of Medieval Trade Routes in Europe, Asia and Africa in the 11th and 12th centuries. It includes major and minor locations, major and minor routes, sea routes, canals and roads. And it is pretty awesome. Got this via Graphic Content
The top five: Vienna, Melbourne, Osaka, Calgary, Sydney. Not sure I understand Calgary’s placement (not that it’s not nice, there’s just not a lot to do!) and London is around 50th worldwide. It’s a bit annoying that the graphic isn’t interactive - I can see loads of lines that I have no info about! I want to know where Cardiff is!
It was Madonna’s birthday recently (before it was overshadowed by the death of Aretha Franklin). TIL Immaculate Collection (her first ‘greatest hits’ album) was in the charts for …six and a half years?
I really love this piece from the Washington Post about Burning Man. I’ve never been or known anyone who has, and to be honest my thought about it is “oh, a bunch of hippies in the desert” but this piece has changed my mind a bit. There’s great satellite imagery in there, showing how it remains true to its principle of ‘leave no trace’.
This is quite interesting from The Pudding [my fave] - but I am not enough of a film buff… despite literally studying film at college… to really care what mediums different directors use, as long as the films are good.
This is a slightly insane explorable 3D ‘universe’ of all the characters across the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I like the ambition but it falls a bit flat because it’s quite complicated to use. Got this via In Other News.
This is actually a *physical* representation of data (for me, 3D means one of those godawful literal three-dimensional charts where nothing makes sense, not an actual object), from the 1950s, and it is pretty awesome.
This is interesting if you were curious about how cities decide how many permits to hand out, and the methodology behind figuring it out. Honestly some of it was a bit Too Technical For Weekend Reading so I skimmed bits, but I know that a whole bunch of readers love this stuff, so…
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