Monday, March 17, 2008

The Useful World of Web

[Better Living Through Technology] has a feature that allows users to generate a map of the United States color-coded to represent the population density of people who have a particular name. Finally!

To demonstrate how the magic of color-coding can allow us to visualize data in new and interesting ways, I generated a map showing the distribution of Bill Frosts across this great nation of ours:

Bill Frost population by state

As you can see, it's impossible to swing a cat in Texas without hitting a Bill Frost; they're everywhere down there. (And they're big-'uns, too!) We understand there is also a sizable Bill Frost colony in Kentucky.

No telling why our own Bill Frost--the best Bill Frost--doesn't show up on the map. Utah is certainly not Frost-free.

Possibly, like most celebrities, he's glamorously unlisted. (Brandon Burt)

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