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November 4th, 2009
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Big stories, simple graphics
So, having seen this http://www.xkcd.com/657/ at the intarwebs (and had a good laugh at the "12 angry men" graph) I was reminded of this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Minard.png, which is of course an altogether different and frankly quite frightening graphic - but nevertheless the LoTR thing is along the lines.

From the first time I saw this I've found it startling how this visualization bring home the enormity of the thing, and so creates a highly emotional response (at least for me), despite being a "just the facts" thing itself.

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From:selki
Date:November 4th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
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The Minard graphic is a masterpiece, and horrifying to me. I first encountered it when someone was telling me about Tufte -- he uses it as an example of how to convey data in powerful messages.
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From:surelars
Date:November 4th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Yes. And the wealth of horrific details - like the river crossings on the return path. If spend too much time looking at this I get a bad physical reaction.
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From:lcohen
Date:November 4th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
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i got bogged down in trying to translate the french to make sure of what i was looking at, the first time you showed this to me--it's stunning, once i can stop looking at the words and look at the message.
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