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An update of this post. Includes films watched up to the 15th February 2015.

First things first, I really do like the new pie chart layout from google docs. It's much neater and easier to read.

Showing locations of films, only including real places

The number of films set in the US is the section that's increased in size the most. As before, there's a much greater spread of locations than in the books I read.

Locations for UK based films

Are completely skewed towards England.

Film locations, including fictional places

The outer space set films still haven't overtaken French-based films.
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The performers proving age is no barrier to the stage -

Data Visualisation:


Maps and Data Visualisations with R -

Film Industry:

Hollywood trans roles under fire - again -

Food and Drink:

The fishy ingredient in beer that bothers vegetarians -


Documents 'shed light' on Scotswoman killed at Auschwitz -


Want to age well - how about never retiring? -

The north/south weather divide on hottest day of year -

The strange story of a seized Hanjin ship and its lonely crew -

Can India really halve its road deaths? -



Football's biggest prize returns - but all its flaws are on show -


Rio Paralympics 2016: Alex Zanardi wins gold on eve of 15-year crash anniversary -


Tank at 100: Baptism of fire, fear and blood -


Race play's 'universal' message -
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Oh, you thought I was joking about the number of links ;)

Data visualisation:

A Compendium of Clean Graphs in R - Really useful R graph examples.

Food and Drink:

Sneaking a taste of North Korea's finest beer -


Grunwick dispute: What did the 'strikers in saris' achieve? -

Law and Order:

The terror of young offender institutions -


The cartoonist called the 'Walt Disney of Brazil' -

The man who squeezes muscles - Okay, so conflict of interest warning, St. Helens is one of the towns where Purple Aki used to do his muscle squeezing. I also can't help but think that if some weirdo was going round squeezing girls's muscles, the article about him would be less sympathetic.

What we know about Ri Chun-hee, the most famous woman in North Korea -

Grammars debate trumps expert consensus -


7/7 bomber's former brother-in-law: 'There were no signs' -


Ail to the chief: A history of US presidential bad health -

How Hillary Clinton can get that ‘presidential look’ - From before the US election. Glorious satire.


Paolo Macchiarini: A surgeon’s downfall -

Science Fiction:

What if Star Trek Had Never Existed? -

Amy Adams takes control in Arrival movie -


Get Inspired: Great North Run and six inspirational stories -


Sylvia Gore: England women's first goalscorer dies aged 71 -


Rio Paralympics 2016: Kadeena Cox aims to inspire black athletes -

Rio Paralympics: 50-year-old Kazakh woman sets new swimming record -


Cybathlon: World's first 'bionic Olympics' gears up -

The ultra-Orthodox Jews combining tech and the Torah -
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Large Image Under The Cut )

Octopussy is separated from the other films. This is understandable given that it's a lot older than the other films.


Oct. 3rd, 2014 04:32 pm
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Urban kingfishers making a home on London's waterways -

US reroutes flights around Alaska beach in attempt to avoid walrus stampede - Walruses are the latest victims of global warming (via [ profile] nwhyte)

The freedivers who swim with whales -


Greeks captivated by Alexander-era tomb at Amphipolis -

Temple of Mithras: How do you put London's Roman shrine back together? -

Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city -

Data Visualisations:

Mapping Murder - - American homicide rate per 100,000 people (2012) I just really like the way they've visualised the data.

Map: Most Popular Female Names by State - From 1960 - 2012 Useful for the writers out there.

Map: Most Popular Male Names by State - From 1960 - 2012 Useful for the writers out there.


Day out at the gallows and other bygone photographic oddities - - Selections from Victorian and Edwardian era photography from the Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives.

The UK was home to 250,000 Belgian refugees during World War One, the largest single influx in the country's history. So why did they vanish with little trace? -


Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic? -

The rich: Exactly what does the terminology mean? -


Battle horse roundabout in Tewkesbury 'best in Britain' -

Don’t Be Ugly By Accident! - - Or which photographs (including manufacturer, time and device) make you more likely to get OK Cupid hits.

Taboola: The internet firm at the forefront of 'click-bait' - Interesting stuff, certainly more interesting than the click-bait they produce.

Does job success depend on data rather than your CV? - Or companies doing ever wierder things to choose candidates.

Trying to improve childhood survival rates in Africa -

Games for doctors - how the computer games industry is turning its attention to helping doctors improve their performance -

Wasabi: Why invest in 'the hardest plant to grow'? -

The father of 26 children who's helping to preach birth control -

Buddha seems to bring tranquility to Oakland neighborhood -

The NSA claimed that it was only collecting metadata—a fact we now know is false—but even metadata can tell an intimate story -


Plutonium: The scary element that helps probe space's secrets -

Can Memories Be Implanted and Then Removed? -

Terry Fox's cancer now highly curable researcher says - Or science, we're working on it.



Premier League: Chelsea and the madness of the loan game - In short, Chelsea are up to something and whether it works or not could change how the Premier League does business (possibly turning it's business model closer to that of Italy).

Enner Valencia: West Ham striker on milking cows and Green Street -
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The normal interconnectivity diagram is not all that interesting, since all it really tells us is that Bayern Munich had the most players in the World Cup final (7), followed by Borussia Dortmund (4) and Manchester City (3). The only teams guaranteed to have a player on the winning side were Real Madrid and Lazio.

What is interesting is the community view:

The vast majority of the German players are in one group, as are the vast majority of the Argentine players. Real Madrid and Lazio (and attached players) are their own groups, but so are the Arsenal players, poor concussed Christoph Kramer, Ziegler of Borussia Mönchengladbach, Andre Schürle and the Schalke boys for Germany, and the Boca Junior players, the solitary Catana player, Basanta of Monteray, Lavezzi and Romero of Monaco. I don't understand the algorithm well enough to understand why those players get turned into their own communities while, say, Ginter of Freiburg (also the only player representing that team) doesn't.
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Germany are the nearest team to the middle, but it's not a particularly clear middle (as you can see).  It's interesting how inter-related Brazil and Argentina are, despite how few of their players play in their own home leagues.

The team nearest the middle are Bayern Munich, who are also the team with the most players remaining, with 9 players left.  Bayern are also the only team who are guaranteed to have a player in the final, since as well as the various Germans, Dante also plays for them.  Chelsea and Feynoord are the teams with the next most players left, with 5 each.

When you look at the community view )
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The diagram now looks like this:

Nearest national to the middle = Belgium, although majority of the teams are shifted to the left, because of the connections between Germany, France, Belgium, Brazil and Argentina, and the lack of connections from those to Costa Rica.  I blame Chelsea ;)

The nearest club team is probably Zulte Waregem.

In the community view, all the national teams are separate (and it looks quite pretty).

Bayern Munich continue to have the most players represented (10), now followed by Arsenal (7) and Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea (6).

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This is what the diagram looks like for the second round

Nearest club team to the middle = Arsenal.
Nearest national team to the middle = France (probably).
Teams with largest number of players = Bayern Munich (12), Napoli (9) and Porto (8). Bayern have only lost 2 players, Mario Mandzukic and Javi Martinez. Maybe there's something in the theory that having the title sown up early is easier on the players. Then again, if that were the case, Manchester United wouldn't have had so many players drop out, although their case wasn't helped by so many of them being on the England team.

Amazingly the communities view shows each team as their own community. I was expecting Belgium and France to bleed into each other.

Second figure under the cut )
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These are as correct as wikipedia can manage. All players have been shown as playing for the team for which they last made an appearance, so, for instance, Joel Campbell is shown as an Olympiacos player, even though he is only on loan for them from Arsenal.

The clubs with the most players are, oddly enough, Bayern Munich and Manchester United with 14 players each. I say oddly because, well Bayern did well this season, but United really didn't. The United players are from a wide spread of countries (4 from England, 2 from Spain and Belgium and 1 each for Mexico, Holland, Japan, Ecuador, France and Portugal), while Bayern had 7 from Germany, and 1 each from Brazil, Croatia, Holland, Spain, Switzerland, US and Belgium.

Each team has at least one team member playing in that country. All countries except England and Russia have at least 1 player playing for a foreign club. This leads to a very tight diagram, particularly in the middle.

The graph is a lot more cluttered that the Euro 2012 equivalent (, possibly because there's a lot more teams, and possibly because teams in Spain and Italy (for example) have a lot more foreign players from South America and Africa than they do from other parts of Europe.

The communities view is too confused to interpret, because as well as the countries themselves, the clubs with lot of players represented appear as communities in and of themselves.


May. 18th, 2013 06:01 pm
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Dance - From [ profile] nwhyte -

It's apparently 19 years since Riverdance first happened. Other than Abba and arguably Celine Dion, it's probably the biggest thing to come out of Eurovision. I remember watching and my jaw dropping in wonder and amazement.

Geography Games -

Where you see a google street view image and try to place it. My best so far has been 400 km out. (Damn you Norway and Sweden for looking so similar.)

TV - A Game of Accents - What Is Going on With the Accents in Game of Thrones? -

Care of [ profile] selenak. Funny and interesting.

Data Visualistation:

- Visualising Twitter Friend Connections Using Gephi: An Example Using the @WiredUK Friends Network -

In case anyone else is like me and learns better by working through examples.

- Social network analysis for journalists using the Twitter API -

Okay, so I'm not a journalist, but it's a useful how to guide.

Something To Make You Smile

Care of some kind tumblrizen, a dinosaur and a skipping rope -


Nov. 30th, 2012 03:47 pm
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Not actually news to anyone, but a nice example of lies, damn lies and statistics - Business Insider - Here Are The Tricks That Fox News Uses To Manipulate Statistics On Its Graphics

Interview with Christopher Nolan about the Bat-films ( I think the problem, or rather why I liked Dark Knight Rises more than most, is that Nolan makes films for me, by which I mean he makes films that hit the narrative kinks that I enjoy the most.

Ferrari accept that sour grapes won't work -

Christine Jorgensen: 60 years of sex change ops -


Jun. 26th, 2012 05:01 pm
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What I've been doing - lots of RL stuff. I had a friend come down and then went out for a meal with work because one of the PhD students has just got a job and his girlfriend passed her viva on Friday. We went out to an allegedly Brazilian restaurant. Not sure how authentic it was but the food was not bad.

I have also, separately, done something unspeakable to the upper right side of my back, particularly whichever one lets me move my head. Pain, pain, pain.

European GP 2012 - (Valencia)

I think I just saw that most unexpected of things, an interesting Valencia GP. Nothing against the beautiful city, but like all road races, over-taking is normally at a minimum. I was especially doubtful given how they changed the DRS zones. But, due to some odd mechanical issues, this was fun. Not happy that it happened, but it definitely helped the race as a spectacle. Also, how happy was Schumacher with his third place. I've heard less happy winners.

That being said, what the heck is happening to McLaren's pitstops?

Euro 2012

At 80 minutes - Dear Italy, please remember your goalie is terrible at penalties. It might be important knowledge.

Also Ashley Young is a diving little so and so.

Italy, don't do this to me.

It's not that I have anything against this England team, it's just ...

Oh no ...

I didn't watch it. I feel terrible for England. This is the true evil of penalties.

Dear gods, this Linkin Park cover they're using at the end of the football is terrible.


Watching the penalties later on the ITV highlights.

1 - I <3 Buffon and Hart.
2 - I am so glad Montelivio will not have to live with that on his conscience. Sorry, he's another one I've watched since he was a baby.
3 - Dear Pirlo, you are one confident (and supreme) son of gun.
4 - I am upset that Ashley Young is the one lumbered with missing a penalty to lose it.
5 - Holy mother of ... Did Gigi just save a penalty?! You have been practising, haven't you darling.
6 - Diamanti and Nocerino are little diamonds, aren't they.
7 - Always the final point, I wouldn't wish penalties on my worst enemy.

7b - Dear ITV ffs don't ask Carragher or Southgate about their misses.
7c - Oh Gareth Southgate, you're a marvel.

Semi-final diagram


It makes sense that Portugal and Spain are locked together, while Germany and Italy hang off the centre, given the number of Portuguese players that play in Spain, and how most of Germany and Italy's players play in the league of their home nation. Real Madrid still contribute the most players (10).

If you view the diagram as communities, they are Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid. Why the last one I do not know.

Euro 2012

Jun. 22nd, 2012 06:17 pm
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Anyone being mean to Petr Cech after that match will be ritually beaten with a book. A heavy book. Repeatedly. If it turned into C. Ronaldo vs the Czech Republic, at various points it was pretty much Ronaldo vs Cech.

I've rejigged the diagram after this, and it moved Germany back into the centre. Apparently the Czech Republic and Germany were moving each other up that way. Also, amusingly, it's now Man. City that are a community of themselves.
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Dear ITV, you know why Hodgson's hunches work. It's because Roy Hodgson's selections aren't hunches, they're not feelings, they're ideas based on who he's got in his team and who the opponents have in theirs and respective strengths and weaknesses.

Dear Wayne Rooney, remember it's Andy Carroll you're now playing with. Less clever, clever may be advised. And this isn't me picking on Rooney or Carroll, I said the same thing to Youri Djorkaeff in 1998 re: Guivarc'h and Dugarry.

Poor Scott Parker took one heck of a whack. As did whichever poor Ukrainian just got landed on by Carroll.

Dear lord, I have just seen England play the German defensive diamond formation of 2002. Roy Hodgson has worked marvels. This is not meant to be sarcastic, it's difficult to do. (Both the formation and getting England to stick to it.)

That Yarmolenko is not a bad little player.



In short, TNA are doing that thing again where half of it is promising and the other half is dreadful.

Euro 2012 - quarter final diagram


Obviously, it's less spread out.

Bayern Munich no longer contribute the most players, Real Madrid do, as all 11 of their players are still in, while 4 of Bayern Munich's players have been eliminated.

The divide between Greece, Germany and the Czech Republic and everyone else is still there, which is interesting, as Croatia, Russia and Ukraine are all out, and I thought it was the links to them that were pulling Greece, Germany and the Czech Republic up and out. It's obviously not.

Interestingly, if you look at it using modularity as the partition, Chelsea becomes it's own group, alone amongst the other teams.


Jun. 8th, 2012 06:05 pm
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Final team diagram (correct as of 7 pm last night)


The two withdrawals from the Croatian team, both of whom play for German clubs, have moved Croatia further out towards the Ukraine, which I think amplifies my point about there still being a divide down Europe in terms of where people play their club football.
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Inspired by @pyschmedia (also known as the F1 data junkie -, I wondered if it would be possible to show both which teams contributed the most players to Euro2012, and the connections between the various leagues the players are from. To do this I used the gephi software. The graph produced can be seen here - Photobucket Click to make bigger, warning, it is quite large.

The data is as accurate as wiki can manage, so there may be a few players whose club allegiences are slightly arguable (a couple of players who are out of contract at the end of the season and there's a wiki-war over whether that end is counted from the end of the domestic season or the start of the transfer window) and was finished before news of Frank Lampard's injury came through. I'll update it to reflect that this weekend.

The results have thrown up some interesting things:

1 - contrary to my expectations, it's Bayern Munich, not Real Madrid or Barcelona that contribute the most players (13 vs 11 and 8 respectively). That isn't shown as well as might be hoped in the diagram, possibly because Real Madrid and Barcelona both mostly contribute to the Spanish team while Bayern Munich has non-German players representing their countries, thus pulling them into a crowded area of the diagram.

2 - while I was expecting certain countries to group together somewhat (I've had Danish friends who ranted at me about their national coaches fondness for picking players that play in Holland over players that play at home), I'm interested about which countries don't go into the main bit as much. These tend to be either countries where their players are drawn from teams from that country that have few foreign players representing their own countries (group A) or where they have lots of players playing in foreign leagues, but where the teams those players play for don't have other internationals in (group B) or a mixture of both factors (group C)

Group A includes Greece, Ukraine, Russia and Italy

Group B includes Poland, Denmark, Ireland

Group C includes Croatia, Czech Republic

Germany is an odd one out because most of their players play in Germany, but several players from other countries play in the Bundesliga. Sweden is the opposite, where most of their players play abroad, but for clubs with lots of other national representatives.

3 - There are several countries where 2 or 3 teams make up most of their squad - Greece, Ukraine and Russia.

Amazingly, Spain isn't one of them, with Barcelona and Real Madrid only making up 12 out of the 23. I don't know if this is a sign of the increased amount of money being offered to players to move away and I'm very tempted to see if the players are more dispersed now than they were.

4 - Related to the above, despite England being the only team whose players are all drawn from their own national league, England is in the middle of the the diagram because, with the exception of Greece and the Ukraine, every other country has at least one English-based player playing for them.

5 - If we temporarily ignore Russia, who are being pulled away from the point I'm making by Aiden McGeady and Pavel Pogrebnyak, there still seems to be some sort of dividing line down the middle of Europe, round about where the Iron Curtain went. This is interest in light of some comments made by TomᚠHübschman of the Czech Republic and Shaktar Donetsk who was bemused by England's decision to have their headquarters in Poland despite most of their group matches being on the other side of the Ukraine. He said he wasn't surprised though, because there was this belief that the further East you went the rougher it got, which, according to him, was utterly untrue, especially in the case of Donetsk.

The reason Russia is pulled so far by only three links from their players to non-Russian teams (and six links coming inwards) is because the rest bunch together increasing the power of those three links.


I plan on doing this again as the tournament continues, removing the teams as they get knocked out. I don't think there will be much change in the central, heavily inter-connected teams, but I think their relative positions might change.


Shakespeare Meme - Day 21 - Over-rated Play

My Mum is going to kill me for this but Henry IV parts 1 and 2. Now, Mum would say that the problem is that the first version I saw (and the imprinting that goes with it) wasn't good. It certainly gave a somewhat cynical slant on everything (and, and Mum was most annoyed by this, nice-ified Lancaster). But I think part of the problem is I am not much impressed by charming drunks*.

It's not that it's bad per se, and it has lots of bits that work for me, but I don't get why it's held up to be the best history play**.

* I may just have given away my answer to a later question.
** although that could just be my Mum.

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