About this Blogsphere:

This blogsphere attempts to capture, catalog and share resources relating to visual perception of information. It is about a world mostly dealing with Physical (Touch, Taste, See/Sight, Smell and Hear) and sometimes Metaphysical (and that is none-of-the-above category). Physical, for instance, touch (e.g., feel, felt, found), look and visualization, is here with an attempt to combine verbal, vocal and visual--to synchronously see, hear, share and do much more. Interestingly, in order to visualize one does not need special skills, competencies, etc. It is all about common sense, especially with human visualizations. In short, "information is in the eye of the beholder." Continue reading much more all-ado-about this Blogosphere

Akbani is a Cutchi Memon family name.

November 14, 2013

National Flags Created From the Food, visualnews.com

National Flags Created From the Foods Each Country Is Commonly Associated With, Posted by  visualnews.com

  • Brazil’s flag made from banana leaf, limes, pineapple and passion fruit.
  • China’s flag made from pittaya/dragon fruit and star fruit.
  • France’s flag made from Blue cheese, brie and grapes.
  • Greece’s flag made from Kalamata olives and feta cheese. continue reading

Annual list of top words, names and phrases, 2013: Global Language Monitor

’404′ is the Top Word of 2013 followed by fail!, hashtag, @pontifex, and The Optic

Global Language Monitor’s 14th Annual Survey of Global English.

Toxic Politics is the Top Phrase, and Pope Francis the Top Name,

Number of Words in the English Language:  1,025,109.8 (projected January 1, 2014 estimate)


The Top Phrases of 2013
Rank / Phrase / Comment
  1. Toxic Politics 
  2. Federal Shutdown
  3. Global Warming/Climate Change 
  4. Federal Deficit 
  5. Tread Lightly 
  6. Boston Strong ... To continue reading this list, click here.

The Top Names of 2013 
Rank /Name / Comments
  1. Pope Francis 
  2. ObamaCare
  3. NSA 
  4. Ed Snowden .
  5. Kate Middleton 
  6. IRS ... To continue reading this list, click here

Top Words of the Decade
Click on the link above to see the Top Words of the First Decade of the 21st Century, including: Global Warming, 9/11, and Obama outdistanced Bailout, Evacuee, and Derivative; Google, Surge, Chinglish, and Tsunami followed. Climate Change was top phrase; Heroes was the top name.

The Top Words of the Individual Years of the 21st Century thus far follow:
Top Word: No. 1 ApocalypseArmageddon, No.2 Deficit, No. 3 Olympiad
Top Phrases:  No. 1 Gangnam Style, No. 2 Climate Change/Global Warming, No. 3 Fiscal Cliff
Top Names:  No. 1 Newtown and Malala Yousafzai, No. 3 Xi Jinping
Top Words: No. 1 Occupy, No.2 Fracking, No.3 Drone
Top Phrases:  No. 1 Arab Spring, No. 2 Royal Wedding, No.3 Anger and Rage
Top Names:  No. 1 Steve Jobs, No. 2 Osama bin-laden and Seal Team Six, No.3 Fukushima
Top Words: No. 1 Spillcam, No. 2 Vuvuzela, No. 3 The Narrative
Top Phrases: No. 1 Anger and Rage, No. 2 Climate Change, No. 3 The Great Recession
Top Names: No. 1 Hu Jintao, paramount leader of China, No. 2 iPad, No. 3 Barack Obama
Top Words: No. 1 Twitter, No. 2 Obama-, No. 3 H1N1
Top Phrases: No. 1 King of Pop, No. 2 Obama-mania, No. 3 Climate Change
Top Names: No. 1 Obama, No. 2 Michael Jackson, No. 3 Mobama 

November 08, 2013

Nine Reasons to Use Infographics in your Content Marketing


Source: Web Marketing Group

1. Compelling and Attractive2. Easily Scanned and Viewed3. Viral Capabilties4. Portable (Embeddable)5. Worldwide Coverage6. Brand Awareness7. Increases Traffic8. Benefits Search Engine Optimisation9. Shows an Expert understanding of a Subject
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November 06, 2013

Chart Shows How Ten Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy aka "The Illusion of Choice"

By Chris Miles  policymic.com
chart, also via Reddit)

Ten mega corporations control the output of almost everything you buy; from household products to pet food to jeans.
According to this chart via Reddit, called "The Illusion of Choice," these corporations create a chain that begins at one of 10 super companies. You've heard of the biggest names, but it's amazing to see what these giants own or influence.
(Note: The chart shows a mix of networks. Parent companies may own, own shares of, or may simply partner with their branch networks. For example, Coca-Cola does not own Monster, but distributes the energy drink. Another note: We are not sure how up-to-date the chart is. For example, it has not been updated to reflect P&G's sale of Pringles to Kellogg's in February.)  continue reading

November 05, 2013

Maps Show The Origin Of Words (in Europe particularly)


These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

November 03, 2013

Reading now: Revisualizing Visual Culture by Chris Bailey

Revisualizing Visual Culture (Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities) Chris Bailey

·       Contents Introduction: making knowledge visual, Chris Bailey;
Do a thousand words paint a picture?, Mike Pringle;
The semantic web approach to improving access to cultural heritage, Kirk Martinez and 
Leif Isaksen;
Resource discovery and curation of complex and interactive digital datasets, Stuart Jeffrey;
Digital exploration of past design concepts in architecture, Daniela Sirbu;
Words as keys to the image bank, Doireann Wallace;
For one and all: participation and exchange in the archive, Sue Breakell;
The user-archivist and collective (in)voluntary memory: read/writing the networked 
digital archive, James McDevitt;
 Internet art history 2.0, Charlotte Frost;
Museum migration in century 2.08, Jemima Rellie;

Slitting open the Kantian eye, Charlie Gere;

Revisualizing Visual Culture is the sixth volume of xvi Revisualizing Visual Culture. "Revisualizing Visual Culture is recommended for information professionals who are currently navigating the challenges of arts and humanities analysis and display."  (Online Information Review).

"...The collection has a distinctively British emphasis. Many of the contributions to the volume grew out of the Computers and History of Art (CHArt) group, which has been an active force in research on the application of digital technology to visual culture since 1985. While there are references to British projects and cultural institutions, readers will find the problems and ideas articulated relevant and accessible." (Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science )

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November 01, 2013

Growing Veganism at a price, Shilpa Raina

On the eve of 'World Vegan Day 2013: November 1 Celebration of Veganism' the author notes:

Growing Veganism at a price, Shilpa Raina, Weeklyvoice Nov 2, 2013, p. A-6.

Note: The vegan food pyramid when visualized as a graphic becomes a great guide to plan healthy eating. A visual chart shows you how to include organic &/or plant foods into your day to day life.

On the same page (see the image in the above article of The Vegan Food Pyramid, such as, given in the following link):