Category Archives: Holiday

Infographic: Happy Diwali!

Readers:

INDIAN GIRL LIGHTS A DEEPAWALI LAMP IN AHMEDABADWhile called the “Festival of Lights,” Diwali is most importantly a day to become aware of one’s “inner light.” In Hindu philosophy there is an idea of “Atman,” something beyond the body and mind which is pure, infinite and eternal. Today is a celebration of “good” versus “evil”; A day when the light of higher knowledge dispels ignorance. With this awakening comes compassion and joy.

The background story and practices vary region to region. Many people celebrate by lighting fireworks and sharing sweets and candies. Diwali is a holiday celebrated across a vast array of countries and religions. It is celebrated in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji, by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists.

This informative infographic is from 2012, but I like the information about Diwali it provides and thought of sharing.

Namaste!

Michael

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Source: Metal Gaia, Happy Diwali!, November 13, 2012, http://metal-gaia.com/2012/11/13/happy-diwali/.

Happy Independence Day From Data Archaeology

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Infographic: All About Mother’s Day

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DataViz as Art: Epic Easter Eggs (USA Today Weekend)

Readers:

As a young child, I loved to dye Easter Eggs. We tried to be as creative as possible and would try to make one half one color and the other half another color. Sometimes we would try to be real tricky and add a middle color, which was no easy task with the paper clip-like dipper.

I was reading USA Today Weekend this morning and saw these creatively painted eggs by USA Today Weekend readers. I feel in data visualization a story can be told many ways. Each one of these eggs tells you a story by its visual appearance.

I wish you a Happy Easter, Happy Passover and good wishes all around.

Best regards,

Michael

Epic Easter Eggs, by USA Today Weekend Readers

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As an artist who regularly works in diorama and animal miniatures (see her work at etsy.com/shop/tangelostudio), Rosemary Markowski says she “tried to do something completely different” from painted eggs. The result is an eggshell, decorated in decopage and surrounding a papier-mâché lamb. And yes, that is a real egg, from one of the seven chickens Markowski (a student at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C.) raises on her rural Virginia property. Rosemary Markowski

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Bill Green, of Pasadena, Calif., took his inspiration for this Star Wars-themed creation from the dent made when first cracking the shell of a hard-boiled egg with a spoon. “I’ve always thought, ‘It’s like a Death Star.’ ” To create the detail, Green worked from movie stills on the Internet. Painting straight lines on the small orb presented a Wookiee-sized challenge. He solved the problem by mounting the egg on a cordless drill with Play-Doh, then spinning it slowly while he held the brush in place. As a graphic artist best known for the creative posters he has designed for the touring Lebowski Fest, Green spends most of his days working at a computer, so he welcomed the chance to take on a physical medium, even if it meant going through about a carton and a half to get that dent just right. “I ate a lot of eggs last week.” Bill Green

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Sarah Matthews, a student at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, submitted this work. Sarah Matthews

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Charlene Goodman, of Painesville, Ohio, made these character eggs. Charlene Goodman

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Bella Manu, of Toronto, painted these Roy Lichtenstein-inspired eggs. Bella Manu, Your Take

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As a blogger who writes about arts and crafts projects for children (artclubblog.com), Bella Manu thought that Easter eggs could be a fun way to expose young minds to famous works of art. Working with acrylic paints, she first recreated Roy Lichtenstein paintings on eggs, choosing the pop artist for his comic book asthetic. Then Manu’s 14-year-old daughter gave her the next assigment: Andy Warhol. “At least she didn’t pick DaVinci and really challenge me,” Manu says. Bella Manu, Your Take

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As an artist (acrylics on canvas) who suffers from autoimmune disease, Bettina von Schneyder, of Rosenheim, Germany, has a certain fondness for Frida Kahlo. The famous Mexican painter experienced health problems after a bus accident. “She’s one of my biggest inspirations,” von Schneyder says. A few Easters ago, von Schneyder was looking to paint gifts for her mother and a friend, and settled on Frida eggs. “It was just a spontaneous idea.” Bettina von Schneyder, Your Take

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An artist who has long been drawing mandalas (Eastern symbols in circular patterns), Heather Bach, of Winona, Minn., sells her work on Etsy and through her business, called Lunamada. But drawing such an intricate design on the oddly shaped oval of a wooden egg — “It’s trickier than doing it on paper, that’s for sure.” Heather Bach, Your Take

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Sabrina Giardino- Spiegel, of Huntington, N.Y., submitted this bird egg. Sabrina Giardino-Spiegel, Your Take

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Sabrina Giardino-Spiegel submitted this bunny egg. Sabrina Giardino- Spiegel, Huntington, N.Y.

DataViz as Art: Burning Love on Valentine’s Day

Readers:

I could not let Valentine’s Day pass without showing you this vintage Valentine’s Day card. Following today’s political correctness standards, this might be considered somewhat shocking.

A girl would have to wonder what her suitor’s intentions were. This is just to hot to handle!

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Best Regards,

Michael

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Chart: Hey Girl, will you be my Valentine?

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Source: Colleen Barrett, Valentine’s Day Visualized, Visual.ly, http://blog.visual.ly/valentines-day-visualized.

Happy New Year from Data Archaeology – New Year’s Resolutions Infographic

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Infographic: What is actually in fruitcake?

Large Sliced Deluxe FruitcakeI love fruitcake. For the past 25+ years, I have been buying fruitcakes from The Collin Street Bakery that is world-renowned for its fruitcakes. The business, opened in 1896, is located in Corsicana, Texas and ships to all 50 states, U.S. possessions and 195 foreign lands. The Bakery is the recipient of the president’s coveted “E-Award.”

Some of the characteristics of their fruitcake are:

  • Each fruitcake is the perfect balance of native pecans (27%), shelled in Corsicana, Texas.
  • Hand-picked Golden sweet pineapple and lush papaya, from our own farms in Costa Rica.
  • Ripe, red cherries from Oregon and Washington State.
  • Pure clover honey, plump golden raisins.
  • Refrigerated, the Deluxe fruitcake stays moist and delicious for months.

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Fruitcake has been a Christmas staple for decades. And it has been a mystery to people for just as long. The age-old question surrounding fruitcake is always, “Just what is it that I’m actually eating…?” In the spirit of Christmas and holiday traditions, I found this infographic by lemonly.com that dissects the fruitcake. We know there are lots of fruitcake recipes out there, but here is just one example of all the ingredients that can go into the elusive Christmas “treat.” Grab a fork and dive in, everyone! Let them eat (fruit)cake!

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Merry Christmas from Data Archaeology

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Day Seven of My Seven Days of Christmas Infographics: Christmas by the Numbers

How many Christmas cards are sent each year? Which states produce the most Christmas trees? What are some of the most popular Christmas traditions? This infographic, from the History Channel, looks to answer those questions and more.

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