Half a year or so after I sounded forth the trumpet which shall never call retweet, here is what six months of tweets look like in Wordle. Thanks to @chadskelton for the idea. (Click on the link.)
John Michael McGrath had a story in OpenFile over Christmas about the surprising differences in population between wards in Toronto. (For arcane reasons, the boundaries are still based on the 1991 census.)
The accompanying map was a sort of best-case scenario to produce: with clean data and a ward boundary set I’d worked with before, the whole thing took, start to finish, 42 minutes. Each ward has a Google Charts bar chart showing how it relates to the average ward population.
Keir Clarke has begun a Google Maps-based animation of the first night of the Blitz in London (September 7, 1940), bomb by bomb. He says he used Fusion Tables. (What you would really want to do, and I think these are only possible as separate exercises, is to mash that up with a Google Earth tour showing the correct natural light for that time and date.)