An outstanding series of historical data visualizations and maps over here:
American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. It combines cutting-edge research with innovative interactive mapping techniques, designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in American history or a love of maps.
At the tableau conference – he walked on stage and started talking but there was no sound then he said “just kidding! I was just messing with the sound guy” – such a great speaker and presentation. A part of the slideshow included this amazing video:
Which brought to my mind the movie Pitch Black, in which everywhere light is shined, there are things waiting to destroy you. I’m pretty sure our crippled space program will result in all of our deaths. Well, all of us except Vin Diesel.
Information is Beautiful has an excellent interactive chart up at the BBC covering the Drake Equation. I remember studying the equation, which estimates the number of civilizations that might exist in our galaxy, in an astronomy class called “The Search for Extraterrestrial Life” at the University of Texas. Why wouldn’t I take that elective? It was actually less fun than I thought it would be, but it was still very interesting. Apparently they no longer offer the course, or at least not this semester.
I just want to quickly reiterate what this comment suggested for how to quickly and easily migrate a SQL 2012 database to AWS. Of course I had tried to use the built-in Export wizard in Management Studio, however 2012 conveniently leaves out options for exporting constraints and the like, and restoring from a disk backup isn’t possible with Amazon RDS. But this little tool from CodePlex is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It migrated the entire database in a couple of minutes, scripting all the SQL and bcp commands, then executing without a hitch. Note: it’s built for SQL Azure migrations, but you can just enter your Amazon RDS endpoint in the server box, and it still works.