Khopesh writes: We're overrun by a plethora of data in this Information Age. Presenting this data has always been a difficult task. Google is seen as a leader here, having formed itself around the very idea of distilling and presenting information. In the last year or so, we have begun to see other presentations of data in beautifully designed graphical representations. FlowingData, a blog devoted to this sort of thing, has assembled a list of the 10 Best Data Visualizations of the year. Another blog on this front is Information is Beautiful. Even Facebook's devs are in on the action with a map of friend networks that looks almost identical to NASA's Earth at Night map — but without overlaying atop a base image.
It was pity stayed his hand.
"Pity I don't have any more bullets," thought Frito.
-- _Bored_of_the_Rings_, a Harvard Lampoon parody of Tolkein