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October 2013

Horror Monsters and Ngrams

Google Ngrams provide a fascinating peak at trending topics over time by allowing us to compare the popularity of expressions in published books. For Halloween this week I whipped up the following sketch of some of Hollywood’s favorite monsters:

Ngram Monsters Infographic


  • Popular vampire movies since the ’90s (Interview with a Vampire, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Twilight, etc.) helped catapult our leading ghoul. READ MORE

USS Constitution: 1794-1802

Before the USS Constitution was the oldest commissioned warship still afloat, and even before it was nicknamed Old Ironsides it was a squadron flagship in our mostly forgotten “Quasi-War” with France at the end of the 18th century. Learn more about the construction and first cruises of the Constitution in the first installment of a series that pay tribute to her glory.

USS Constitution Infographic

The design
Telling a story across geography and time on a static plane is difficult because it requires three dimensions – time, latitude, and longitude – when there are only two dimensions available. READ MORE

Government shutdown: a brief history

The United States is currently in a partial government shutdown, but this isn’t the first time. There have been 17 other government shutdowns – or spending gaps – since modern congressional budgeting processes began in 1976. They have always occurred in the fall and stemmed from disagreements  about spending within Congress or between Congress and the President. Many (1977, 1984, 1995) have resulted because the temporary solutions of previous shutdowns could not be bridged to stable long term ones. Learn more about the opponents and issues that have managed to shutdown our government:

Government Shutdown poster READ MORE

Navigating MIT Course 15

Perhaps it was the chemistry icons of Breaking Bad that drove me to organize the classes of MIT’s Course 15 into a handy table. Or maybe it was just reflection on the incredibly knowledge-rich environment of MIT Sloan. For students still taking classes, alumni combing through old notes, and the public digging through MIT’s fabulous open courseware (where over 170 management titles are available to all for free), navigate your way though the finest graduate business curriculum around using the Periodic Table of Course 15:


MIT and class names
For the unfamiliar, numbers rule at MIT, and classes are no exception. READ MORE