Names

This pretty neat chart from Jezebel shows the most popular names by state over the last 50+ years. It’s crazy to watch names flood the country.
Name chart

On Quora, Jon Pennington went into great detail exploring why certain names may have been popular when they were. It’s speculative as hell, but still interesting. I’m also interested by the idea the people I know with these popular names are all a good 5-10 years ahead of the peak popularity of their names.

1962-1969: Lisa (The graphs show that Lisa wasn’t a common name until c. 1940. Its popularity gradually increased from the 1940s to the 1950s, then increased exponentially from the 1950s to the 1960s. A likely cause of the exponential increase in popularity in the 1950s might be Nat King Cole’s Mona Lisa, a very popular song that came out in 1950, but that doesn’t explain why the name started becoming more common in the 1940s. Another factor that may have sustained the name’s popularity could be the first US tour of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, which took place in 1963.)

Quora post via @irondavy

Names

The 2012 Feltron Annual Report

2012 Feltron Annual Report

Every year, Nicholas Felton documents different data points in his life and makes gorgeous infographics of those points. The 2012 Feltron Annual Report is out and available for purchase here. This is a link I have posted for several years now, and it’s one of the yearly internet things I look forward to most. If any of the report looks familiar, it might be you’ve seen some of Felton’s work before – he helped design Facebook Timeline.

This year, he built the reporting using an app Felton co-developed called Reporter.

In years past, Felton kept detailed iCal notes and ran various experiments, from Internet surveys to a deep analysis of his late father’s past. This year, he partnered up with a friend, Drew Breunig, to code an iPhone app called Reporter that would simplify the life recording process. Every 90 minutes, the app buzzes Felton–automatically snagging his coordinates while asking him the same questions: Where are you? Who are you with? What are you wearing? How productive were you today (on a scale of 1-5)?

The 2012 Feltron Annual Report