Oscar winners interactive, visualizing The Art of War, the quietest place in the U.S. and more

February 20, 2015

On this frigid Oscars weekend, rather than dig out from the latest snowstorm, dig in to this list of light-and-geeky links that Data Dive has compiled from the week that was.

  • Sometimes when you want to get away from it all, you really want to get away from it all.  Science magazine this week featured a National Park Service map of the quietest places in America based on 1.5 hours of nation-wide acoustical monitoring.
  • Las Vegas isn’t quiet, but it does have poker tables. Before your next trip to Sin City, refine your Texas Hold ‘Em game with this interactive Hold ‘Em visualizer from software engineer Chris Beaumont.
  • If you like your revenge served beautifully as well as cold, read Harvard Business Review’s post Visualizing Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, then click over to mental_floss’s list of 11 of the greatest class pranks in history for some inspiration.
  • Make some last minute tweaks to your Oscars pool entry using Bloomberg’s how to build an Oscar winner interactive, which lets you sort past winners by age, height, hair color and more.
  • Finally, if you’re like Shigenori Suzuki and me, you love to run marathons while scarfing down tomatoes. And boy are you in luck! NBC reports that Suzuki’s company, Japanese juice maker Kagome, is debuting the “Tomatan,” a hands-free tomato-eating machine, at this weekend’s Tokyo Marathon.

Kagome Co’s employee Shigenori Suzuki tries to eat a tomato which is fed to him by the newly-developed `Wearable Tomato` device for runners, during its unveiling event ahead of the weekend’s Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo February 19, 2015. The eight-kilo (17.6-pound) contraption fits on a runner like a rucksack. It can distribute a total of seven medium-sized tomatoes, one by one, at the click of a button and supplies the runner with much needed nutrients during a long jog or race. REUTERS/Toru Hanai


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