Archive for February 26th, 2008

Juxtapositions: Song Charts

February 26, 2008

How’s this for a concept: take a popular song, and create a graph or chart that communicates the content of the song lyric or title. There’s a slew of these over on Flikr. My two favorites are:

#1) [featuring a lovely Venn diagram] (by “moved”)

billie-jean-by-moved.jpg

and #2) [not at all mathematical, but funny nonetheless] (by “brianmn”)

dont-cry-by-brianmn.jpg

Well, ok, maybe these are my favorites because they’re nearly the only ones where I knew what song they referred to (out of the nearly 200 examples on Flickr). I guess I’m just too old to be down with the hep music the cool kids listen to these days. **

Challenge: Create your own, and post them in the comments! (Bonus points for songs or charts with mathematical references.)

This graph-making exercise is vaguely reminiscent of my favorite powerpoint example floating the interweb: Peter Norvig’s devastating ppt adaptation of Abe Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

** True: I received my AARP membership card in the mail today. No foolin’! Heck of a thing for them to send out en masse to folk on some mailing list or other in hopes of drumming up support and new members. Makes me wonder what mailing list I’m on that AARP purchased…

Charts used with permission of boyshapedbox, who had posted them to flickr.

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