"When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one." The grave of Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, a highly decorated soldier and the first to go before the Supreme Court challenging the military's exclusion of gays and lesbians. The inscription of his last name at the foot of the memorial is the only tie to Matlovich himself, as he wanted the stone to be a monument for all gay veterans.
Nobel Prizes: Is there a secret formula to winning one? BBC Future takes a look at the data, good and bad, of just what it takes to be a Nobel Prize winner. The gender column will likely be the most infuriating one. (via BBC - Future)
Last November, Facebook flipped Stanley Milgram's "six degrees of separation" theory on its head and showed that we're a lot closer than you might think. Today, Facebook launched a new interactive map of the world's friendships — a partnership with the data visualization wizards at the Stamen design studio — that illustrates some of the ways we're connected. The map ...represent[s] the world's countries to show which ones share the most friendships, and many times, even explain why.
"During the day after the 2012 presidential election we took note of a spike in hate speech on Twitter referring to President Obama's re-election, as chronicled by Jezebel (thanks to Chris Van Dyke for bringing this our attention). It is a useful reminder that technology reflects the society in which it is based, both the good and the bad. Information space is not divorced from everyday life and racism extend into the geoweb and helps shapes its contours"