Beau Colburn does Thursday’s roundup.

01. River Maps
“I wanted to create a series of maps that gives people a new way to look at rivers: a much more modern, urban type of portrayal. So I turned to the style of urban transit maps pioneered by Harry Beck in the 1930s for the London Underground. Straight lines, 45º angles, simple geometry. The result is more of an abstract network representation than you would find on most maps, but it’s also a lot more fun.”

02. Introducing Pennant (above)
“Pennant is an interactive history of baseball like none other seen before. Using Pennant’s rich interface fans can browse and view data from over 115,000 games that have taken place from 1950 to 2010. Seasons, games and events are graphically represented in a clear, easy to interpret manner that takes them beyond the numbers.” (chitwoodandhobbs)

03. Flaming Lips Make Smartphone Symphony With 12 YouTube Clips
“The Flaming Lips’ new single is a YouTube symphony that requires 12 smartphones to be properly heard.” (wired)

04. The King of Apple talk radio
“In the middle of a live broadcast discussing Twitter’s new president, Google’s Android market share and why Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 is a terrible name for an operating system, the guest pauses to ask his co-host: “Speaking of well-hung Wookies, does this show have a sponsor?” (fortune )

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