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Little Soldiers

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Today our teenager realized that I have a stylus on my smartphone (I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 2) and asked to borrow it. An hour later, I find a drawing app along with several drawings on my phone. Time to get this guy a stylus!

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Cross my heart and hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye!

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I’ve had this customizable travel mug for YEARS, but I left the liner plain all this time. Today our 6 year old fancied it up for me, Pinkie Pie style! Oh yeah!

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World Population

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Today we were chatting about this forecast of world population in 2050, with the greatest increases predicted to come from developing countries in Africa, Latin America, and Southern Asia. I got curious about how the world’s population has grown historically, so I downloaded a bunch of old data from the U.N.’s website and made a bunch of charts. The one above shows the number of births and deaths worldwide in 5 year chunks, starting in 1950 and ending in 2010.

The next chart shows population growth by continent. It looks like every continent experienced significant growth, except for Europe, the green stripe at the top that stays almost the same width throughout this 60-year period. The biggest increase was in Asia, the red stripe that grows and fans out.

world population by region

The third chart shows population percentage by continent. Here the increase in Asia’s share is less obvious, but the decrease in Europe’s share is very dramatic.

world population by region as percentage

The last two charts show breakdowns by region, first by raw numbers and second by percentage. The bottom 5 stripes represent the various regions of Africa, which include Congo and Ethiopia, two countries predicted to make their first appearance on the top 12 most populous countries list by 2050.

world population by region

world population region percentage

 

 

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Corn Dog

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Drawn with Skitch for Android. Inspired by a conversation with the kids.