Amazon continues its own trend to leverage and transform itself into a web business platform. First there was only shipping books. Then letting individuals ship their used books. Then letting other companies ship complementary products. Then letting other companies ship the same products Amazon sells (i.e. J&R). Then running sites for other companies like Target.com. Soon Amazon will just be a brand and a set of online technologies — but they’ll have taken the most unexpected path to get there.
eWeek has a new mini-site about BI and some future trends.
It’s a slow news day, so I’m going to branch out. I hope you enjoy this interactive pan-and-zoom viewer of the Hubble Deep Field image. The image is of a tiny area which the naked eye would consider total darkness. Only two objects in the image are actually a part of our Milky Way galaxy. All of the other 3,000 objects are unique galaxies, each with billions and billions of stars.
This tag cloud “shows the popularity, frequency, and trends in the usages of words within speeches, official documents, declarations, and letters written by the Presidents of the US between 1776 – 2006 AD.” Via BoingBoing.
What you see are the top 100 tags from a single speech; it opens with G.W. Bush’s most recent. The slider at the top moves through past speeches. Bright white words have been introduced in recent years.
TIME Magazine’s visualization of America’s populations.