Watch Walmart take over America

Not brand new, but fascinating: Flowing Data has a time-lapse map showing the growth of Walmart since the 1960s.

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People still buy newspapers. As long as they remain cheaper than drop cloths.

True story.

A guy asks if he can cut in front of me in the grocery checkout line. He’s just buying a newspaper. I notice he’s not buying the paper I work for, so I say, “Sure, if you buy the other paper instead of that one. I work for the Palm Beach Post.”

He looks at me blankly.

I say, “Oh, go ahead. It’s not like we really compete with them anymore anyway.”

He pays for the paper and thanks me. On his way out he turns back and says, “I’m not going to read it. I’m just using it for painting.”

Google adds magazines to book search

Google is digitizing the archives of magazines. Search Google Books now to find issues of New York, Runner’s World, Baseball Digest, Popular Science, CIO, Ebony, Wedding, Jet, and Popular Mechanics. Not surprisingly, Google plans to add more:

Over time, as we scan more articles, you’ll see more and more magazines appear in Google Book Search results. Eventually, we’ll also begin blending magazine results into our main Google.com search results, so you may begin finding magazines you didn’t even know you were looking for. For now you can restrict your search to magazines we’ve scanned by trying an advanced search.