I’m Russell Goldenberg. I create data-driven stories for the internet.

carry

Ranking the Biggest NBA Finals Carry Jobs It is mostly LeBron James.

rickrolling

A Visual History of Rickrolling Millions of comments, posts, and links, charted.

caption

Help a Computer Win the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest This is a weekly experiment to see if an artificial intelligence program can produce real humor.

solo

How many artists overshadow their band after going solo? What the data say about Beyoncé, Nick Lachey, and others.

love

Nothing Breaks Like A.I. Heart An essay about artificial intelligence, emotional intelligence, and finding an ending.

cool

Every time someone says cool in Community Watch all 412 cools from Abed, and others.

oreo

Oreos and the Art of Crossword Puzzle Construction A chronicle of a controversial cookie and condiment crossword clue.

puzzles

Play These Puzzles to Reveal the Racial and Gender Breakdown of Crosswords Mini crosswords generated from a data analysis of puzzles from the New York Times, and others.

crossword

Who’s in the Crossword? A look at representation and inclusivity in crossword puzzles.

newsletter

Winning the Internet A data-driven newsletter of links in other newsletters.

nationscape

Where do Americans stand on election issues? Explore where voters stand on key issues facing the country.

wrestling

An Illustrated Guide to Masked Wrestlers Stories, facts, and pixel art drawings of hundreds of masked wrestlers.

infinite

The Infinite Monkey Theorem Experiment What happens when you combine music, Joe Rogan, and probability?

authors

Do Authors Write Where They Know? Examining how far authors set their books from where they’ve lived.

apology

The Aftermath of a YouTube Apology Quantifying the lasting impact of a YouTube controversy.

laugh

Laughing OnLine Exploring the usage, evolution, and perception of digital laughter.

summer-reading

Hipster Summer Reading List 2019 An artisanal guide to obscure books based on 100 million checkout records.

people-map-uk

A People Map of the UK Where city names are replaced by their most Wikipedia’ed resident.

people-map

A People Map of the US Where city names are replaced by their most Wikipedia’ed resident.

three-seconds

The NBA Has a Defensive Three Seconds Problem The one foul that refs love to ignore.

votes-for-women

Women’s Issues Within Political Party Platforms Every four years political parties document their positions in written platforms. How often do women’s issues appear in the text?

nba-spell-jam

NBA Spell Jam A spelling bee for the hardest names in the NBA.

hype

How many high school stars make it in the NBA? Every year the top high school basketball recruits get hyped up. How often do they pan out?

gyllenhaal

The Gyllenhaal Experiment The many ways to misspell the hardest names in pop culture.

countries

The World through the Eyes of the US The countries that have preoccupied Americans since 1900.

boy-bands

Internet Boy Band Database Every boy band to chart the Hot 100 since 1980.

wiki-breakout

What Does the Path to Fame Look Like? Tracking the rise in popularity from Cardi B to Carson Wentz.

wiki-billboard

The Celebrity Billboard Project Tracking the popularity of cultural figures in 2018.

wiki-death

Life After Death on Wikipedia What pageviews tell us about how famous people are remembered after they die.

top-plays

The Most-Viewed NBA Plays in 2017-18 Warning: this video contains a high dosage of LeBron footage.

one-hit-wonders

One-Hit Wonders in Sports The greatest single-season anomalies in the last 30 years.

birthday

The Birthday Paradox Experiment Your birthday twin is probably reading this right now. Because math.

stand-up

The Structure of Stand-Up Comedy The genius of Ali Wong’s Netflix special.

hater

10 Things Everyone Hates About You Exploring over 30 million feelings towards 3,000+ topics.

clinics

How far is too far? An analysis of driving times to abortion clinics in the US. Mapping the cities and places with the worst access.

film-direction

She Giggles, He Gallops Analyzing gender tropes in film with screen direction from 2,000 scripts.

the-office

‘The Office’ Dialogue in Five Charts A breakdown of how every character contributed to the show.

cetaceans

Free Willy and Flipper by the Numbers The past, present, and future of captive whales and dolphins according to data and pop culture.

atlantic

The Platinum Patients Each year, 1 in every 20 Americans racks up just as much in medical bills as the other 19 combined.

beer

What City is the Microbrew Capital of the US? Using beer review data to rank the best cities in the country.

westbrook

How Russell Westbrook can Average a Triple-Double As of March 8, Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double for the entire season.

oscars

Mapping America’s Taste in Oscar Films Where this year's Oscar-nominated movies are most popular, across 3,000 U.S. counties.

two-minute-report

NBA Last Two Minute Report An on-going project that reviews officiating from the NBA Last Two Minute Report.

making-it-big

The Unlikely Odds of Making it Big What three years and 75,000 shows in New York tell us about the chance your favorite band will succeed.

elections

How News Media Covers Trump & Clinton Analyzing 12,147 images of the candidates.

redrafted

Twenty Years of the NBA Redrafted Using career stats to prove the best/worst NBA draft picks, ever.

make-it-stop

Make it stop. Editorial on gun violence since the assault weapons ban expired in 2004.

started-from-the-bottom

Started from the bottom The various paths NBA franchises have taken to get from the bottom to the top of league.

arresting-words

Arresting words A look what people say when they get arrested in Boston.

political-analysis

A TV viewer’s guide to campaign ads A data analysis and visualization of every single campaign spot leading up to the New Hampshire Primaries.

clash-emails

Clash in the name of care: The e-mails Graphic of e-mail correspondences between key players at MGH regarding concurrent surgeries.

clash

Clash in the name of care A Spotlight investigation about concurrent surgery practices at MGH.

challah

The staff of life and love A multimedia story about a 90 year-old man who makes challah for his sons every week.

myanmar

Journey to Myanmar A visual travel essay combining photo, video, and audio explores the regions of Myanmar.

hollow

Hollow An interactive documentary exploring the decline of rural America.

A collection of Open Source libraries and tools I have created.

Scrollama.js A modern & lightweight JavaScript library for scrollytelling using IntersectionObserver in favor of scroll events.

enter-view.js Dependency-free JavaScript library to detect when element enters into view.

Data S3 Simple interface to deal with data on s3 built on top of the Node AWS SDK.

render-d3-video A CLI tool to generate videos from locally running server using d3 to override time.

Responsive table generator HTML/CSS only responsive table generator.

skimmer.js Dependency-free JavaScript library to detect when a user is skimming the a page.

NBA shot zones Compute shot zones from x,y coordindates.