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By the Numbers…

Photographer and artist Chris Jordan has created a set of photographs, “Running the Numbers,” illustrating the dimensions of our consumer culture.  Working with assemblages, Jordan constructs images that deconstruct into his points…

For example, “Barbie Dolls” uses 32,000 of those plastic puppets to commemorate the 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries done in the U.S. in 2006:

See many more of these remarkable compositions, here (where a nifty feature lets one click for a seamless zoom on the details underlying each photo)– and see Jordan’s TED talk, “Picturing Excess,” here.

(TotH to Brain Pickings)

As we rethink those impulse purchases, we might recall that it was on this date in 1889 that Fusajiro Yamauchi  founded Nintendo Koppai (later, Nintendo Company, Ltd) to produce and market the playing cards known as Hanafuda (“flower cards”).

An early Nintendo game