Last week we launched a fun new database at work: L.A.’s Top Dogs, which shows the most common dog names and breeds by ZIP code, based on dog registration data from L.A. County animal control agencies. My colleague, Ben Welsh, assembled the data and built the app in Django. I did the UI.
It’s already drawn some notice in the linkosphere:
- “really cool database”
- “How many dugs could a Digg dog dig if a Digg dog could dig dugs?”
- “what kind of person names their dog Hitler?”
- “corgis unite!!”
- “How to look suspicious in the park: ‘Here, 8-ball! Here, Blunt! Come, Reefer, come!'”
- “So does this mean Beverly Hills ChiWOWhua will be a blockbuster locally?”
- “What will L.A. Times will come out with next? Perhaps a list of SoCal’s Top-10 best dressed pooches?”
It’s taken some criticism from folks who seem to think it’s not serious journalism. To those people I say: You’re right. Lighten up. We do a lot of other serious journalism.