Best of FlowingData – February 2010

It was a good month for FlowingData. We passed the 30k-reader mark, and I think this past month was an all-time high for pageviews. Thanks again. everyone for reading and sharing FlowingData.

I also managed to switch servers (semi-) successfully while updating the FD homepage in the process. Make sure you check that out if you haven't already, and let me know what you think in the comments.

In case you missed them, here are the most popular posts from last month ranked by a combination of views, comments, and trackbacks. I especially enjoyed a lot of the thoughtful discussion that came out of these posts.

  1. Track Mouse Activity On Your Computer
  2. How a Giant Shark Took Down an Airplane
  3. Data Underload #9 - Big Graphic Blueprint
  4. Where Bars Trump Grocery Stores
  5. Excessively Labeled Airplane Tells You Where the Big Cheese Sits
  6. Think like a statistician - without the math
  7. Road to Recovery - Is the Recovery Act working?
  8. Data Underload #8 - Unsolicited
  9. An Easy Way to Make a Treemap
  10. Challenge: make this graph easier to read

From the Forums

There was also some good stuff going on in the forums with a couple of job postings and some data goodies.

Data Visualization Guru - Energy group EnergyHub is looking for someone who can help visualize their data.

Interactive Data Visualization help needed - So is FrogDesign, but for a smaller project.

Visual Architects Contest - Do you have what it takes to win?

WinterOlympicMedals - The Olympics are over, but that doesn't mean you have to stop playing with several decades of medal data [thanks, annie]


Where People Run in Major Cities

There are many exercise apps that allow you to keep track of your running, riding, and other activities. Record speed, …

19 Maps That Will Blow Your Mind and Change the Way You See the World. Top All-time. You Won’t Believe Your Eyes. Watch.

Many lists of maps promise to change the way you see the world, but this one actually does.

Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.

Interactive: When Do Americans Leave For Work?

We don’t all start our work days at the same time, despite what morning rush hour might have you think.