Data Underload #15 – Life Simile

Mar 29, 2010

You never know what you gonna get. Life is also known to be like: a box of crayons, a park, a taxi, the surf, falling in love, a bowl of cherries, or a slideshow.

5 Comments

  • Here’s my favorite:

    Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.

    Gordon B. Hinckley, former president of the Mormon Church, author of “Standing for Something” and other books.

    • Oops! The website where I found the quote had the attribution wrong. The quote is actually from Jenkins Lloyd Jones, a newspaper columnist. It was quoted by President Hinckley in a speech. My apologies to Mr. Jones!

  • There’s also Tom Lehrer’s take: “Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.”

  • a dance!!

Favorites

Visualizing the Uncertainty in Data

Data is an abstraction, and it’s impossible to encapsulate everything it represents in real life. So there is uncertainty. Here are ways to visualize the uncertainty.

Real Chart Rules to Follow

There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.

10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2015

These are my picks for the best of 2015. As usual, they could easily appear in a different order on a different day, and there are projects not on the list that were also excellent.

This is an American Workday, By Occupation

I simulated a day for employed Americans to see when and where they work.