Best of FlowingData – July 2010

Thanks again, everyone for sharing FlowingData. It was another good month, and it wouldn't be the same without you. In case you missed them, here are the most popular posts from the past month, based on views, comments, and links.

  1. Flowchart to lifelong happiness
  2. History of The Beatles as told by their hair
  3. How to win Rock-paper-scissors every time
  4. Periodic table of swearing
  5. Path to happiness gets complicated and confusing
  6. Citizen's guide to fancy pants coffee drinks
  7. Flowchart shows the startup business cycle
  8. 7 Basic Rules for Making Charts and Graphs
  9. Who participates online, by age
  10. How Britain has changed since 1997

And remember - the FlowingData forums is still a great place to get your data questions answered, share tasty links, and post visualization job openings.

Favorites

Graphical perception – learn the fundamentals first

Before you dive into the advanced stuff – like just about everything in your life – you have to learn the fundamentals before you know when you can break the rules.

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.

Pizza Place Geography

Most of the major pizza chains are within a 5-mile radius of where I live, so I have my pick, …

Think Like a Statistician – Without the Math

I call myself a statistician, because, well, I’m a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I’ve learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.