Best of FlowingData – August 2010

It’s been a hectic month. With one month left until my thesis defense, there’s no letting up, and it’s time to turn on the after burners. It’s definitely been interesting though, culling everything I’ve learned these past five years.

As it turns out, writing for FlowingData is actually a nice break from thesis-writing every now and then, so I’ve managed to keep things up and running around here. Thanks to everyone who has sent suggestions. You’ve been a big help. And of course, thanks to all who continue to share FlowingData. Much appreciated.

In case you missed them, or you’re new, here are the top posts from this past month.

  1. Inception dream levels explained in flowchart
  2. Is it okay to date your brother’s wife’s cousin? Flowchart it.
  3. iPhone users are more promiscuous
  4. Another view of Inception, with the kicks this time
  5. Exploring the Reach of Firefox
  6. Discuss: Driving is why you’re fat?
  7. New York Times on how they design their graphics
  8. Back to the Future trilogy timelines
  9. You + Me = Awesome
  10. What online marketers know about you

Also, if you’re on the market for a job making information graphics, there have been some interesting job postings in the forums this month. There’s one really really good opportunity in particular you don’t want to pass up.

Favorites

Divorce Rates for Different Groups

We know when people usually get married. We know who never marries. Finally, it’s time to look at the other side: divorce and remarriage.

Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.

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.

Who is Older and Younger than You

Here’s a chart to show you how long you have until you start to feel your age.