Posts from

2010

No axis labels

xkcd geekdom for your slow Monday afternoon. Can you imagine being with someone who doesn't label axes? Outrageous. [xkcd]…

How the world searched in 2010

Google recaps search trends for the year in Google Zeitgeist 2010, from the World Cup and the Olympics to the earthquake in Haiti and the…

Superheroes minimalized

Fabian Gonzalez goes minimalistic on superheroes. I like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I used to pretend I was Donatello, the smart inventer one.…

College football coaches’ ballots

Brett Coffman and Juan Thomassie for USA Today have a look at how college coaches from the top 25 teams ranked other teams. You can…

Picturing social order

Gareth Holt designed several charts and graphs for Rank: picturing the social order 1516-2009 at the Leeds Art Gallery. Above is a divided shirt that…

Data analysis is the future of journalism

Tim Berners-Lee, credited with inventing the Web, says analyzing data is the future of journalism: "Journalists need to be data-savvy. It used to be that…

Axes of peeing in public

You might think this is a joke, but this is serious business. From Laura Noren, a PhD candidate in sociology, the axes of public peeing:…

Similarities between PhD dissertations

Certain fields of study tend to cover many of the same topics. Many times, the two fields go hand-in-hand. Electrical engineering, for example, ties tightly…

The United States of Autocomplete

Very Small Array has some fun with Google's autocomplete. Utah... Jazz. Kentucky... Fried Chicken. New York... Times. [Very Small Array via @mericson]…

Relationships on the Bold and the Beautiful explained

I don't get soap operas. People get married, divorced, evil twins show up, babies are born, people are shot, and every now and then someone…

Thank you, FlowingData sponsors

My many thanks to the FlowingData sponsors. They keep the lights on and help make this little blog of mine possible. Check 'em out. They…

Jon Stewart explains Wikileaks’ Cablegate

You've probably already heard and read about Wikileaks' Cablegate. If not, Andy Baio has a fine roundup with significant coverage and events to get you…

Advanced visualization without programming – Impure

Programming can be tough in the beginning, which can make advanced visualization beyond the Excel spreadsheet hard to come by. Bestiario tries to make it…

Amanda Cox on data graphics and stuff

At New Media Days 2010, New York Times graphics editor Amanda Cox talks data graphics, finding a balance between storytelling and straight facts, and working…

Finding Global Agenda Councils who should work together

This past month, the World Economic Forum convened in Dubai to discuss issues on the global agenda. There are about 700 members who belong to…

Awards from Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Between February 17, 2009 to September 30, 2010, 88,791 awards have been funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This animated map shows where…

The Joy of Stats with Hans Rosling

The Joy of Stats, a one-hour documentary, hosted by none other than the charismatic Hans Rosling, explores the growing importance of statistics: [W]ithout statistics we…

How do people use Firefox?

Mozilla Labs just released a bunch of anonymized browsing data for their open data visualization competition: This competition is based on Mozilla's own open data…

Build your LinkedIn career tree

How did you get to where you are now in your work life? What about Barack Obama? Ashton Kutcher? Jon Stewart? In a collaboration between…

Statistics vs. Stories

Professor of Mathematics at Temple University, John Allen Paulos describes the differences between statistics and stories: [T]here is a tension between stories and statistics, and…