Best of FlowingData – May 2011

I wish there was a way to slow down time. Another month whirled by just like that. In case you missed them, here are the most popular posts from the past month. Thanks again for sharing, tweeting, and liking. Every bit helps this little blog of mine reach a larger audience.

  1. Flash vs. HTML5
  2. Seven year itch: When do people get married and divorced?
  3. Plush statistical distribution pillows
  4. How to map connections with great circles
  5. Find everywhere you can go in 15 minutes or less
  6. MacGyver recipe book – All 7 seasons of diversions and mischief
  7. Geography of hate
  8. A century of deaths and a lot of fake blood
  9. Why you shouldn’t eat farmed fish – a graphical explanation
  10. Better Life Index measures well-being across countries

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.

A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.

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.

The Most Unisex Names in US History

Moving on from the most trendy names in US history, let’s look at the most unisex ones. Some names have …