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

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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.

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.

Pizza Place Geography

Most of the major pizza chains are within a 5-mile …

Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.