Best of FlowingData – July 2011

With the launch of Visualize This, July was a fun month. On the day of the announcement, the book broke the Amazon overall top 100, which felt crazy to me. Of course, the dust has settled, but it’s still been doing well, and I’ve been happy to hear that so many of you have found it useful. Thanks again.

In case you missed them, here are the most popular posts from this past month, based on a combination of views and comments.

  1. Undergraduate grade inflation
  2. All the countries that the US owes money to
  3. Flickr and Twitter mapped together – See Something or Say Something?
  4. Where the aliens are flying their UFOs
  5. If the world lived in a single city
  6. World map of useless stereotypes
  7. How tech companies are interconnected
  8. Sales receipt redesign
  9. Visualize This: Published
  10. Access to education where you live

Favorites

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.

Shifting Incomes for American Jobs

For various occupations, the difference between the person who makes the most and the one who makes the least can be significant.

Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

There are a lot of great craft breweries in the United States, but there is only so much time. This is the computed best way to get to the top rated breweries and how to maximize the beer tasting experience. Every journey begins with a single sip.

Most popular porn searches, by state

We’ve seen that we can learn from what people search for, through the eyes of Google suggestions: state stereotypes, national …