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Challenge: Visualize the impact of Wikipedia

If you're like me, you've probably used Wikipedia at least once in the past week (or day... or hour). It's had a huge impact on how we find information and…

Visualization contests around the corner

The best way to learn how to visualize data is to grab a dataset and see what you can do with it. You can read as many tips and tricks…

Friday freebies: Comment to win a copy of R Cookbook – winners announced

Want a free copy of R Cookbook by Paul Teetor? You're in luck, because I have four copies to give away, generously provided by O'Reilly. In case you're unfamiliar, here's…

Comment to win a free HistoryShots print – winners announced

Happy Friday, everyone. Leading into the weekend, HistoryShots has kindly put three prints up for grabs to decorate that plain wall of yours with data and information. HistoryShots has been…

Friday freebies: Visual history posters from Timeplots – winners announced

It's Friday, and the weekend's staring you in the face. You look like you need some free stuff. Timeplots has kindly put up three visual history prints up for grabs.…

Comment to win free registration for Strata data conference – winner announced

Okay, I sort of dropped the ball on this one. I have a free pass up for grabs to the O'Reilly Strata Conference next week, February 1 to 3. Here's…

Comment to win a copy of Data Analysis with Open Source Tools – winner announced

Looking to get more serious about your data analysis? Data Analysis with Open Source Tools by Philip K. Janert can help you with that. The back cover reads: Collecting data…

Merry Christmas from FlowingData

Merry Christmas and happy new year! As usual, don't forget to eat lots. That's the only way to roll during the holidays.…

Join FlowingData fantasy basketball pool

The basketball season is going to start soon (finally). To make the season more interesting, I'm starting a FlowingData fantasy basketball pool, and you're invited. It's a combination of data…

Challenge: Advertised vs. actual waistline

Ever notice how pants seem to fit differently from store-to-store even though they're labeled as the same size? Why does the 36-inch at Old Navy feel kind of loose but…

your.flowingdata Users: Help Wanted. Five minutes of your time

As many of you know, your.flowingdata, an application to help you collect data about yourself via Twitter, has been running for a while now. Some of you have been using…

Comment to win a graphic guide to coffee drinks (poster) – winner announced

We saw this handy dandy coffee guide by Plaid Creative a while back. Oh so clean. Oh so informative. The world of fancy pants coffee drinks can be confusing, but…

Running on Thesis Fumes

I’m in the fifth year of my statistics PhD, and the time has finally come where I need to lock myself in my office and write a thesis. It’s going…

Happy birthday, FlowingData. You’re three today

Can you believe it? FlowingData is three years old today. I'm in the middle of a cross-country move, so I can't get into the number rundown like I usually do,…

Comment to win a copy of ‘Beautiful Visualization’ – winner announced!

Continuing with the 'Beautiful' series, O'Reilly has released their newest one, Beautiful Visualization. This book examines the methods of two dozen visualization experts who approach their projects from a variety…

FlowingData stickers!

I love the Apple logo and all, but my Macbook really needed some pizazz, and what says pizazz more than a FlowingData sticker? Nothing. Honest to goodness, I feel like…

Comment to win free copies of ‘Beginning Python Visualization’ – Winners announced

You know when you're going through old junk and find something really awesome that you completely forgot about? Well that's what happened to me the other day, and lucky for…

Cleaning house.

I'm transitioning to a new server right now, and let me tell you. Moving three years' worth of files and content is no fun at all. Where's a sysadmin when…

Status Update for the World Progress Report

Just a quick update for those who ordered the World Progress Report. It's been with the printer this past week, and I expect to have the prints physically in my…

Buy a Print. Support Distaster Relief in Haiti. Please.

Unless you live under a rock inside a cave in the remotest area in the world, you know a huge quake struck Haiti on Tuesday, and much lies in ruins.…

Merry Christmas, and See You Next Year

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you're having a great holiday season so far. Good food, good company, and more good food. This will be my last post for the year,…

Best of FlowingData 2009, and What to Expect in 2010

It was another interesting and sometimes exciting year for FlowingData. To think, I was beaming when there were 7,000 of you at the beginning of 2009. Now there's almost four…