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LEGO-powered Project Time Management

Speaking of physical graphs, looks it's time management with my favorite childhood pastime - LEGOs! Each row represents an hour and each color indicates a different project. I'm gonna go…

Beginner’s Guide to FlowingData – A Guided Tour

Our FlowingData community went up from 2,641 subscribers last month to about 4,100, so more than a third of you are new. Welcome (and thanks to the those of you…

Will Dark Knight Beat Titanic for Biggest Movie of All Time? [POLL]

Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger, has been breaking records left and right. After only 10 days, the movie passed the $300 million mark…

A Taxi Cab Exploded in My Driveway

Through the Internet, sharing data has -- you know what, I'm not even going to try to make this relevant. A car exploded in my driveway!!!! It was 6am and…

My Ugly Experience with the JetBlue Kiosk

Photo by TR4NSLATOR As I write this, I'm waiting for my connecting flight to New York on the way to Berkeley for the workshop on Integrating Computing into the Statistics…

Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest – Kobayashi vs Chestnut

It's July 4th weekend which means lots of burgers and hot dogs across America. It also means it's time for Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest on Coney Island. From…

Weekend Minis For Your Lazy Weekend – 6/21/08

FlowingData on Alltop - Alltop describes itself as the digital magazine rack of the Internet collecting stories from "all the top" places on the Web. You'll now find FlowingData on…

5 Types of Data Visualization People – What Type Are You?

Those interested in data visualization always seem to fall into one of these five categories.

I Heart Dilbert

Dilbert is one of the best comics ever.

Weekend Minis for Your Lazy, Relaxing Weekend

Visualization Criticism - A criticism on the criticism on visualization. Robert Kosara, Fritz Drury, Lars Erik Holmquist, and David Laidlaw argue that we need to critique to further develop viz…

Chart of the Day: A Breakdown of Facebook Applications

Of the 23,160 Facebook applications, I use about 5, but I probably wouldn't notice if someone randomly removed all of them from my profile in the middle of the night.…

Greatest Data Visualization of All Time

Let me introduce you to the greatest data visualization of all time. FlowingData readers, greatest data visualization of all time. Greatest data visualization of all time, FlowingData readers. It will…

Warning: Nerdy Waters Ahead – Baby Got Stats and Too Logit

This just might be nerdy statistics overload even for me. A group from the John Hopkins biostatistics department has created parodies of Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back and MC Hammer's…

Save the Space Time Continuum – Do Not Exceed 88 Miles Per Hour

Billions of watts are wasted every year including 1955, 1985, and 2015. Be kind to the environment and keep your speed under 88 miles per hour. The space-time continuum appreciates…

Why Does Data Matter to Google?

Data is absolutely vital to Google's success; without data, Google is pretty much useless when it comes to search. Hal Varian explains on the official Google blog: Over the years,…

Weekend Minis – Online Video, Visualization Types, Poverty, Digital Life

For your long, relaxing weekend, enjoy some long, relaxing reading.

A Lesson in Recycling Chartjunk as Junk Art

In this age of abundant data, it is technically challenging to infuse graphics with as much of it as possible.

Understanding Data, Not Just the Realm of Scientists in Ivory Towers

This guest post is by Hadley Wickham, a Statistics PhD candidate and a part of the GGobi team. He answers my question -- "What is data and why should we…

Showing Historical & Cultural Connections and Mapping Influence

This guest post is by Mike Love, and he answers my question -- "What is data and why should we care about it?" Instead of answering in the general case,…

Increasing Data Literacy Across the General Public With Truth and Beauty

Matthew Hurst, from Microsoft Live Labs and the co-creator of BlogPulse, answers my question - "What is data and why should we care about it?" In writing this brief article,…

Data Makes Reasonable Decision-making Possible

This guest post is by Andrew Gelman from Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science. He answers the question - "What is data and why should we care about it?"…

May the Data Be With You, Young Skywalker

Change the word 'force' to 'data' in your favorite Star Wars quotes, and you'll suddenly understand what I mean by flowing data.