Data Underload

People worry about data overload. I say fooey. Maybe we just need to look at it differently.

  • The Most Regional Names in US History

    It was a challenge to choose a name for my son, someone who wasn’t born yet, because I didn’t know where to start amongst hundreds of thousands of choices. So…

  • Pizza Place Geography

    Most of the major pizza chains are within a 5-mile radius of where I live, so I have my pick, but I usually order from whatever place is closest to…

  • 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 always been predominantly male, such as Frank and Joseph, and…

  • 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 stereotypes, and even the insecurities of age. Do we see…

  • In search of food deserts

    Last time I looked at where major grocery stores are across the United States. Where you shop for groceries changes depending on what region you live in, but hunger and…

  • Doctor timeline for Doctor Who

    I have yet to see a full episode of Doctor Who, “the longest-running science fiction television show in the world” but it was apparently really big news that Peter Capaldi…

  • The Most Trendy Names in US History

    Names are incredibly personal things. It’s how we identity ourselves. We associate others, places, and points in our past with names. Maybe you recall a family member, a celebrity, or…

  • Grocery store geography

    I’ve been poking around grocery store locations, courtesy of AggData, the past few days. There’s a grocery store just about everywhere you go in the United States, because, well, we…

  • What the Sexes Want, in Speed Dating

    A few years ago I downloaded speed dating data from experiments conducted by Raymond Fisman, et al. (2005), which represents about 8,000 dates by 551 people. On each date, people…

  • The real A/C repair schedule

    My central air conditioner started to suck about a month ago, so I called A/C repair. It took them five appointments, four to assess the problem and one to fix…

  • What 3-D pie charts are good for

    3-D pie charts are never a good idea? Ha. You just got served.…

  • Why I Want to Quit Cable

    There are good reasons to cancel cable, but there were a few channels and programs that kept me on. When you look at it in dollars though, it's hard to justify the value for the cost.

  • What costs more in 2011?

    After seeing this article and graphic on the rising cost of food in The New York Times week in review, I was curious about how prices for other stuff has…

  • Who spends the most years in retirement?

    Early retirement. That’s what most people want, unless you’re lucky enough to love working. When you have the luxury of retiring early though, why not take advantage? According to OECD…

  • In land of YouTube dislikes, Justin Bieber rules

    Happy Friday, everyone. If you’ll allow me, I’d like to take a moment to talk about something serious. In a move I believe is best for everyone (but mostly me),…

  • Valentine’s Day importance

    (This might look a little different for men and women.) Long before any relationship begins, Valentine’s Day is just another Hallmark holiday to take your money, but then that special…

  • States with the most and fewest firearms murders

    According to 2009 numbers reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, DC, Louisiana, Alabama, Maryland, and MIssissippi had the highest rates of firearms murders. On the opposite side of the…

  • Happy Turkey Day

    Happy Thanksgiving! Eat lots and lots and lots. Rest. Then eat more.…

  • Data Underload #24 – My Candy

    One pound for them. Nine pounds for you. Happy Halloween. Watch out for flaming bags of dog poo on your doorstep.…

  • Do Movie Sequels Live Up to Their Originals?

    The third installment of Pixar’s Toy Story is making a killing at the box office (rightfully so, because it’s Pixar-tastic), but not all trilogies have the same luck. They can’t…

  • Data Underload #21: Exit Strategy

    If my wife, the physician, has taught me anything, it’s that everything that has to do with the human body has a medical term or classification for it – and…

  • Data Underload: One Thousand Posts

    On June 25, 2007 I published the first FlowingData post. Today, here is the one thousandth. I asked what I should do for this special occasion and pretty much everyone…

  • Data Underload #19: First Date vs. Reality TV First Date

    Want more? Catch other Data Underloads.…

  • Data Underload #18 – Sleep Schedule

    According to WebMD, for 1- to 4-week-olds: “Since newborns do not yet have an internal biological clock, or circadian rhythm, their sleep patterns are not related to the daylight and…

  • Data Underload #17: Famous Movie Quotes, p. 2

    Carpe diem. Seize the data, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.…

  • Data Underload #16 – What’s that smell?

    It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.…

  • Data Underload #15 – Life Simile

    You never know what you gonna get. Life is also known to be like: a box of crayons, a park, a taxi, the surf, falling in love, a bowl of…

  • Data Underload #14 – Popeil Pitch

    As corny as the Ronco infomercials are, you can’t help but stop and watch late at night. It’s all about the “set it, and forget it” showtime rotisserie. Here’s to…

  • Data Underload #13 – Corned Beef Recipe

    For as far back as I can remember, I've always had corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day, or at least on the week of.

  • Data Underload #12 – Famous Movie Quotes

    Here's looking at you, data point.