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Visualize This: Signed copies available

Quick announcement: I have a handful of signed Visualize This copies available in case you're looking for a gift for that data geek cousin or you're up for some learning…

Visualize This: Price Fluctuations

It's been about three months since Visualize This came out, and in case you haven't gotten your hands on a copy yet, now might be a good time to get…

Life expectancy changes

I played around with D3 some more. This time I used data from The World Bank to look at life expectancy over time and by country. The data goes back…

Who does all the text messaging? Young adults by far.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project published the results of their texting study, showing that young adults text more than anyone else. The report refers to a lot of…

How do Americans spend their days?

One of my favorite data graphics is an interactive piece by The New York Times that shows how Americans spend their day, based on the American Time Use Survey (ATUS).…

Visualize This: Spotted in the wild

It's been about a month since Visualize This came out, but it took a while for it to sink in. I mean, I don't feel like, as my wife likes…

Brand sentiment showdown

There are many brands on Twitter that exist to uphold an image of the company they represent. As consumers, we can communicate with these accounts, voicing praise or displeasure (usually…

Visualize This: eBook formats and sample chapter

Last week I announced the release of Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics, and I have to admit: I was addicted to the listing on Amazon,…

Visualize This: Published

Right now, at this very moment, I have an actual physical book on my desk, with my name on it, that says Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization,…

Where the aliens are flying their UFOs

I came across some UFO sightings data on Infochimps, from the National UFO Reporting Center, and it seemed like a good excuse to mess around in R. I was just…

Visualize This: Preview

Some little birds told me that they received their "coming soon" notifications from Amazon about Visualize This. Exciting. (Thanks, pre-orderees :). I just got the PDF of the book not…

Largest data breaches of all time

As I'm sure you know, Sony has been having all sorts of data breach problems lately — namely a million passwords from the Sony Pictures site, 77 million accounts from…

Visualize This: Brainstorming book ideas

When I first got the opportunity to write a book, I was excited about it, and then I had to figure out what I was going to write about. Data…

Seven year itch: When do people get married and divorced?

The United States Census Bureau just released results from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) on marriage and divorce, and my wife and I just celebrated an anniversary…

Geographic breakdown: Where do major airlines fly?

Ever since seeing the Facebook friendship map and later, the map of scientific collaboration, I've been looking for an excuse to play with great circles. So I thought, why not…

Visualize This: From my editor

Thanks for yet another very enjoyable chapter. If I had known statistics would be like this, I would have actually taken classes. This is from my editor for Visualize This.…

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),…

Are gas prices really that high?

Since we're on the subject of US gas prices, let's take a look at how they compare to the rest of the world. Having talked to some of my international…

Watching the growth of Costco warehouses

Costco is one of the best stores ever. It's got everything you need in gigantic volumes and more, so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled on some store…

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…