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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…

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…

Finding Global Agenda Councils who should work together

This past month, the World Economic Forum convened in Dubai to discuss issues on the global agenda. There are about 700 members who belong to 72 Global Agenda Councils. Before…

Happy Turkey Day

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

Making recalls and market withdrawals more accessible

Last week I found out that the FDA has a feed for all product recalls and market withdrawals since 2009 and an RSS feed with details. I did a quick…

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.…

Unemployment rates over this past year

I took a look at unemployment rates about a year ago, and I got to wondering if it's changed at all over the past year. Not really. It's still stuck…

FlowingData book in the works

You read that right. There's going to be a FlowingData book, published by the fine folks at Wiley. With all the books out there about design methods and best type…

Exploring the Reach of Firefox

Once every blue moon I like to freelance as a short break from school work, and a few months back I got an email from Mozilla that basically said, "Hey…

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.…

Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam's Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.

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…