Results of a restless mind late at night.

Data Points: Preview

This appeared at my door today. It’s awesome. I suspect those who pre-ordered Data Points (thanks!) should receive their copies soon.…

Data Points: What it’s like to write a book

As the publication of Data Points nears, I’m excited to hold it in my hands just like I was the first time. It feels weird to say that. In college,…

Data Points: First look

For the past year, I’ve been working on Data Points: Visualization that Means Something, and you can pre-order it now. Visualization has grown a lot in the 5-something years I’ve…

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.…

Girls expected to live shorter lives in some counties?

We've seen life expectancy at the country and state levels, but the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation recently released life expectancy data at the county level.

Gender wage gap, how much less women make than men

Three or four articles on the gender wage gap popped up on my radar last week, some focusing on the rise of women as the lead household earner and others on how much less women make. I took a look.

Changing face of plastic surgery

Many people aren’t happy with their face or body, and a proportion of those turn to plastic surgery to try to alleviate their displeasure. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons…

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.

Where are the biggest box office movies (not) streaming?

After seeing Tristan Louis' list that tallied the streaming availability of 2011's top 100 box office hits, I was curious what it looked like graphically.

Vehicles involved in fatal crashes

After seeing a map in The Guardian, I was curious about what other data was available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. It turns out there's a lot.

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

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.

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…