Projects

Results of a restless mind late at night.

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.…