Results of a restless mind late at night.

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…

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,…