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Statistics PhD wins lottery four times

Joan R. Ginther has won the lottery four times, each time with million dollar payouts. Either she's the luckiest woman in the world, or her wins have to do with…

Interview with BBC Radio 5Live

BBC Radio 5Live has a new podcast up: Looking at ourselves. The first half takes a trip to the London Transport Museum, and in the second, I chat with Jamillah…

Custom maps in Processing

Till Nagel teaches you how to design custom maps in Processing with TileMill. Could come in handy one day. Saving for later. [via]…

Billionaires, apples, and other things

The World's Billionaires — Forbes publishes their annual list of the world's richest people. Four of the top ten are from the US, but the richest man in the world…

How to have an idea

Designer Frank Chimero describes how to have an idea with back-of-the-napkin sketches. "Creative people romanticize mistakes and process. But there is no process if you don't start. No one crumples…

Scrapers dig deep for data on the Web

In their continuation of what online marketers know about you, the Wall Street Journal reports on groups scraping pages and services to reveal identities and link pseudonyms to real names.…

The simple truth about statistics

Matt Parker explains why no one should be fooled by a misuse of statistics just like no one was fooled by "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."…

Weekend Fodder – Death and Taxes

Death and Taxes: 2011 poster - Jess' annual look at government spending has hit the shelves. Use the code 'flowingdata' at checkout for buy one, get one free. 2 Girls,…

Weekend fodder – arm and a leg

Affording Health Care - Some weirdness going on with the area chart on the curve of the leg, but I like the aesthetic of the graphic overall. Wolfram Alpha shifts…

Weekend Fodder

The strange science of Francis Galton - Inspired by his cousin Charles Darwin's work, he created the statistical concept of regression and correlation, but he was one crazy dude. Also…

Weekend Fodder

How to split up the US - Geographic clusters based on social network connections on Facebook. [thx, przemek] Rise of the Infogeeks - Lots of graphic designers have taken a…

Weekend Fodder

Footprints - Every building footprint, and nothing else, in Montgomery County, Ohio. It's interesting how buildings can define an area. Data, data everywhere - The Economist reports on the explosion…

Weekend Fodder

Snake oil? Scientific evidence for health supplements - Some work as advertised. Others are just a waste of money. Cell phones show human movement predictable 93% of the time -…

Weekend Fodder: Valentine’s Geekery

Tales around the Web for everyone's favorite holiday. Obligatory Valentine's Day map - Aww, how sweet. Indiemapper sends its love in what else, map form, and even accompanied by the…

Weekend Fodder

Here are some links and stuff to chew on as you wait for the Super Bowl, in between the beer, pizza, and wings. Pink Floyd Timeline, 1960-2000 - A highly…