Friday Freebies: 5 Copies of Applied Security Visualization

Applied Security VisualizationWe passed the 20k-subscriber mark last week. Very cool, and a tiny bit scary at the same time. Thank you everyone for reading and spreading the word about FlowingData. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m looking forward to what the next few months brings.

Anyways, I’ve found that the best way to celebrate these types of milestones is with some free stuff :). Plus it’s Friday.

Applied Security Visualization

I have five free copies of Applied Security Visualization to give away. While the book is geared towards network security, the principles behind each chapter can certainly be applied to other types of visualization. The book also includes free software for visualizing networks and assessing security.

How to Win

Super easy. Just leave a comment below that says what you’re thankful for. You are not allowed to say you are thankful for free stuff, wise guy. Do this by Sunday, September 6, 2009, 8pm EST. Comments will then close, and I will randomly select five winners. One entry per person please. Good luck!

Update: I forgot about Labor Day. Extending the entry deadline to Monday, Sept. 7, 8pm EST.


  • Love your website and follow you on twitter under the @mathaix label. I have been regularly RT your tweets, even #ff if you check.
    True fan. I deserve the book :-)

  • I am thankful for my beautiful 16 month old daughter. Nothing else matters.

  • Alas your twitter and website w/ stuff you’ve shared with us was free so we perhaps can’t mention it. ;_; So I’ll mention my flashlight that I got for probably under $5 when stationed in Indiana in the early 90s. It still works and has done a wonderful job over the years. I’m very thankful for it. Thank you Flashlight, I love you so much.

  • thankful for ‘hope’. among many other things.

  • i’m thankful for the many ways these words you string together bend my mind, and hopefully one day i’ll find a beautiful visualization to honor these knowledge gifts.

  • I am thankful for my beautiful 18 month old twins

  • Thank you for being an source of inspiration.

  • I’m thankful for the never ending supply of cool stuff to see, do, and learn about that the world reliably delivers.

  • I’m thankful for all the inspiration and new ideas I got from a chance meeting list night. Talk to people!

  • I am thankful for the support of my gf in trying times.

  • I am thankful to be blessed with 4 wonderful children, a loving wife and parents. And although I am not fully ‘there’ yet, I believe I stumbled upon FlowingData for a reason – to learn new and interesting things. Thanks Nathan!

  • I’m thankful for life.

  • Whenever I see a great work of visualization, I’m thankful that I still have my sight.

  • Does Beautiful Braille also count?

  • I’m thankful that I get to work a job that is what I want to be doing on my own in my free time.

  • I’m thankful that there are people smarter than me willing to share what they know and help me understand.

  • I am thankful for sites like FlowingData that are generous with the knowledge they share.

    Even if only reinforces further that I have a lot to learn. :-)

  • I am thankful that I haven’t been laid off.

  • Simply, really like every post.
    Precisely, eight from ten :-).
    Very good stuff, very good ideas.
    Thank you.

  • I am thankful for friends and family.

  • I am thankful for the kind folks, like FlowingData here, who share and promote research in visualization. It’s much easier to send students to blogs than it is to get them to go to the library!

  • I’m thankful for my (working pair of) eyes. Seriously. Strange as it sounds, the thought crosses my mind constantly.

  • I am thankful for Python. I used to write my visualization software in C/C++ and it took weeks to debug. Now with new, interpreted languages, I can go from data to graph/chart in an hour.

  • I’m thankful for George Dubya! Without which, we would not have had such a yearning for Hope and Change…


  • Thankful for free access to information on any topic under the sun, and for the bloggers and writers who put it out there.

    …and for the start of the NFL season next week. Go Packers.

  • I’m super thankful for all the great resources on the internet re: data visualization.

  • I am thankful to live in an age when so much information and data is available to freely consume, and for a site like this that constantly provides me with hope that it’s possible to digest that flood of data without being consumed by it (or going insane, or just giving up…).

  • I want to give thanks to my dog for making me get up every morning.

  • I am thankful for the vast amount of information available out there every day.

  • I’m thankful for my two daughters. They amaze me and make me laugh every day.

  • i’m thankful for being able to learn every day

  • I am thankful for progress; for the people who sit in a room and don’t leave until they’ve come up with something useful and well-designed.

  • I’m thankful for my family — especially my husband, my two daughters and my parents.

  • Bryan Beshore September 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I am thankful for my health!

  • Thankful for the internet…

  • I’m thankful for the Internet as a never-ending source of information.

  • I’m most thankful of all to my Mum for fighting to get me and my sister the opportunities that she never had – it might sound like something you’ve heard a thousand times before, but I really do get a lump in my throat any time I start thinking about what she’s done for me, which probably isn’t often enough.

  • Congratulations on passing the 20-k subscriber mark! I’ve been a subscriber for almost a year and I always enjoy reading the posts. I’m thankful for sites like this one that provide awesome articles.

  • I’m thankful for opportunities to think.

    • I’m thankful for the future of data scientists (I think) — and that when I grow up I’ll be able to get paid (I hope) to do something fun!

  • I’m thankful for my parents for providing me with food, shelter, and the education that I’m currently in the middle of.

  • I am thankful for free and open source software!

  • I’m thankful for all the visual data which keeps my day interesting.

  • I’m thankful for breathing and living, everyday, for the books i read, the people i met, the trees that makes O2 for me, every single thing makes my life happen.

  • I am grateful to books, not just the one I have a chance of winning for free.

  • i’m thankful for all the inspiration that this site provides

  • anima sana in corpore sano

  • I am thankful for the shoulders on which I stand when I peer over the wall of numbers and into the realm of knowledge. I am thankful for people like Ronald Fischer, William Sealy Gosset, Edgar F. Codd, and all the other countless researchers, scientists, statisticians, engineers, software developers, graphic designers and thinkers who built (and continue to build) the tools we use today. Without them, I’d never have gotten past mean median and mode.

  • I’m thankful for my wonderful friends.

  • thankful for google and all its ‘wisdom’

  • I am thankful for technology and having the ability to be on another continent and able to view these amazing illustrations of relevant data. It always amazes me that boring spreadsheets are useful but lack imagination, Data has become beautiful to watch and even more relevant.

  • I’m thankful for people willing to call ‘bull data’ on beautiful but otherwise useless and misleading data visualizations.

  • I’m thankful for the chance to learn something useful

  • I am thankful for all forms of quality information visualization software, it helps me and my collages sift through vast quantities of threat information to help secure our country.

  • I’m thankful for a good internet connectio. . .

  • I am thankful for the Labor Day Cape Code traffic I’m about to sit in…

  • I’m thankful for data.

  • Today I am thankful for the professional people in my circle who truly care about my success, for a husband who thinks I’m beautiful no matter how much weight I’ve gained, and for the opportunity to share some time with 4 ‘high risk’ young women this weekend.

  • Thanks for the flowing data!

  • I’m thankful I found this blog. Seriously, not just sucking up for the free book. I love this place.

  • Thank you for searching the web to find great visualizations of interesting data. :)
    It’s great to see visual data after reading pages and pages of text.

  • Thanks Flowing Data! You guys continually raise the bar. Every time I think I’m slicing and dicing my data in a clear and comprehensible way, you guys post something and I realize it could all be a whole lot clearer.

  • I’m thankful for the multitude of great open source tools for creating visualizations.

  • Mitch Garcia September 4, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I’m thankful for forgiveness and for resotred community after forgivenes is given.

  • i’m thankful for rss feeds

  • Thankful for summer evenings, spent with friends, fresh grilled meat and vegetables, and worthwhile conversation.

  • I’m thankful for losing a few pounds after using

  • i’m thankful for my obsession with infographics.

  • I am thankful for every moment

  • Thankful for my wife and children!

  • Thanks for afterglow and the new art of secviz


  • I am thankful for an abundance of blessings in my family’s life.

  • I’m thankful for the computer age. Now I’m controlled by computers, instead of women.

  • I’m thankful for technology that still fascinates me and makes the 40+ hours a week of work fun.

  • I’m thankful for information conveyed beautifully, be that through a picture worth far more than a thousand words or the sincere gaze of my wife or children that informs me I’m loved.

    P.S. I’ve been following flowing data for 1 week, on the suggestion of google reader; definitely a winning recommendation.

  • I am thankful to have extended my virginity for at least 5 years due to the interwebs, but I am mostly thankful that it was worth it any second.


  • As a Cubs fan, I’m thankful that there is always next year!

  • thankful i am for second chances.

  • Thankful for long weekends and the chance to learn something new and interesting every day.

  • I’m thankful I have a place to sleep and food on the table.

  • Wow, a lot of comments. If it’s free, it’s me, I guess. I’m thankful that I have a bookcase that’s big enough for all the other data visualization books that I’ve bought.

  • transposition September 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I am thankful for illness (I am in medicine), as well as the rare opportunity to heal.

  • I am thankful that apples and peanut butter are both foods cheap enough for a grad student to afford, because they are delicious!

  • Thankful for being healthy, found my love, and thankful of having ability to give & contribute

    thankful coffee is cheap and legal :)

  • I am thankful for people who question everything around them and work in the world of factual information. I am even more thankful to see my children develop into that type of person. Until they start questioning me…

  • Thank God for life

  • I’m thankful for all the people that give free food to the grad students.

  • I’m thankful for getting a free book and show off in my office

  • In the data realm, I’m thankful for the Excel 2007 format as table function, and the summarize as pivot table feature. I can do a download and have a pivot table in 4 clicks now.

  • Monica Farkas September 5, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I’am thankful because my brother is healing.

  • I am oh so thankful for open source and the spirit that drives it. Am also thankful for this website and all it has taught me.
    Thanks for this great (growing) little community!

  • I’m thankful for reading RSS feeds on saturday mornings.

  • I am thankful every sunny moment

  • Rainer Feldmann September 5, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I am thankful for customers who value my work.

  • I am thankfull for the books of the south-african writer John Coetzee.

  • I’m thankful to have found this place. Good stuff — keep it up.

  • I am thankful for the most beautiful wife and a son that looks like her.

  • Very inspiring to read the comments of so many thankful people!

    My thanks are in multiple parts and a bit off the beaten path here.

    From 2002-2006 my wife and I lived and worked in Afghanistan. One of the projects we helped to launch was Pajhwok Afghan News, the country’s largest independent news agency. When Pajhwok first launched to provide news, written by a team of professionally trained Afghan journalists from an Afghan perspective, about the country’s Constitutional Loya Jirga and the first Presidential Elections in 2004, no one knew if they would last. Years later, Pajhwok accepted the 2008 International Press Freedom Award, and this year defied the government’s reporting ban to provide unmatched coverage of this year’s troubled elections.

    So, with that in mind:

    1. I am thankful to the tireless staff of Pajhwok for reporting the news in spite of violence, death threats, and the occasional killing of their journalists, so that we can have a clear view of events on the ground;
    2. I am thankful that during the elections, Pajhwok finally started to get the recognition of international agencies to match the great reputation inside the country that they have earned; and
    3. I am especially thankful to the coalition and ISAF troops and their efforts to provide Afghans the freedom to rebuild their own war-torn country … especially those, in this most deadly year, who have paid the ultimate price doing what we all sent them there to do.

    And thanks to everyone for reading this. Have a great holiday!

    Tom Willard

  • I am grateful for being able to walk and for my family. I am thankful for being able to study and learn.

  • ..and i’m thankful for having internet :)

  • Gratitude! My favorite!

    I’m grateful for my health. It’s the single most important thing in life. I don’t care how much money you have, if you have health problems, you would trade every penny to be healthy.

  • thanks 4 all and for colorfull graphs

  • Thanks for the chance for free stuff, and the great articles as well.

  • I’m grateful for Tom Willard – that’s amazing stuff man. Keep it up.

  • I am thankful for good company.

  • thankful for some good blogs

  • I’m thankful for all the great resources on your site

  • I’m a reader from Japan.
    I’m thankful for all the cutting-edge visuzlizations on this site. Looking at those beautiful visualiztions soothe the mind … Arigato-gozaimasu!

  • I am very grateful for all the help anyone has ever given me in the forums. It reassures me that people are kind and are willing to help a stranger.

  • I would say that I’m thankful for all the great visualization and data analysis tools that I’ve found over the last six months. But really, I ought to say that I’m thankful for the sites that led me to them. FlowingData is certainly one of the best!

    (when I think of the amount of time I used to spend in Excel. . . . dang!)

  • I am thankful for the inherent love and beauty of this world.

  • Seems like a neat book — Do you think the principles go across all visualization? Or just those related to networking?

  • I am very grateful that you extended the deadline for these friday freebies from the usual single day period because the last 2 days I was at PyCon :)

  • Is it still Sunday?

  • I hope I have shot at winning this book!

  • I didn’t do that last post right. I’m thankful for decent health and the ability to do more good than harm

  • I’m thankful for my flatmates. They’re awesome.

  • I’m thankful for the internet! My never-ending source of answers.

    And for my incredible group of friends – my new family.

  • I’m thankful for a job I love, but also very thankful for a day away from it. :)

  • I’m thankful there are sites like this that provide a lot of great ideas, and also thankful you extended the deadline :-D

  • Damn it…I missed the deadline :)

  • Oh my, I commented too fast. I`m so thankful for the extended deadline :) and for making data visualization more popular.