Best of FlowingData – April 2011

I can’t believe it’s already May. This year is whizzing by. During these past couple of months, there’s been good progress on the book, and we just passed 50k subscribers. Pretty cool. Thank you for spreading the word about FlowingData, sharing on Twitter and Facebook, etc, and passing interesting links my way. I appreciate it.

In case you’re new or missed them, here are the most popular posts from the last two months.

  1. History of the world in 100 seconds, according to Wikipedia
  2. Are gas prices really that high?
  3. Entire movies compressed into single barcodes
  4. Sorting algorithms demonstrated with Hungarian folk dance
  5. Daily schedule of Benjamin Franklin
  6. Vincent van Gogh paintings as pie charts
  7. Gallons of stuff that cost more than gasoline
  8. Women’s dress sizes demystified
  9. More proportions and cocktails
  10. Who spends the most years in retirement?

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Famous Movie Quotes as Charts

In celebration of their 100-year anniversary, the American Film Institute …

19 Maps That Will Blow Your Mind and Change the Way You See the World. Top All-time. You Won’t Believe Your Eyes. Watch.

Many lists of maps promise to change the way you see the world, but this one actually does.

Visualizing the Uncertainty in Data

Data is an abstraction, and it’s impossible to encapsulate everything it represents in real life. So there is uncertainty. Here are ways to visualize the uncertainty.

Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.