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xkcd: U.S. of movie backgrounds


xkcd sectioned the United States by the background in movies. Because xkcd. Tags: movies, xkcd

Quantified email

There were a couple of similar quantified self articles last week about email. They're both joke-ish but kind of interesting with a this-is-kind-of-pointless undercurrent.

Really slow speed of light

The "speed of light" typically means "really fast" but when it's relative to the scale of the universe, maybe not so much.

Sponsor: Beer, Pizza & Data Science →


Metis, known for their data science bootcamps in New York City, is holding a Data Science Open House the evening of Wednesday, April 29.

Married couple tax bonuses and penalties


Using calculations by Nick Kasprak from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Kyle Pomerleau from Tax Foundation, Amanda Cox shows tax penalties and bonuses for married couples.

[Members Only] How to Make Dot Plots in R


It's easy to draw dots. The challenge is to make them meaningful and readable. Continue reading →

Why study statistics

In their continued efforts to present statistics as a field that doesn't suck, the American Statistical Association provides this pitch video.

LEGO explainer: Taxes and income inequality

LEGOs make everything better. David Wessel for Brookings Institution explains how federal taxes play a role in decreasing the income gap.

It’s All Greek (or Chinese or Spanish or…) to Me


In English, there's an idiom that notes confusion: "It's all Greek to me." Other languages have similar sayings, but they don't use Greek as their point of confusion, and of course there's a Wikipedia page for that.

Estimated number of Game of Thrones readers who have died


We know there are a lot of deaths in Game of Thrones, but how does this related to real life? As fans eagerly wait for the next book in the series by George R.

Asteroid database


Asterank is an asteroid database maintained by Ian Webster, an engineer at Google. It contains information for over 600,000 asteroids.

A tall graphic to show Mt. Everest scale


Mt. Everest is a tall mountain. How tall is it?? Glad you asked. The Washington Post has a tall scrolling graphic to help you understand the scale of the world's tallest mountain.

Color use in paintings, by year


Martin Bellander saw some projects that extracted color from movie posters and trailers, and he grew curious about paintings.

Cocktail construction chart


Remember that engineer's guide to drinks a while back? I think this one pre-dates it. But, the best part is that you can download it from the National Archives Catalog, and for some reason the creator is listed as the Forest Service from the Department of Agriculture.

Dick pics, privacy, and the NSA

Did you watch the latest Last Week Tonight with John Oliver yet? You should. It's on government surveillance, presented in a way that's relevant and entertaining for all.

California water use per capita, by district


Matthew Bloch and Haeyoun Park for the New York Times mapped, for about 400 water districts, how much water Californians use per capita on a daily basis.

Gallons of water to produce foods


With all the talk recently about how much water it takes to grow almonds, Kyle Kim for the Los Angeles Times took a quick look at home many gallons of water it takes on average to produce other foods.

Every Game of Thrones death


I hear there's a show called "Game of Thrones" on the T.V., where a lot of people die and there is much of the sex.

State Income Tax Brackets


I'm sure you finished your taxes months ago, but here's a chart of the tax brackets and rates in all the states in case you're interested.

Gestalt principles for visualization


Gestalt refers to our ability to see a whole from the parts, and it's why visualization works. Otherwise, we wouldn't see patterns (or lack of them).


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