When we talk about how well off you are, the big variables are income, how much you have to work and commute to get that income, and to some extent what degree you have.
These are all wrapped up in some pretty cool visualizations at the post called “Work Counts” at Flowing Data (yes, you have to click through to see them).
In my case, about 37K people in the U.S. (that’s about 0.01% of the population) match my parameters: Ph.D., second highest income category, working just over 40 hours per week, and having a very short commute.
I don’t necessarily agree with the rankings. Not because it makes my dogs look bad (it doesn’t), but because the number of categories used is smaller than the sample of dog breeds. To non-statisticians, this is a technical way of saying that the rankings are arbitrary.
Anyway, I like the way intelligence is shown, although a small number of dogs are shown in a 3/4 position, and I’m not sure that’s showing the data or is chartjunk.
I also like the shading of dog types, although until you’ve lived with different kinds, I’m not sure that this means much to people. I’ve mostly had herding dogs, and our terrier is quite different. And don’t get me started about the two sporting dogs we used to have: it was like living with that dog from the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons.
FWIW: We recently went back and got our third Shetland Sheepdog (aka “Sheltie”). Highly recommended. I am greatly amused that this one walks like the other two did. Shelties can and do run. But they have this determined way of walking around when they think no one is watching that I find endlessly fascinating to spy upon.
A few months back, I suggested something like this in an e-mail to the folks at Information Is Beautiful. They’d already done something like this, but they updated it. Kudos for reading and responding!
The reason most flus seem to come from East Asia, is that its common to raise both pigs and ducks in this region.
And, the reason that most infections don’t work this way is body temperature. Most viruses are linked to a fairly specific body temperature — and when they jump species they fail in the warmer or colder environment. The difference with the flu is its ability to survive in more than one hosts body temperature range.
Can you tell we’re watching Contagion and Outbreak on TV at our house this month?
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