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?
First, lynchings were a country-wide phenomenon. There’s a only a handful of states in the northeast that didn’t have any. That also makes me wonder about whether they were reported properly there. Stuff like 8 lynchings in Montana (!!!) is really shocking. When you see that you wonder if it was a message to blacks to just not even go to that state?
Second, lynchings definitely follow state borders, indicating that this was a self-enforcement issue. In particular, Alabama, in the heart of the old South has fewer lynchings than Georgia or Mississippi. To me this suggests that the state authorities in Alabama were more likely to prosecute those involved.
Third, there are also county-level effects. Many counties are clusters of lynchings, while their neighboring counties show few or no lynchings. The “black belt” still exists, and was much denser then, but it isn’t immediately obvious on this map.
JT sent a link to the site Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks. It’s a mashup of 1) Google maps, 2) census tract borders, and 3) median income statistics – all presented as a chloropleth.
It’s an interesting idea, and a great start, but I think it’s of limited usefulness in its current fineness.
I looked over the places I’ve lived: 4 in the Buffalo suburbs, 2 in Tuscaloosa, 1 in Salt Lake City, 2 in New Orleans, and 1 in Cedar City (comprising 9 different census tracts).
What I found was that only 5 of those tracts were homogenous enough to be representative of where I lived. The rest are too large geographically, with borders determined by convenience rather than reality. Perhaps they ought to ask the people going door-to-door where one neighborhood ends, and another begins, instead of telling them from a windowless office somewhere in the D.C. metro area.
One interesting thing I did find is that, apparently I’ve always chosen neighborhoods where my income was well above the median. I’m not sure what that says about me though.
The entire set of budget outlays is laid out in blocks. The cabinet level spending amounts are in big rectangles, and the subdivisions of those are the smaller rectangles on the inside.
What I don’t like about this graph is the emphasis. To me, the primary factor is which spending accounts can actually be cut. It is secondary whether programs have gotten bigger or smaller; what good is it to know that something has gotten bigger when you can’t cut it if you want to.
So, for me, the primary thing to look at is found by clicking on the “Hide Mandatory Spending” button. Click that, and most of the chart goes white. This shows that most of the budget is actually untouchable. Click it again, and it all comes back.
Personally, I don’t like the default coloring. It shows which programs are growing (greener) and which are getting smaller (pinker or even marooner). When you click on the button to show the 2010 budget, the shading goes away. Click back on the 2011 budget button, and the shading does accentuate the blocks that have changed. Cool, but this is of secondary importance.
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