January 22nd, 2009 by Dan Meyer
I was shocked, frankly, we had twenty entries last year to what was a pretty demanding competition. I'm pushing my luck a second time only because I'm enjoying a fairly transcendent experience designing my own, the kind of happy nerdery you can't keep to yourself, you know?
I mean, this bar chart is sharp as a blade, right? Any guesses what month my long-distance girlfriend became my close-distance wife?
That's one of, like, sixteen visualizations I'm working on. We're looking for four. Possible data sources:
- events recorded in your calendar,
- blog statistics,
- last.fm / iTunes statistics,
- credit card / bank statements,
- cell phone records,
- cocomment / commentful / disqus
- Google Reader trends.
And, for the love, do not neglect PivotTables, your best offense against huge piles of data.