The Perfect Chart

The perfect chart can convery a world of meaning on two axis. 

The perfect chart contains no more than five categories.

The perfect chart launches a discussion of action.

The perfect doesn’t contain fuscia.

The perfect chart doesn’t exist as a template in MS Office or iWorks.

The perfect chart has clear patterns that are clear as day and night.

The perfect chart is as beautiful as the Mona Lisa.

The perfect chart doesn’t exist for 90% of the publications on the market today.

The perfect chart leaves you awe-inspired.

When was the last time your reporting department produced the perfect chart?

Track Mouse Activity On Your Computer | FlowingData

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I love visualizations and I love understanding human behavior. Anytime I can get both in one tool, graphic, sentence, etc my heart skips a beat. So when I saw this post @FlowingData, I got really excited. You can even download an app to make your own visualization! cheers! http://flowingdata.com

Visualizing Music Listening Patterns

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Seems like every time I surf the net, I am always finding new visualizations and info-graphics that someone created to illustrate some obscure part of our lives.  

Recently, I found Last.FM Explorer, a web-based charting tool that will help the Last.FM user analyze their listening behavior.  You can track music tags, artists and tracks in either a stacked area chart or a stacked line chart.  

Attached is the visualization I created using my own Last.FM username.  While I am not surprised to see so much hardstyle, I am surprised to see how much my listening has dropped off in recent weeks.  Sure I have been busy, but usually when I get busy, I listen to music… wrong! 

I also like to see the variation in tags, everything from hardstyle, jazz, classical, hip-hop, to trance and cello, quite an array.  

This is a very cool tool, especially for us geeks! 

if you are a Last.FM user, head over to the Last.FM Explorer website, drop in your username and check out your patterns. If you post your charts to a website, please share a link in a comment below, my readers and I would love to see them. 

Cheers! 

Visual Thinking, Mind Mapping, Design and more: The Cycle of Life

Humoristic and creative visualization about the Cycle of Life found in Lunchbreath’s Flickr Gallery

Very cool way to humorously visualize the connection between poorness and fatness. Check out some of the other visual-mapping greatness at their site.

Week 51.2009 Triathlon Training Chart

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Week 51 of 2009 was my toughest triathlon training week yet and it had a few milestones. 

1) It is the first time I’ve run 8-miles!  Yes, I almost into the double digit run workouts. 
2) It is the first time I’ve biked up Ortega Ridge Rd in Montecito, going from sea level to 500+ feet.  Awesome ride.
3) It was also the first week that I swam more than one lap in the pool with the forward crawl stroke.
4) The first week in more than two months where I’ve had all four workout types: swim, bike, run, strength.

While this week was tough, it was fabulously productive. I feel great exiting this week and am looking forward to a lighter recovery week next week. 

For more of my triathlon training and race results, click here.