Catfishing Data

The above graph was on the Georgia Department of Public Health site and it shows the top 5 counties with the greatest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. At first glance, it appears that their case counts have been on the decline. That's great news! Except that it's not quite correct. Look closely and you'll see... Continue Reading →

A Literal Pie Chart

I'm so excited! 314 Pie just delivered my dinner and it's baking as I write this. I ordered several different pies and was wondering how I was going to tell them apart. Then I noticed some shapes on the top of the crust - diamonds, rectangle and a triangle. Their cooking instructions showed the legend:... Continue Reading →

Is it me or a toxic teammate?

Yesterday wasn't a good day. I work on a small "team". We don't really interact as a team ought to. We end up working in silos because that is the path of least resistance. We lack any cross training, change control process, and basic communication. One developer deployed code into production without informing anyone. It... Continue Reading →

Perspective

Today, President Trump tweeted¬†out an image of a map with county shapes that looked Republican red. I was curious where this map originated from. There was an article back in 2016 by the Washington Post that provided some perspective. This was by county, the 2016 election results. However, the FLAT red county level map doesn't... Continue Reading →

Tableau Quick Tip: Show ALL Labels

I was trying to play with the hex map concept. But I noticed my state abbreviations were only showing up on a handful of my marks. I discovered that you can simply click on Label in the Marks card and select "Allow labels to overlap other marks": And boom! All labels are now on display.

Road Trip with Google Maps

My daughter got accepted to a summer program at MIT for women in engineering. So we thought since we'll already be on the east coast, why not extend the trip into exploring colleges in the Northeast. Now, being from the Pacific Northwest, my geography skills for anything east of the Rockies starts to get a... Continue Reading →

Fill in the Blank

I've climbed Rainier a couple of times and there were a few crevasses we had to cross. Some were just a mere jump, others were wider and had to be crossed with a ladder.¬† Got me thinking about crevasses in data and how you might want to fill in those crevasses with the last known... Continue Reading →

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