Author: Michael

  • Repost: Remembering Roy Disney

    Repost: Remembering Roy Disney

    NOTE: This blog post is a repost from December 17, 2009, from a previous site of mine. Roy Edward Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney, died Wednesday after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer at the age of 79. Roy played a key role in the revitalization of the Walt Disney Co. and Disney’s animation legacy. […]

  • DataViz History: Comparing the Titanic to a Modern Cruise Ship

    DataViz History: Comparing the Titanic to a Modern Cruise Ship

    Source: Lu, Marcus, Visualized: Comparing the Titanic to a Modern Cruise Ship, Visual Capitalist, April 15, 2021, https://www.visualcapitalist.com/visualized-comparing-the-titanic-to-a-modern-cruise-ship/. Remembering the Tragedy of the Titanic When the Titanic was completed on April 2, 1912, it was the largest and perhaps most luxurious ship in the world. The vessel could hold over 3,300 people including crew members, and boasted […]

  • DataViz as Art: The Beautiful Transistor Radio

    DataViz as Art: The Beautiful Transistor Radio

    Somewhat dating myself here, when I was a little boy, the thing we all wanted was a transistor radio. When I was 10 years old, my parents finally bought me one for $9.99, which was a lot of money in those days to spend on your kids. A transistor radio is a small portable radio […]

  • Happy Valentine’s Day! Using AI to Generate Candy Heart Messages

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Using AI to Generate Candy Heart Messages

    Source: Janelle Shane, Okay GPT-3: Candy Hearts, AI Weirdness, February 2, 2021, https://janellecshane.substack.com/p/okay-gpt-3-candy-hearts. Janelle Shane, on her blog, AI Weirdness, posted recently that she was continuing her Valentine’s Day tradition of getting huge neural nets to generate candy heart messages! The latest contender is GPT-3, which is ridiculously overpowered for the task of generating insipid two-word love messages. […]

  • The 50 Most Visited Websites in the World (Visual Capitalist)

    The 50 Most Visited Websites in the World (Visual Capitalist)

    Dorothy Neufeld, The 50 Most Visited Websites in the World, Visual Capitalist, January 27, 2021, https://www.visualcapitalist.com/the-50-most-visited-websites-in-the-world/. If you spend any time online, it’s likely you’re familiar with some of the world’s most visited websites. On today’s internet, a handful of giants have unmatched dominance. Top Three Websites (Monthly visits): Google: 92.5 billion YouTube: 34.6 billion […]

  • Political Dataviz: Executive Orders Issued by the President in their first 100 Days in Office (The Economist)

    Political Dataviz: Executive Orders Issued by the President in their first 100 Days in Office (The Economist)

    Source: The Economist, Joe Biden is taking executive action at a record pace, Daily Chart, January 22, 2021, https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2021/01/22/joe-biden-is-taking-executive-action-at-a-record-pace. Joe Biden is signing executive orders at a record pace. In his first two days in office, he has signed 17 executive orders; more executive orders than Donald Trump did in nearly two months in office. […]

  • What were the top Google searches in 2020?

    What were the top Google searches in 2020?

    Readers. 2020 has been a life changing year around the world. It was like a tsunami of events ranging from the introduction of the Coronavirus and the death and destruction in its path; racial injustice marked by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many more; the U.S. 2020 Presidential Election; the passing of […]

  • Christmas Dataviz: Disney Corporate Christmas Cards

    Christmas Dataviz: Disney Corporate Christmas Cards

    Readers, Two topics that seem to fit together like chocolate and peanut butter: Christmas and Disney. Over the years, the mouse has sent Disney Corporate Christmas Cards far and wide. These cards were usually sent to important individuals in the motion picture industry and Disney staff members —and therefore have rarely been seen by the […]

  • Tableau Community Spotlight: An Interview with Yuli Wang

    Tableau Community Spotlight: An Interview with Yuli Wang

    Yuli Wang Bio Hi, this is Yuli from China. First of all, thanks to Michael for letting me be on his blog. I was born and grew up in Shaoxin, Zhejiang, located in Eastern China. My major is Geographic Information Science in college and my first job is a GIS Data Engineer in the field […]

  • Remembering Jeremy Bulloch, the Original Boba Fett

    Remembering Jeremy Bulloch, the Original Boba Fett

    My wife and I are saddened by the loss of our friend, Jeremy Bulloch, who passed away yesterday. Jeremy played the character of Boba Fett in the original Star Wars movies, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. Jeremy became a fan favorite and appeared at numerous Star Wars conventions and other […]