Readers: As a young child, I loved to dye Easter Eggs. We tried to be as creative as possible and would try to make one half one color and the other half another color. Sometimes we would try to be real tricky and add a middle color, which was no easy task with the paper […]

The unique map of California, produced by the Southern Pacific Company in 1890. Click for more details The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division, New York Public Library (NYPL) has announced the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high-resolution downloads. The New York Public Library believes these maps have no known U.S. […]

Readers: As those of you who follow my blog know, I had the opportunity to see the Eiffel Tower on two different occasions last year. I even had the good fortune to have a wonderful dinner in Tour 58 on the first level of the Tower. Today is the 125th birthday of the Eiffel Tower. […]

Only at Disneyland would they tear down an old and dilapidated gold mining town in order to build a new and identical gold mining town and make it look old and dilapidated again. “The goal was to bring it back to exactly the way it was,” said David Smith of Disneyland’s facilities and maintenance department, […]

Source: Josh Marshall, Artifacts #1: The First Map of Africa, talkingpointsmemo.com, March 7, 2014, http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/artifacts-1-the-first-map-of-africa. I haven’t shown a map in a while, so I thought I would share this one posted on talkingpointsmemo.com by Josh Marshall (photo, right).  Mr. Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com. Mr. Marshall notes that the map below is believed to […]

Source: Richard S. Chang and Josh Reitz, Led Zeppelin’s ‘Black Dog’ Lyrics as a Flowchart, redbull.com, January 31, 2014, http://www.redbull.com/us/en/music/stories/1331631044382/led-zeppelins-black-dog-lyrics-as-a-flowchart.

Readers: I could not let Valentine’s Day pass without showing you this vintage Valentine’s Day card. Following today’s political correctness standards, this might be considered somewhat shocking. A girl would have to wonder what her suitor’s intentions were. This is just to hot to handle! Have a Happy Valentine’s Day! Best Regards, Michael

Readers: I will be working in New York City this week. I came across these beautiful photos of 1910 New York City. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I will be posting New York City-related data visualization stories all of this week. I hope you check back each day to see […]

In a recent TDWI article titled Analysis: MicroStrategy’s Would-Be Analytics King, Stephen Swoyer, who is a technology writer based in Nashville, TN, stated that business intelligence (BI) stalwart MicroStrategy Inc. pulled off arguably the biggest coup at Teradata Corp.’s recent Partners User Group (Partners) conference, announcing a rebranded, reorganized, and — to some extent — […]

Hello Readers: I recently found out I am one of the 2014 winners of the MicroStrategy World Dashboard Contest. I was also one of the winners last year. I get a free pass to MicroStrategy World in Las Vegas which is the last week of this month. Last year, they gave us awards too. Not sure […]