How the mighty have fallen

Below is a list of how much the global markets have fallen in the past year. The highs and the lows may not coincide with the beginning and end of the one year period. Data for week ending 5-Oct-08. S&P 500 52 week low: 1,098 52 week high: 1,576 Correction: 30%...

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How the mighty have fallen

The Funniest Cartoons on Screen !!!

Posted on 04 October 2008

The Funniest Cartoons on Screen !!!
I confess that I am a big fan of animated movies. They make me laugh. Here is a list of the cartoon characters that I find the most amusing. Character: The roach Movie : Wall-E Why: Just look at the roach! PIXAR has taken care to ensure that he does everything that roaches are known to do and yet make you laugh. Just look at his antenna curled backwards. Even the body is sloped ...
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World 2020

Posted on 04 October 2008

Below are my predictions for how the world is going to look like in 2020 : 1. Electric cars would form more than 75% of all cars on the roads in Europe and more than 60% in the US. However gasoline production remains at the same level and we continue to pollute more. 2. Man would have landed on Mars. 3. Voice commands become an integral feature of Windows. The keyboard will still be around but the mouse will be replaced by touchpads ...
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Factors Affecting Real Estate Growth

Posted on 04 October 2008

Real Estate can and does appreciate. And prices can drift downwards too. I would classify the factors that decide on these movements as being: 1) Local (Distance from central business district, prevailing living conditions in that area including offices, shopping malls, parks, entertainment centers, distance from major arterial roads, distance from landmarks such as airports, town halls etc.) 2) Regional or National (Growth rate of a country, Rate of unemployment, Rise in income levels, Rise in populations segment that can afford housing, ...
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Own, Let-out or Rent – Making of a house

Posted on 21 September 2008

Own, Let-out or Rent - Making of a house
One question that comes to everybody's mind when thinking of investing in a house is whether the investment will be worth it. Over the weekend I worked out a basic model that attempts to work out the financials in three different scenarios - buying a house and occupying it, buying and letting out and thirdly, not buying a house at all. Expectedly, we can see, that buying a house may turn ...
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Going online with your excel charts

Posted on 20 September 2008

Going online with your excel charts
Excel provides a way to convert the charts in an excel workbook to a webpage. To move your charts online, select the chart and use the Save as option to save the chart as a .mht/.mhtml web page. What's more, the charts on the web page are interactive....changing values in the worksheet reflect in the chart elements. A very useful, though a little cumbersome, way of publishing chart intensive dashboards, reports and ...
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6 Easy Steps to Making an Interactive Map Chart in Excel

Posted on 14 September 2008

6 Easy Steps to Making an Interactive Map Chart in Excel
Creating interactive map charts in excel is one of the easiest things to do.....that is if you know how. I recently created this map chart showing the top 50 tropical storms to hit the Unitef States since 1900. As you move ahead in time from 1900 to 2005, the map shows the states that were hit by the storm, the damage caused, storm category and rank. It takes about 5 lines ...
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Social Network use across geographies

Posted on 14 September 2008

Social Network use across geographies
The study conducted by ethority.com points out the difference in the choice of the social networking tool across geographies. While the Germans tend to prefer Sch├╝lerVZ, Japanese prefer mixi and Russians livejournal. Facebook seems to occupy the #1 or #2 in all the geographies studied. However it would be very interesting to see their evolution over a period of time. What is certain is that the present social networks ...
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Global Traffic Map

Posted on 11 September 2008

Global Traffic Map
Telegeography carried out a study of the global internet traffic. Some very informative charts are available on the site including this one. The US continues to be the hub of global traffic.
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Tracking mouse movements in Excel

Posted on 11 September 2008

Tracking mouse movements in Excel
I wrote this small program that tracks the movement of the mouse in excel. The program uses an image to return the mouse X,Y coordinates. The shape that follows the mouse changes its attributes as it passes through various points in space. You can download the file here.
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Another one from the Tao of Programming

Posted on 10 September 2008

Another one from the Tao of Programming
A programmer from a very large computer company went to a software conference and then returned to report to his manager, saying: ``What sort of programmers work for other companies? They behaved badly and were unconcerned with appearances. Their hair was long and unkempt and their clothes were wrinkled and old. They crashed our hospitality suite and they made rude noises during my presentation.'' The manager said: "I should have never sent ...
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One from the Tao of Programming

Posted on 10 September 2008

One from the Tao of Programming
A novice asked the master: ``In the east there is a great tree-structure that men call `Corporate Headquarters'. It is bloated out of shape with vice presidents and accountants. It issues a multitude of memos, each saying `Go, Hence!' or `Go, Hither!' and nobody knows what is meant. Every year new names are put onto the branches, but all to no avail. How can such an unnatural entity be?" The master replied: ...
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So what are my chances mate !

Posted on 09 September 2008

So what are my chances mate !
WSJ ran this graph that shows the probability of a person's dying through various causes. Topping the "death chart" are heart disease (1 in 5), cancer (1 in 7), stroke (1 in 24) and motor vehicle accident (1 in 84). The probability that one will die by drowning is 144 times than being killed by flooding.
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Earth without humans

Posted on 09 September 2008

Earth without humans
This chart, appearing in an article titled Earth without humans by Alan Weisman shows the time it'll take for nature to reclaim earth if humans vanish from the face of the planet today. Within 50 years, environment makes rapid progress towards recovery, in a 1000 years most man made structures will be gone and CO2 levels would be back to pre-industrial age levels. Nuclear waste however would remain upto ...
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NY Times – Home Foreclosure Graph

Posted on 07 September 2008

NY Times - Home Foreclosure Graph
This appeared some time back in April-2008. What is interesting to note is that not only this chart is visually appealing but it does pack a lot of data. The color of the stacks shows the % of subprime mortgaes as a % of all mortgages in an area while the height of a stack shows subprimes mortgages foreclosed as a % of all subprime mortgages in that area. If ...
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One off the charts

Posted on 06 September 2008

One off the charts
On a recent trip......... captured a masterpeice....... ...
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Creating tree structure in excel

Posted on 06 September 2008

Creating tree structure in excel
You can use the group and outline features in excel to create tree structures. On expanding each node the next branch becomes visible. You can download the file here.
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The Internet is an Interesting Place…

Posted on 06 September 2008

The Internet is an Interesting Place...
....and that's partly what got Barrett Lyon to create this beautiful map the internet by locating each C Class network in it. I think this has great potential. For example and as Lyon mentions on his site, if you get a chance to look at two pictures of a geographical location before and after a disruptive event takes place(like an eartquake or a Tsunami), this can give ...
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Oiling the World Economy

Posted on 06 September 2008

Oiling the World Economy
In recent weeks Oil has moved down from $ 140 to $ 108. After reaching record highs, some experts now predict that oil will continue to decline and go back to normal. The trillion dollar question is WILL IT? The price that we pay for oil today certainly seems high, especially when one compares them to what the prices have prevailed for the greater part of this century. Once the oil ...
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The rise and fall of movies – NY Times

Posted on 04 September 2008

The rise and fall of movies - NY Times
Mathew Bloch, Lee Byron, Shan Carter and Amanda Cox at NY Times produced this amazing visual showing the performance of movies at the box office between 1986 and 2008. Though the choice of an stacked area chart does not allow the reader to pick the numbers right off the chart but it certainly does pack a lot of information. Also check out the cool search feature!! The Ebb and Flow of ...
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