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 ...

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One from the Tao of Programming

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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How to make Visio like flowcharts in excel

Posted on 06 September 2008

How to make Visio like flowcharts in excel
I sometimes use connectors and autoshapes in excel to make flowcharts for my projects. A little refined touch and you can have them looking nealy like the ones made in Visio. I say *nearly* because although everything moves, reshapes and resizes properly, the connectors still bend at 90 degrees unlike the ones in Visio which curve smoothly.....but nonetheless a small price to pay especially if you don't have ready access ...
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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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5 easy ways to make data validation work for you

Posted on 06 September 2008

5 easy ways to make data validation work for you
One of the easiest ways to add interactivity to your spreadsheets and dashboard is to use the data validation feature in excel. Data validation allows you specify a list of options that you want a cell to display as a drop-down. You may want to download the sample sheet here before we begin. To being creating a dropdown for a particular cell, select the cell and click Data -> Validation. In ...
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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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Storm chase

Posted on 03 September 2008

Storm chase
These beautiful maps on Wikipedia show the paths of all the storms in the past few decades. As you can see, these tropical storms are the most ferocious over the Pacific West. The entire region consisting of Japan, China and South East Asia frequently encounter these storm systems. ...
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God vs. Money, Obama vs. McCain

Posted on 02 September 2008

God vs. Money, Obama vs. McCain
I don't know if there's any stastical validity to these results, but Google Trends does let you know what people across the globe are seraching for. As of today: Money 1.00 vs. God 0.62 Obama 2.80 vs. McCain 1.00 John McCain 1.00 vs. Barak Obama 0.50 http://www.google.com/trends
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The Jordan effect

Posted on 01 September 2008

The Jordan effect
tvbythenumbers.com paints the "Jodran Effect". Micheal's dominance of the NBA from 1991 to 1994 sent TV viewerships soaring to new heights. He then tried his hands at baseball and came back in 1996 not only to halt the decline while he was away but take them to yet newer levels. The ratings have never been that high again. (The upper line shows Viewership during NBA finals. The lower line shows viewership ...
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Stack on DIGG

Posted on 01 September 2008

Stack on DIGG
Digg Stack shows diggs occurring in real time on up to 100 stories at once. Diggers fall from above and stack up on popular stories. Brightly colored stories have more Diggs.
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We Feel Fine

Posted on 01 September 2008

We Feel Fine
"Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world's newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling". When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the "feeling" expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). The result is a ...
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Musicovery

Posted on 01 September 2008

Musicovery
Musiccovery.com lets you discover new music based on your mood. A very novel way of changing the tracks based on how you feel. Musicovery.com
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DNA Strand simulation using Excel

Posted on 01 September 2008

DNA Strand simulation using Excel
Excel can be used to create neat little simulations for classroom traings. I remember a long time back, I had a tough time trying to understand how the strands of a DNA coil around each other. Well....I tired my hands at creating a rotating DNA strand using 3-D bubble charts.....stright 'n simple for the most part......the trick lies in making the base and linking pairs change their overlaps after rotating every ...
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The long march of evolution

Posted on 01 September 2008

The long march of evolution
Interesting to see how humans travelled from Africa and moved to Asia (75,000 years ago), Europe (50,000 years ago) and Americas (35,000 years ago). Here are the important learnings: 1. Adam and Eve lived in Africa and started eveything 2. The Russians were the first ones to discover America 3. It took man nearly 50,000 years to walk all ...
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Excel Chart Types – Advanced

Posted on 01 September 2008

Excel Chart Types - Advanced
Here are a few more chart types. These can be used to represent multi-dimentional data. Download the file with advanced excel chart types here.
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