Archive for February, 2009

My favorite book: Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur

February 28th, 2009

Sir Thomas Malory is, in my opinion, one of the greatest writers in the English language. He had a flair for elegant prose, covering topics rich in imagery and zest. I had the great fortune of meeting P.J.C. Field, the editor of the Oxford (Eugene Vinaver) Le Morte D’Arthur several years ago on a trip through the U.K.

I just found a new widget that shows images from the Malory text and thought I’d post it here. I hope you enjoy the text as much as I do, but you should really treat yourself to the P.J.C. Field edition (only $245 on Amazon).
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George Washington’s First State of the Union Address

February 28th, 2009

Just found the transcript (with picture!) of George Washington’s 1st State of the Union address as published on 21 JAN 1790 — http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_First_State_of_the_Union_Address. Fascinating!

Statisticians: The new “cool”?

February 28th, 2009

Google’s Chief Economist, Hal Varian, says “the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians.” Sounds great.[Source The McKinsey Quarterly (http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Hal_Varian_on_how_the_Web_challenges_managers_2286), via the Flowingdata blog (http://flowingdata.com/2009/02/25/googles-chief-economist-hal-varian-on-statistics-and-data/).]

What will data visualization look like in 10 years? Will the goals change? Will there be a fundamental shift in what data mean for businesses, or just how it’s reported? Time will tell, but in any event…

I’d better start working on my statistics :)

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