Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Floral Coral Pie Charts

Welcome to July--Wednesday, 7/1/15

Iris did a great job of recreating my simple summer work outfit.


Take a floral dress, add a blazer in a color from the dress (pro tip: this is especially easy when both pieces are from the same collection), and finish it off with some neutral shoes and some jewelry (if desired).

*Black/coral/pink sleeveless floral dress (JNY), $12.42/wear+
Coral blazer (JNY), $12.38/wear
Gold tassel necklace (Kohls), $5.00/wear
Nude wedges by Cole Haan, $29.98/wear

This is going to be an easy dress to wear because I can pair it with black, white, bright pink, or grey as well as coral.  Because it's a floral on a dark background, it will work well in all four seasons (with the appropriate tights/boots/layering Ts/etc. for winter).

You've seen a close-up of Peter Cotton Ale already, but here is the corner of the living room over which he presides.  We've got the cheap-ass lamp that the movers broke the top shade of (with a bare bulb, it throws off a lot of light so we haven't bothered to replace it), the air filter, and various random pieces of exercise equipment, including my orange stability ball.  I bought the stability ball because a weight lifting book I had recommended it for some exercises--I think it does increase the difficulty level slightly above sitting on a chair or standing up to do them.  This corner is on the right side of the laundry nook

In other news...My disdain for pie charts in most data visualizations has become so well-known that people have started referring to it in meetings.  Today, one of the statements was, "Am I allowed to say in Sally's presence that I like the pie chart?"  I responded, "Sure, you're welcome to be wrong."  I am happy that everybody has either gotten on board with the idea that it is a Bad Idea Jeans move to display multiple pie charts for people to compare pieces across pies or they know better than to publicly disagree (or to publish any reports with such visualizations).

I regularly play a game with Robert, having him look at graphics in magazines (looking at you, The Atlantic and The Economist) in which quantity has been encoded by area (circle charts but also bubble charts and weird semi-circle charts and other bizarre stuff) and trying to make comparisons between values while I cover up the % or # on the chart.  Robert's a seasoned data analyst with a strongly developed quantitative sense, but even after trying several comparisons, he's often still off by a lot, thinking that one value is 2x another when it's really 3-4x, for example.  If even Robert can't get close to getting these comparisons right, the rest of the world is doomed.

This is THE must-read article on the downside of pie charts for those of you who enjoy your data display advice with a generous helping of whimsy and snark.  Seriously.  Read it.  It's that good.  You owe it to yourself.  (A quote: "After all, pie tilting is an ancient and respected sport among cultures known for their talent with pastries.")

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