12
Jul

How old is your county?

The United States declared independence in 1776, and we celebrate it on July 4th every year. But the land areas that make up the United States today weren't necessarily the same as they were back then. So I thought it would be interesting to create a map showing when each [...]

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2
Apr

Tracking the reentry of China's space space station

If you grew up as a space-junkie kid like me, then you've probably been watching the news for the past few days, wondering when and where China's Tiangong 1 space station was going to fall out of orbit, and crash to Earth. According to Popular Mechanics (PM), that happened at 8:16pm [...]

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21
Mar

Tracking the International Space Station

As we get into springtime weather where I live (assuming it stops snowing today!), I'm planning to spend more time outdoors paying attention to the night sky. There are lots of cool apps these days to help you identify constellations, and track things that move around in the sky. And [...]

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12
Mar

Where are opioids prescribed most, in North Carolina?

My buddy Rick Wicklin recently pointed me towards an animation of some opioid prescription rate data for Illinois. And, of course, I decided we needed a similar animation for North Carolina (with a few improvements...) Here's the original, and here are the problems that jump out at me: Counties with [...]

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2
Feb

Can felons vote in your state?

Can felons vote? This seemed like a simple question, but I realized that I wasn't 100% sure of the answer. Therefore I looked into the data ... and apparently "it depends". Follow along and see how I created a map to help answer this question. But before we take the [...]

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1
Feb

Does Detroit really have the most violent crime?

For the past few years, I've been hearing from many news sources that Detroit is the most violent large city in the US. If the news is saying this, then the data should corroborate it, eh? Well, of course I decided to check for myself... When comparing crime data across [...]

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25
Jan

North Korea's 117 missile tests

Data doesn't always have to be 'big data' to be interesting. For example, I recently ran across a small, but very interesting, database containing all of North Korea's missile tests. The data was a bit difficult to digest in the formats provided, therefore I decided to try my hand at [...]

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22
Jan

Here are the Amazon HQ2 finalists!

Amazon recently announced the 20 finalists in their search for a location to house their new 2nd headquarters (nicknamed 'hq2'). They showed a map on their web page, but I wanted to create my own map, with a few improvements ... Here's their official map. It's not terrible, but it [...]

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9
Jan

Price of marijuana, across the US

As marijuana has become legal in several states, it's been a frequent topic of interest in the news. And as with any interesting topic, I like to find useful ways to visually analyze the data. In this case, let's have a look at the price of marijuana, and how it [...]

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8
Jan

Which US states require an ID to vote?

The first time I voted (back in the 1980s), I was very surprised that I didn't have to show any kind of identification. I assumed it was because I lived in a small North Carolina town of 300 people where "everybody knew everybody" ... but they told me that nobody [...]

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