This way to savings…

The sign says it all.

Beyond informing you that your location is changing, there is some history, an outline representing the shape of the state, and a self-deprecating slogan about the states’ diminutive footprint. Oh yeah, they added a sign inviting you to “screw” the state where you live out of tax revenue.

C’mon…admit it. That’s a pretty sexy pick-up line. Rarely is the government so “up for it”, if you get my drift. They're ready and willing to engage in some extracurricular activities…just be sure to pay the tab in Delaware.

The worst part of the tryst: they encouraged…

Can there really be 160,000 possible answers in the US?

As crazy as it sounds, that number is conservative.

Logic tells you that the answer to that question should be simple, if not obvious. To determine taxability, the five questions we learned in elementary school should provide all the structure required. “How” is easy, if the item is taxable, the seller will collect the tax and send it to the tax authority(ies). The remaining four questions are listed in the graphic above. The answers are binary: yes or no. “Who”, “what” and “why” are asking if the buyer, the item, or the use are taxable. All of those can be…

Does the question or the answer say more about us?

Just after midnight, a 24-year-old man was shot for unknown reasons. He was taken to the hospital before police arrived, with what were described as serious injuries. He walked to the car and was speaking with others as he sat himself down in the front seat.

At 12:20 a.m., dispatchers were notified of a vehicle accident. It turns out the very same gunshot victim was involved in the crash. He was soon pronounced dead at the scene.

Based on what you know, is the man dead from the gunshot or the car accident?

How many questions immediately come to mind…

Are COVID-19 visualizations unintentionally putting readers at risk?

Should we stop using green for all COVID related visualizations?

As we collectively experience the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuously inundated with more and more information. In response, millions of people have used visualizations and dashboards to identify patterns and differences. One of the first and most widely used COVID-19 dashboards was developed by John Hopkins (which I wrote about previously), but hundreds of dashboards are now available. There are country-specific dashboards, comparative dashboards, state and even county dashboards that are delivering greater insight and valuable information to the public. This accessibility to complicated scientific data is great.

As one navigates these dashboards, they tend to have a similar look…

Can the success of COVID-19 dashboards be replicated in BI and analytics?

Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard”, partially obscured by some questionable color choices. NOTE: Mr. Tableau just sounded better than Mr. PowerBI or Mr. D3.js

Post COVID-19, are dashboards finally poised for their big moment?

Generalizations are dangerous, but I’m comfortable stating that as a planet we’ve never cared more about data than today, as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve been conditioned over the past decade for immediacy, and our constant connectivity drives us for feedback the moment we feel the urge for answers. From the current storm came a visualization that has become the global pandemic standard.

The Coronavirus dashboard created and maintained by Johns Hopkins is the iPhone of visualizations. People from all walks of life, across the entire planet, are pinging the site at a rate of over 1.2 billion times…

Ron Giordano

Thirty years ago a macro and WYSIWIG using Lotus 1–2–3 started this journey…and here we are.

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