Yearly Archives: 2015

Really Big Goals

Like a lot of people I am a big goal-setter. I especially love BHAG’s [pronounced “Be- hags”?]: Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals. You know: the ones based on no logic or well-developed plan whatsoever, but rather conjured up by the sheer … Continue reading

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Postcard from New Zealand

It has been almost a month since my return to the States, following a truly gratifying professional engagement with the Canterbury Health District and Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ). If you’ve ever had the pleasure of traveling to New Zealand, … Continue reading

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My Bin or Yours?

I am writing this newsletter from my coach seat (28F, window) on United flight UA1292 from Boston to San Francisco. Funny how inspiration for a newsletter about healthcare data visualization and histogram bins can show up in the tightest spots. … Continue reading

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Love, Time, Environment

As my daughter Annie’s tenth birthday approached, our friend Erik asked her what special gift she was hoping for. Without hesitation, Annie responded, “A crane.” We all turned and looked at her in astonishment. What would a ten-year-old girl want … Continue reading

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What’s Hue?

Recently someone sent me the bar chart below, and asked what I thought of it (as if I needed an invitation to comment!). My immediate reaction was to ask why the author had used different shades – or “hues,” as … Continue reading

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The 2015 Hammock Chronicles

Greetings from Bustins Island, Maine — where accomplishing as little as humanly possible is the only measure of a successful day. To that end, I am a total overachiever at underachieving, and damn proud of it. So far this week, … Continue reading

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When was the Last Time You Asked “Why”?

Many moons ago, my husband, Bret, and I were running through a list of errands when we noticed that several of them intersected, prompting one of us to suggest, “Let’s kill two birds with one stone.” Our (then) very young … Continue reading

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Is That a Zero In Your Data (or are you just glad to see me)?

I am highly suspicious of line graphs displaying the number zero (0). I am in fact so suspicious of them that when I see one, I hear myself inquiring (in a most dubious tone of voice), “Is the value shown … Continue reading

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Overindulgence & Excess Days

I have a free app called LoseIt on my phone; it helps me keep track of the number of calories I eat and the number I burn every day. I enter my desired weight, and LoseIt calculates the total number … Continue reading

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2015 Summer Reading List for the Healthcare Data Geek

It’s that time of year again: sun, sand, surf, and books to feed your inner healthcare data geek. The titles on this year’s list are a varied lot, but all have helped improve my work in visualizing healthcare data. I … Continue reading

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