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You Can Learn A Lot From a Watermelon Mojito

Sadly, the long, lazy afternoons making and sipping my favorite summer cocktail — a watermelon mojito — are winding down. I love this drink, made with fresh watermelon purée, mint, lime juice, simple syrup, and light rum. The layering of … Continue reading

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Give Your Y Axis a Break

I recently got to glimpse what a jet-setter’s life might be like when I went to Niagara Falls, Canada, for less than a day (in and out in about eight hours) to deliver a keynote address to a very nice … Continue reading

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How to Simulate a “Broken axis” Value Axis

This type of chart is often used when a few data points greatly exceed the others. When plotted on a standard chart the other values are dwarfed. The chart actually consists of two charts. Both charts use the same data … Continue reading

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3 (Really Good) Reasons Not to Use Gauges

Every August for the past 30 years, we have vacationed on Bustins Island in Casco Bay, Maine (check out my September 2011 newsletter about this slice of paradise). You can get to the island only by boat; for us, this … Continue reading

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How to Make a Vertical Bullet Chart

Anatomy of a Bullet Chart How to Make a Vertical Bullet Graph Making the Chart Step 1: Create your chart. Select cells E5 through G6 and select the “Insert” tab and in the “Charts Section” click the down arrow under … Continue reading

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Visualize a New Approach

Hey, guess what I did last week? My husband and I finally realized our dream of owning a boat. We even named it Visualize — for all the reasons you might imagine. Yes, I can hear you all chuckling from … Continue reading

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How to Make a Deviation Graph through Time

A graph displays a deviation relationship when it features how one or more sets of quantitative values differ from a reference set of values. The graph does this by directly expressing the differences between two sets of values. (Stephen Few … Continue reading

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How to Make a Deviation Graph

A graph displays a deviation relationship when it features how one or more sets of quantitative values differ from a reference set of values. The graph does this by directly expressing the differences between two sets of values. (Stephen Few … Continue reading

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For the Font of It

Dr. Fizzy McFizz at DocCartoon.com has identified the seven types of physician handwriting she encountered during her medical training. I’m not a physician, but—I’m embarrassed to admit—my handwriting fits squarely into category #7: “Had 30 Seconds to Write.” I disclose … Continue reading

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Giving the Gift of Deviation

Here is some unsolicited advice to all gift-givers. If a loved one asks for the gift of a scale to check his or her weight, don’t be the one to give it to them. It doesn’t matter how cool the … Continue reading

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