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Welcome to Vin’s Personal Blog.

These are his musings about non-business topics. If you're instead looking for his business Web site or his business blog (i.e., his musings about the media business), visit or use the QR code at right.

Data Visualizations of Vital Statistics

vital statistics visualization

Here are two well done data visualizations by mathematician and software design Brad Lyon and graphic designer Bill Snebold.

The first depicts real-time information about births and deaths in the United States. Whenever and wherever one of those events occurs, the map shows it.

The second depicts the same real-time information worldwide. (Click ‘Restart Simulation’ if either data visualization doesn’t automatically start when you visit it).

The Atlantic monthly magazine explains more background about these data visualizations.

September Sunset

September Sunset

Stamford, Connecticut, September 16, 2014. 30-year old Rokkor 500mm f/8 catadioptric lens adapted for a Sony digital camera

Balinese Men

Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia. May 26, 2012.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia. May 26, 2012.

Windswept Drago Tree on El Hierro, the most Remote of the Canary Islands

drago tree

The Power and Pleasure of Color


Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bukit Peninsula, Bali. May 26, 2012.

Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere brings more color to the world, reminding me me of the power of color. Although the flowers and leaves have not yet blossomed where I am in Connecticut, this photo I took at a temple in Bali shows the power and pleasure of color.

Efficient Days

Beethoven’s Days

A story in the Huffington Post  features a chart from the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey and RJ Andrews how famously creative people spend their average days. Besides Ludwig von Beethoven, it features people such as Victor Hugo, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, et. a. Besides showing who was a ‘morning’ and who an ‘evening’ person, it’s helped me realize that my most productive working hours aren’t that eccentric.

What else I’m reading today:

For the first time in the history of the United States, the majority of member of its Congress are millionaires (as is President Obama and six of the nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court). So, is the United States governed by rich people? Quite literally, it is: the majority are people in the top one-percent of incomes.

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