December 14, 2009

I love it when a mail-merge comes together…

Would you buy BI services from a company that can’t successfully execute a mail-merge? Not to mention ones that send unsolicited e-mails to drum up business…

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November 10, 2009

Data is (are?) Beautiful

goldoil It’s usually my lovely wife who blogs about jewelry, and me who blogs about charts and data, but today the tables are turned – well, almost. Wieden+Kennedy London has come up with a range of designer necklaces which celebrate the beauty of data, under the name Plot.

The necklaces use charts of thirty years of various commodity prices (gold, silver, oil and lead) to form the motifs that are embedded within the resin pendants. They’re the brainchild of Lisa Prince, a strategist at Wieden+Kennedy who apparently got the idea while sitting in a meeting staring at PowerPoint charts.

So if you happen to have a data-geek woman in your life, and you’ve dismissed my previous nerdy gift idea as too fattening, one of these necklaces could be just what you’re looking for. Unfortunately Mrs. Thomas does not find charts quite as fascinating as I do, so my quest for the perfect Christmas gift continues (although I have been pointed in the direction of a nook). diggDigg RedditReddit StumbleUponStumbleUpon

March 07, 2009

Expert help for my new job

My new job is going splendidly so far, thanks for asking – and I’m already busy enough to have to be making excuses about a lack of posts. But how could I hope to succeed without the excellent advice of some of the finest minds in technology and business?

First, xkcd offers a helpful primer on the distinction between causation and correlation:

And then today Scott Adams weighs in on the new power that I will wield:


A return to more weighty subjects will occur soon, I promise :-) diggDigg RedditReddit StumbleUponStumbleUpon

February 15, 2009

What do you get the data geek in your life for Valentine’s day?

This, as it turns out:

Chocolate pie chart


Ah, Mrs Thomas, you know me too well. The only problem with it is that it’s just too perfect to actually eat. As you’ll have no doubt already worked out just by looking at it, it’s made of 70% milk, 20% dark and 10% white chocolate. From the wonderful Mary & Matt. diggDigg RedditReddit StumbleUponStumbleUpon

November 06, 2008

In Excel hell?

This will cheer you up – the world’s first Excel-based music video (I kid you not):

[Via adfreak] diggDigg RedditReddit StumbleUponStumbleUpon

November 05, 2008

Oh yes…


From xkcd. How true. diggDigg RedditReddit StumbleUponStumbleUpon

August 22, 2008

Scott Adams breaks into Microsoft, sits in on meeting diggDigg RedditReddit StumbleUponStumbleUpon

January 15, 2008

Web Analytics in the movies

image So if you thought you were destined to spend the rest of your life explaining what web analytics is to bored-looking people at cocktail parties, think again, because Sony Pictures is about to take the industry mainstream (kinda) with the release of Untraceable, a movie about a serial killer who uses real-time traffic data from site visitors to decide how quickly to kill people. I always knew it was a dark art...

One of the more amusing details about the movie is the location that it was filmed in - none other that Portland, Oregon, home of Webtrends, and, of course, the one and only Eric Peterson. Anything you want to tell us, Eric? ;-) diggDigg RedditReddit StumbleUponStumbleUpon

June 14, 2007

Dear John...

john-marshall I know we've had some rocky times together, but you can't just walk out on me like this. Was it something I said? I know that at times I disapproved of your relationship with Avinash, but with a relationship as long-standing as ours, a little jealousy's going to set in eventually.

So where will you go now? Will I see you growing your hair out and hanging around in bars with Eric? Or shaving your head and pontificating with Jim? Don't tell me you have a new flame already - or are you going back to Marc? I know you always had a soft spot for him.

Well, wherever you end up going, good luck, I guess. There'll always be a warm welcome for you here, when you're done flirting with your fancy new friends.

Yours bitterly,

The Web Analytics Industry


[PS Seriously, good luck with your move, John. You've done a great job at ClickTracks and I for one will be watching carefully to see where you apply your talents next] diggDigg RedditReddit StumbleUponStumbleUpon

June 04, 2007

Bring the love back

I'm a sucker for a nice little TV short, and this amused me at the same time as giving me that glow you get when the behemoth of a company you work for does something cool:

My favorite line from this is when the guy says, "Know you? Sweetheart, I know everything about you! You're 28... to 34".

To learn more about the film and the way it's being used, visit

[Update 6/5/07: Thanks to Kip for pointing out that I had the URL above totally wrong; I've corrected it now] diggDigg RedditReddit StumbleUponStumbleUpon


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