Happy Miscellany

In the U.K., there are plans afoot to charge a higher fee to park a larger car, even in your own driveway.

Remember Swivel, the data mashup site we blogged about? Here’s another new data visualization site, called ManyEyes, run by IBM’s Visual Communications Lab. And here’s a thoughtful review of ManyEyes vs. Swivel.

Standardized test scores in Illinois are up dramatically; why?

An interesting new fantasy baseball site, RotoHog.com, has a trading floor and prizes of up to $100,000. True devotees should read this commentary by Aaron Brown, author of The Poker Face of Wall Street.

There’s another apple/orange on the loose.

(Hat tips: Brandon Adams, Chris Barncard, Eric Samuelson, Hannah Koenker, Peter Carr)


johnconcannon

Stephen,

as mad as the local councils in the UK can be, even they are not proposing a fee to park your car in your own driveway.

The scheme refers to car parking spaces on public streets that are allocated to homeowners in areas where there are no private driveways (quite common in city streets in the UK, many of which were built long before the advent of the motor car).

egretman

The English have this out-of-date old fashioned quaint view of the common good.

Chewxy

Gaaa! Many Eyes is JAVA!!!

pkimelma

Looking at the Many Eyes site, I am really amazed at how many horrendous graphs have been done. The big risk with these sites is that people often do not know how to organize and prioritize their data in a way that is meaningful. I think these sites need to provide more guidance on what works and why. For example, looking at the hierarchical graphs is bizarre because so many of them are using non-hierarchical data or clumsily made hierarchy. The only ones that work perfectly are tag charts since they operate on text, though sadly you cannot have time variance analysis (such as speeches over a course of time). I think there is a ways to go before this really works in the way intended, assuming that graphs will ever be that social.

stuart

To park on the street you need a permit from the local government, and in my part of west london that permit doubles in price if you drive a 4X4.

These charges are IMO ridiculous - if politicians want to reduce carbon emissions they should raise the cost of fuel. Automatically the owners of thirsty cars will pay more.

egretman

These charges are IMO ridiculous - if politicians want to reduce carbon emissions they should raise the cost of fuel. Automatically the owners of thirsty cars will pay more.

That would punish everyone. But they are just trying to punish people like you. So they would be missing their target to just raise gas prices.

They have determined that you are the enemy and that you should pay the full cost. Isn't that better economics?

johnconcannon

Stephen,

as mad as the local councils in the UK can be, even they are not proposing a fee to park your car in your own driveway.

The scheme refers to car parking spaces on public streets that are allocated to homeowners in areas where there are no private driveways (quite common in city streets in the UK, many of which were built long before the advent of the motor car).

egretman

The English have this out-of-date old fashioned quaint view of the common good.

Chewxy

Gaaa! Many Eyes is JAVA!!!

pkimelma

Looking at the Many Eyes site, I am really amazed at how many horrendous graphs have been done. The big risk with these sites is that people often do not know how to organize and prioritize their data in a way that is meaningful. I think these sites need to provide more guidance on what works and why. For example, looking at the hierarchical graphs is bizarre because so many of them are using non-hierarchical data or clumsily made hierarchy. The only ones that work perfectly are tag charts since they operate on text, though sadly you cannot have time variance analysis (such as speeches over a course of time). I think there is a ways to go before this really works in the way intended, assuming that graphs will ever be that social.

stuart

To park on the street you need a permit from the local government, and in my part of west london that permit doubles in price if you drive a 4X4.

These charges are IMO ridiculous - if politicians want to reduce carbon emissions they should raise the cost of fuel. Automatically the owners of thirsty cars will pay more.

egretman

These charges are IMO ridiculous - if politicians want to reduce carbon emissions they should raise the cost of fuel. Automatically the owners of thirsty cars will pay more.

That would punish everyone. But they are just trying to punish people like you. So they would be missing their target to just raise gas prices.

They have determined that you are the enemy and that you should pay the full cost. Isn't that better economics?