The Top 15 Most Common Jobs in the United States

Below you'll find a table of the 15 most common job categories in America.  Many of them are to be expected (retail salespersons, cashiers, waiters and waitresses).  Some categories surprised me, like registered nurses and "general and operations managers".  An examination of this list tells us a lot about jobs and class in America.  Scroll … Continue reading The Top 15 Most Common Jobs in the United States

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Digging In: School Shootings in 2018

So if you scroll through Facebook or Twitter or you pick up a newspaper or you watch a television station or you listen to the radio or you talk to other humans or CUT TO THE CHASE BOY THESE GOOD READERS DON'T HAVE ALL DAY you've probably heard about the insanely high amount of school … Continue reading Digging In: School Shootings in 2018

Sometimes It’s True (a.k.a. Mickey and the Roadster Racers Had Better Watch Out)

I'm sorry to say that, on average, Florida really is the deadliest state in the nation for drivers and passengers.  How did I get to that conclusion?  Buckle up*. First I crunched each state's population as a percentage of the total U.S. population.  For example, California is home to 12.15% of the total U.S. population.  … Continue reading Sometimes It’s True (a.k.a. Mickey and the Roadster Racers Had Better Watch Out)

June DAMA Meeting AS IT HAPPENS!

Excited to live-blog my experience sitting and waiting for the June DAMA Iowa meeting to begin.  So what's to report?  Well, the coffee is excellent.  Starbucks "Komodo Dragon".  Suitably intense-sounding. Today's meeting is a panel discussion featuring several data-related professionals from across the central Iowa area.  I'd take a picture for you but I saw … Continue reading June DAMA Meeting AS IT HAPPENS!

DAMA Day Recap

Work has kept me busy this week and my three year-old is having Exorcist-style night terrors upstairs so I'm going to make this a quick recap of the terrific DAMA Day Iowa presentations.  I'll just list the fantastic presentation topics, the company that presented each, and a few of my observations.  Ready?  Set.  GO! Data … Continue reading DAMA Day Recap

This is My Version of Liveblogging

I don't even know if that's the way you type "liveblogging".  What is it, "live-blogging"?  "Live blogging"?  "L1ve blogz0rz"? Anyhow, today is DAMA (Iowa) Day!  I'm sitting in a beautiful mini-auditorium in Drake University's Aliber Hall drinking my horrifying keto coffee and getting ready for a half-day of data presentations from Principal, Nationwide and (blast from … Continue reading This is My Version of Liveblogging

No Sleeping on (Ryan) Sleeper*

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the Des Moines Tableau User Group.  The speaker was Ryan Sleeper, a charismatic Tableau Zen Master (an officially-conferred title, no joke).  Ryan presented a tremendous talk and live Tableau visualization. Ryan's awesome talk, which he will present in London in June,  ranged from high-level themes (the … Continue reading No Sleeping on (Ryan) Sleeper*