My Stats From 2011

As we roll into another year I thought it would be a good time to look back on various stats I have collected over the past year. Hopefully I will continue to do this at the beginning of every year as a way to document how things progress over time.

  • I blogged here 9 times for a total of 3,208 words.

  • My blog was visited by 147,151 unique visitors generating 213,800 pageviews. Not bad considering I hardly update it anymore.
  • I scanned 454 receipts and spent at least $346.96 in sales tax.
  • Kristina and I fully funded our IRAs (including starting and fully funding her 2010 IRA at the beginning of 2011). We also contributed to our 401K’s at work and managed to put away some money for a down payment on a house.
  • We visited Paris and London this year.
  • I managed to give 5 presentations (slides) to various DC Tech groups.
  • Attended 7 conferences:
    1. UX Camp DC (1/8/2011)
    2. StartupXLR8R II (6/4 – 6/5/2011)
    3. Converge SE (6/24 – 6/25/2011)
    4. Mobile UX Camp DC (9/17/2011)
    5. Accessibility Camp DC (10/22/2011)
    6. An Event Apart DC (10/24 – 10/26/2011)
    7. WordCamp Philly (11/5 – 11/6/2011)
  • I took 5,589 pictures, 728 of those were star-worthy in Picasa.
  • I posted 111 mobile photos from my phone.
  • 8.61 gigabytes of data used by my Nexus One on T-Mobile.

  • My average weight in 2011 was 194.3. My lowest weight was 192.1 (6/8/2011) and my highest was 202.4 (1/1/2011), so I ended the year lower than when I started.

  • I spent 262 hours and 7 minutes in Dreamweaver writing code.
  • 159 hours and 28 minutes reading tweets, 15 hours and 24 minutes viewing Facebook, 6 hours and 4 minutes viewing Google+, and 5 minutes and 17 seconds viewing MySpace.
  • 124 hours and 53 minutes was lost to email: 83 hours and 37 minutes in Outlook for work, 58 hours and 52 minutes in Gmail.
  • 34 hours and 3 minutes searching Google.

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Here’s to a number-filled 2012!

Google Releases API For Charts

Google has impressive, interactive charts incorporated into many of their products. The best place to see them in action is Google Finance where stock prices are graphed over time allowing the user to zoom in or out, stretch or expand the selected view, and other fancy interactions. The result is a rich experience for viewing and manipulating data.

Today Google unveiled the public application programming interface to interact with their chart engine. While not as rich as Google Finance charts, this public charting tool is extremely flexible in
creating line charts, scatter plots, bar graphs, Venn diagrams, and even pie charts. Charts are generated by constructing a URL with various parameters, or options, to customize a chart dynamically. Making a URL request returns a PNG image which can be saved to disk or embedded on any web page. Some examples of the charts are shown below.




Documentation for charts can be found at http://code.google.com/apis/chart/ which provides a smattering of examples.

I am very excited by this release as there are a ton of different applications these could be used in. Using some simple JavaScript, you could take these charts a step further and create animated charts using various URLS with one incrementing data parameter. Kind of like this (JavaScript code borrowed from Chip Chapin).

I would like to see a user-friendly interface built on top of the API so those who are less developer inclined can make charts and graphs easily. It wouldn’t be too hard to make a simple JavaScript program to construct the URLs. I will try to crank something out tomorrow at work, because this is simply too cool to pass up.