Pop Viz: Seattle Music Venues

August 19, 2014

In case you missed it, I made this viz for our Destination Data countdown. Every week a different Tableau employee will share their insider knowledge of things to do in Seattle. You may have gathered as much by now, but I am a bit of a music fanatic. I go to at least 1 live show a week. In fact, just this past weekend, I was in Portland for Musicfest NW where I saw awesome bands like HAIM, Spoon, Tuneyards, and Man Man. Even with a lineup like that, the part of the weekend I was most excited for was an after party show at a tiny club with my local heroes Tacocat and my newest obsession, Tijuana Panthers. I’m not exaggerating when I’m saying that I was fangirling pretty hard. I’ve got data to back up my claim:

I've been listening to them A LOT.

I mean, just look how excited I was to take a picture with two-thirds of them.

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I love live music culture and am so devoted to the scene that I considered (well, really I’m still considering) getting a tattoo of something like this on my inside right wrist:

place stamp here

(because when you go to shows in clubs they usually stamp your wrist so that you can get in and out.)

I’ve highlighted some of my favorite venues in the viz below. I tend to like smaller, more intimate places. A lot of fantastic acts come through the bigger venues like Paramount and the Showbox and they are beautiful buildings, but I just don’t feel it as much in those places. Not to mention that I’m often too short to see anything at those venues if I’m in the pit. Here’s the dashboard if you’d like to explore!

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Data Feed: Brewer’s Almanac

July 30, 2014

I found this link to the Beer Institute Brewer’s Almanac through a post of excellent vizzes from Data Knight Rises. There’s definitely a lot of info here, and while it may not all connect with each other directly, making dashboards difficult, it would probably do well with story points.

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Submit your viz to be pimped! There will be prizes! :D

July 10, 2014

In case you missed the announcement from last week, I’m doing a super fun talk at the 2014 Tableau Conference this year called Pimp My Viz!

In order to do this session, I’ll need your help! I need vizzes to pimp. If you’ve got a drab viz that could use a fresh coat of paint and a set of spinners on the wheels, fill out this form and submit it to Pimp My Viz! And guess what: there will be prizes!!!

You will be stuntin' in this dope shirt, dawg.

If your viz is chosen for Pimp My Viz, you will get this super cool one-of-kind custom made t-shirt! Pretty sweet, right?

But that’s not all! Every person who submits a viz and finds me at the 2014 Tableau Conference will get a limited edition totally rad VIZ BANDANA. These are so limited edition that I haven’t even made them yet. But I’ve already printed some test swatches of the fabric and they are going to be DOPE.

So what are you waiting for? Get in on all this fly swag and fill out this form and submit it to Pimp My Viz! I’ll be taking vizzes through the end of July!

My Can’t Miss #DATA14 Session: Pimp My Viz

July 3, 2014


I’m very VERY excited to announce that I will be holding a fantastic new session at this year’s Tableau Conference called Pimp My Viz. For those not familiar with the MTV classic “Pimp My Ride” host Xzibit wouldn’t just fix up a broken car; he’d add monitors in the headrests, spinners on the wheels, and flames shooting out the tailpipe. In the same fashion, this isn’t going to be an ordinary viz makeover. I’m going to take a few vizzes beyond just making them adhere to visual best practices and add all kinds of design flair, embed content, and other kinds of unnecessary awesomeness.

That being said, I need some broke-ass vizzes to pimp out. So if you have a dashboard that is lacking flare and in desperate need of pimping, please send them to me at jloree@tableausoftware.com or tweet them to me @jeweloree.

Data Feed: Prescribing of Opioid Pain Relievers by State

July 1, 2014

Y’all know how much I love datasets about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. This dataset was just released by the CDC titled “Variation Among States in Prescribing of Opioid Pain Relievers and Benzodiazepines — United States, 2012″

I choo-choo-choose you, vicodin!

It could be interesting to mashup this data with figures on opiate drug abuse or number of people on disability. Have at it, vizzers!

Pop Pot Viz: Mapping Potential Cannabis Retailers in Washington

June 6, 2014

Woohoo! Weed!

It’s been a long time coming since the passing of Initiative 502, which legalized the sale of cannabis for recreational purposes in the state of Washington. Since passing in 2012, the Liquor Control board, who was responsible for creating the rules and maintaining licenses for cannabusinesses, has dragged it’s feet when it came to handing out the licenses. Last month, they publicly announced a list of the latest license lottery winners. It’s my understanding (which I’ll admit is a little hazy…not because I’m stoned but because the rules around cannabusinesses are incredibly confusing) that this list will still be pared down even more, so not all of these potential shops will exist. Basically, the better the rank, the more likely that store is to exist. Use the slider on “Lottery Rank” to see the stores with higher potential to open. However, it was just announced that the first official recreational cannabis store is now licensed and slated to open July 1st, so hopefully I can get an updated list soon.

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Once stores are starting to open, I’ll make more maps of where they are and maybe some information about ratings/prices, etc. Hopefully that’ll be in time for all my lovely Tableau friends that’ll be coming to Seattle for Tableau Conference! ;)

You can be as happy as this guy!

When is the best time to get free food at Tableau?

June 2, 2014

I’m very thankful that I work at an awesome place that has a kitchen that is always stocked with all kinds of yummy stuff. However, even with the excellent food situation we are in, people still get excited if there’s leftovers from a catered lunch to be had. I went through my inbox and flagged every email offering free food. I used Access to import the folder of food emails and brought the results into Tableau.

You will see that the most offered food is breakfast. This is because there are a variety of trainings/orientations in which breakfast is provided, so there’s usually a couple of those a month. View the viz to see what else we are eating at Tableau:

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Pop Viz: Beat Connection

May 8, 2014

I’ve been trying to come up with a pun all morning, something to do with Beat Connection and Data Connection, but it’s too early and coffee hasn’t happened yet.

In honor of our big company party featuring a performance by my favorite local band, Beat Connection, I’ve made this dashboard on how much I’ve scrobbled plays on Last.fm. Of course, it’s a little less than how much I actually listen…. It doesn’t count all the vinyl plays I do:

Photo on 5-8-14 at 7.07 AM #2

Here’s the dashboard!

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Data Feed: Effectiveness of popular diets

April 30, 2014

This dataset comes from Lift, an app that helps you succeed at everything. The did an experiment to see which popular diets were the most effective. You can learn more about the study and download the data here.

BTW it's the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls today!

Data Feed: Cursing in Rap Lyrics

April 28, 2014

Here’s a fun dataset looking at swearing in rap lyrics from 1985-2013.

best rapper ever

It comes from a collection of datasets, mostly about sports, that are all formatted pretty nicely and look nice and ready to go to Tableau.

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