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Another slice of the NASA pie

Last week I sliced the NASA procurement history up based on its deployment through its ten field Centers.  Today, a slightly different take – tracking the end recipients.    Well, to a point … NASA’s official procurement data only tracks the “prime contractor” recipients of awards (whether technical primes or support service contractors).   In the actual aerospace industry, of course, the money then gets distributed through layers of subtier suppliers (subcontractors).   That said – even tracking the primes over time is interesting. Read more »


Eating the NASA pie

Today’s post is just a data rack-and-stack-and-dump; this time of fifty years of NASA annual procurement report data.   (Add NASA to the long list of Federal agencies which report annual data, but do not trend it).  As with many such data sets, a little graphic visualization often helps understand long term historical trends. Read more »


Scenes of Minneapolis

Here are some snapshots of local color during the fantastic EyeO Festival held in Minneapolis earlier this week… I cajoled (little arm-twisting required) a couple of friends into joining in on a field trip / vacation to this event.   Call it a “mental spa weekend”.   Read more »


A Year In The [Google] Life

Last week I shared some findings on how the new GoogleCorrelate tool uncovered the very sharp seasonality in searches for student internships (happily and coincidentally helping me out at work).   Search interest follows an extremely concentrated annual cycle, beginning during (or just after) winter break.   This of course begs the question of what topics are of most “peaked” interest for the remainder of the year… Read more »


Is the market really looking up for commercial space?

A while back I published a hard look at the optimistic launch demand estimates generated by FAA’s COMSTAC annual forecast.  This year’s forecast has just been released.    In addition to the forecast, the report has for many years included a valuable and underutilized source of information, which provides a more believable and fundamental basis for optimism in the commercial launch sector.   Read more »


Interns: On Your Mark, Get Set …

Want to attract the attention of the best summer interns?   Target your communications campaign to be ready on the first of the year.   It shouldn’t be a surprise that interest in internships follows an annual cycle with a peak in the late winter and spring … but what it is surprising is how sharply peaked this interest is. Read more »


Ranking Kiva’s Partners – The Need Factor

Earlier this month I posted an analysis of which countries most need’s microfinance services (based on their poverty rates) and which countries are getting them (based on Kiva’s actual lending data).   This analysis provides an opportunity to update my ranking of Kiva in-country microfinance banking institutions from last fall, to include “relative need”. Read more »


Scenes of Aveyron – Part 2

It’s been a while since Part 1 of this photo journal, but I’m finally getting around to rounding it out.  Here are ten more studies of photos that almost – but didn’t quite – make the mark … but are still quite a sight!

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Management Tools Fad-O-Meter (Midyear Refresh)

Bain & Company has released the 2011 data from their biannual Strategic Management Tools survey, so I’ve taken the opportunity to update my “meta-analysis” of these tools,  a mashup of the full 20 years of Bain data with Google Books and Google Insights trending.   The result, the Strategic Management Tools Fad-O-Meter 2011, version 1.1.   Without further ado: Read more »


Mapping Microloans

Mapping meets microlending, two of my favorite topics!   Having previously ranked the quality of Kiva microloan partners (and now, for several months, having used the rankings to steer my own loans), I thought I would do some quick and dirty visualization of the results.  As a bonus I’ve churned out some visualizations of worldwide Kiva lending, poverty rates, and the relative penetration of Kiva into the neediest countries in the world. Read more »