… and a Dilbert cartoon:



  • The motivation for this project was
    1. To learn D3.
    2. To learn how to create a D3 visualization in an Octopress blog post.
    3. To improve upon the current CDC graphic for visualizing this data.
  • The metric being used is the % of people per state that are classified as obese (BMI 30.0+).
  • The CDC has a set of powerpoint slides on their website that loops through each year and color codes states by obesity level. I felt that D3 would offer a chance to improve on the graphic by making it both more interactive, and also using a linear color gradient vs 5% threshold color jumps.
  • All the data was collected using this CDC tool which provides the percent of obese individuals per state since 1995. I downloaded individual CSV files for each year and then combined them into one CSV for 1995-2010. I then used this tool to convert the CSV into JSON-properties that I could access using D3.
  • If you are interested in how to create D3 graphics in an Octopress blog post I have posted the raw code for this post in a gist here. It isn’t the cleanest, but it works and if you have feedback please drop me a comment!

For Christmas this year I was very generously given a custom coiler alpine snowboard by my parents. I can ski and snowboard decently, so figured it was a good time to learn a new mode of hurling myself down the mountain. Here is footage from my first 3 days learning to ride alpine on a trip out west with my family:

The goal is to get this good: