I’m easy to impress. If I don’t understand something, all ya gotta do to impress me is to explain it to me in a way that even I (yes, the blonde Taobabe) can understand. This is not as difficult as it sounds. I’m a visual learner, so all I really need are graphs and charts. Throw in a few pretty pictures and I completely grasp the situation.
So when I was shown a graph that was stupid simple, I was impressed. Now, I know that statisticians can manipulate graphs and charts to make it say whatever they wish it to say. They can even manually change numbers here and there to reflect a certain ‘truth’ that will match with what they wish to espouse.
I understand how images may not show the entire picture. After all, I am a wizard at taking photos and then digitally changing them so that they show only what I want the world to see, minus all the undesirable areas and artefacts.
This is why it is important to see the entire picture. For a number to have any sort of significance, sometimes, a longer timeline is necessary to see long-term trends.
Enough of the talk. Here are the pictures.
(FYI: if image does not rotate, click on it and a new browser window will open up to show the rest of the images)