Ah, Summer. A time of great joy and great dread. Lounging in my beach chair, my thoughts inevitably drift back to an upcoming client presentation, and I begin to think about ways to make data more interesting. Here is but one imaginary scenario. Hey, it’s not perfect, but I’m on vacation. Let your own imagination transport you now, and join me in a boring, clunky, crowded, sweaty boardroom.
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“Ahem. In the interest of brevity, I decided to dispense with our usual monthly updated graphs and charts, and proceed right to the Q&A, which we have found far more engaging and interesting for immediately applying our findings. Let us begin.
As you can see, the title of this session is: “Summer, a time of great joy and great dread”. Any questions so far?”
Q: Why great Joy?
A: Because we eat more ice cream cones at the beach in summer.
Q: Why great dread?
A: Because of the increased frequency of shark attacks which, interestingly, also happen at the beach in the summer.
Q: Are you suggesting it is more dangerous to wade into shark-infested waters while holding an ice cream cone?
A: No; as your resident data geek, I should quickly point out that this coincidence in no way suggests that the sharks and ice cream vendors have engaged in any sort of collusion. Next question, please.
Q: This makes me wonder…where did that shark data come from? Did we rent it? Are sharks covered by data privacy laws?
A: As a matter of policy, we at Fan Foundry are recommending to all our clients that you cover sharks under your data privacy policies. If, like me, you like to swim in the ocean, you don’t want to even accidentally piss off any sharks.
Ignorance is not an excuse.
Thank you for your time and attention. Let’s adjourn. Surf’s up.
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Sorry: unlike most of our really useful posts, there are no resource links at the end of this post. Remember, we’re on vacation. If you have a goofy data analytics vignette to share, kindly use Twitter hashtag #summerofdata2018. Or, comment below; we’ll gladly share it out. Happy summer!