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Fair Warning - Name guessing, coronavirus compared, and lost property

Heeeeey, it's Sunday! Today's newsletter is brought to you through the power and optimism of Cheesy H
Fair Warning
Fair Warning - Name guessing, coronavirus compared, and lost property
By Sophie Warnes • Issue #105 • View online
Heeeeey, it’s Sunday! Today’s newsletter is brought to you through the power and optimism of Cheesy Hits (this is a Spotify playlist fyi).
I’ve written a thing about how you can be supportive to deaf colleagues in the workplace. Why? - I’m deaf and figure that not many people have ever sat down to think about how it affects your concentration levels as well as the basics of, er, not hearing stuff.
Some random links before the data stuff:
  • Today is a super special date. Here’s why!
  • Following two work Christmas parties where I subjected my colleagues to this spectacle and my friends didn’t believe me, there is now incontrovertible proof that I can put my foot on my head. Now everyone can stop telling me I’m lying 🤪
  • This week I found out about the origins of the name Barry, as in Barry Island/Barrybados. (Note to non-UK readers: Barry is a place in south Wales that everyone pokes fun at.) It’s the stupidest name origin story I’ve ever heard.

On the home front
2019: A year in review
Young Britons are staying in jobs for longer
Over the pond
The ecological disaster that is Trump’s border wall: a visual guide
What the freshman class of House Democrats accomplished in office
Women Make Gains in the Workplace Amid a Rising Demand for Skilled Workers
Who’s Winning the 2020 Presidential Delegate Count?
Antarctica melting: Climate change and the journey to the 'doomsday glacier'
Comparing the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak with SARS and MERS
Charting new territory
Newsletter roll-call
Sometimes people ask on Twitter which newsletters people follow, and I thought it was well past time that I talk about the ones I read. If you’ve ever tried emailing me, you’ll know that I am dreadful at reading and replying to emails, so I’m very inconsistent with reading newsletters too. Nevertheless, here are the ones I like when I get the time/remember…
  • by Dan Sinker. If I feel like I don’t know what’s going on in the States I just read this, though clearly it has a limited lifespan since the trial will probably end soon.
  • The Overspill by Charles Arthur. This mostly covers tech which isn’t always my bag, but there are sometimes some really great gems in here, and I love his observations on different things.
  • In Other News by Giuseppe Sollazzo. This is probably the most similar newsletter to this one; we cover similar topics but from different perspectives (I’m a journalist, G has mostly done open data stuff IIRC?). I think we both try to not overlap too much - you might find them complementary to read together.
  • Axios AM by Mike Allen. I read this religiously for a while but I had to stop reading it so much for my own sanity. It’s a great daily newsletter if you want to keep up with US news, though.
  • Data Is Plural by Jeremy Singer-Vine. This is more about interesting datasets than articles. It can be hit and miss for my weird tastes, but sometimes there’s some stuff in there which is absolutely up my street. It’s cool that there’s so many people making datasets about literally anything you can think of. :)
Bad chart of the week
Not quite a chart, but… Average female height by country. Apparently I’m literally a giant Amazonian woman (my height is off the charts, hahahahaha).
That’s aaaaaall for this week. This was way longer than I originally intended. Anyway, hope you enjoyed reading! If you did, consider leaving me a tip/buying me a ‘coffee’ here, or regularly supporting and becoming a Patron. It takes me a few hours to pull FW together and it’s a labour of love, but coffee helps keep me going! See you next week! x
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