Well, tomorrow is the big day. (Or later this weekend, depending on when your race is scheduled.) Don’t panic! You’ve trained. Your body is ready. Here are some last minute tips to prepare your mind.
If you’re in a bad mood at the start of a workout, or if you’re dreading what’s to come, you’re more likely to have a miserable experience. But if you remember your best days at the gym, or your favorite finish-line moments, you can use those to set the scene when you begin.
Running is hard. Sticking to a training plan is hard. But knowing that you have a race in a month is a great motivator to keep you going when you’d rather be watching TV. If you’ve never run a race before, putting one on your calendar might seem scary: Will I feel out of place? What should I wear?
Mentally rehearsing tough spots in workouts or competitions can be a useful tool to beat those obstacles when you meet them in real life. Here's a formula to help you build an effective script for visualizing success.
Infogr.am is a free webapp that ingests spreadsheets and .csv files, and spits out gorgeous, interactive infographics.
Amazon has great prices and a great selection, but sometimes its browsing leaves a bit to be desired. YASIV is a simple tool that lets you type in a book or album you like, and view what other fans have bought in a visual, web-like view.
Do you ever picture what you'll look like or what your life will be like in retirement? If not, you might want to start now. Visualizing your future self, research suggests, is one way to prevent under-saving.
Android: Google Maps rolled out some new features for their location-tracking Latitude app today, letting you view summaries of where you go and spend most of your time. It's pretty cool—so cool, they make us actually want to use Latitude.
LinkedIn isn't the most visually arresting site. Log into the InMaps "labs," however, and you see every connection, daisy-chained in colorful loops and webs. See who knows who and plot your career escape, or just reminisce over jobs of yore.
If you're curious to see who the biggest contributors are to the politicians that represent you on the national stage, Influence Tracker "brands" your congressperson of choice with the logos of their biggest contributors.
Google Docs just rolled out a new Charts Editor that brings some impressive new tools to Google-Docs-built charts. Those new features include organizational charts, annotated timelines, and a motion chart for visualizing data over time. They've also given an all-around facelift to their regular old charts. You can…
Newsmap is a news aggregation tool that organizes news stories, by popularity and volume of reporting, in a visually pleasing treemap—making it extremely simple to see what's going on and how much coverage it's receiving.
Translating the kilowatt usage on your power bill into real world application isn't the easiest thing to do. This interactive residential energy use chart shows how much energy and money common appliances cost.
You should never feel like your hard drive is holding out on you. Anyone should be able to back up, recover files, boot multiple systems, upgrade, or otherwise improve their storage space. These tips explain the possibilities and procedures.
Windows: If you're looking for a snappy and portable disk scanner to dig into your disk usage in an easy to digest radial-chart format you'll want to check out Scanner.
Timelines are excellent for visualizing change over time, but most timeline generators limit you to a single timeline. Web application Preceden features parallel timelines and accompanying charts.
Three-dimensional charts may be a little more eye-catching and dynamic than their 2-D counterparts (it's an Avatar world, baby), but data visualization blogger Stubborn Mule explains why you should consider junking 3-D charts, or at least why you shouldn't trust pyramid charts.
Windows only: Free application Tableau Public creates beautiful visualizations from your data and lets you publish them to the web, where users can interact with your charts and graphs with live updates.
Nathan Yau is a doctoral candidate in statistics, but the most valuable lessons he's learned in analyzing and working with data don't involve formal math. Here's how he suggests looking at lines, charts, and numbers to find interesting things.
Firefox: Want to navigate your browsing history in a visual way? Voyage turns your history into a web of nodes, linked together by their connections to each other and sized based on the number of visits