Data analysis as performance art: "Hans Rosling has been justly acclaimed for a couple of TED talks on global health in which he makes mesmerizing use of his (and now Google's) GapMinder software, which he uses to tell compelling stories with data. The software is very cool, but what really makes the stories come to life is Rosling's narrative. Data analysis, for him, is a performance art."
(Via Jon Udell.)
The Gapminder software is truly amazing. Hans Rosling's first talk was amazing. But he does even better in the second (it includes sword swallowing!).