I lurve visualizing information.
In a past life, I was a Research Associate in Product Development. The highlight of the job was using statisical analysis to design and analyze experiments. The end product of my work happened to be a molecular diagnostic for genetic variation. I found satisfaction in developing a robust, reliable tool for genetic analysis, but ultimately it was the analytical process I enjoyed.
I’ve stayed in the biostatistics loop — the teams I now manage have a statistical analysis component. I no longer do the actual stats work, but I get to have fun conversations at the water cooler.
So when I heard of Wolfram | Alpha, an analytical search engine, I was excited. I mean really, really excited. While screen shots from the engine aren’t being posted, a webcast is available in which Wolfram talks about the engine.
Wolfram is the creator of what I consider the holy grail of stats packages: Mathematica. The marketing language for the newest version, Mathematica 6, claims a user can “Visualize Anything”. While that may not be entirely true, the program can be used to visualize a fair amount.