Marginally Compelling

Matt Shapiro
An honest attempt to parse data, wrestle with uncertainty, and suss out events in real time. Also cartoons.
Created 13 May 2020
  • Every State's COVID Numbers In Context, December 2021
    30 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 15 1
    This month’s edition is coming at a particularly volatile time for COVID data. The data in the charts below runs up to December 23rd. I did this intentionally because we know that major holidays play ...
  • Own Your Art
    21 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 8
    I recently had to cancel Netflix, partly because I’m not watching anything on it anymore and also because some of their programming has crossed a line (well, several lines) and it’s just time to give ...
  • The Evolution of Politics
    15 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 9 2
    After so much All-COVID-All-The-Time, I’m taking a small break to investigate a political movement that I’m sympathetic to and curious about. I’ve followed Rachel Bovard for some time and watched quie...
  • Watching A Wave Come In, Part 2
    07 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 21 12
    If you’re interested in what a difference a year makes, go read “Part 1” of this post, published in late October last year. By the summer of 2020, we had discovered that wastewater monitoring was the ...
  • The Hot New Omicron Variant
    30 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 16 10
    This is my least favorite topic to write about. There is a new COVID variant in the news and it needs to be addressed. Dammit. Let’s cover the technical basics of what is going on with a reminder that...
  • Every State's COVID Numbers in Context, Nov 2021
    23 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 12 1
    county-by-county COVID positives for Nov 2020 Check out the latest county-by-county map (animation starts in March 2021) This last month, we’ve been watching the beginnings of the winter surge. Last y...
  • A Nation of Scissors
    16 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 15 4
    I stayed out of the Kyle Rittenhouse discussion for a very long time. In case you’ve missed it, we are in the final days (or even hours) of the homicide case against Kyle Rittenhouse. An entertaining ...
  • Vaccines for Children (5-11 years old)
    09 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 22 5
    Two weeks ago, the FDA hosted the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting to review the evidence submitted by Pfizer in support of making their COVID vaccine (which they ca...
  • Coming Soon...
    02 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 2
    I’ve spent the last week trying to figure out what to write for today and everything is waiting on something else. I wanted to write about the FDA meeting in which they approved vaccines for kids ages...
  • Every State's COVID Numbers in Context, Oct 2021
    28 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 12 0
    This is one of the more boring versions of this monthly post, but that is good. We like boring. When it comes to COVID tracking, we hate new developments. With the exception of Alaska, all the surges ...
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