The Best Countries

A while back, I watched a film and drank a cocktail from each country on Earth, but it occurred to me just now that I had never done any visualisation of where on Earth the good movies and drinks are.

Since I had the data semi-readible available, I whipped up some charts.

Here’s the film map (brighter red is better):

Here’s the cocktail map (brighter blue is better):

Hm…  I should run some regression on the data set to determine whether there’s a correlation or not between what I thought of the cocktail, what I thought of the film, and how drunk I was.

Oops!  No data on the last bit.

It looks like Africa leads on the cocktail scale…  And the dry bits between Europe and Asia (as well as South America) on the film scale.

Here’s the interactive version of the film map and the cocktail map if you’re really curious, for some reason or other.

Anyway, this is all statistically valid, since I have a sample size of 1 per country, so you can totally trust me here.  The p value is definitely < 0.05 according to my math.


I’m making an effort to tidy up the upstairs Storage Locker of Doom.  It’s been accruing stuff for a decade and is now officially full.

Amongst the general effluvia is a succession of discarded storage solutions (i.e., external disks and RAID systems), and there’s nothing sadder than a 512GB USB2 disk from 2007.  So I’m taking them all to the recycling place, but before doing that I’m wiping them.

I had forgotten how slow these things are: It takes like five hours to wipe a half-terrorbyte disk.  So I had to start doing it in parallel: