Here is an example of what you can do with Processing, one of our foci for the Visualizing Data class.
Discuss: 1) How intuitive is the grid over the outline map? 2) does the grid make more sense after watching it for a while? 3) how do we balance simple graphics that are instantly clear versus complex graphics that repay close study with richer understanding? 4) Note the use of the weather dashboard at the bottom, an example of "sparklines", animation, and multivariate data display.