Today's blog entry from Maria Brumm sums up a lot of empricist stuff one sees in anthropology and archaeology these days: when data are displayed the relationships are assumed to be real and thus explanatory. The notion of meaningful description is entirely lost. Thus we have descriptions of "site size" and "house size" (i.e., the bigger the site, the bigger the houses can be (e.g., Cameron 1998) or "fancy burial stuff" and "chiefs" (e.g., Jackson 2000). Her post has a "random scatterplot generator" that produces two axis graphs. These graphs are useful for many satirical occasions.