The Holidays And The Damage Done

Don’t know precisely how much money you’ve blown through this holiday season? Well here’s a free holiday spending calculator to get you back on track or make you feel more worthless than I did before when I called you a buncha fatties.

This gift from software developer Business Objects uses its Crystal Xcelsius app to let you figure out all your holiday expenses simply by dragging some sliders. The more money you tack on, the higher the gauge goes up and the deeper in debt you sink.

This sort of visual feedback would be great for presentations. Instead of looking at boring slides of Excel tables, you could turn your data into visually appealing gauges and sliders, perfect for doing financial forecasts on the fly (i.e. if A happens, then B is the result). Well hey, that’s exactly what Crystal Xcelsius does.