Now, I could write at length about California's budget seppuku. I could even make it funny and interesting to read. But I would rather just show the picture:
I am writing my thesis right now, trying to conform to the rules in "Engineered Writing" by Melba Jerry Murray. It's an excellent book my boss gave me at the company I'm doing my research at. One of the best suggestions is to make your figures first, and then do the writing around them.