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List of Western countries (Revised)

There is no single definition of what the West is, so the list of countries changes depending on context. The different contexts are outlined in this Wikipedia article. Since people are now visiting this page more frequently, I will present three definitions, which people can use depending on context:The Latin West (cultural definition) – A […]

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Vancouver movies

This guy explains it best: Vancouver never plays itself in movies. So who does Vancouver play?Mostly Seattle, apparently. But also Honduras, Las Vegas, Albany and Siberia, among other places. I took the data from Movie Maps, which has a fairly comprehensive list of every scene filmed in Vancouver.I have a series of YouTube videos where […]

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The definitive GDP map

I got tired of seeing these horrible maps:So I decided to combine them all into one to make the Definitive Arbitrarily-Classified GDP Map.Here are the bounds: Benchmark GDP (USD) Source California 2.60E+12 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_California US student debt 1.44E+12 https://studentloanhero.com/student-loan-debt-statistics/ Apple Inc market cap 8.15E+11 Google finance US military budget 5.22E+11 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_States Apple cash reserves 2.57E+11 https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/02/apples-cash-hoard-swells-to-record-256-8-billion.html […]

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In saecula saeculorum

Something I learned recently – the longest unit of time in Ancient Rome was called the Saeculum. It was the period of time from the moment that something happened (for example the founding of a city), until the point in time when all people living at the first moment had died. In other words, it’s […]

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Will Moscow ever stop growing?

Русская версия картыEven as Russia struggles to grow its population, Moscow’s incredible growth seems unstoppable. Excluding St. Petersburg, Russia’s next 15 largest cities combined could comfortably fit inside Moscow and its suburbs.In a recent map, I looked at the growth and decline of post-Soviet cities. Across the entire post-Soviet space, there is one overwhelming winner – Moscow. For hundreds […]

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Development in Russia

Версия на русском. Colorblind-friendly version.I got a hold of human development data for each Russian federal subject, contained in a report (short version here) by Russia’s National Analytics Center. The report did have a map, but I didn’t particularly like how it was split between two PDF pages, let alone the wacky color scheme. Great […]

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