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Sasha Trubetskoy

Golf courses

The geography of golf. I know the scale is wonky, it’s by decile. And yes, Iceland has way too many golf courses. Though upon closer examination they are usually not a full 18 holes. Is golf a proxy for elite Anglo culture? I’m particularly interested in Japanese and Korean emulation of said culture.Data from OpenStreetMap.

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Top k countries

I tried a little mapping experiment. If I had more time I could write some code to automate this whole process.The surprise to me here is Mexico. It just ~barely~ makes 15th place in both area and GDP. Japan lacks area, Indonesia lacks productivity, Australia and Canada lack people.______________________________________________________________________________Another mapping experiment:Indicators are: Life expectancy at […]

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Population of Antarctica

Antarctica—0.00008 people per sq. km! McMurdo is by far the largest community on Antarctica with 1200 people in the summer and 250 in the winter. It’s located at the southernmost ice pack-free point on the continent. King George Island is home to a dozen smaller stations whose populations add up. In many cases the stations […]

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Low-effort maps Feb 2019

The following are some low-effort maps I made in February 2019 that did not involve any number crunching or many hours of design work. I still think they are aesthetically good or interesting, so I sharing them here, all in one post.Turns out countries can function even with no constitution! One consequence of this is […]

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Renamed cities in Southern Africa

(copied from Twitter) After reading about Blantyre, Malawi I got curious about other places that were renamed. Areas with significant English or Afrikaans presence avoided renaming.Shoutout to newly christened Eswatini. Also sorry for not including Madagascar, I got lazy.

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Low-effort maps Jan 2019

The following are some low-effort maps I made in January 2019 that did not involve any number crunching or many hours of design work. I still think they are aesthetically good or interesting, so I sharing them here, all in one post. Created in December 2018, shared on 31 January 2019.Data source: Google Earth Blog […]

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