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Four possible outcomes in Korea

Written by Tim KoayThe Panmunjom Declaration is an exciting step towards peace on the Korean peninsula—a goal many have worked hard towards across many decades. We have forecasted four scenarios of potential developments as a result of future summits, closed-door deliberations, and agreements. A realistic view of current developments would mean that the future most […]

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Reconstructing Kenmore, 1890

I wrote this short essay for a class called “History of Cartography”. Prof. Danzer thought I did a good job, so I decided to share it here.The area of modern-day Boston between Massachusetts Avenue and Kenmore Square has no common name, despite being one of the city’s most important transport nodes. Beacon Street, Commonwealth Avenue, […]

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Europe and Mankind—English translation

This is currently unfinished, but I want the public to be able to see the sections that I have translated so far. Europe and Mankind is an interesting essay written by Nikolai Sergeyevich Trubetzkoy (1890–1938), who happens to be a first cousin thrice removed. He was primarily a linguist, but occasionally wrote on historical and […]

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Racial minorities use Citi Bike less

I wrote this report for a class, and hadn’t really put it online before, but I feel like it’s pretty interesting nonetheless. I just quickly pasted the text and charts in. For those not interested in reading the full report, here is an excerpt from the conclusion that shows the main takeaway: Interestingly, income was not […]

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UChicago over Stanford?

UChicago is higher ranked than Stanford (US News) because UChicago happens to be better at generating the right stats for the methodology. You could call it gaming the system, but that’s unfair since it’s mostly not deliberate. According to Parchment.com’s statistics, about one in three students choose UChicago over Stanford, if admitted to both.Here’s a walkthrough of […]

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Response: “Why are ghettos mostly populated by blacks?”

I’ll start by saying that not all ghettos are populated by blacks. The word ghetto itself comes from an Italian term for the area of the town to which Jews are restricted. In the United States, the term ghetto has come to mean an urban or suburban area that is poor (“low-income”) and racially homogeneous. […]

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Russian has no word for “Privacy”.

I like to point out the sheer number of words in English, compared to a language like Russian; every word in Russian, including dialectal, archaic and nonstandard forms, amounts to around 300,000 words at most. That’s barely half of the Oxford English Dictionary, which itself is missing countless slang terms, neologisms and adopted foreign words. […]

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