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Mashup maps (reflections)

I was originally inspired by this map from Business Insider Australia, which shows how similar Brazil and Australia are in shape and size. My first thought was, “Wow! The curves and coastlines match up a little too well.” Then something else occurred to me: the population distributions are kind of similar, as well—a rotated Australia […]

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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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What kind of students get into the University of Chicago?

There are essentially four types, and I’m broadly stereotyping here: The College Prep kid (~40%). This is the most common, at least in the Class of 2019 – 50% of the class went to a private school. The Type 1 kid went to a private prep school, especially one of the Eight Schools. They did […]

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US cities: cheap and open-minded

Context: on Quora, I was asked, “What is the cheapest and most open-minded city in the United States?“ Tl;dr: Louisville, Kentucky – aka “Where sobriety goes to die” or “The Southernmost Northern City”. Wow, cheapest AND most open-minded… this is not easy to measure. For “cheapest” I assume you mean cost of living, which I […]

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