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Original graphicBasically just watch this: https://youtu.be/-iv0FdCEGeo

18 December 2018

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 m…

18 December 2018

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 Massachuset…

23 April 2018

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 (…

13 March 2018

US state adjacency in python

I’m working on a small project that tries to pair up US states with their twins. I was doing this in python, and needed an adjacency “matrix” but couldn’t find a good one anywh…

21 January 2018

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 …

27 July 2017

When everything goes wrong (email)

Now that this Roman roads thing is settling down, by popular request I am publishing this email. Context: someone I knew set me up to meet a Mr. Srinivasan, who would consider me for a job. Some names…

17 June 2017

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 i…

3 March 2017

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 Southe…

20 November 2016

Why is San Jose’s airport so close to downtown?

This is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. In the background is downtown Washington, D.C. Reagan National is approximately a 1–1.5 hr walk from the White House, depending on which part of th…

20 September 2016

What does my Cyrillic handwriting look like?

The image below says: “The little bears deprived the chinchillas of a lily, and the chinchillas deprived the little bears of a pinecone.”Hehe, sorry, couldn’t pass up the chance. Here’s a more…

14 September 2016

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 sin…

13 September 2016

Why is Mexico viewed as a Third World country?

It’s not anymore, at least not by anyone who knows what they’re talking about. It’s poorer than the US, but Mexico’s Human Development Index score is 0.756, which is officially…

20 March 2016

What new countries may be formed in 2016?

Realistically, none, even taking into account unrecognized countries. But here are the three least remote possibilities in the near future, if not 2016:0 . Scotland – In light of recent news I’m g…

6 January 2016

What is the northernmost city in the world?

Here is a list of northernmost inhabited places by increasing population: 82º N: Alert, Canada – population 0-5. Northernmost inhabited place. 79º N: Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Norway – population 3…

30 December 2015

Which cities span two continents?

Here are The biggest ones in order of population: Istanbul, Turkey (Europe and Asia) – 14 million Suez, Egypt (Africa and Asia) – 560,000 Orenburg, Russia (Europe and Asia) – 550,000 Magnitogors…

19 December 2015

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 word…

10 May 2015