A few months ago, I took my bike in for repairs to a local business, where the friendly and tattooed owner began chatting me up. Filling out forms extremely slowly, he told me all about his businesses, his son’s private
This was a long winter. The night snuck in early, and stayed overtime. The snow piled, snow on snow, and I would complain–except I can’t, because Boston. No one got as much snow as Boston (as they like to remind us). And
*Checks date.* Nope, this vid of officials quickly covering up an unauthorized statue of Snowden is not an April Fools. That step on the head of an eagle is particularly nice: This is coming to light because the worst part of
Google loves data. I’ve reviewed Google nGrams before; built on top of their massive project to scan published books, it’s a way to study how our written culture changes over time. Below, I’ll cover a few more interesting tools, which I hope will be fun
I’ve been taking a free course on statistical inference online, which mentioned the World Values Survey. For this survey, interviewers ask people about religious, political, sexual, community, and life values. I haven’t looked at whether sample size, selection, fear of interviewers,
I’m often asked by young Kazakhs how they can study abroad, and I don’t have an easy answer. It’s a long process and sometimes you have to apply again and again to get funding to study in America or Europe.
I’ve just finished reading Uncharted (2013), in which Erez Aiden & Jean-Baptiste Michel describe how they convinced Google to create the Ngram Viewer. This is a great tool that lets you analyze word frequency across millions of books, and a powerful set of
I’m sharing a video here from the Africa exhibit at the Columbus Zoo — click here to view it!
Steven Gray’s article, Can the Black Middle Class Survive, has stuck with me. I remember his excellent work as a reporter on Detroit for TIME magazine. Yet after a painful layoff, he lays out the challenges that middle-class Blacks faced in the recent economic tremors of America:
Having written on Kazakh weddings for American readers, I’d also like to cover a Real American wedding for my Kazakh readers. Three months after the Kazakh wedding, I attended a family wedding in America. (See also the way comedian Stephen Colbert officiated a wedding
In a sudden phone call last night, I was asked to speak Kazakh today in some sort of konkurs (competition). Turns out, I’ve just walked away from Kazakhstan’s central bank with a wooden bowl for koumiss (fermented mare’s milk), and a ceremonial
Growing up in rural Ohio, my siblings and I went every year to the county fair to show our sheep, goats, and chickens. Although I preferred raising dainty white sheep, which never placed well, I enjoyed the year my Angora
I’ve just started a class on library materials for children, and it has me recalling a few children’s books I’ve enjoyed. You’re welcome to share your recommendations below! 1. One of my favorite books as a child was Robert Lopshire’s Put
So I have to say, one of the perks of working here in Central Asia is that you get some pretty cool job titles. And if there’s flexibility in your organization, you can take your pick. Unlike in America, where
“In weekly visits to my American public library when I was young, I had a vague idea of how it all worked. A bunch of numbers, and you’ve got to search along the shelves of books until you come across