Back on the Wagon

Okay, since I’m apparently terrible at writing about my trip to Europe, I’m just going to start writing about random stuff again. I’m currently in Washington, DC. I’ve been here since January 13th. It’s been a fun time of seeing friends and enjoying some inaugural festivities.

Also, I’ve discovered the neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant. It’s awesome! If I move back to DC I’ll for sure try to live here.

I still plan to write about my European adventures at some point, but in the meantime you can look at this nifty map of my travels in 2008. As you can see I did a pretty good job of following my plan.

Comments off

DC by Race And Ethnicity

Want to see a map of DC and the surrounding area by race and ethnicity? I whipped this up a while ago with the help of my friend Chris. It’s pretty striking. We’ve got more plans (looking at income distributions, for example), but I’ve been busy, so we’ll see when I get a chance to do more. Geography + census = nifty.

People in DC MSA

The data comes from Census 2000, and we put it together using arcmap. Each dot represents 200 people of a race in a census tract. This means that if there are fewer than 200 people of that race in the tract then there will be no dot. Also, the dot is placed randomly within the area of the tract. The size of census tracts is determined by population density, though, so in DC (pretty dense) a tract is very small. It’s mostly accurate, but not perfect.

I’d like to read about geography and segregation.

Comments off

This shit cracks me up

From The Hold Steady‘s web page about their new album, Boys and Girls in America:

No. I moved to New York when I was 29 years old, so maybe you’re hanging out with a better quality of person. When you’re 18, there’s some idiots who are like, “We’re gonna go drink this under a bridge, you wanna come?” And you’re like, “Yeah. Absolutely. How would we not want to drink under a bridge?” I think Minneapolis is pretty unique. The delinquents out there are pretty delinquent. And everyone’s got a car, so there’s like, a lot of mobility. A lot of bad ideas can be put into action quickly. ‘Cause you can like, haul stuff.

That’s priceless, and so true about much of America.

Oh, and it’s a great album. Check it out! I think I’m going to go see them when they are in D.C. in November.

Comments off