Cooking with Nick: Ja! cheeseburgers


– Stacking buns, meat and cheese is a relic of the past, a testament to the inefficiencies of the Old World. Germany is giving us a glimpse of future of eating with their assortment of pre-assembled staple foods. In the name of science, I decided to put them to the test. This week, we're cooking REWE's Ja! cheeseburgers. Inside the Ja! branded […]

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Trading a Canadian driver license for a German one

– This article is another addition to the "moving to Germany" series. I am a Canadian who has been living in Germany for the past two years, and this is how I converted my Canadian driver license to a German driver license. Who can drive in Germany? If you are a Canadian citizen in possession of a […]

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Finding your first flat in Berlin, the no-nonsense guide

– I have written another, more complete resource for finding an apartment in Berlin on All About Berlin. I recommend checking out the new article as it's actively maintained. So it's official. You're coming to Berlin and you need to find a place to live. You don't speak German, you don't know how much to pay in rent, and you have […]

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Cooking with Nick: Maple syrup dumplings

Grands-pères au sirop d'érable

– Today, we are going to prepare a traditional Québécois dessert, grands-pères au syrop d'érable.

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In which I settle a score with a French teacher


– A French teacher once told me that there are no words with more than 3 consecutive consonants in the French language.

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Cooking with Nick: Beef and Guinness Pie


– When it comes to food, there is no worse disaster than a delicious meal that falls short on social media. What a disaster! After hours of toiling in the kitchen, a meager half-dozen likes from your immediate family makes you want to swear off cooking forever. Desperate cooks, fret not! With its warm colour palette, tasteful use […]

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Buying a monthly ticket with the BVG


– Buying a monthly public transit ticket is a simple, painless process in Berlin. Here's how you do it with a credit card.

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Sunday Stats: Mapping Canada’s war dead

– After a few weeks of wrestling with century-old data, I finally managed to get the 66 000 Canadian Expeditionary Force war graves on a map, with only a few dozen missing graves. The Canadian Expeditionary Force is the designation for the Canadians who fought overseas in the First World War. The data here comes from the Commonwealth […]

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Playing with data: linking soldiers and war graves


– Over the past week, I have written about the Canadian Expeditionary Force and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission data sets. After loading both data sets in a common database, it is finally time to bring them together.

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Cracking open the Canadian Great War Project database

– Extracting several hundred megabytes of data from the Canadian Great War Project website.

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