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Playing with data: linking soldiers and war graves

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– 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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Parsing 65 000 war grave records with Python

War Graves at Tyne Cot Cemetary, Belgium

– This week, we take a look at the 65 000 records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's data set.

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Parsing 575k military records with Python

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– The Canadian government made the records of the 660 000 Canadians who served in the First World War available as an open dataset. I decided to take a look at it.

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Berlin now and then

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– Over the course of a few months, I have mapped and recreated several historical photographs of Berlin. From the Spartacist uprising to the fall of the wall, here is a first set of pictures that show Berlin as it was, and as it is. Spartacist troops on guard near Cafe Astoria on Unter den Linden, shortly after the proclamation […]

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Americans cooking in Germany

Cooking in Germany

– After moving to Germany, finding all the right ingredients to make my favourite meals and desserts has been an exercise in frustration. I expected basic cooking and baking ingredients to be the same across the world, but I was sorely mistaken. If you are an American or a Canadian trying to share your favourite recipes with your European friends, this […]

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The Liberation of Paris

– On June 5, 1944, five minutes before midnight, a broadcast from Radio London began with a familiar introduction: "Here is London. The French speak to the French. Before we begin, please listen to some personal messages." French Résistance members huddled around their illegal radio receivers and listened attentively. The broadcast continued: "Les sanglots longs des violons de […]

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Moving from Canada to Germany

– The complete guide to moving to Germany, including information about visas, bank accounts and finding a place to live. Contains lots of useful advice for all Americans moving to Europe.

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Building a home server

Nicolas' home server

– I wanted to make finding, downloading, renaming, listing and playing the movies as simple as possible. Here's what I came up with.

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The Berlin airlift

– The grand story of the Berlin airlift in pictures. It's one of my favourite stories, and I couldn't help but share it with you.

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