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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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


– 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


– 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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