Making Gardens Visible: some maps

Oftentimes when (community) gardens are appreciated it is for fulfilling a temporary need. They replace vacant lots, turning illegal trash pits into something pretty that increases property values. They green otherwise dull, industrialized, cities and create a sense of community where there is none. Victory gardens help socialize children into a nationalistic project of civic engagement […]

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Journeys in Spam

I receive a lot of spam comments on this blog. I moderate (e.g. delete) them to keep things clean here. Most are advertisements for payday loans or inane comments followed by a link, but sometimes there are real gems. Here are a few of my favorites. Formatting is preserved and usernames are in bold.    I simply couldn’t leave […]

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Expected Value: a crash course

When analyzing politics I think largely in terms of expected value. This is a really useful tool I recommend for anyone interested in logical thinking, and it comes up in how I write on this blog. This post is a crash course in the subject. In mathematics, specifically probability, the expected value of something is […]

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