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Armen's blog · 2W ago

Map Monday, most common surname in each European country

What is the most common surname in Europe?  As frequent readers know this blog has a deep fascination with names.  Past posts have included my ramblings about how I created fictional charact...
Armen's blog · 1M ago

Map Monday, Jobs for College Grads

For most Americans their homes represent their single largest investment, but times are changing especially for college grads.  The new challenger is a bachelors degree.  The costs to attend...
Armen's blog · 2M ago

Map Monday, unnatural ways Americans die abroad

How do Americans die abroad?  With few exceptions (baby animals, grandmothers, and cat videos come to mind) humans seem predisposed to prefer bad news.  Even the aforementioned triumvirate o...
Armen's blog · 3M ago

Map Monday, lactose intolerance around the world

When I was younger I never heard of lactose intolerance.  In recent years it has become almost common place.  Grocery store aisles are filled with “safe” dairy products and aids for digestin...
Armen's blog · 4M ago

Map Monday, speed limits across the globe

Speed limits seem to be the universal constraint to modern life.  Despite medical advances that have extended life into an eighth decade in the most developed countries there’s never enough ...
Armen's blog · 5M ago

Map Monday, Top US foreign trade partners by state

What does foreign trade tell us about American politics?  There’s an old adage; if you want to get to the root of a mystery follow the money.  The saying takes on cynical connotations, parti...
Armen's blog · 6M ago

Map Monday, Your Chances for a White Christmas

Strictly speaking a white Christmas is nothing more than a covering of fallen flakes of frozen water on the ground.  According to AccuWeather’s analysis of the past 30 years only two large U...
Armen's blog · 7M ago

News and updates for the end of 2016

I want to take a quick moment to share some exciting news and updates about both the Misaligned and Warder series as well as additions to my appearance schedule. New Review First is a new re...
Armen's blog · 7M ago

Map Monday, The Great War a hundred years on

One hundred years ago Europe was in the grip of the Great War.  Two years prior the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip ignited the war.  The for...
Armen's blog · 8M ago

Map Monday, Happy 50th Birthday to Star Trek

NBC broadcast the first episode of Star Trek on September 8th 1966.  Sold as a spacey version of Wagon Train the series took a cerebral twist.  Told through a sixties cultural lens it explor...