44 Hours of Darkness

The past two times I slept, I slept from approximately 7 AM to approximately 4:30 PM, sleeping before sunrise and waking up after sunset. Thus, I am currently experiencing the first hour of the sky actually being blue (actually, a Bostonian cloudy grey) outside while I’m awake after 44 consecutive awake-hours of a black sky.

I love the color black, I love the night, and I loved that experience. There is a weird impression of disorientedness I get that I think is probably induced by a lifetime of not doing this, but the wonderful feeling of living nocturnal was well worth it. MIT is already starkly empty over the winter break, and this emptiness is magnified at night; there’s an awesome grand feeling about prowling through a near-silent landscape, being so much with the night, and being with so much of the night.

From here, I will probably try to extend my awake-time a bit later each awake-day such that I’ll slowly spiral back into a normal sleep schedule. Even if someday I may take a job in which I will maintain nocturnality for an extended time period, soon will not be a reasonable time to do so.

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Map Context Checklist

Here’s a list of items to check as for the date and perspective of a map you come across.

Bold items are very macroscopic points, and probably noticeable first.
Italicized items are very microscopic differences, and might not be distinguishable on global scales.

Note: these lists are nowhere near exclusive, just a sampling of items to check.

A) Is it outdated?
0) Is South Sudan part of Sudan?
1) Does it have the Soviet Union?
2) Does it have Yugoslavia? And is it the big Yugoslavia or the small one?
3) Does it have Czechoslovakia?
4) Are West Germany and East Germany split?
5) Are North Yemen and South Yemen split?
6) Are North Vietnam and South Vietnam split?
7) Is Bangladesh called East Pakistan?
8) Is East Timor part of Indonesia?
9) Is Montenegro part of Serbia?
10) Is Namibia part of South Africa?
11) Is Papua New Guinea part of Australia?
12) Is Egypt the United Arab Republic?
13) Is Syria the United Arab Republic?
14) Is the United Arab Emirates the Trucial Coast?
15) Is there a Zaire?
16) Do the Cooch-Behar enclaves exist?
17) Is Kiribati united?
18) Is Hong Kong part of the United Kingdom?
19) Is Macau part of Portugal?
20) Is Tanzania united?

B) Whose perspective is it from?
0) Is there a People’s Republic of China (“China”), a Republic of China (“Taiwan”), or both?
0a) Is Tibet part of a China?
0b) Is Mongolia part of a China?
0c) Which China is Kinmen in?
0d) Which China is Lienchiang in?
1a) Is Hong Kong part of a China?
1b) Is Macau part of a China?
2) Is there a Republic of Korea, a Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or both?
3a) Is Jammu and Kashmir part of India or Pakistan?
3b) Is Azad Kashmir part of Pakistan or India?
3c) Is Gilgit-Baltistan part of Pakistan or India?
3d) Is the Shaksgam part of Pakistan, a China, or India?
3e) Is Aksai Chin part of a China or India?
3f) Is Arunachal Pradesh part of India or a China?
4) Is there an Israel, a Palestine, or both?
4a) Where’s the boundaries between Israel and Palestine?
5) Is Golan Heights part of Syria or Israel?
6a) Is Crimea part of Russia or Ukraine?
6b) Is Donetsk part of Ukraine or Russia?
6c) Is Luhansk part of Ukraine or Russia?
7) Is Kosovo part of Serbia?
8) Is Abkhazia part of Georgia?
9) Is South Ossetia part of Georgia?
10) Is Nagorno-Karabakh part of Azerbaijan?
11) Is Transnistria part of Moldova?
12) Does Armenia exist?
13) Is there one Cyprus or two?
13a) Is the entire island of Cyprus part of a Cyprus?
14) Is the Hala’ib Triangle part of Egypt or Sudan?
15) Is Abyei part of Sudan or South Sudan?
16) Is Somaliland part of Somalia?
17) Is Socotra part of Somalia or Yemen?
18) Is all, some, or none of Quebec part of Canada?
19) Is French Guiana part of France?
20) How are claims in Antarctica distributed?
21) Is Mayotte part of France or Comoros?
22) Is Abu Musa part of Iran or the United Arab Emirates?
23) Is Ambalat part of Malaysia or Indonesia?
24) Are the Paracel Islands part of a China or Vietnam?
25) Are the Spratly Islands part of a China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, or Brunei?
26) Is Dokdo part of a Korea or Japan?
27) Is Diaoyu part of a China or Japan?
28) Are the South Kuril Islands part of Russia or Japan?
29) Is Olivenza part of Spain or Portugal?
30) Is Šarengrad part of Croatia or Serbia?
31) How is Macedonia recognized?
32) Is Navassa Island part of Haiti or the United States?
33) Is Serranilla Bank part of Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras, or the United States?
34) Is Bajo Nuevo part of the Colombia, Nicaragua, Jamaica, or the United States?
35) Is Earth a colony of a foreign galactic power?

Monthly Views Breakdown by Country

Here are some charts of the numbers of views per month I’ve received from the thirteen countries that most view this blog over the past three and a half years. Versions with views from the United States are taken out because the United States dominates the viewership of this blog to a resolution-squashing scale.





Hmmm…what’s going on with the x-Axis here?