Map of electrification from 1996 to 2011

New map I drew this weekend: it shows the spread of electrification in South Africa from 1996 to 2011, based on census data. The actual variable measured is “Main source of energy for lighting”. As usual, click for the full-size version.

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Comparing 2001 and 2011

For comparison with the 2011 census maps in my previous blog post, I’ve drawn similar maps based on the 2001 census data. There are two caveats to this: firstly, the 2001 census only made the race data available at a subplace (i.e. suburb) level, although the density is accurate to similar levels as the 2011 maps. Secondly, the 2001 census did not include the response of “Other” to the race question.

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I'm gay

This is not a metaphor for anything. I’ve been pretending for far too long - I don’t really know why. In retrospect, I’ve known for about eight years, but it’s taken this long to accept it for myself; the process of telling others has been quite quick.

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Radio frequency finder

Long ago, I used to have a website which listed the frequencies on which FM radio stations are broadcast from the various radio towers in the Cape Town area. That website died some years ago, but in the past I’ve had a couple of emails enquiring about it. Anyway, I recently discovered FMSCAN, which allows you to select a location anywhere in the world and find out what radio stations you should be able to pick up there, and on what frequencies. So if you need that sort of information, now you know where to get it.

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