My Russian Name is a tool for converting a name into Russian (Cyrillic) spelling. To make the transliterations as accurate as possible, it is not sufficient to convert on a per-character basis. To improve the quality, I made a crawler that collected transliterations for a few thousand names on Russian Wikipedia. With more time, and a larger sample of names, it should be possible to make this tool nearly perfect.
I went through all annual U.S. Geological Survey’s Mineral Commodity Summaries for gold, silver, platinum and palladium for the last 23 years. From these reports I collected the annual world mine production for each year, and I also noted the top three producers of each metal for 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2017. The intention was to get an overview of year-on-year variability in mine output, the long term output trends […]
PayPal was founded in 1998 and sold to Ebay in 2002. Several of the key members have since become billionaires, founded companies such as Tesla, LinkedIn, YouTube, Yelp and/or seed invested in Facebook. I copied the list of PayPal members, coined the PayPal Mafia, from Wikipedia and added their ages in year 2000: Billionaires Peter Thiel (born 1967; 33 years old), PayPal founder and former chief executive officer who is sometimes referred to […]
Supply (production) Index Mundi’s list of palm oil producers shows that Indonesia produces 40.5 million tons (55% of world annual total) Malaysia produces 21.0 million tons (28% of world total) Thailand produces 4.0 million tons (4% of world total) World total is about 72.5 million tons The annual yield varies only moderately due to weather conditions. Land use Indonesia; 11.7 million ha (of 190 million ha; 6%) Malaysia; 4.5 million ha […]
Should I aim to become a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)? Let’s compare the costs and benefits. Costs Fees One-time enrollment fee; USD 450 Exam registration fee (covers complete curriculum eBook, practice tests and mock exams); USD 650 – 1380 depending on how early you register For all three levels (exams I, II and III), the fees add up to USD 1950 – 4140 Exam retake requires a new fee; there […]