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Sketching the origins of “Made in Germany” with ngrams

Two quick takeaways: The origins of German manufacturing prowess are in protectionist policies with import tarifs in the 1870s. Made In Germany mutated from marking lower quality German imports to Britain to marking premium quality German goods within 50 years … Continue reading

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Trade Imbalance through the eyes of Google ngrams

Using Google ngrams one can examine over 200 years worth of text in several languages. It might be of interest to some, especially in the context of the German trade surplus, to compare the prevalence of the word export over … Continue reading

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On the mutation of the labor market – cultural centers

An amusing and simple way by which we can see traces of the mutation of the labor market, as the economy recycles and reuses it’s capital, is evidenced by the German Cultural Centers. Their names (Alter Schlachthof, Kofferfabrik, Muffatwerk, Zinnschmelze, … Continue reading

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Forgetting and Remembering in the digital age

I suppose that for us to be intelligent beings a necessary prerequisite is that we do not forget every piece of information, data or knowledge we ever come in possession of. In other words remembering/retaining is important. On the other … Continue reading

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