The Potano have several names, each signifying a different element of the nation. Hernando de Soto passed through several villages in the Potano nation including the eponymous capital. This is the first instance of the name “Potano” and likely, as was the convention of the first invaders, came from the name of the preeminent chief in the area.

I mentioned last time that the Potano were of “the Alachua culture.” This is an archaeological name indicating specific pottery styles and village locations. I don’t want to run afoul of the nice people on archaeology twitter, but I just want to…

Project Introduction

There is no shortage of proclaimed Histories of Gainesville, FL. The seminal work is that of Charles Hildreth and Milton Cox, which spans 1854–1979. Hildreth and Cox, like Jesse Davis before them, mostly constrain themselves to the dominant (white, male, settler) history of Gainesville, FL. These accounts leave the marginalized to the margins and, in the process, leave some of the most interesting histories of this place behind.

This project neither attempts to reproduce those prior works nor to compile a more complete history. Rather, this project aims to fill in some gaps in its predecessors and should be interpreted…

Disclaimer: I am not a CPA. All tax data in this article should be treated skeptically. Consult your 2019 (or 2018) tax return to find your actual federal income tax liability.

The Senate will vote later today on the Republican COVID-19 stimulus plan. Despite conversations indicated checks would be mailed to everyone a la a Universal Basic Income, the GOP put together a plan that is actually a tax rebate. In other words, this is a tax cut, not a stimulus plan.

The size of the refund is commensurate with the tax liability of the individual. A single person must…

As the virus spreads, data about the areas most impacted is a crucial tool for preparedness. However, it understandably trails behind immediate medical actions in terms of priority. Here, I try to parse the information hidden in the limited data available by investigating national and regional trends.

How infected is the US?

Everytime I see raw case numbers, I have two thoughts. The first is, “How much of the population of that state is infected?” The meaning of a number like “1000 new cases” is different for New York than it would be for a smaller state. A good place to begin analyzing this data…

In the midterm election following a party change in the White House, the President’s party generally incurs a net turnout decrease.

In a conversation about Andrew Gillum’s surprise upset in Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, an acquaintance declared wantonly that one of the biggest challenges Gillum will face is the confrontation with a surge in voters precipitating from Trump’s energizing force among his Republican base.

It has been a piece of conventional wisdom for some time that Republicans register better turnout in midterm elections than Democrats (some data below draws this into question), but 2018 is a special kind of mid-term…

During a recent conversation about representation and Trump’s America, I was reminded that part of the rationale for the Senate’s uniform representation (two Senators per state, regardless of population) was to protect the smaller states and to ensure rural areas were not over-run by cities.

During my ensuing Google search storm, I was left with one question lacking compelling data:

How has the concentration of the population in large cities changed since the writing of the Constitution?

The Tool: The Gini Coefficient

We know that population density increases over time (Figure 3, below) but this tells us nothing about the distribution of the population between…

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