It wasn’t great.

The FAFSA Application
The FAFSA Application

In this post, I’ll be taking a brief look at the impact the 2008 recession had on FAFSA applications, and make (mostly) baseless speculation as to the long term impacts it had on college admissions.

The data I have shows the number of applicants per state by year, from 2006–07 to 2018–19. Here’s California.


Truman gleefully displaying an incorrect headline stating “Dewey Defeats Truman”
Truman gleefully displaying an incorrect headline stating “Dewey Defeats Truman”

This post is part of my series of short posts on every subject in “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel. You can also see the whole list of live posts, and dive into my original Roam Notes.

Harry Truman was the 33rd president of the United States, and was president during late WW2, the WW2 recovery, the early Cold War and the early Civil Rights era. …


Picture of social media app icons on a phone home screen
Picture of social media app icons on a phone home screen

It’s astonishing how much data is collected on every person. In 2019, the New York Times Privacy Project was given access to a data set of tracking data, and were able to trace day-to-day, moment-by-moment, the locations of most Americans. They zoomed in to Pasadena, California, and were able to track the exact movements of the city sheriff, a rocket scientist, and children. Facebook created a profile of you with your location, social network, and phone number, all before you even joined the site, simply by creeping through your friends’ phones.

I want to give you some easy tips for…


Firemen spraying water on a large fire
Firemen spraying water on a large fire

This is the index for my attempt to write ~500 words on one of the topics in Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” This is a live page, and will be updated daily with links out to that day’s posts. Currently I have completed 7/118 topics.

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe”

“Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, ‘The King and I’, and ‘The Catcher in the Rye’
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana, goodbye”

Erin Kristine

Senior @ UTD, Web Dev & the Digital Humanities | Roamcult | ii

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