I’m Nikhil Sonnad. (Who?) I write words, code, and music. Here’s some of my work.
My friend Brian Abelson and myself, going as Fire Escape, have a track on Lobster Theremin's compilation Music for Your Mind Vol. 1. All proceeds go to Black Minds Matter, which offers free mental health resources in the UK.
Over a year's worth of on- and off-camera reporting for a video series I helped create, on how China is reshaping the world. Including stories from Kenya, Malaysia, Zambia, and Brazil.
A gonzo account of the cult of enterprise software.
A philosophical analysis of Facebook's fundamental failing.
Etymology reveals a map of early globalization.
Linguistic-political analysis of a frequent mistranslation.
I dove into the offerings of both Goop and Infowars and found many similarities.
Dove into big Google data with Thu-Huong Ha to reveal a deep cultural preference.
Interview with Ganjam Venkatasubbaiah about his long life of studying Kannada.
I created a tool to quickly compare changes to a Wikipedia page, in this case the one on "Happiness," to see how crowdsourcing deals with humanity's great questions.
Shortly after Trump's inauguration, Steve Bannon was the wild card in the Trump administration. Gwynn Guilford and I uncovered his bizarre and epic political philosophy.
Interactive web app that allows users to search for any of the top 100,000 words used on Twitter (as of 2016), and see where they are used in the continental US. This project is used by many academics and instructors in linguistics.
The tragedy of removing the internet's greatest music-piracy website.
Reporting from Taiwan on an incredible design challenge.
The genius of the _Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy_.
When Harper Lee's "new" novel came out, Keith Collins and I wanted to know just how new it was.
An etymological dive into the Lunar New Year.
I spoke to a Chinese hacker who had obtained thousands of emails from a Chinese propaganda department, translated them, and wrote software to analyze them. Then I wrote this piece about what I found.
A collaborative, multimedia presentation of one refugee's journey from Afghanistan to Australia. I was reposnsible for all the mapping stuff.