Balloon Mapping From the Ground Up: Public Lab's Field Techniques Public Lab’s balloon- and kite-based mapping approach is a new way to take aerial images from the ground. However, there are some considerations and things that can be learned from a few map stories. Each map project has distinct characteristics in its time, place, and local atmospheric conditions. Here are several examples of how those factors make each balloon and kite map unique. Lake Merritt (Oakland, Calif.) This map was created on a late July morning. In some cases, the balloon is lowered all the way back to the ground to get around or under things. UC Davis Campus (Davis, Calif.) This map was made on a foggy November morning in California’s Central Valley. After the first hour, the sun started to burn through, and we were able to fly at our goal altitude of 500 feet. Sunol Ag Park (Sunol, Calif.) While doing a scheduled flight at a community agricultural park, we encountered clear weather with high winds. Chandeleur Islands (Louisiana)
INDONESIAN HANGUL. Exciting news for writing-system aficionados: the Yonhap News Agency reports that “A minority tribe in Indonesia has chosen to use Hangeul as its official writing system, in the first case of the Korean alphabet being used by a foreign society.” The tribe in question is on the island of Buton, in or around the city of Bau-Bau (which the Yonhap story gives as “Bauer and Bauer”); a Korea Herald story specifies the language as “Jjia jjia,” which would suggest that it’s Ethnologue’s Cia-Cia (population 79,000, alternate names Boetoneezen, Buton, Butonese, Butung, South Buton, Southern Butung). As Victor Mair at the Log says, “That’s one small step for [an] alphabet, one giant leap for the Korean people [and their economy].”
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Census Maps Using Word Frequency From 19 Million Dating Website Profiles Chicago area Each decade the United States government embarks on a census of its entire population in order to update population numbers and demographic information that aids in the allocation of Congressional seats, electoral votes, and government program funding. But as helpful and interesting as this data is, what does it really tell us about who we are? What about our likes, dislikes, feelings, and the ways we choose to define ourselves? To join a dating site you have to, quite literally, “put yourself out there”, describing yourself for the express purpose of being liked. I joined twenty-one dating sites in order to make my own census of the United States in 2010. These maps contain 20,262 unique words, based on the analysis of online dating profiles from 19,095,414 single Americans. Below are some examples of maps where locations are substituted with words people used to describe themselves. Central Texas California Michigan “Bored” (male vs. female) “Lonely” (male vs. female)
Eda This piece is about 15 printed pages long. It is copyright © Murat Nemet-Nejat and Kent Johnson and Jacket magazine 2009. See our [»»] Copyright notice. The Internet address of this page is Murat Nemet-Nejat is the poet of Turkish Voices and Io’s Song. Kent Johnson: Murat, you’ve edited — if that is the appropriate word for your relationship to such an unusual book — the largest selection of modern and contemporary Turkish poetry available in English. Murat Nemet-Nejat: Soon after EDA had come out, I gave two readings at The University of Maine. Of course, there is an element of truth to his and others’ response. In other words, the sense of gossipy scandal which seems to have surrounded EDA at its publication intuitedan element of truth about the book, though a truth more complex than some people thought. KJ: Fascinating. KJ: Jack Spicer is all the fashion now. k. #75 post naked lunch panislamic femininity MNN: I completely agree.
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How We Use Maps and Globes: An Illustrated Guide from 1968 by Maria Popova A charming reminder of how far we’ve come — and what we’ve given up along the way. Yesterday, we traced the birth of our modern obsession with maps. But in today’s age of cartographic entitlement — the kind that causes an epidemic of panic and outrage at having one kind of Earth-in-your-pocket over another — it’s hard to believe we once had to be taught how to use maps and why they mattered. That’s precisely what the delightful vintage grade school primer How We Use Maps and Globes (public library) does. Originally published in 1968 as part of the same Social Studies Program series that gave us How People Live in the Suburbs, the slim 48-page book explores the basics of distance, scale, direction, and orientation through vibrant illustrations, black-and-white photographs, and simple words. One of the most beautiful illustrations in the book is this map of bird migration patterns: Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month.
old and new DST Video Lesson: Mr. Bean / the future Follow me on twitter This is a video lesson based around the video “Mr. Bean packs his suitcase” thanks to British Council for bringing it to my attention in their lesson plan on making predictions but I’ve adapted it for use in different ways with different levels. Kids and lower levels The aim of this lesson plan is to practice holiday vocabulary (clothes and items that go in a suitcase) and some basic grammar structure. Project a picture of a suitcase on to the board (or draw one) and ask “What do you put in your suitcase when you go on holiday?” toothbrushtoothpasteswimming shorts/trunkstowelunderpantscan of baked beanscloth/flannelsoapbooksuitcasetrousersshortsshoesteddy bearscissors You could also use this quizlet set to go over clothes vocabulary. If children are old enough to write, put them in pairs and hand out post-it-notes and a pencil to each pair. Mr. in his suitcase. Then stick all the post-its on the board and show the video. Higher levels – video dictations Objects: Verbs:
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection | The Collection Dark Kitchen: Uncivilising the Table Today we begin a new series that explores food and eating in times of collapse. During this Lenten month we’ll travel through different kingdoms and terrains, sharpening our appetites and cooking knives, in the company of artists, filmmakers, writers and activists – starting with an introduction by series editor Charlotte Du Cann. Medlars in a Sieve by Food/ Still life photography: Sue Atkinson www.sueatkinson.co.uk We are looking at a plate. Tiny translucent slices of fish are artfully arranged around its rim. It is 1990 and we are in a Japanese restaurant in downtown Manhattan. We are looking at a plate. This is a story about food and powerdown. This is a series called Dark Kitchen: a set of pieces that will look at and question the culture of food in times of fall. Our focus will not be on the labyrinth, the whirlygig of distribution centres and trucks that thunder along our roads, all the data and polemic, but on finding the dancing floor beneath it. Powerdown Seven vegetable tagine
All Things Topics - Home Cartography: The true true size of Africa LAST month Kai Krause, a computer-graphics guru, caused a stir with a map entitled "The True Size of Africa", which showed the outlines of other countries crammed into the outline of the African continent. His aim was to make "a small contribution in the fight against rampant Immappancy"—in particular, the fact that most people do not realise how much the ubiquitous Mercator projection distorts the relative sizes of countries. A sphere cannot be represented on a flat plane without distortion, which means all map projections distort in one way or another. Some projections show areas accurately but distort distances or scales, for example; others preserve the shapes of countries but misrepresent their areas. You can read all the gory details on Wikipedia. Gerardus Mercator's projection, published in 1569, was immediately useful because it depicts a line of constant bearing as a straight line, which is handy for marine navigation.