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Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why They Appeal to Us

Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why They Appeal to Us
by Maria Popova “Often the object of a desire, when desire is transformed into hope, becomes more real than reality itself.” Celebrated Italian novelist, philosopher, essayist, literary critic, and list-lover Umberto Eco has had a long fascination with the symbolic and the metaphorical, extending all the way back to his vintage semiotic children’s books. Half a century later, he revisits the mesmerism of the metaphorical and the symbolic in The Book of Legendary Lands (public library) — an illustrated voyage into history’s greatest imaginary places, with all their fanciful inhabitants and odd customs, on scales as large as the mythic continent Atlantis and as small as the fictional location of Sherlock Holmes’s apartment. Eco writes in the introduction: Saint-Sever World Map, from the 'Saint-Sever Beatus' (1086), Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France T and O map, Bartholomaeus Angelicus, 'Le livre des propriétés des choses' (1392) Section of the 'Tabula Peutingeriana' (12th-century copy) Related:  Maps

Quite Possibly the Most Brilliant Thing Ever — A Map of the Internet, Drawn to Scale o Click on the image above to expand, or click here to see the full-resolution version. From artist Martin Vargic comes this beautiful, ultra-high-resolution fictional map of the internet — scaled using actual from Alexa to rank the top 500 or so websites by traffic in the entire world. According to Vargic, it took 3 weeks of 10-hour days to create, basing the project off of National Geographic maps. "The map is divided into 2 distinctive parts; the eastern continent, 'the old world' showcases software companies, gaming companies and some of the more real-life oriented websites. The scale between a website's traffic and its size is not exact, but websites are generally portrayed in ratio relative to it." The final result is mezmerizing, with entire continents representing sectors of the web. The northwest is covered with the new web — the ominous and growing empire of Google, flanked by social networks like Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter. Tom McKay

Operation Terror The biggest Internet Database about Cost of Living, Housing Indicators and many other informations about cities and countries! Numbeo is the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. Numbeo provides current and timely information on world living conditions including cost of living, housing indicators, health care, traffic, crime and pollution. Numbeo is a collection of Web pages containing numerical and other itemizable data about cities and countries, designed to enable anyone to contribute or modify content. 4,066,631 prices in 6,991 cities entered by 447,697 contributors e-Diasporas VN Alexander | novelist Mapping Stereotypes | Alphadesigner Get your copy on: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon DE / Amazon FR / Amazon IT / Amazon ES / Amazon Canada / Amazon Japan / Amazon India / Amazon Brazil Atlas of Prejudice: The Complete Stereotype Map Collection

Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook You grow old, you slow down, and you die. That is, unless you can inject some fresh blood. After watching the last generation of tech giants wither or stagnate, today’s juggernauts are relying on acquisitions to keep them young and relevant. Business insurance provider Simply Business created this infographic, which is only available here on TechCrunch. Trends crystallized by the Simply Business infographic include: And the biggest acquisitions (with disclosed prices) by the giants were: Apple – Anobit ($390 million), AuthenTec ($356 million)Amazon – Zappos ($900 million), Kiva Systems ($775 million)Google – Motorola Mobility ($12.5 billion), Nest ($3.2 billion), DoubleClick ($3.1 billion), YouTube ($1.65 billion)Yahoo – ($5 billion), Overture ($1.83 billion), Tumblr ($1.1 billion)Facebook – WhatsApp ($19 billion), Instagram ($1 billion, closed at $715 million) For more on the acquisition game, read: As Tech Giants Scramble For Talent, It’s Buy Or Die

New York's Fashion Industry Reveals a New Truth About Economic Clusters - Elizabeth Currid-Halkett , and Sarah Williams by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett and Sarah Williams | 12:00 PM February 10, 2014 The week before Fashion Week in New York, now underway, is perhaps the busiest in the city’s apparel industry. Frantic designers rush around looking for gold buttons with blue inlay, for seamstresses to make pleats and for patternmakers with spare fabric. Yet when eyes eventually fall on the runways, they witness virtually glitch-less shows and talk-of-the-town creativity. The answer lies in a complex economic system whose informal origins date to the mid-19th century and whose central idea rests on geographical proximity. The idea that highly specialized concentrations of an industry like the Garment District offer significant economic advantages is hardly revolutionary. Exactly what is “in the air” in places like the Garment District? To find out answers to these questions, we tracked 77 fashion designers working in the Garment District and the larger New York region over two weeks in July 2011.

Google Launches Maps Gallery To Make Public Data Maps More Discoverable Google today launched the Google Maps Gallery, an extension of the Google Maps Public Data Program it announced last October. The new gallery is meant to showcase maps from the organizations Google is working with, including the likes of National Geographic, the U.S. Geological Survey and the City of Edmonton, and to make them more discoverable. As Google Maps product manager Jordan Breckenridge told me, the idea behind the Public Data Program is to unlock the maps and geospatial information many organizations already have. The maps Google is currently highlighting in the Gallery range from land use zoning in San Jose and a U.S. Participants who applied for the program and were selected by Google received free access to the enterprise version of Google Maps Engine. Breckenridge assumes that most people won’t necessarily find these maps on the Gallery but through Google Search.

The mental map | Creative Cities Many years ago, I think it was around 1983, my friend Paul Mijksenaar, himself one of the worlds leading experts on signing, made a calendar. It was a very special calendar, starting in april and ending in october the following year. This calendar could be used in 1983, but than again in 1988, 1994 and after that in 2005, 2011 and 2016. The page with the week of the 28th of august on it features three very interesting maps. But lets first go to the mental maps of Gould and White. So what we see is not two cities but in this case even three. Where everybody goes in Los Angeles seems to be downtown. What is not on your mental map doesn’t exist. Every city in the world that is high in the lists of attractivity, every city in the world that attracts huge amounts of visitors will have a brightly coloured mental map with a huge amount of people. I like to think about these mental maps of cities. The Titanic helps to put Belfast on the map. Like this: Like Loading...

Die Rache der Wiener Polizei an den deutschen „Krawalltouristen“ Obwohl der Wiener Akademikerball bereits sieben Wochen zurückliegt, beschäftigt er die österreichische Justiz immer noch. Der Ball gilt als Nachfolger des WKR-Balls, und damit als Treffpunkt für die rechtsradikale Szene ganz Europas. Wie jedes Jahr haben sich auch 2014 hunderte linker Aktivisten aus Österreich und Deutschland versammelt, um dagegen zu protestieren. Unsere Doku „Die Rechten und ihr Ball“ könnt ihr euch hier anschauen. Bei den darauffolgenden Auseinandersetzungen mit der Polizei kam es zu Sachschäden in Höhe von rund einer Million Euro—und die Wiener Behörden brauchten dringend Schuldige. Gefunden haben sie den Deutschen Josef S., der seit sieben Wochen in Wien in U-Haft sitzt. Das Foto von Josef aus der Ermittlungsakte Als ich ihn endlich sehe, sieht der Sündenbock eher aus wie ein Unschuldslamm. Er ist tatsächlich katholisch, aber in erster Linie gelangweilt. Was hat Josef eigentlich getan? Ab 0:32 sieht man Josef mit dem Mistkübel Marmeladenfresser Malte

Mapping the Human Condition by Maria Popova What the empire of love has to do with the intellect forest and the bay of agoraphobia. We love maps. There’s something about cartography that lends itself to visualizing much more than land and geography. We’ve previously looked at how the London tube map was appropriated as a visual metaphor for everything from The Milky Way to the Kabbalah, and today we turn to seven cartographic interpretations of the human condition, using the visual vocabulary of classical maps to interpret various facets of the human psyche — a genre that came of age during the late Renaissance, when it became known as “sentimental cartography.” In 1961, Norton Juster wrote The Phantom Tollbooth, a timeless children’s classic and one of our essential children’s books with philosophy for grown-ups. This map by mid-century American cartoonist Jules Feiffer, who illustrated the book, depicts the marvelous land that Milo finds himself in as he follows his own curiosity. Thanks, @dethe Map of an Englishman

“Your Map is Racist” Here’s How | SociologyInFocus Can maps be racist? Aren’t maps just a reflection of reality? In this piece Nathan Palmer will show us how maps are actually a social construction and how they can lead us to think that anglo nations are bigger and more central to the world than nations of color. A few years back I had the opportunity of seeing Jane Elliot speak at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln my alma mater. Elliot continued, “How many continents are there?” “Wait. Reading this doesn’t do it justice. “I’ve got another question for you.” Elliot then turned to the rest of us. “You people in the front row, where is the crease my assistant just put on the paper?” Before anyone could answer she added, “why would we use this map? “We use this map because it makes the United States and Europe look bigger than they actually are. Since that day, I’ve thought about Elliot’s talk every time I see a map. But this begs the question. Our maps are a social construction. Dig Deeper:

Where You Are: Cartography as Wayfinding for the Soul by Maria Popova Mapping the human experience based on disposition rather than position. Humanity has had a long and obsessive relationship with maps as sensemaking tools serving such diverse purposes as propaganda, imaginative interpretation, emotional memory, and timekeeping. Far from the precise navigational tools they once were, maps have now blossomed into masterworks of artful subjectivity, from Denis Wood’s narrative atlas to Paula Scher’s stunning typographic cartography — but nowhere more so than in Where You Are: A Collection of Maps That Will Leave You Feeling Completely Lost (public library) by Visual Editions. Indeed, in the age of GPS and sterile, data-driven cartographic precision, how delightful to consider mapping the human experience based on disposition rather than position, on the subjective rather than the capital-O Objective, on the symbolic, metaphysical, and abstract rather than the literal, physical, and concrete. The impossible city is a city made of all cities.