Posts Tagged: maps

Travelling Without Moving

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In the finished novel, this journey will take up four sentences. My virtual mapping of the route will have almost no discernible impact on the prose that I’ve already sketched out – as adjectives go, “nondescript” doesn’t paint much of a picture – and, once again, what I justify as research might just as easily be dismissed as the writer’s tendency to arse around.

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Cartographic Controversy

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“Map projections are just different ways of translating the dimensions of a globe onto a two dimensional surface. A sphere (or oblate spheriod, if you want to be fancy) can’t be flattened without causing some kind of distortion, be it in scale, area, distance and/or direction.”

The controversy surrounding world maps is “entirely real,” and here is a crucial piece to get up to speed on the debate.

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Wendy MacNaughton Superlink

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Wendy MacNaughton’s visual blog provides “drawings of people on public transportation on their way to and from work. Five days a week, twice a day, twenty minutes each way. And other commutes to boot.” The effect is somewhere between the chillingly under-acted and over-costumed TV series Mad Men, a song by The Zincs, and drunken half-memories of watching Slacker.

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