…and no-one’s around, does it still grow? Give it a go with NEC’s
art-cum-sponsorship-cum-corporate-responsibility project Ecotonoha.
Adding leaves to the virtual tree makes them plant more real trees.
Lovely graphics, and since the leaves are little messages, the whole
tree is actually a patchwork of words, wishes and SMS shouts: Link. [via Josh Rubin]
"FALLOW: The German cartographer, Mercator,
originally designed this map in 1569 as a navigational tool
for European sailors.
HUKE: The map enlarges areas at the poles to create
straight lines of constant bearing or geographic direction.
CYNTHIA SAYLES: So, it makes it easier to cross an ocean.
FALLOW: It distorts the relative size of nations and continents.
C.J.: Are you saying the map is wrong?
FALLOW: Oh, dear, yes. Uh, look at Greenland.
FALLOW: Now look at Africa.
FALLOW: The two landmasses appear to be roughly the
FALLOW: Would it blow your mind if I told you that Africa
is in reality fourteen times larger?
Josh nudges C.J. with his knee, C.J. pushes him back.
SAYLES: Here we have Europe drawn considerably larger
than South America when at 6.9 million square miles South
America is almost double the size of Europe’s 3.8 million.
HUKE: Alaska appears three times as large as Mexico,
when Mexico is larger by .1 million square miles.
SAYLES: Germany appears in the middle of the map when
it’s in the northernmost quarter of the Earth.
JOSH: Wait, wait. Relative size is one thing, but you’re telling
me that Germany isn’t where we think it is?
FALLOW: Nothing’s where you think it is."
This is from an episode of The West Wing (unofficial transcript) I recently watched, and it got me thinking again about this idea of location…
Quick link to some pretty good Pirate t-shirts: click, because X Never Marks The Spot. This will be the last pirate related post for a while, ye have me promise, lads.
Pic: Army Of Design
Like Ronseal, it appears the World Wide Web does exactly what it says on the tin. Have added a statistics/tracking element to the site, which gives me some great feedback. Including that the site has had people from Russia and the UAE visiting, which is neat 🙂
sure whether to stick this in ‘Tech’, ‘Cool’, or create a ‘Just Listen
To This!’ category. Anyway. This site, including the photos, is now
licensed not under completely out-dated copyright, but by a Creative
Commons license. There’s a great explanation in the form of a comic here or you can check out their excellent site at www.creativecommons.org.
In short, what it means is that I’m not enforcing every single aspect
of the copyright protection the law affords me in regard to this weblog
and the photos.
Pirating DVDs doesn’t fund Al-Qaeda, downloading an MP3 does not mean
Britney goes without Pepsi for a week, and you copying my photos for
personal, non-commercial use isn’t going to destroy the planet! 🙂 More
on copyright to come – it’s a lot more interesting than you’d think…
I’m a big fan of
off-beat t-shirts (*not* anything with some American designer’s name
printed in really-large playground-legible letters) and while there’s a
couple of weblogs that seem to cover them a bit (two excellent ones in
particular: Jean Snow and Josh Rubin’s Cool Hunting), there’s not a whole of links out there. So I’ve added a category to TWJ.
First site to highlight: MoreTVicar.
Sells a range of different brands, including the Chunk ones (with the
Haynes car manual exo-skeleton prints), and some more obscure
stuff, like Eieio who make the
bizarre Technics-and-butterflies combination below.There’s a sale
on at the moment, too.
A couple of weeks ago, I went back home to help my Mum move – away from the village near sunny Scarborough and down south. Always strange leaving a place – even though I’m all grown up so never properly lived there. Took a couple of photos, including some of the village churchyard.
Our old house, winter.
Can’t be bothered to read Peter Ackroyd’s megalithic biography of the metropolis, but still want to be able to spout trivia about the obscure streets, strange names and unusual practices that the capital is built on? Check out This Isn’t London, a website of totally fake London history and facts…[via LMG]
“Planning permission for the London Eyeruns out next year. Remarkably, it’s been suggested that this great
tourist attraction and adornment to the London skyline might have to be taken down forever, or maybe re-erected elsewhere. So what are the other options? The wheel will be unhooked from its spindle and, thus freed, will roll around the country solving mysteries and avenging wrongs…”
On the subject of yesterday’s LG Qiblah mobile phone post
– it seems that the compass isn’t actually an active one. You simply
select your location from a pre-programmed list of cities, and then the
compass display’s Mecca’s direction. So it doesn’t use any fancy GPS or
less fancy magnetic forces – which precludes entertaining pirate
related text exchanges with your friends, as so:
“WHRE B YE, M8-E?”
“RRR. I B 3 LEAGUES SOUTH-WEST OF YE, M8-E.”
“WILL YE B SETTN SAIL SOON?”
“SPY U SOON. RRRRRR.”
Also, I googled Qiblah, to see what it translates as. According to this Glossary of Islamic Terms, it “is the direction that Muslims face when they do their salaah. It is in the direction of the Ka’bah in Mecca.“ Sort of a no-brainer name, really….