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Blog Archive for the ‘The Big Here’ Category

Naming of a new world

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 14th, 02007

 Reuters is running this interesting story about a map created in 01507 that is the first to have named the new world “America”.  Even more interesting is how accurately it shows unexplored territories such as South America (within 70 miles of accuracy), and shows the Pacific Ocean which was not known to have existed at. . .   Read More

Half Earth Catalog

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 13th, 02007

This excellent Toles cartoon from the October 14th Washington Post was sent in by Paul Saffo.

100 Year Photo Blog

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 28th, 02007

 
 I came across this wonderful blog of historical photos recently.  The photo above was taken in 1858 of the temple at Karnak.  It is interesting to look up modern photos on Flickr of these same things.  For instance the columns in the above photos seem to have all been excavated in the last 150 years. . .   Read More

The Spread of Slow

by Kevin Kelly on November 26th, 02007

A great Metafilter posting about the spread of Slowing Down — not just slow food, but slow everything else.  The posting — which has links for all these slow threads — announces:

Beginning with Slow Food in 1986, the idea of rejecting the “cult of speed” has gradually spread from a focus on food into other fields. . .   Read More

the small-but-growing virtual here

by Stephanie Gerson on November 23rd, 02007

Alexa.com allows users to compare traffic to different websites through time according to reach, rank, and page views and using various levels of magnification. It’s fascinating to compare not only the quantity of traffic, but the shape of growth curves. For example, although Facebook is still slightly behind MySpace in terms reach (though it appears […]

Layers of Time

by Kevin Kelly on November 21st, 02007

I found this on Otherthings Flickr page. It a multilayered paint chip taken from a public mural wall that was recently demolished. This is an extreme closeup scan (2400 dpi) of a paint chip retrieved from the ruins of Belmont Art Park by Amy McKenzie earlier this year. The fragment is about 1cm thick, and. . .   Read More

LongPen makes short work of distance

by Stuart Candy on November 20th, 02007

Author Margaret Atwood, perhaps best known for the near-future fable The Handmaid’s Tale, has invented a device called LongPen which allows writers to sign their works at a distance, replicating their hand movements. Says Atwood: It is the world’s first long-distance, real-time signing and handwriting device. … In other words, the LongPen is not an […]

A Map of the Biggest Here

by Camron Assadi - Twitter: @teiwaz on September 25th, 02007

The Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York’s Central Park West features the Hayden Planetarium, a unique building designed to display amazing interstellar content.

Opened to the public on Feburary 19, 2000, the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space is. . .   Read More

Time zones unfolding

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 10th, 02007

This time lapse video of flight patterns as they unfold over the course of a day over North America is one of my favorite pieces of data-crunched-into-video-art.  I especially like how you can see the morning flights wash through the time zones.

Global Dimming

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 6th, 02007

This documentary by the BBC on Global Dimming is probably the most alarming global climate issue I have seen to date (and I was reminded of it this morning as the sun was dimmed from a local fire). It points out the simple long term agricultural measurements that show the amount of sunlight hitting the. . .   Read More