This is the happiest song about cocaine ever written. Happy weekend everyone!
[Image: A map drawn according to the Fuller Projection in which the continents are accurately sized and not distributed according to northern and southern hemispheres but are actually projected as if seen from above, make them very closely grouped together and more accurately sized.]
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the Fuller Projection?
This map presents a world that is nearly contiguous and at accurate sizes and shapes to the continents.
And there is no “correct” orientation for it (the directionality of north/south being arbitrary after all )
The downsides are that it cuts up Antarctica and distorts the size of oceans, which is bad news for sailors and penguin researchers, but for geography in general it’s AWESOME(X)
I seriously love the Fuller Projection because - through no fault of their own - millions of kids go through school systems in so many places (not just the U.S.) with Mercator projection maps that are drawn such that they make North America and Europe look much bigger than they’ve ever really been in actual, factual reality. That projection reduces Africa to being the same size as Greenland.
You look at that big white mass hovering above Canada in this map and then look at the immense, enormous, magnificent size of Africa, or of South America which has never, ever been smaller than North America. That’s what reality is. We’re seriously teaching kids to go by a map that is not representative of the physical reality of the planet upon which we live.
Every time I see Fuller maps I just wanna go marching back to the school systems I went through with a fiery vengeance and a bullhorn, screaming through the halls, “EXPLAIN THIS BULLSHIT” and then encourage the current students to also demand of their teachers and school systems and parents and other adults who have been miseducating them for years that they EXPLAIN THIS BULLSHIT and not stop until the bullshit is explained.
I was telling someone about this map a while ago. I’m glad it passed my dash again.
Truly breathtaking. NYC-based artist Valerie Hegarty’s artwork often poses as artifacts of art history gone awry.
So, I was in Milwaukee this weekend. Towards the end of the night, we got up to go outside and I was stopped by some old man who said he had a question for me. He asked, “Who was Hellen Keller’s teacher?”
……..”Sullivan something. Anne?”
"Good answer," he said.
And he gave me a $100 bill. What? I went to meet my friends outside and probably walked out of the bar like this:
Alarms are great if you’re looking to be among the first to hit the slopes in the morning — but there’s something disappointing about waking with the sun only to find out that last night’s fresh snow has already been befouled. Keep that from happening with First Tracks. This app from cold weather outfitter Helly Hansen uses your location and local weather information to wake you up at your designated time if nothing’s changed, but earlier than expected if there’s fresh powder to be had. It’s as close as you can come to having a snow sensor in your pocket. (via/Helly Hansen)
Beyond the Myth: A Film About Breed Discrimination
Unfairly known as violent killers, Pit Bulls have suffered from the stigma of negative media coverage that has lead to city-wide bans across the country. This breed-specific legislation has torn pets away from families, and killed thousands of innocent dogs in cities like Denver, Miami, Cincinnati, and San Francisco.
The film investigates the myths associated with these breeds, challenges the idea that they are inherently vicious, and presents eye-opening research regarding the media’s role in influencing people’s opinion on dog attacks.
Stripping away the preconceptions to show the loving companions they can be, Beyond the Myth is an important, must see film for all dog lovers.
Blaze Bike Laserlight
Traditional bike lights solve several problems — they let you see where you’re going, and they let other people see you. But they won’t stop a driver from turning into you if you happen to be in their blind spot. The Blaze Bike Laserlight will. This ingenious add-on serves as a traditional front-facing lamp, but also includes a green laser light that projects the image of a bike on the road roughly 15 feet in front of you, letting motorists know you’re coming before you’re even there. The internal Li-ion battery lasts for up to 13 hours, and the body is waterproof, so the only thing you really need to worry about is pedaling. Purchase here.