Donkey on the Edge

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BBC News egging the pudding a tad?

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OK so the news late last night was pretty horrific. Yes, we’re all setting up barter economies and I’ve started planting vegetables, but the thing that really did it was the BBC art department.

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Did he really say this?

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Frankly, it's easy for me to go to washington and be somewhat divorced from people's day to day challenges
--John McCain 9/11/08

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The Peters projection on Googlemaps

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A NASA map of the Gall-Peters projectionI’m repeatedly amazed at how Google maps manages to generate an accurate overlay to satellite photography. I wonder is the photography manipulated in some sort of matrix to make its xy coords mathematically predictable? I have zero maths skills so will live in wonder and confusion but if it is projection based (mathematically projecting a sphere onto a flat surface), how cool would it be if Gmaps let you select your projection? My current fave is the Peters projection which shows accurate areas (and a high shock value) and goes some way to helping us find ‘our place’ on the planet (I would say a few specks is a truer assessment than a Conquering Horde)

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