25: Cities, real, imagined and lost
Hello internet friends,
not many things from the 90s are still pretty cool — one of the few exceptions is the Super Soaker. Learn a bit about the nerd who invented those things.
I am absolutely fascinated by the “Lost Cities” series over at The Guardian.
Some I already knew about –Babylon, Troy, obviously, because I did read the Illiad and more than one Schliemann biography, Pompeii and the Angkor megacity that we discussed before. And all the others are just as interesting.
Have you heard of Cahokia before?
I like me some geotags and GPS coordinates and maps and such things. So do millions of gadgets worldwide — from mobile phones and cameras to drones and autonomous farming equipment. Turns out that plate tectonics are now a factor on how well these things work.
I can’t really remember how many bad fantasy novels I read in my lifetime — but I do know that quite often the maps were a lot more interesting than yet another hero’s journey. Now I can have the maps without the stories — on Twitter. This bot tweets a new fantasy map every hour.
It is really lovely. And if you want to know how it’s done — here you go.
The nice thing about fantasy maps is the fact that they are, well, fantasy and don’t have to show the messy side of geography. Unlike Google maps.
This is an archived version of the email I sent to my internet friends on August 22nd, 2016. If you want to be my internet friend and receive these emails, you can do so on irregularity.co.
Lonnie Johnson was brought up in Mobile, Alabama in the 1960s, when black children were not expected to go far, but…www.bbc.com
Lost cities #10: Fordlandia - the failure of Henry Ford's utopian city in the Amazonwww.theguardian.com
Of all the world's lost cities, none surely can compete for evocative splendour, age or mystery with Babylon. Here on…www.theguardian.com
On the north-west coast of Turkey, atop a hill overlooking the mouth of the Dardanelles, lies the memory of a city…www.theguardian.com
Perched high in the gods of the great theatre, you get a good view of the waves of tourists. They enter from left and…www.theguardian.com
Clusters of gigantic stone pine cones poke above the dense forest canopy in Cambodia, looking like ancient rocket ships…www.theguardian.com
Hello internet friends, I'm a bit worried that at this point in time this email turns into a "look, history!…irregularity.co
In its prime, about four centuries before Columbus stumbled on to the western hemisphere, Cahokia was a prosperous pre…www.theguardian.com
Australia, it turns out, is not quite where maps think it is. Thanks to plate tectonics, the island nation is moving…motherboard.vice.com
Sij Big doesn't exist, but I can picture it. Judging from the map, this coastal nation boasts a dense, old-growth…www.wired.com
I wanted to make maps that look like something you'd find at the back of one of the cheap paperback fantasy novels of…mewo2.com
Originally published at irregularity.co.