links for 2008-11-17

  • "What's the attraction of maps? I think it's a paradox. They are humanity's attempt to capture the world on paper. But as a cartographer you can capture only a micro-fraction of what exists. For a start, three dimensions must be elided into two, and the globe must be shown as a flat Earth. So you fudge. You are selective. You alter shapes and make crooked lines straight. You exaggerate features you consider important, and erase others."
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