Blogger Pulled Out Alive From Trainwreck of Economy
From a young age, Frank was fascinated by maps and atlases, and the stories they contained. Finding his birthplace on the map in the endpapers of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings only increased his interest in the mystery and message of maps.
While pursuing a career in journalism, Frank started a blog called Strange Maps, as a repository for the weird and wonderful cartography he found hidden in books, posing as everyday objects and (of course) floating around the Internet.
"Each map tells a story, but the stories told by your standard atlas for school or reference are limited and literal: they show only the most practical side of the world, its geography and its political divisions. Strange Maps aims to collect and comment on maps that do everything but that - maps that show the world from a different angle".
A remit that wide allows for a steady, varied diet of maps: Frank has been writing about strange maps since 2006, published a book on the subject in 2009 and joined Big Think in 2010. Readers send in new material daily, and he keeps bumping in to cartography that is delightfully obscure, amazingly beautiful, shockingly partisan, and more.
Blog posts of the “I am sorry I haven’t been posting any messages of late” kind are annoying and redundant, a bit like going round someone’s house to explain why you can’t come visit them. I shall therefore keep this intervention brief.\n
Thanks to all who enquired about my being alive and well. I am both. The radio silence on Strange Maps was not due to my incarceration, institutionalisation, hospitalisation or expiration. Nor was it the by-product of an extended holiday, although that obviously would have been preferable to the other options.\n
I’ve spent most of the last couple of weeks absorbed by such non-map-related activities as paying bills, and earning the money to do so. And I suspect I’m not the only one finding that an increasingly time-consuming proposition, given the current trainwrecked state of the economy.\n
Radio silence is now over. I shall return to a more regular schedule of blogging. Should you wish to contribute to the regularity of this blog, consider making a donation via the appropriate button on the right. Or not. Freedom might not be free, Strange Maps still is.\n
In either case, enough of all this non-cartography. On with the maps!\n
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Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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