Historical Map: Manchester Ship Canal, England, c. 1928?

Not a “traditional” transit map, but it does show an important transportation network in a simplified strip map form, so that’s good enough for me! 

This absolutely gorgeous two-colour map straightens out all the kinks in the eponymous canal, presenting it as a dead straight line from one end to the other. The variable scale is indicated by the mile markers on either side of the map: the less interesting parts of the canal get condensed into very small spaces, while the important bits get more room (just like modern transit maps). 

Of particular note are the lovingly rendered bridges that cross the canal, each drawn individually and precisely. Their identifiable silhouettes act as landmarks along the canal, so this is a very nice touch.

The source of this map dates it at 1923, but it uses Gill Sans as its primary typeface. Gill Sans wasn’t released until 1928, so that date seems unlikely.

Our rating: Simply gorgeous. 5 stars!

The Strip, a hand-drawn map from the 1954 Las Vegas city directory. This area, just south of the city limits, then had six resort-casinos: Sands, Desert Inn, Flamingo, Thunderbird, Last Frontier and El Rancho Vegas. 

anonymous asked:

Hi, congrats on reaching over 200 subscribers. Just a couple of ideas. First - your second episode talking about tectonics and mountain formation covered everything but why do the Rocky Mountains in North America exist? No tectonic plate boundries close and overall they really don't look like hot spots (with a wave to Yellowstone.) Second. You might do an episode on missing fantasy maps. Strip maps or real medieval maps. Rarely seen in fantasy settings. Keep up the good work. Have a nice day.

Thanks very much! It’s all very exciting.

The Rocky Mountains (with the exception of Yellowstone, which is indeed a hot spot) are actually a bit of a geological enigma! The period when they formed is called the Laramide Orogeny; the Laramide peaked about 60 million years ago, but we don’t know exactly when it began or ended. Most of the Rockies consist of very old rocks that have been uplifted, not new rocks that have been extruded from magma; if they were pushed up by magma, then it’s buried deep underneath the mountain. This leads to three main theories: 

1. They were formed as continent-continent collision mountains when the modern west coast (mostly consisting of continent-ocean subduction arcs) came in.

2. They were formed by a continent-ocean boundary where the oceanic plate was subducted at a much shallower angle than normal, creating a mountain range a long way from the oceanic plate.

3. After the subducting plate in #2 broke off, its space was replaced by a rush of hot magma. This extended the width of the Basin & Range Province, which in turn pushed the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada upwards.

The three theories aren’t mutually exclusive – it could be two of them or all three.

As for the rest; I keep writing sections about mediaeval T-O maps and then cutting them out of the script for time, which is a shame because they’re quite bizarre. I haven’t heard of “strip maps” – Google just throws up maps of the Las Vegas Strip (to be fair I’ve been playing a lot of Fallout New Vegas lately), and Wikipedia redirects me to the page about street maps. Is that just a local term for street maps where you live?

[Before I Lose One More Time]

What does winning know of
losing? Except for how it’s a room 
without a door and three windows
to climb out of it; still breathing. Inside some houses, a home is learning how not to die.

When the sky loses a sun to the 
ocean; there isn’t sorrow — but the 
start of a new day. No truth is more graceful than that protecting a lie.

Nothing else grieves like the 
creation for the wreckage it 
creates. With every heart split 
open, a poem or two await to be 
tamed. Mourning will always be a map stripped of directions.

—  Noor Unnahar

What really makes me happy is that my affinity for lights, art, and music is everywhere. In my workplace as a visual artist, my part time job has LED strips everywhere while being EDM themed. My costume along with gloving when I attend music events have lights. My PC has a full customization back-lit razor keyboard & mouse with multi-modes/functional LED strips in my pc all having their own programs. And just now I installed music-reactive LED strips with purple map/dome lights in my new car.

When is it dark out??  ❤


Subway Maps in Mario Kart 8 “Super Bell Subway” Course

Sent my way by quite a few people now! Taken from a new DLC map set inside a subway station and the surrounding tracks, we have quite the array of maps! Here we have a map for the whole system, a strip map for the Orange Line, and even a locality map!

The main subway map itself is pretty non-descript and generic – not a lot to say about this. The strip map, however, is pretty neat: it indicates direction of travel and the final destination nicely, as well as the name of the next station. Numbers here refer to the station number along each line, rather than representing the line itself as a whole. Hence, “our” station of Golden Bell is O4/B6/R4, being the fourth station along the Orange Line, the sixth on the Blue, and the fourth again on the Red. We can see that Ribbon Road station (O5) also serves as B7, and so on. This kind of numbering of stations along route lines occurs quite often in Asian transit systems, so it’s no surprise to see it in a game produced in Japan.

The locality map is very handsome, showing an interesting radial street pattern with lots of parkland and the lovely Toad Harbor. However, the layout of the Metro lines shown leaving the station doesn’t match the subway map at all. Blue and Orange diverge immediately after leaving the station in both directions, instead of staying concurrent in the direction of Ribbon Road and Baby Park stations.

Source: this imgur album

On Writing: Army Life

This isn’t a post about details.  You can look up rank structure and job duties on google, after all.  Instead I’ll be attempting to tackle some of the broader parts of army life in this post.  I won’t get all of them, though.  “What it’s like in the army” is about as hard to answer as “What it’s like to live in the US;” it means a million different things that are all automatic and ‘normal’ to those who live them.

But I shall do my best.

  • Unit Culture - Every (or nearly every) individual unit in the army will have its own variations and attitudes.  Though there are standards that are supposed to be army-wide, things like ‘discipline’ and ‘how strictly the rules are applied’ vary.  This is largely dependent on the people in command of the unit; if they’re big on cleanliness, they can make people clean all day while failing to punish people for hazing.  A commander’s attitude can also have a big impact on unit cohesion.  I’ve been to units that were full of backstabbing because people would actually get rewarded for ruining someone else’s career.  (i.e., the commander wanted to say “I caught all these rule breakers and cleaned up my unit” instead of handling things internally – and quietly.)

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The Fuller Dymaxion World Map: Minneapolis, Hub of the World for Trade, Business and Travel

“This fundamental fact is worth repetition and emphasis: If you look at my strip map of the world island, concentrating on the North American continent, the most central place you can find is in Minnesota!

"So I say that Minnesota should play a very large role in tomorrow’s swelling world traffic between America, Europe and Asia. It should be possible to establish an entirely new transportation system center in this state. Construction of the Experimental City will give you a perfect opportunity to provide the vital hub for this future transportation system.”

- R. Buckminster Fuller, Minneapolis Star, December 7, 1967

Fuller was a creative engineer, architect, inventor, and futurist, famous for his geodesic buildings. In this article, Fuller explained how Minneapolis is the hub of the world in his dymaxion concept.

Coliver/West Wing-ish AU

Author’s note: I blame this on the fact that I watch the West Wing way too much and am a sucker for political AUs and am just Coliver trash at the moment. The new ep was amazing and hurt so good and I wanted to write something about that but this happened instead. I’m going to go hide now. 

Author’s note part two: There will probably be more of this because…well see above.

“You know it’s all bullshit, right?” Connor’s pulled the campaign’s newest volunteer into the hallway to avoid the gossipy masses in the office. His father’s campaign manager just introduced the latest group of volunteers and the rest can spend months on end volunteering for his father but Connor figures he needs to tell this guy the truth. This guy probably heard some sound bite from his father’s speech at the Equality Alliance dinner a few weeks ago and thought to volunteer, too idealistic to realize he’s wasting his time on yet another candidate who’s not worth it.

“What are you talking about?” The volunteer whispers back. He pushes up the black frames slipping down his nose and Connor should not find that so freaking cute.

“My father.” At the volunteer’s blank stare Connor continues. “My father and his whole stance on gay rights and all of that. It’s all bullshit.” The crash of a door opening down the hall startles them both and Connor takes the volunteer’s upper arm to gently pull him further down the hall and pitches his voice even lower. “Look—”

“Oliver,” volunteer supplies.

“Look Oliver. My father doesn’t give a shit about any of that. Gay marriage. Adoption rights. Anti-discrimination laws. Doesn’t care about any of it.” The volunteer still just stares at him and Connor pulls a hand through his hair in frustration. “He just lays it on thick to up his approval ratings. Then, he pulls me out and throws an arm around me to show voters how much he cares because—look at him! He’s got a gay son who he still loves! He’ll be great supporter of our issues. It’s all just bullshit. He pulls the same crap with my sister too. He’s all about equal pay and pro-choice and women’s rights. Then he shoves Lacey into the spotlight and gives interviews about how he wants to make this a better world for women like his daughter.” Connor turns to lean his back against the wall next to Oliver. His father’s tactics are so transparent. Why does no one else seem to see it? “Robert Walsh just loves the rush and the thrill of the race. The presidency is just another game for him. He doesn’t want to lead. He wants to win.”

Oliver is silent and Connor can’t get a read on how he’s taken the news. Oliver glances up and down the hall, debating, before asking, “Want to go get a cup of coffee?”

“What?” After that, this guy wants to take him out for coffee. Is Oliver kidding with this?

“Coffee. Want to go get one?” At Connor’s confused look, Oliver explains in a hushed tone, “These walls have ears.”

“Sure. Coffee sounds great.”

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Additional map - Main Strip and Mayor’s Building

The Main Strip is where the town hall, social hall, justice hall, police station, and few shops and cafes are located.

The Mayor’s Building is the official residence of the incumbent mayor of the town. The building also serves as a museum as some rooms are open for public tours (although appointment must be in advance). 

Lake Effect Snow

If you live in the Great Lakes region of the United States, you are undoubtedly familiar with the products of lake effect snow (LES). Very simply, LES storms are localized precipitation events that occur as a result of cold air passing over relatively warm waters. However, that explanation does not do justice to the fascinating intricacies that lead to these weather events.

Large bodies of water such as the Great Lakes take longer to warm up than the air (due to waters higher specific heat). As a result, the temperature of the lakes are still warm during fall and some of winter. When cold air moves down from Canada, the warmth of the lakes heats up the bottom layers of the cold air mass, evaporating moisture from the lake into the air. The warm air below begins to rise (since it is less dense), begins to cool, and condenses the evaporated moisture, forming clouds. These clouds cause severe localized snow storms (and sometimes thunder and lightning as well) often exceeding 5 inches (12.7 cm) per hour. The storm bands typically range from 1-25 miles (1.6-40.2 km) wide, appearing as a thin strip on a radar map.

While those who live in LES regions have to adapt to a severe routine weather event, those who don’t can appreciate the power of Earth’s climate under unique geographic circumstances.

-Greg Aegis

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