Leah Evans’ Textiles

December 30, 2008 at 12:51 pm (amazing things, art) (, )

Via Craft, take a look at Leah Evans’ gorgeous textile art. Most of the pieces are maps. They’re all very beautiful.

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Getting Back on Track

May 19, 2008 at 3:41 pm (administrative business, art, frightening things, music, neat things) ()

Emily here.

It seems I haven’t posted in who-knows-how-long due to family visits and the preoccupation of a new apartment/moving in and out of the dorm. However, I have been keeping tabs on some neat things noted during brief, periodic internet check-ins. So, if I had been posting regularly throughout the week, these are some of the things I may have drawn attention to, in quick-link form (via Boing Boing unless otherwise stated):

David Byrne turns entire building into musical instrument.

Ceramic ray guns.

The Offline Oracle, via Craft.

Global map of social-networking sites and their use.

Hopefully, blogging on my part will resume some semblance of regularity in coming days.

Oh, and another thing. Not until yesterday did I believe it was possible to truly fall in love with a piece of furniture (clearly I’ve been spending way too much time with one of my aunts, who is in the life-long process of continually renovating and redecorating her apartment). But then I saw this on display somewhere in SoHo, and whoa, were my preconceptions shattered. The picture, of course, does not do this item justice–at all. First of all, that wardrobe is BIG. My head wasn’t that much higher than the handles, standing next to it, on the other side of a glass barrier. And it’s wide. I just want to crawl up inside of it and make it my home.

I can’t stop thinking about it.

Of course, it’s so expensive that the price is available only on request, and therefore, it and I will never co-habitate. I guess I’ll see you in a parallel dreamworld, then, my whimsical Wonka-Seuss furniture friend…

:(

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World-wide Map of LGBT Rights and Oppression

April 8, 2008 at 10:32 am (injustice, LGBT) (, )

This tool, courtesy of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, is bound to come in handy.

Via Black Looks.

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Map of Religion and Wars: A 90 Second History

October 15, 2007 at 12:08 pm (frightening things) ()

Check out this map.

How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? Our map gives us a brief history of the world’s most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted. Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds? Ready, Set, Go!

Cool.

Via Boing Boing.

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Find a Dilapidated Bridge Near You!

August 6, 2007 at 10:43 am (frightening things) (, , )

Via Pandagon, an interactive map that allows you to locate nearby bridges that have been labeled obsolete or deficient. You know, just to fan the flames of your paranoia. Why not.

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Factory Farm Map

August 1, 2007 at 2:26 pm (frightening things) (, , , , , )

Check this map to see where all the country’s mass-polluting factory farms are…and avoid them!

My home state of New Mexico is on the right track, with absolutely zero factory farms within its state line. Yeah! The majority of these factories can be found, surprise surprise, in the Midwest.

Via Grist.

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Man Founds His Own Personal City

July 2, 2007 at 5:14 pm (funny things, politics) ()

Population: 4.

Mike Haeg has declared Mt. Holly to be his very own city, located within Minnesota, and populated by himself and his family. His legal documents name Mt. Holly as his place of residence.

He also runs an online town newspaper.

For those of us who day-dream about seceding from the Union, this does bode well.

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Death and Taxes

May 12, 2007 at 10:18 pm (politics) ()

Use this graph to track the spending of your tax dollars.

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An Entire Blog of Strange Maps!

April 11, 2007 at 8:30 pm (neat things) ()

OMG (G for gosh; I’m an atheist). There is an entire blog dedicated to strange maps! And I love strange maps. How exciting.

Via Pharyngula.

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Map of Emergencies

January 29, 2007 at 4:39 pm (frightening things, neat things) ()

From Boing Boing: “A real-time map plotting radio distress signals from the National Association of Radio-Distress Signaling and Info-communications.” When you load the map, click an icon to find out what the problem is.

The map is both very cool and scary looking. Fuel for paranoia. Just like this map of disease.

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