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Mapping Wikipedia | Tracemedia
"Mapping Wikipedia is a groundbreaking visualisation of the world mapped according to articles in 7 different languages. The map displays both the global patterns and the vast number of geo-located items."
wikis  maps  world 
april 2012 by kevan
BBC - Earth News - Ant mega-colony takes over world
"Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same inter-related colony, and will refuse to fight one another."
ants  world  genetics  apocalypse 
july 2009 by kevan
Open the Future: The Earth Will Be Just Fine, Thank You
"The grand myth of environmentalism is that it's all about saving the Earth. It's not. The Earth will be just fine. Environmentalism is all about saving ourselves."
world  politics  future  via:jones 
april 2008 by kevan
RevolutionSF - Back Lots of the Lost: The Implausibility of the Cliched "Lost World"
"If dinosaurs live in the Congo today, they had to have migrated there from somewhere else, and again, no definitive dinosaur bones or other remains have been discovered past the K-T boundary."
dinosaurs  history  secrets  evolution  world  via:leonard 
august 2007 by kevan
New Scientist Environment Blog: A new Arctic island is born into our warming world
"We knew the land was there, but until Arctic explorer Dennis Schmitt, from California, spotted a thawed strait on an expedition in summer 2005, no-one had realised that the island was [no longer] connected to the mainland."
weather  ice  world 
april 2007 by kevan
Imagine Earth without people - New Scientist
"It will only take a few tens of thousands of years [before] almost every trace of our present dominance has vanished completely. Alien visitors coming to Earth 100,000 years hence will find no obvious signs that an advanced civilisation ever lived here."
apocalypse  evolution  future  pollution  science  world  via:joh 
october 2006 by kevan
Goggles :: The Google Maps flight sim
Another thing directly using Google Map images - explore aerial photos by sedately flying a pinwheeling cartoon aeroplane over a selection of cities. Or sticking to the roads and playing it as old-school GTA.
games  maps  air  world  cities 
august 2006 by kevan
capture the map
Interestingly frustrating territory-claiming game where Google results are translated into pins on a world map, with the majority being sites hosted in the US and Europe. Seems a bit buggy, though, dropping out to no results after a few rounds.
maps  world  web  games 
august 2006 by kevan
World War Z - Max Brooks
Preview copy. Looking very good so far, a coherently described pandemic spreading through 21st-century channels from a single individual, pieced together from a global perspective deeper than the usual cliches. The avian-flu parallels are quite chilling.
booklog  zombies  war  apocalypse  pestilence  world 
july 2006 by kevan
Sounds of the World's Animals
"Animals make much the same sounds around the world, but each language expresses them differently. English and French cows sound the same, but not in English and French!" And Japanese bees go "bunbun".
language  sound  world  bees  cows  pigeons  pigs  monkeys  mammals  cats  birds 
october 2005 by kevan
New York Times: Craving Hyphenated Chinese
"The term Chinese food represents an area four times larger than Western Europe and the eating habits of more than a billion people. You could say that there is really no such thing as Chinese food."
food  china  world  via:venusberg 
september 2005 by kevan
BlogNomic - The Second Dynasty of Chronos Phaenon
BlogNomic's got its own domain, these days, although I've not had a chance to play, lately. "Each Country has a system of Government, listed in the GNDT under Government. [...] Telecracy: The country is controlled by aliens from space."
games  nomic  politics  world  aliens 
september 2005 by kevan
If I dig a very deep hole, where I go to stop?
Brilliant use of the Google Maps API: "Are you concerned about where you go to arrive if you dig a very deep straight infinitous hole on Earth? Your problems are solved!"
maps  world  underground  via:ole 
september 2005 by kevan
Daylight Saving Time - Incidents and Anecdotes
"As the bombs were being planted, they exploded - one hour too early - killing three terrorists instead of two busloads of people, the intended victims."
time  terrorism  world  via:holly 
august 2005 by kevan
UncommonGoods: Global Warming Mug
"Just pour in a hot cup of coffee, and the ocean starts to spread across the continent as ice caps melt and water levels rise."
drinks  ice  world  water  pollution 
may 2005 by kevan - Flags as Infographics
National flags tweaked to represent statistical data. "Red: In favor of the war in Iraq / White: Against the war in Iraq / Blue: Don't know where Iraq is."
flags  world  politics  via:qwghlm 
may 2005 by kevan
Wired News: Surprises Lurk in Satellite Snaps
"Notable surprises include a just-erupted volcano, violent scenes from Iraq (a bomb going off in Baghdad and a firefight in Najaf) and even a 747 landing in Tokyo, something difficult to capture given that the satellite is moving at 17,000 mph."
maps  secrets  space  photos  world  via:holly  coincidences 
april 2005 by kevan
Wired News: Surprises Lurk in Satellite Snaps
"Notable surprises include a just-erupted volcano, violent scenes from Iraq (a bomb going off in Baghdad and a firefight in Najaf) and even a 747 landing in Tokyo, something difficult to capture given that the satellite is moving at 17,000 mph."
maps  secrets  space  photos  world  via:holly  coincidences 
april 2005 by kevan
Times Online: Blumenthal hits peak of haute cuisine
The Fat Duck is 'the best restaurant in the world'. "There are a lot of people who don't like the food Heston is doing, but [...] the chefs and critics who judged these awards, know he is pushing the boundaries and pushing food in a new direction."
food  world 
april 2005 by kevan
To Rule the Earth
History's most successful world dominators, ranked by planetary surface area.
world  history  politics  via:leonard 
april 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Online answer to writer's angst
"[Margaret] Atwood is developing a remote book-signing machine that will allow readers to get their novels autographed without the author having to traipse to bookshops across the globe."
books  technology  world  writing 
january 2005 by kevan
Picking out Flickr photos with zip codes and putting them on a map of... America, obviously. But a nice start.
maps  photos  web  world 
december 2004 by kevan
quiet american : one-minute vacation
"One-minute vacations are unedited recordings of somewhere, somewhen. Sixty seconds of something else. Sixty seconds to be someone else." Includes Brighton beach.
brighton  mp3s  sound  world 
november 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Introduction: Planet under pressure
"Scientists now say we are in a new stage of the Earth's history, the Anthropocene Epoch, when we ourselves have become the globe's principal force."
apocalypse  society  world 
october 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia: List of ghost towns
Sinisterly, all the UK ones are in Norfolk and have either been "taken over by the army", or are under the sea.
cities  dereliction  world 
september 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia: List of places with fewer than ten people
Ghost towns. "Some may be (almost) deserted, and others may be places where people work, but do not live."
cities  dereliction  world 
september 2004 by kevan
Spam Atlas
World map of where spam originates from. What's going on in south-east England?
maps  spam  world  filetype:jpg  media:image 
september 2004 by kevan
Ari Luiro: Chess Pieces in 64 Languages
"The rook is a tower in many European languages (eg. Spanish and Portuguese torre, Finnish torni, French tour, Dutch toren), sometimes a large farm (Frisian stins), a ship (Russian ladya) or a wagon (Chinese ju, Estonian vanker)."
board  chess  games  history  language  world 
september 2004 by kevan
Grail Trail
Travelling the world in search of local-produce oddities, including Slovenian salamander brandy. "The X factor is the poisonous mucus the salamander gives off to frighten away its predators."
drinks  lizards  travel  world 
august 2004 by kevan
"Do Not" & "Do Not Enter" Signs from Around The World
I always enjoy the cheery "PARALYSIS AND DEATH CAN RESULT IF YOU LAND ON YOUR HEAD OR NECK!" trampoline warnings. Tsk to the obvious fakes, though.
death  design  symbols  world 
august 2004 by kevan
ZEN-STYLE | Fool's World Map
Drawing a map on the instructions of idiots. "Since Aussie seems not to know the exact shape of their country, the shape of Australia has been changed to the shape of Shikoku (prefecture in Japan)."
australia  lunacy  maps  world 
august 2004 by kevan
What The World May Come To
"Much attention has been given to the matter in recent years, and men of science believe that the theory that best fits facts is that the earth is becoming tetrahedral in shape."
future  history  lunacy  maps  world 
july 2004 by kevan
New Scientist: Releasing Nemo a disaster for native fish
"Individuals are releasing their pet fish with the best of intentions, but in the wrong ocean."
evolution  fish  world 
july 2004 by kevan
World Connections Map
A lines-and-boxes atlas of geographically adjacent countries.
maps  world  filetype:gif  media:image 
june 2004 by kevan
Ethnologue Language Name Index
"Listing of 6,800 main languages only."
language  world 
june 2004 by kevan
Earth Prime -- The Alternate Earths of SLIDERS
In a similar but somehow less beautiful vein: the 103 alternate "Earths" of Sliders.
television  world 
june 2004 by kevan
Histomap of World History
"A 6-foot-high chart showing in one glance 4,000 years of human history on a global scale."
history  maps  world 
june 2004 by kevan
Annotated NetHack File (Shopkeepers)
NetHack's shopkeepers are actually named after real-world towns and villages.
cities  games  nethack  world 
may 2004 by kevan
Ideology: The War of Ideas
Political wargame-boardgame, with a heavy ideological theme, and topical WMD references.
board  games  memetics  politics  religion  war  world 
may 2004 by kevan
Bartolomeo: Road signs of the world
Global comparison of men-at-work, children-crossing and falling-rocks signs.
design  symbols  world 
may 2004 by kevan
ALL Species Foundation
"...a non-profit organization dedicated to the complete inventory of all species of life on Earth within the next 25 years - a human generation."
evolution  science  world 
april 2004 by kevan
Mystery Park
The Erich von Daniken adventure park, "which presents the unexplained and yet very real mysteries of the world".
history  lunacy  mysteries  world 
april 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia: List of State Mottos
Scotland: Nemo me impune lacessit ("No one injures me with impunity")
language  latin  world 
april 2004 by kevan

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