Have to say that this chap is jolly glad that chaps like this – I’m talkin’ ‘Joe‘ … are out there.
Quite apart from his very useful links that he has been quietly providing the web since 2000 – he was also instrumental in getting web mentions to work on Just Good Music and in so doing we changed the template – which I am now using over on People First.
Well, suffice to say that if this little ballydoo works, this chap will pop back here and try to explain it all. Suffice to say, it all started here. Let’s see if you can come up with an explanation before I return.
.. and one appreciated by many more than just the Chaps. Well, when we say “appreciated”…
But, although fascinating, it becomes a little tricky putting it on paper. Visually, that is. Not that there have not been attempts, with Mercator’s Projection probably the best known.
But Mercator is problematic — not perhaps to 16th century European colonials, happy to see England in its rightful and dominant size and place, but …
It’s been widely used for centuries, including today in various forms by Google Maps and many other online services. This map preserves directional bearing, presenting rhumbs (imaginary lines that cut all meridians at the same angle) as straight lines, thus making it a useful tool for navigation.
But all the other attempts look horribly distorted too, and at least we’re used to Mercator. Even if it does make Greenland look the size of Africa, for example. (You could fit 14 Greenlands in the real Africa.)
But now enter Tokyo-based architect and artist Hajime Narukawa and his AuthaGraph map. Quite fascinating. It seems if you take the sphere of the earth and project it onto an inflated tetra… Or to look at it another way, if you flatten the earth’s 96… Well, here’s the diagram.
Simple, yes? Until you see the product, which you may find — odd. But very accurate, insists Narukawa, who is a man on a mission.
According to Narukawa, his map means a lot more than just a faithful cartographical representation of our planet. Because Earth is now facing down issues like climate change and contentious territorial sea claims, Narukawa believes that the planet needs to look at itself in a new light — a view that perceives the interests of our planet first and its countries second.
The Chaps could not say fairer than that.
No we couldn’t – and lest you think the chaps are out there on yet another meaningless tangent – know that the Boston Public School system are already on the ‘abandon Mercator trajectory‘ … now we just need to pop over there and let them know about Narukawa san … this is new.
As you might imagine, producing such an organ of depth and breadth as this particular publication is no mean feat. We are often never asked how we do it … but heh – since we are the chaps – thought we would share anyway. Don’t tell anyone, but we have a very sophisticated collaborative process – it’s called email. Side note – we don’t care what The Zuck says – email is the first and still the largest social network on the planet. Still, back to the plot.
This morning, this chap got a contextually relevant, system alert (that’s what you people call an email) that indicated that a post was pending and needing my attention. Needless to say – this chap got right onto it. After his coffee, slice of toast and his morning exercise stretch.
He read the content, excellent as always. When the other chap extracts said digit, he really is rather good. But. But – there was a sense of ‘surely we have commented on this before’ sense. (sic).
But, this chap ploughed on, came up with a suitable response and readied himself for the riposte, clicking through to start the edit and situation confirmed … we had published it back in April.
Still, having researched – thought I would add my words anyway … go take a look.
Let it just be said, though, that part of the secret of using email is sending the right message. (Actually, the secret of lots of things…) Turns out this Chap had included the wrong URL in the notification – was meant to be this one. Oh well.
So – how did the air fit in … I’m guessing it’s nothing to do with Thunderclap?
Ok. I know you’ve been hanging elsewhere recently – but I thought you would at least be reading our publication. Follow the links – love might have been in the air 50 years ago – but these days it is perspective!