Archive for the ‘Worth Seeing’ category
It’s not the nature of the errors that so amazing, it’s their sheer number. I thought we were supposed to value print for soberness and fact checking the internet doesn’t provide:
An appraisal on Saturday about Walter Cronkite’s career included a number of errors. In some copies, it misstated the date that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed and referred incorrectly to Mr. Cronkite’s coverage of D-Day. Dr. King was killed on April 4, 1968, not April 30. Mr. Cronkite covered the D-Day landing from a warplane; he did not storm the beaches. In addition, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, not July 26. “The CBS Evening News” overtook “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” on NBC in the ratings during the 1967-68 television season, not after Chet Huntley retired in 1970. A communications satellite used to relay correspondents’ reports from around the world was Telstar, not Telestar. Howard K. Smith was not one of the CBS correspondents Mr. Cronkite would turn to for reports from the field after he became anchor of “The CBS Evening News” in 1962; he left CBS before Mr. Cronkite was the anchor. Because of an editing error, the appraisal also misstated the name of the news agency for which Mr. Cronkite was Moscow bureau chief after World War II. At that time it was United Press, not United Press International.
More Time-Space Maps
So fascinated was I by the idea from yesterday, I’ve hunted down a few more examples.
- Oscar Karlin redesigned the iconic London tube map so that distance were determined by travel time. So did Rod McLaren and Tom Carden.
- “Patrick” made a map showing the travel time, using public transporation exclusively, between Brussels and a number of European cities. This observation is striking:
And although Chimay is a lot closer to Brussels in the real world, with public transportation, you’d long be in Paris or London before arriving in Chimay.
- David Chatting, as enamored as I am, has saved more of these of Delicious. He’s also stretched Britain based on driving times and trains from Ipswitch.
- Personal World Map not only offers time-space shifting, but also money-space shifting. It does air travel.
These maps that don’t actually offer a time-space adjustment, but do illustrate travel times.
- The EU made a map showing how long it would take you to get to a city of 50,000 people or more from anywhere in the world.
- TripTrop has a time overlay based on the NYC subway travel time.
- A similar map of train travel times for the entirity of Britain.
- And, finally, how long it took to get from London to the world by steamship in 1920. (This from the incredibly cool Hipkiss Scanned Old Maps collection.)
In documenting a few of the freeway on-ramps, parking lots, and other monstrosities that have replaced some of America’s ornate original train stations, The Infrastructurist makes a cogent case for historical preservation (and the headaches that implies).
I doubt if I will ever tire of satellite pictures of Earth on the Big Picture. Your mileage may vary.
It’s probably not perfect, but Bud Caddell’s Venn diagram (which you’re probably seen by now) is something I’ve been indirectly seeking for at least five years.
(via, among many others, Notes to Self)
The Dieline has some interesting photos of old Crayola crayon packaging. I think the prominent marking of them as “school crayons” is notable.
Made manifest in the number of ways we can get on and off roads that don’t slow down.
It’s daunting and distressing to look in the face of all the waste of the way we’re living.
Of Commencement Speechs
It’s that time of year.
- One sentence commencement speeches. (Scroll up to see the speech Frank Warren gave at St. Mary’s.) (via Neatorama)
- Obama’s ASU commencement, the best I’ve encountered this year. (Parts 2 & 3; Text)
- Perhaps stealing a theme from the President, Timothy Noah thinks commencement speakers are generally too accomplished.
Louis CK on Comedy
I only link to the Big Picture when I’m wowed at least three times while viewing the sequence. This passed.
NPR has built a fantastic set of maps about how energy is produced and distributed across the United States.
Something I learned: the Hoover Dam, which I naively assumed to be the biggest hydroelectric producer, is pretty average. The real heavyweights are in Washington.
There are too many cool photos in this Big Picture set not to share it. (Also, that sentence seems incorrect, but all the alternatives felt worse.)
Today’s Big Picture series is something that’s been banned for 18 years. And while it’s certainly somber, I’m not sure I understand what all the hubbub was about.
This chart is impeccably executed.
I’ve noticed that Google now adds to the search results of some searches a timeline of when that term is mentioned in sources — apparently a combination of newspapers, books, and websites. A few observations made using the tool:
- Many events have peaks in ten-year anniversaries of their first happening. See for example: Hiroshima, Apollo 11.
- Recession seems reasonably well correlated with market feelings.
- The historical usage of some terms in interesting. Try for example, piracy and Black Friday.
- “Apollo 13” got a definite boost when the movie came out.
- Some terms show the tool still has bugs. Mesozoic for example. (The peak at 2000BC, for example appears to be caused by a misinterpretation of a citation.)
Obviously the validity of all of these observations is limited by my limited understanding of how the thing works and its bugs.