April 2020


This newsletter is a collection of things I have found in the last month that I enjoyed, found interesting, or simply wanted to share.

You can follow me more closely at my personal website or if you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell a home, you can point them to my real estate website.

I Spy a Marmot

For Decades, Cartographers Have Been Hiding Covert Illustrations Inside of Switzerland’s Official Maps

But on certain maps, in Switzerland’s more remote regions, there is also, curiously, a spider, a man’s face, a naked woman, a hiker, a fish, and a marmot. These barely-perceptible apparitions aren’t mistakes, but rather illustrations hidden by the official cartographers at Swisstopo in defiance of their mandate “to reconstitute reality.” Maps published by Swisstopo undergo a rigorous proofreading process, so to find an illicit drawing means that the cartographer has outsmarted his colleagues.
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Many maps also contain intentional errors to trap would-be copyright violators. The work of recording reality is particularly vulnerable to plagiarism: if a cartographer is suspected of copying another’s work, he can simply claim to be duplicating the real world— ideally, the two should be the same. Mapmakers often rely on fictitious streets, typically no longer than a block, to differentiate their accounts of the truth

Barenaked Ladies + U2 = ?

The Case of the Missing Hit

This is the best episode of any podcast I have ever heard.

A man in California is haunted by the memory of a pop song from his youth. He can remember the lyrics and the melody. But the song itself has vanished, completely scrubbed from the internet. PJ takes on the Super Tech Support case.

Listen to the episode before checking out this interview with one of Reply All’s hosts, P.J. Vogt

P.J. Vogt on Reply All’s Instantly Legendary Episode 

H-E-B, P-P-P-P-P

Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic

We did not see runs on toilet paper as one of the first things to go out of stock. That was something we still kind of have a hard time understanding.

Covid-Corner

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Thanks for reading. Have a great month,

Clay