This newsletter is a collection of things I have found in the last month that I enjoyed, found interesting, or simply wanted to share.
I Spy a Marmot
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.
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 = ?
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
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.
- Kurzgesagt – The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do
- Flattening the Curve Simulations
- Epidemic Calculator
- Why Soap Works
- How to fight the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, CoVID-19
- NY Times Front Page Visualization of U.S Unemployment Claims
- The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What’s Coming
Around The Web
- Guide to figuring out the age of an undated world map
- The 12th hole at Augusta National built with 20,000 Lego pieces
- Penguin Jailbreak: Part 1 and Part 2
- Rory McIlroy on Stoicism
- A look at everything inside the golf bags of the Tour’s elite
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Thanks for reading. Have a great month,