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  • feedwordpress 08:01:35 on 2018/05/27 Permalink
    Tags: , Auguste Piccard, , , , , Professor Cuthbert Calculus, Star Trek, Tintin,   

    “Maps codify the miracle of existence”*… 


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    This 1922 map of the world was the first general reference map created by National Geographic magazine’s in-house cartography shop, which was founded in 1915.

    Cartography has been close to National Geographic’s heart from the beginning. And over the magazine’s 130-year history, maps have been an integral part of its mission. Now, for the first time, National Geographic has compiled a digital archive of its entire editorial cartography collection — every map ever published in the magazine since the first issue in October 1888.

    The collection is brimming with more than 6,000 maps (and counting) and you’ll have a chance to see some of the highlights as the magazine’s cartographers explore the trove and share one of their favorite maps each day.

    Follow @NatGeoMaps on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook to see what they discover. (The separate map archive is not available to the public, but subscribers can see them in their respective issues in the digital magazine archive)...

    More background– and more samples from the vault– at “Discover Fascinating Vintage Maps From National Geographic’s Archives.”

    * Nicholas Crane, Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet

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    As we contemplate cartography, we might recall that it was on this date in 1931 that Swiss physicist, inventor, and explorer Auguste Piccard launched himself and an assistant in a 300-pound, 82-inch diameter aluminum gondola suspended from a hydrogen gas-filled balloon.  They rose to a record 51,775 feet, then landed safely.

    Auguste Piccard was the model for Professor Cuthbert Calculus in The Adventures of Tintin by Belgian cartoonist Hergé, and Gene Roddenberry’s inspiration in naming Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek.

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  • feedwordpress 08:01:17 on 2017/06/11 Permalink
    Tags: Bones, Gene Roddenberry, , Spock, Star Trek, , The Wire, , Wallace   

    “It’s morning in Baltimore, Lester. Wake up and smell the coffee”*… 


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    WHERE’S WALLACE? THAT’S ALL I WANNA KNOW…
    WHERE THE F*CK IS WALLACE?”

    —D’ANGELO BARKSDALE

    An interactive homage to what was arguably the best television series ever: “Where’s Wallace.”

    * Cedric Daniels (Lance Reddick), to Lester Freamon (Clarke Peters) in “A New Day (episode 11 of season 4), The Wire.

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    As we return to Baltimore, we might spare a thought for Jackson DeForest Kelley; he died on this date in 1999.  After a long career paying character parts, largely in Westerns, Kelley was offered the role of half-alien Spock in a proposed sci-fi series being developed by Gene Roddenberry– Star Trek– but declined.  He later reconsidered his involvement and accepted the role of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy.

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