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This is simultaneously completely wonderful and completely pointless, I think. Basically it's a Google Maps interface denuded of everything except the text. So you can zoom, drag and all the usual kinds of stuff, but you only see the names of things, not their shapes, terrain, linkages, etc. Hmm, writing it down like that doesn't really convey... well, have a play, zoom in on your home town, see what you think. Anyway, I like it.

The only clue as to its intent is hidden in an HTML comment:
"Seasoned explorers, vehemently insisting on what they had seen, set down mountains and islands on their charts where there was nothing but empty sky ... Expeditions sent out later to verify these new lands sometimes saw the same fata morgana, further confusing the issue. Only by prolonging their arduous journeys, thereby observing a constant recreding [sic] of the image, did they prove that the land was not there at all."
Via [livejournal.com profile] info_sthetics, source of lots of strange and interesting things.
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This is simultaneously completely wonderful and completely pointless, I think. Basically it's a Google Maps interface denuded of everything except the text. So you can zoom, drag and all the usual kinds of stuff, but you only see the names of things, not their shapes, terrain, linkages, etc. Hmm, writing it down like that doesn't really convey... well, have a play, zoom in on your home town, see what you think. Anyway, I like it.

The only clue as to its intent is hidden in an HTML comment:
"Seasoned explorers, vehemently insisting on what they had seen, set down mountains and islands on their charts where there was nothing but empty sky ... Expeditions sent out later to verify these new lands sometimes saw the same fata morgana, further confusing the issue. Only by prolonging their arduous journeys, thereby observing a constant recreding [sic] of the image, did they prove that the land was not there at all."
Via [livejournal.com profile] info_sthetics, source of lots of strange and interesting things.
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Landshare -- Hugh Fairly-Wattlesquidge is behind this scheme, to put together people who have spare land with people who want to grow stuff. I particularly like the idea of being a Landspotter -- you get to spy on people's underused gardens and report them to the Channel 4 commissars.

Instead of Heathrow -- collecting suggestions for what might be better than building a third runway there. So far they are all depressingly sensible (apart, arguably, from the maglev one).

Cambridge Cycling Campaign -- their website includes this excellent route planner, including a slideshow of photos taken along the route. Useful if you get lost (and have mobile internet...).

A year of OSM edits -- (not strictly enviro, but hey) -- fun animation of the edits added to Open Street Map during 2008. It took me a little while to realize why the open sequence looked strangely familiar, and then I realized that it's Ipswich! (East Anglia generally seems to be quite a hotbed of OSMing.) Some stills from it gathered here, which are a bit easier to peer at.
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Does anyone know what the current situation is re delays to airport arrivals from overseas? We're supposed to be picking up a friend arriving from Switzerland (to Stansted) this evening, and I was wondering how much longer than usual it's likely to take.
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We've been in Norfolk for a long weekend, staying in a cottage in Overstrand, just east from Cromer. Known formerly as the Village of Millionaires, there weren't many such apparent when we were there, although we did stay in what apparently used to be Churchill's garage.

We had some very fine food, walked along the cliffs, pottered about, read books (in my case Captain Johnson's excellent General History of the Pyrates), visited the gardens of Felbrigg Hall and other such lazy diversions. Not really enough sunshine to just loaf about on the beach soaking up rays, but maybe I shouldn't be quite so keen on doing that anyway, these ozone-layer-free days.

Back to the joy of 1400 email messages waiting to be downloaded -- one of my work addresses seems to have made it onto a new active spam list. But two of them were drafts of the latest stage of two new games, which is always fun and exciting. Summer is a slow sales time, so we hope to do quite a bit of developing the range before it starts getting busy again in September.

T has the rest of the week off so has been labouring in the garden. My turn comes tomorrow when I've promised to step away from my desk for a while in order to dismantle a treehouse, severely prune a sycamore, and fell a row of twelve-foot leylandii -- so we can put in a veg patch at the end of the garden. Wish me few blisters.
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OK, back and now mostly over nasty cold and work catch-up that ensued. Details )

Anyway, that's all a bit parochial, but my dazzling insights and musings about India are a bit formless still, so will have to wait. Now to try and get ready for Christmas I suppose!

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