> I remember truly and completely realizing that I had fallen in love with the internet... when I got my hands on HIGH RES jpgs of old maps of city-states of the Netherlands circa 16-somethings. They were all of, like, over a few megabytes. ENORMOUS!
I'm F____, the editor of Socks. I came across a link on Metafilter to
a post of my site featuring some maps I liked so much I decided to
I also read your very harsh comments, and the reactions they produced,
about my posting that got me puzzled, to say the least.
First of all, I use Socks as my notebook, as a place where to store
and, sometimes, write about things that are interesting to me. It's
not a source of revenues (no ads, unlike your site), I don't sell
anything, (unlike your site), I don't really aspire at having a huge
traffic (which I haven't by the way). So please don't accuse me of
I'm not a cartographer, so I wouldn't naturally add something really
meaningful to the sheer beauty of those maps. I usually write more
thoroughly (not only on my site) about what I usually do and think
about, that is architecture. But, unlike you, I don't use to react to
complete strangers if they post images of buildings simply because
they are fascinated by them, instead of writing PhD thesis about!
My post didn't involve a mere copy and paste of the maps: every single
map links to the related Wikipedia post, in order for me in the future
to easily track back the text of reference. Furthermore, at the end of
the post, as I usually do, the original article on Wikipedia (Early
World Maps) is linked.
No information is stripped, in fact.
All this, without being, of course, a great deal of work, wasn't in
any way made by a robot or an automated script, like someone wrote in
that Metafilter post.
It is possible that someone, thanks to sites like mine, got interested
in maps in the first place, and thus made the next step, that is,
either become cartographer in life, or buy antique maps here on your
site, who knows?
As much as I was willing to do with [THE NAME OF A DIFFERENT PROJECT OF MINE LINKED ON MY SITE].
I would have commented back directly on Metafilter, bit I haven't got
an account there. I would be glad if you could post this reaction of
mine there, but I doubt you would do.
By the way,
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