"I want to see the world. Follow a map to its edges, and keep going. Forgo the plans. Trust my instincts. Let curiosity be my guide.
I want to change hemispheres and sleep with unfamiliar stars and let the journey unfold before me." Maptia
is on a mission to gather first-person stories from travelers, "to create the most inspirational map in the world." [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Nov 12, 2013 -
Mary Hastings Bradley (1882 – 1976) was a writer from a young age
(Google books), publishing articles as early as high school. She was also a traveler and explorer, bringing back views of the wider world to American readers, first with The Palace of Darkened Windows
and The Fortieth Door
, both inspired by her trip to Egypt, where she took note of the purdah
system of the veiled and secluded women. These books were made into movies in 1920
, respectively. After marrying Herbert Edwin Bradley, a lawyer and big game hunter, traveler and explorer, she traveled to Africa with her husband and other explorers, and the couple later took their daughter, Alice. Mary wrote stories from these experiences, including stories about Alice's adventures, providing the literary debut for her daughter, who would later take up the nom de plume of James Tiptree, Jr.
, in part as an effort to move out of the shadow cast by her mother. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Nov 6, 2013 -
Sir Ranulph Twistleton-Wickham-Fiennes is 68 years old, a cancer survivor, and he's preparing to tackle a six month 2,000 mile trek across Antarctica at night.
Partially to raise money for charity, but mostly because if he doesn't accomplish it, someone else might manage it instead.
posted by BZArcher
on Dec 28, 2012 -
In a twist worthy of a bestseller or blockbuster
, the remains of the shipwrecked
Terra Nova have been identified just off the coast
of Greenland, just in time
to celebrate the 100th anniversary
of Scott's ill-fated attempt
to become the first man to reach the south pole.
On 6 June 1911 Robert Falcon Scott, who was born in Plymouth, celebrated his 43rd birthday at the south pole expedition base camp at Cape Evans. On 29 March 1912 he and his companions finally starved and froze to death in their tent, 11 miles from a supply cache, on the march back from discovering that the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beaten them to the pole.
posted by infini
on Aug 20, 2012 -
"This is day 86 on my full return South Pole Expedition 2011/2012. I'm quite hungry and about to pick up my last cache by my second pulk which I left on the way in. As a part of my motivational plan I have on purpose not made notes on what goodies I have left behind in the cache, and on this last one, I didn't expect very much
." --Aleksander Gamme [more inside]
posted by QuakerMel
on Apr 8, 2012 -
Gocta Falls, Peru
In 2005 Stefan Ziemendorff came across a waterfall in Northern Peru that didn't appear on any map, despite a village of 200 people being at its base. He returned the following year to measure its height. At 2,350 feet tall, Gocta Falls are now known to be the 3rd highest in the world. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago
on Feb 16, 2011 -
requires users to install Frame in order to get the benefits of CSS3 support (among other things). CSS3 Progressive Internet Explorer aims to bring support for CSS3 in IE versions 6 through 8 via a server side script. It's early days for the extent of supported properties but there are more to come. If it's ultimately functional and useful long term remains to be seen.
posted by juiceCake
on Jul 18, 2010 -
Fascinated by the Orient
An exhibition of the letters, photographs and maps bequeathed to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences by the great explorer, archaeologist, geographer
Sir Marc Aurel Stein
. Journeyer in the footsteps of Alexander
of Central Asia
and West China
, surveyor of the antiquities of India
; after a long life of journeying through and studying central Asia, Aurel Stein found his final rest in Kabul
. He is also remembered for rediscovering the oldest dated printed book still in existence, a copy of the Diamond Sutra
in the caves at Mogao
. That the latter and many thousands of other manuscripts collected by Stein now reside in the British Library
is of course, like his other 'treasure hunting'
, not without controversy
posted by Abiezer
on Jan 4, 2010 -
Hints to Travellers
served as the Royal Geographical Societies
unofficial bible, used by late 19th and early 20th century British explorers such as Shackleton, Scott, Richard Burton, Col. Perry Fawcett and other legends who carried it into the field as a practical state of the art manual of gentlemanly exploration. Indiana Jones no doubt has his own copy too. Don't leave home without it! [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on Feb 3, 2009 -
Women Explorers and Travellers of Asia and the Middle East - In an age where women struggled for basic human rights, these individuals were literal trailblazers. Leaving their homelands for varying motivations (but often due to dissatisfaction with their social lot in life), they devoted their lives to "explore these antique lands
before they are irretrievably caught up in the cacaphonic whirl of the modern world." [more inside]
posted by ikahime
on Aug 1, 2008 -
"The story of Scott's last expedition to the south pole
will, I feel sure, be already known to many of you ... it is one which for courage, endeavour, endurance and unselfishness even in the face of death, will, I feel, never be surpassed.... I feel you will understand the difficulties met with when I tell you that the negatives from which these slides
were made and the slides themselves
were developed and washed with the aid of melted ice."
posted by rory
on Aug 17, 2004 -
Do not install software from "GAIN" - and never ask me again
Microsoft's Internet Explorer team is actually churning out some improvements - the authenticode dialog "Do you want to install this?" in their latest SP Preview Release now functions like it should have from the start, a more usable (understandable) set of choices, and the option to say "No, never ask again". Also, pop-up-blocker
apparently quite functional, is set to 'on' by default. Glad to see at least a little progress being made (still no word on PNG or CSS support changes, nor plans for a 7.x version, afaik).
posted by kokogiak
on Mar 24, 2004 -
IE 6.0 beta?
It looks like they leaked a copy (Win 2000 only). Many screenshots. More integration with MSN, sidebars (explorer bars), media player, etc.
posted by tremendo
on Jan 29, 2001 -