A Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire
is an OpenLayers map that uses a new geographical dataset constructed from the award-winning Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World
), along with several other sources. You can search for sites by place name or zoom in and click sites to get more information about them. It includes tagged data from virtually every known location in the ancient world, and was implemented in 2012 by Johan Åhlfeldt
. The geographical dataset can also be used as a background layer with other maps - for example, here is a basic Google Maps version
. Åhlfeldt has made the data freely available under the CC-BY license
“But what shall we dream of when everything becomes visible
?” Virilio replies: “We’ll dream of being blind."
How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally
- "The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror
. Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last or near last on dimensions of access, efficiency, and equity
." [full report
(pdf)] [more inside]
Brazil has spared no expense for the upcoming World Cup.
The month-long competition will feature 64 matches in 12 cities across the country. Refurbishing old stadiums and building new ones has cost Brazil $3.6bn. Several of the new stadiums will seldom be used after the World Cup, and Brasilia's World Cup stadium is estimated to have cost taxpayers $900m. [more inside]
Richard Edes Harrison
was a trained architect, artist and mapmaker whose maps in the years leading up to and through WWII gave Americans a new perspective on the world.
World War II Led to a Revolution in Cartography. These Amazing Maps Are Its Legacy [more inside]
facts and figures about the animals we eat
The Music Scene
is a television series aired by ABC as part of its Fall 1969 lineup. The show featured performances from the top musicians of the week as compiled by “Billboard Magazine” and had a number of hosts, including David Steinberg and Lily Tomlin. Many huge names of the era, including The Beatles, James Brown, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Three Dog Night, Tom Jones on the initial program and Janis Joplin, Bobby Sherman, The Miracles, Sly & the Family Stone, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Bo Diddley and Mama Cass Elliot, (who co-hosted as well as performed) among many others, appearing on subsequent shows. [more inside]
The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, has recently announced its shortlist of winners.
This year's contest attracted more than 140,000 entries from 166 countries. The organizers have been kind enough to share some of their shortlisted images with In Focus, gathered below. Winners are scheduled to be announced in March and April. All captions below come from the photographers. [33 photos]
For World Literature
"In this story of an ever-broadening canon, the study of world literature makes perfect sense. It is simply the latest chapter in the larger story of the widening horizons of literary study. Yet world literature has prompted an awful lot of hand-wringing. Isn’t it absurd to try to study the literature of the entire world?"
Can you name a firth in Scotland where the dolphins have individual names
? The destination of Haiti's Kita Nago parade
? A Sami Village in Lapland where tourists go to see the Northern Lights
? A former "city of pirates" on the Adriatic Coast
? Every weekday, listeners of PRI
's international-news radio show The World
are treated to the serendipity of a brief journey to a distant point on the globe. It's part of the daily GeoQuiz
, a challenging geographical trivia game enhanced with ambient audio, imagery
, and revealing details of history and landscape. You can play along via Twitter
or subscribe to the podcast
- either way, this 5 minute vacation will make you a little bit smarter about this incredible planet.
Magnus Carlsen, the 22 year old Norwegian prodigy, is the new World Chess Champion.
Yesterday's game 9
was the most exciting of the tournament; a desperate Viswanathan Anand played very aggressively and appeared--to most human commenters--to have an advantage (though the best computer programs saw the Carlsen was always fine if not slightly ahead); however, Anand made a serious blunder and lost. All Carlsen
needed today was a draw--which he got
have called it the end of an era
"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]
A map of the most famous books set in each U.S. state.
Which of these books have you read? Is there a book you think should be on the list that isn't? (the full list)
It reminds me of a recent post
on the Blue featuring a writer who spent a year reading one novel from every country in the world. Metafilter users, of course, have been there done that. [more inside]
The Sound of the Earth
is sound artist Yuri Suzuki
's spherical record project, modeled after a topographic globe of the Earth. The grooves represent the outlines of each geographic landmass. Each country on the disc is engraved with a different sound. As the needle passes over, it plays field recordings collected by Suzuki from around the world over the course of four years: traditional folk music, national anthems, popular music and spoken word broadcasts. [more inside]
(鲍皓昕) is a photographer, among other things. He's probably most famous for his involvement with Michael Palin's travel series
He was featured in the fifth episode
of Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days
*. After that, he became the
stills photographer for subsequent series of Palin's travels (Pole to Pole
, Full Circle
, New Europe
, so far). [more inside]
Dr. Harley A. Rotbart recounts his father's graduation
from Auschwitz survivor to American equal. (SLNYtimes)
is a handy travel search engine site where you put in the place you want to start and where you want to go. It shows you the map, the cost of the ticket (air, rail, coach, ferry and mass transit routes), duration of the journey, etc.
will be playing Viswanathan Anand for the 2013 World Chess Championship. [more inside]
Twenty years ago
, on February 26, 1993
, a truck bomb exploded in the garage of the North Tower of the World Trade Center
, killing six people and an unborn child. More than 1,000 were injured. [more inside]
A Real World Series: Inside the world championship of blind baseball.
"It’s different this year. I can’t get last year’s Series out of my mind, even though it ended in the last week of July, when Taiwan took two from Austin on a rainy Saturday in Ames, Iowa, to win the title in the 37th annual world series of blind baseball." [more inside]
A Renaissance in Economics The American President Ronald Reagan once quipped, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” I get the same shivers when someone introduces themselves as an economist.
Children from around the world
share their hopes for 2013.
Jesse and Laura are cooking and eating their way
through the United Nations
, and raising money for World Food Program USA
as they do.
The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
uses the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection as the starting point for a deeply informative, chronologically arranged exploration of world art history, with maps, timelines, art images, thematic essays, and more.
Click and Drag.
And if you've worn out your mouse / trackpad, then here's some Spoilers
Twiplomacy is the first-ever global study of world leaders on Twitter. The governments of almost two-thirds of the 193 UN member countries have a presence on Twitter: 45% of the 264 accounts analysed are personal accounts of heads of state and government, but just 30 world leaders tweet themselves and very few on a regular basis.
This study shows that while the social network invites direct interaction between users, few world leaders take advantage of this opportunity to develop connections.
: We have received a message that we are on the verge of embargoed information being leaked through the cracks of the digital universe. Once again an attempt to tell the story before our mouths can spit. In order to have the edge we have created PSCYVOTV standing for PREEMPTIVE SELF-COMMISSIONED YEASAYER VORSTELLUNG or TRACK VISUALIZER. [more inside]
The ruins of empire: Asia's emergence from western imperialism Moreover, a narcissistic history – one obsessed with western ideals, achievements, failures and challenges – can only retard a useful understanding of the world today. For most people in Europe and America, the history of the present is still largely defined by victories in the second world war and the long standoff with Soviet communism, even though the central event of the modern era, for a majority of the world's population, is the intellectual and political awakening of Asia and its emergence, still incomplete, from the ruins of both Asian and European empires. The much-heralded shift of power from the west to the east may or may not happen. But only neo-imperialist dead-enders will deny that we have edged closer to the cosmopolitan future the first generation of modern Asian thinkers, writers and leaders dreamed of – in which people from different parts of the world meet as equals rather than as masters and slaves, and no one needs to shoot elephants to confirm their supremacy.
4 years later, Matt Harding has a new Dance Video
. Here are his older records of Travel around the World: 2008
and the original from 2004-5
. What a life! [more inside]
How the World Was Imagined: Early Maps and Atlases
— Depictions of the world from the Iron Age to the Age of Discovery and the emergence of modern geography. From Socks Studio
, who have been producing great feature
How America Is Making the Whole World Fat and Unhealthy It is hardly news that the United States faces epidemic health problems linked to poor diets. Nearly two out of every five Americans are obese. But according to a press release from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, "The West is now exporting diabetes and heart disease to developing countries, along with the processed foods that line the shelves of global supermarkets. By 2030, more than 5 million people will die each year before the age of 60 from non-communicable diseases linked to diets."
De Schutter, whose work usually focuses on ending hunger, just published a new report saying, "The right to food cannot be reduced to a right not to starve. It is an inclusive right to an adequate diet providing all the nutritional elements an individual requires to live a healthy and active life, and the means to access them."