I love looking at maps and Princeton has a lovely collection wtih some bits and pieces online. Here is a section that covers some of the period from Magellegan to Cook focusing on the Pacific
A hidden gem is Terra Astralis - many attempts were made to deal with what lurked on the Southern end of the globe - this one is particularly nice (about 10 MB)
There is a rich history behind Antarctica - Aristotle theorized its existence and Ptolemy fleshed out the idea - of course not based on reality - mostly on the idea of balance, but people of the time realized the Earth was spherical. Lots and lots of fiction over the years.
Three people have pointed out that AT&T sent the following message
AT&T companies that provide telecommunications and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service (which permits VoIP customers to both send and receive calls to/from customers with traditional telephone/telecommunications service) would like to share your customer proprietary network information within the AT&T family of companies for our own marketing purposes, including using that information to offer you additional products and services.
What is CPNI? Your CPNI includes the types of telecommunications and interconnected VoIP services you currently purchase, how you use them and the related billing for those services. CPNI does not include your telephone number, your name or your address. Protecting the confidentiality of your CPNI is your right and our duty under federal law. As an AT&T customer, you can restrict the use of your CPNI even within the AT&T family of companies.
To allow AT&T to use your CPNI, no further action is required. AT&T will not use your CPNI to offer you other products and services until at least 33 days after this notice was mailed to you. AT&T and our authorized agents will not sell, trade or share your CPNI with anyone other than those who are in the AT&T family of companies or are AT&T authorized agents, unless required by law.
If at any time you would prefer that AT&T not use your CPNI to offer you additional products and services, you may:
(a few customer initiated actions mentioned)
note that you have to take action if you with to opt-out.
If you use AT&T you should probably pay attention to the email.
Of course this is probably minor compared with what happens to Google and Facebook users.
We visited the West Village in Manhattan yesterday and I decided to not have a conventional and healthy dinner, but rather go wild at my favorite gelato shop - L'Arte del Gelato.
They are on the spendy side and the normal sizes leave me wanting more. On the other hand the normal sizes probably don't get you into serious dietary problems. Anyway - they have a large number of amazing flavors, but I decided to go for a pint split between Vanigilia del Madagascar and Stracciatella. Perhaps strange choices from a hard core chocolate lover, but it is very hard to nail a perfect vanilla and they manage just that - plus I really like their Stracciatella. Perhaps the next time Ill do it again with other flavors, but this was quite perfect for the day.
- just what I've been waiting for! The drink is Sukie's Affogato all'Arancia - she recommends it.
using the tiny gelato spoons forces you to eat at a proper rate
sigh - all good things come to an end, but there is always next time...
It turns out a lot of people stare and comment if you are having a personal pint. But why not? It is a nice way to start conversations and they all wish they had done the same thing. It also turns out that Jheri does this nearly every time she visits the city. I showed her photo to one of the employees who recognized her straight away..
I'm of the opinion that every healthy diet needs the occasional binge so you can keep your sanity and just purely enjoy a bit of complete abandon every now and again.
Yesterday we walked from Penn Station to the West Village by way of the High Line - a delightful pedestrian park that runs along the path of an old elevated rail line on Manhattan's West Side. Highly recommended if you are in the area.
This seems like an excellent way to bring green pedestrian areas to cities. I mentioned it to Jheri, a past resident of NYC who is heavily into active transit - bikes and walking. She was wondering out load if this might be a nice way to add separated bike ways and walking paths to cities. People are probably unwilling to give up roadways and marked bike lanes may not be optimal in convincing people to use bikes (cars and trucks frequently cross over or even park in these lanes, doors fly open and so on..) - going twenty or so feet up may be less expensive than building new groundlevel infrastructure. You would have to separate bike and pedestrian portions - perhaps with park and garden space. It would be interesting to see what the real costs and benefits might be. My guess is, done properly, this could make many urban areas very attractive. It may be a no brainer in newly constructed urban areas - new Chinese cities for example.
tip of the hat to the half dozen who pointed the editorial out.
Algebra is a fundamental part of a modest education in today's world. It could easily be taught to younger students and leaving it out would be an enormous disservice. It amazes me that many people - even those who claim to be educated - are almost proud when they say they can't do math. This seems to be an American phenomena