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September 28th, 2008

What's up with that?

So there I was, typing along cheerfully, when the Reigning Queen of Pick, Grand Duchess of Fluff, and High Protector of Barbies came running through the hall.  Nothing odd about that in and of itself, except that she was screaming at the top of her lungs (nothing odd about that, either).  The odd bit is that she was cheerfully screaming, "OK, I'll be running for my life!"  Delivered in the same tone as, say, "If anybody needs me, I'll be in the can."  Not "run for your life," nor even "I *am* running for my life."   I think it's the use of the future tense that has me, um. tense.


Yep, looks like another post from the Big, Ugly Man Doll!

What’s up with that?

Originally published at Big Ugly Man Doll. Please leave any comments there.

So there I was, typing along cheerfully, when the Reigning Queen of Pick, Grand Duchess of Fluff, and High Protector of Barbies came running through the hall.  Nothing odd about that in and of itself, except that she was screaming at the top of her lungs (nothing odd about that, either).  The odd bit is that she was cheerfully screaming, "OK, I’ll be running for my life!"  Delivered in the same tone as, say, "If anybody needs me, I’ll be in the can."  Not "run for your life," nor even "I *am* running for my life."   I think it’s the use of the future tense that has me, um. tense.



Yep, looks like another post from the Big, Ugly Man Doll!

Time Suck of the Week

This week's time suck came to me just recently, as most of them do. If you are anything like me - and I am not for one minute suggesting that you are, although you do keep reading this - you probably have a thing for maps. Who doesn't? A map gives us a sense of where we are in relation to the world, how we fit in, and in a small way perhaps a reminder that we're all on this shiny blue marble together.

Which brings me to http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/cartograms/ and the wonderful world of the world, along with the WorldMapper Project/. Here are some interesting maps of the 2004 and 2006 elections, as well.

Then there's the Re-Visions of Minard site, which is a great way to dive into the technical aspects of what makes a map more than a map - how you can pack a terabyte of data into a megabyte of space.  I could spend hours with this, and have.

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Yep, looks like another post from the Big, Ugly Man Doll!

Time Suck of the Week

Originally published at Big Ugly Man Doll. Please leave any comments there.

This week’s time suck came to me just recently, as most of them do. If you are anything like me – and I am not for one minute suggesting that you are, although you do keep reading this – you probably have a thing for maps. Who doesn’t? A map gives us a sense of where we are in relation to the world, how we fit in, and in a small way perhaps a reminder that we’re all on this shiny blue marble together.

Which brings me to http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/cartograms/ and the wonderful world of the world, along with the WorldMapper Project/. Here are some interesting maps of the 2004 and 2006 elections, as well.

Then there’s the Re-Visions of Minard site, which is a great way to dive into the technical aspects of what makes a map more than a map – how you can pack a terabyte of data into a megabyte of space.  I could spend hours with this, and have.



Yep, looks like another post from the Big, Ugly Man Doll!