Posts Tagged ‘maps’

Neckdate:  I saw the pain doc again today.  There’s been (very good) improvement in my range of motion but I’ve got pain still.  I pointed out to them where it is hurting and they said “Oh, that is down low (C5-7) – we did not get that yet.  So… it means two more diagnostic procedures and then another RF procedure.   Damn.  If, after all that, and I still have pain, then they are completely willing to try a non-narcotic treatment of pain.  Damn.  So I have to wait a while longer to get my clarity of mind back.  Damn.


George Will did a nice commentary on the Obamas and their performance for the Olympic farce vote.  Very nice observations, and he didn’t have to reach far to make a compelling statement.

Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about … themselves. Although the working of the committee’s mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago’s bid for the 2016 games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.

In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns “I” or “me” 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences was sufficient to convey the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago’s case compelling.

<snip> Surely [Silicon] Valley could continue its service to him by designing software for his speechwriters’ computers that would delete those personal pronouns, replacing them with the word “sauerkraut” to underscore the antic nature of their excessive appearances.


… we pass from the merely silly to the ominous — suppose the president was being not gallant but sincere.  Perhaps the premise of the otherwise inexplicable trip to Denmark was that there is no difficulty, foreign or domestic, that cannot be melted by the sunshine of the Obama persona.



You and I… we all need a break from seriousness.

Try this.


mapping with XKCD

Just think if someone really did know everywhere you went.  Which leads us into the main topic, which is surveillance…


Bloomberg is busy justifying surveillance nets now.

A network of private and public surveillance cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors already established in Lower Manhattan as an electronic bulwark against terrorist attacks will soon expand to a large patch of Midtown Manhattan…


Behind the mayor, a 40-foot video wall displayed maps, incoming data from a police precinct and more than a dozen video streams, many of them showing tourists taking photographs on a sunny day.


We can’t just say everybody can go everyplace and do anything they want.

He speaks of balance right after the last sentence there.

Problem with stuff like this is really easy to justify it but hellishly difficult to remove it once in place.  How many taxes have you seen go away recently?  How many government programs have been eliminated recently?  Diddly + jack + squat, that’s how many.


The United Steaks of America.  Yes.  Really.


Tsunamis are deadly but cool.

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Saw this on Drudge just a few minutes ago.  So bleedingly fresh it glistened.  Of course Drudge treated the Edwards Infidelity Files as if that were bleeding edge news as well, and it was weeks old.

FLASH: RASMUSSEN Poll release at Noon Eastern:

47% Favor Fairness Doctrine for Radio, TV...

31% Want Government Requirement for Bloggers to Abide by Guidelines...


That’s nice.

So if those 31% folks had their way, the government would get to tell me what I write, how I write it, and who I allow to have access to it.  I might as ****ing well move to China.  M. Malkin posted on this a long time back (media Fairness Doctrine).


I am an unabashed meat eater, doe-eyed deah included, so this graphic sent to me by a friend doesn’t horrify me, it makes me hungry.  Source unknown, sorry.


Now on to our regularly scheduled dose of drivel.

Well, I knew I needed to get those maps out flat again after shipping them via tube so I did it tonight and snapped some pics.  Even at high res (3200×2400) the detail is just too fine to capture (the maps are that awesome).  I shrunk them down, which is why you’re getting 1024×768 or 1600×1200 and these images don’t do them justice but it gives you an idea of what kind of talent it takes to do something like these.  This was pre-computer era stuff.  Back when things were not quite so rushed, and artisan-level work was more accepted.  I do think the pendulum is starting to swing the other way, however… more quality that lasts and a higher price is acceptable.

I can share jpgs of the maps anyway.  The first one is decidedly un-PC by today’s standards (and I hope the term “PC” dies a horrible death soon – so much so that I won’t use it any more.  So there.)  But you have to remember the context of when this map was made – we were AT WAR with Japan, the country that sucker-punched us at Pearl Harbor.  Not much love for Japan then, which is why it is so amazing that they are now some of our strongest allies.

Based on it’s note of returning some land to China “after Victory” I’m going to assume that it is pre-1945.  If someone knows the actual date of this, let me know.  It is one of my favorites because of the vibrant colors.

This next one is The British Isles.  Got a teensy weensy bit of English in me, and I thought the map was just plain cool.  You’ll hear me say that a lot about these maps, sorry.  Weasel’s Uncle Badger fella over in the UK would probably appreciate this one.  As with quite a few of these, I cannot find a published date on them.  They are indeed old, however.  Yellowed and stiff as old books and papers are known to be.  By the way, now might be the time to take a quick side-trip to her site and check out her furry little critters. They are saccharin-cute.

Note:  Yes, the books holding the maps down are “Snuggle Puppy” and “Thomas the Tank Engine”.

Next is a map of Boston.  Why Boston?  Because I love Boston.  I’ve only been a few times but I am totally fantastically enamored of the town.  Why?  All of it.  Except for the driving, perhaps.  That’s why you use public transport.

Lastly, Germany.  Why Germany?  Because I’m pretty much half german and my surname pretty much demands that I possess this map.


Wow.  I have been selected for a singular honor…

Luckily, I can count on you, Constant Reader to keep this secret hush-hush.  I was contacted today to help a gentleman in need.  Here, I’ll let you read it for yourself…

From: “JOHN PURSEL”<j.pursel55 @geemail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 17:03:05 +0200

Dear Friend,

I am John Pursel, an American Army Contractor working with the United States Uniformed Services in Iraq.

As you may know everyday there are several cases of insurgent attacks and suicide bombings going on here.Some money in various currencies was discovered and concealed in barrels with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of Saddam Hussein’s old Presidential Palaces during a rescue operation.

Please check: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm

We were able to hide some of the money totalling US$35 Million dollars.  This might appear as an illegal thing to do but I tell you what? No compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in this hell hole. The above figure was given to me to secure it on behalf of everyone and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a German contact working with the UN here (his office enjoys some immunity) I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an American who died in an air raid, and before giving up trusted me to hand over the package to his close relative.

I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of Iraq for you to pick up. I do not know for how long I will remain here as I have been lucky to have survived 2 suicide bomb attacks by Pure Divine intervention. This and other reasons put into consideration have prompted me to reach out for help. If it might be of interest to you then endeavour to contact me and we would work out the necessary formalities but i pray that you are discreet about this mutually benefiting relationship.

Once l receive a positive response from your side, I will send you the full details of how and where we plan to move the money.These arrangements are risk free.

lf you are sure you can work with us, kindly send me an e-mail through: john1.pursel55@gmail.com  signifying your interest.  l will also give you more details about my person and how we can achieve our goal.


john1.pursel55 @geemail.com

Is that not the most sacred level of trust or what? It must be legit, because it has a news link in it.

Do you personally know of anyone gullible enough to fall for this crap?  Are YOU gullible enough to fall for this crap?  Are you a recovering gulliholic?

I answer “No”, “Hell no”, and “Get out of my face” to those questions.


Olympics Update: China swears that she is 16, so she must be.  I mean, come on, it’s China.  Would they lie?

Bzzzzt!  No, silly, she just graduated from third grade last week.  Granted, educationally this is equivalent to a freshman skill level in the US, but she ain’t no 16 years old.

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Perhaps not “incredible” but how about darned cool?

In my mother’s jewelry box was something I hadn’t seen in forever.  A wooden egg that always fascinated me as a kid.  It held no significant value to my sister and I asked her if she minded my taking it.  So here it is, as promised (thinking of you, KC).  Clicking on the pic gives you the larger image.

Just an innocent-looking benign ol’ inedible wooden egg.

But, it unscrews – there are really fine pitch threads on the inner lip.

And a little wooden basket of sorts inside.

But that’s not the only cool thing that I found while visiting.  All of it (going through mom’s stuff) felt like pilfering from the dead but I know mom would have wanted to keep these things in the family… a number of old maps done by E.D. Chase (Earnest Dudley Chase).  We’ve always just called him E.D.  He was married to my grandmother’s oldest sister, Clara, and I know for sure that the two of them worked on the map in the link below.  It isn’t clear to me how much she did on any given map or how many maps she was involved with.

As best I can make out the maps I have were done in the 1930’s – 1950’s and are wonderful examples of the fine handcraftsmanship of the day.  They are intricate and beautiful.   I plan to have them scanned (for a “permanent” record) and frame the reproductions if there is only one original or the orignal if I have multiples, as I am able.  Once they are scanned I will post a few of them.  You can see one of them posted here by an individual out there on the web selling them.

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