Remember that animated wind map of the United States from a while back? Well, now there’s one of the whole earth! You’ve got to check out the interactive site (which is updated with near current weather) because these images don’t do it justice. YOU CAN ORBIT THE EARTH! YOU CAN ZOOM! YOU CAN SEE WIND SUPERIMPOSED ON TEMPERATURE, PRESSURE AND CLOUDS. Standing ovation to developer Cameron Beccario! (and thanks to my friend Alice Anderson for giving me the heads up)
Mr. Beccario, the slow clap/standing ovation you hear in the distance, coming from in front of computer screens everywhere, is for you.
Maps can really mess with your head. Lliterally. The above image comes to us by way of Scientific American, circa 1921. Distorted map projections are not only the result of spheres failing to translate effectively into rectangles (those pesky dimensions!), but often the failure of the culture of the mapper to appreciate the culture of the mappee. Looking at you, here, Mercator (Really?! Africa is 14X the size of Greenland, you Flemish fool!).
Are our emotions universal, across borders of culture and language? Is my happy the same as your happy? Do I experience anger in precisely the same way that you do?
Psychologically speaking, that’s a difficult question to answer. But according to a new study on the physiological experience of emotions, our bodies respond in very particular ways to a range of feelings.
Hundreds of people were presented with various images designed to cause an emotional response. The participants then indicated where on their bodies they felt increased (orange and yellow, above) or decreased (blue, above) sensation, essentially drawing a kind of atlas of emotional response.
The results are pretty interesting, and nice to look at as well. I have to wonder why contempt causes that very specific lack of sensation south of the border, though.
Ten of the Best Storybook Cottage Homes Around the World
These 10 fairy tale inspired cottages with their hand-made details call to mind the tales of the Brothers Grimm and other fantasy stories. All of these cottages are real-life homes from around the world. From stunning cottage houses to mystical stone dwellings, these 10 storybook cottage homes provide inspiration and inspire the imagination.
Hobbit House - Rotorua, New Zealand
Winckler Cottage - Vancouver Island, Canada
Akebono kodomo-no-mori Park, Japan
Wooden Cottage - Białka Tatrzańska, Tatra Mountains, Poland
Blaise Hamlet - Bristol, England
Willa Kominiarski Wierch - Zakopane, Poland
Forest House - Efteling, The Netherlands
Cottage in the Hamlet of Marie Antoinette - Versailles, France
Cob House - Somerset, United Kingdom
The Spadena House - Beverly Hills, California, United States