Msg#: 4521573 posted 9:46 pm on Nov 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
The earth doesn't have lines of latitude and longitude conveniently drawn on it. Bummer.
On my wall I have a photo map of Venice at a scale of-- they say-- 1:3623. I will take their word for it; it means that each of its 3-inch squares is about 300 yards. The fine print says the pictures were taken over a 3-hour period on one date in 1982.* Look closely and you can see the places where shadows-- and in some cases the buildings themselves-- don't line up perfectly. And I think we can stipulate that curvature isn't significant at that scale :)
* There's also some technicalia about what kind of camera was used. They didn't just go out there in a helicopter with a Nikon.
Msg#: 4521573 posted 2:33 pm on Nov 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
all of life be in da twilight zone
the universe be aware of us as much as we be aware of it, well actually universe be more aware of us sometimes than we of it
the universe plays little games, keys suddenly missing, island suddenly missing, deja vu stuff, all of it... psychologists neurologists skeptics and the lot play everything off as chemicals mumbo jumbo physics human error or whatever, but nah man God keeps things squirrely so It has room to play around with us and wake us up to the knowing that we are It
just the universe saying to itself "hey dude, remember me"
Msg#: 4521573 posted 11:25 pm on Nov 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
I was thinking Laputa, but I may have my sources garbled.
South Pacific would normally mean that its name is whatever religious holiday it was discovered* on. So St. someone-you've-never-heard-of. But I guess not, if it never really existed.
* "... I naturally passed through a great deal of new country, and discovered, as we white men say when we are pointed out some geographical feature by an Indian who has been familiar with it since childhood ..." --author's introduction to The Barren Ground of Northern Canada (1917).