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22 maps and charts that will surprise you | Vox

Most maps you see are based on the “Mercator projection,” so named for Gerardus Mercator, who came up with it in 1559.

The Mercator projection is excellent for sailing, as it shows constant bearing as a straight line.

But it’s terrible for estimating the size of large masses of land — particularly when they’re close to poles. Under the Mercator projection, for instance, Africa looks to be about the same size as Greenland; it’s actually 14 times larger.

via 22 maps and charts that will surprise you – Vox.

The world according to Google | The Observer

.. the deep-rooted nature of “symbolic capacity”. This ability, some anthropologists argue, is the significant development in human history.

When we evolved symbolic capacity, it allowed us to create “external memory stores” such as art, ritual, and eventually the written word.

It allowed us to invent culture, the prism through which every individual’s behaviour and experience is refracted. Eventually it helped us to build the internet – the place into which we appear to be pouring our culture for safekeeping.

But whose?

via The world according to Google | Lauren Laverne | Life and style | The Observer.

Netflix is scaring the living daylights out of Australia’s media industry | Quartz

Australia is a world leader when it comes to online piracy.

But the use of VPNs to access Netflix and other sites is completely legal there, from a user perspective—consumer groups actively encourage it because the costs of content, software (and many other things) are extortionately high Down Under.

via Netflix is scaring the living daylights out of Australia’s media industry – Quartz.