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bassman5911:

Plus Fours Routefinder - Worlds First Navigation System

Invented in 1920′s this could be world’s first navigation system. No satellites or digital screens were used in the making of this portable navigation system. Called Plus Fours Routefinder, this little invention was designed to be worn on your wrist, and the “maps” were printed on little wooden rollers which you would turn manually as you drove along.

(via avaxnews)

iWatch, eat your heart out.

Nick Wingfield on the surreal tale of the Microsoft/Nokia negotiations:

Mr. Ballmer and Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, were walking across the law firm’s lobby, when Mr. Ballmer — absorbed in reading a document from Nokia related to the deal — tripped on a glass coffee table. Letting out a loud shriek, Mr. Ballmer fell to floor, hit his head and began bleeding above his eyebrow.

Executives from Nokia sequestered in a conference room elsewhere in the offices were baffled by the sound, wondering whether Mr. Ballmer was reacting badly to a counter-proposal they had made. His security detail patched him up, and Mr. Ballmer resumed negotiations.

By the afternoon of the next day, participants in the discussions noticed the coffee table was gone.

I’m not sure which is more strange:

a) This detail.

b) That Ina Fried is reporting nearly the exact same weird story at the exact same time.

Also odd: that it was seemingly Nokia’s mapping service which was the single biggest holdup in the deal. That shows just how far the handset business has fallen. “Leave the maps, take the handsets.

fastcodesign
fastcodesign:

Infographic: An Amazing, Invisible Truth About Wikipedia
Every Wikipedia entry has an optional feature we take for granted—geotagging. An entry on the Lincoln Memorial will be linked to its specific latitude and longitude in Washington D.C. On any individual post, this may or may not be a useful thing. But what about looking at these locations en masse?
That was a question asked by data viz specialist and programmer Olivier Beauchesne. To find out, he downloaded all of Wikipedia (it’s open-source, after all) then used an algorithm that would assemble 300 topical clusters from popular, related keywords. Then he placed the location of each article in these topical clusters on a map. What he found was astounding.
“Eventually, Beauchesne’s maps evolve to something more than the locations of everything in the world. They become the locations of, quite simply, everything we know.”

Very cool.

fastcodesign:

Infographic: An Amazing, Invisible Truth About Wikipedia

Every Wikipedia entry has an optional feature we take for granted—geotagging. An entry on the Lincoln Memorial will be linked to its specific latitude and longitude in Washington D.C. On any individual post, this may or may not be a useful thing. But what about looking at these locations en masse?

That was a question asked by data viz specialist and programmer Olivier Beauchesne. To find out, he downloaded all of Wikipedia (it’s open-source, after all) then used an algorithm that would assemble 300 topical clusters from popular, related keywords. Then he placed the location of each article in these topical clusters on a map. What he found was astounding.

“Eventually, Beauchesne’s maps evolve to something more than the locations of everything in the world. They become the locations of, quite simply, everything we know.”

Very cool.

thedailywhat
thedailywhat:

Finally, Official ‘Ice And Fire’ Maps of the Day: (Embiggen.) Better late than never: While many impressive fan-made maps have made the rounds, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin finally is giving us “an official collection of insanely detailed maps — with versions that track the movements of all the main characters.”
The Lands of Ice and Fire is out Tuesday.
[io9]

*Insert Apple Maps joke here.*

thedailywhat:

Finally, Official ‘Ice And Fire’ Maps of the Day: (Embiggen.) Better late than never: While many impressive fan-made maps have made the rounds, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin finally is giving us “an official collection of insanely detailed maps — with versions that track the movements of all the main characters.”

The Lands of Ice and Fire is out Tuesday.

[io9]

*Insert Apple Maps joke here.*