“… bring me a little perspective,” said one Anton Ego in the famous Rats movie (I still don’t know how the Yanks get “Ratatooey” out of “ratatwee” but there yer goes) … *
IN THE COURSE OF MY
meanderings (Conspiracy Theorist First Class) I frequently have recourse to maps.
No big deal, anyone can read a map—even if over the course of a lifetime all the lovely red bits on the world map have been replaced with bleuch.
All well and good but not many seem to realise that the typical map is only representational (meaning: the world isn’t really like that). Globes are better …
SO HAVING PLOUGHED
through oodles of the literature I finally found one that (really!) rings my bell.
This wee bugger—
—which I believe is an ‘azimuthal equidistant projection’. Wow … apparently it puts things into perspective (even if a chunk of Argentina seems a bit missing).
thanks to the miracle of modern science coupled with the need for some folks to make their honest buck I happened across a few more—
By Strebe – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16115152
—and this one I especially like, ‘cos it put us up at the top. If you’re wondering about the white frilly edge, that’s Antarctica. I guess equidistant penguins must get bigger …
centred on the Equator, the same thing only different—
—I love ’em. They play merry hell with perspectives drilled into us by our
education indoctrination systems, but they’re fun.
But if you want a true perspective buy a globe. Expensive for what they are you get your money’s worth reality wise—or if you’re a cheapskate like moi, buy an inflatable one …
—mine looks just like this only different. And on a really cold morning it goes a little 3d, with the added bonus of bogs and mountains. Boom boom!
* No, don’t tell me — let me dream on in peace …