“War is not an adventure. It is a disease.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
What3words is an entirely new universal address system that may just transform how we navigate the world. It divides the Earth into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares and assigns each plot a unique three word descriptor. For example this post was written at “follow.occurs.warm”.
Using this system, it’s possible to home in on any location in the world according to its three word combination, without the confusion that can occur with traditional addresses. What3words creates a user-friendly method that translates complex numerical coordinates with just three easy to remember words.
Think about what this means for the traveler. Even in developed countries it can be difficult at times to locate an address. And imagine how helpful it could be in a place with addresses in a local language or alphabet, or no address at all. More than half of the people on the planet currently live or work in places without street names or building numbers. What3words literally puts them on the map.
The app is free, downloadable, compatible with most mobile devices, and functional without a data connection. Take a look at the video and then visit the website to test it out. Of course, like all tech innovation, W3W will live or die by the extent of adoption.
Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov creates these wonderful mash-ups from classical paintings and street scenes in Kiev. In his series “The Daily Life of Gods” he photoshops cherubs, angels, goddesses, and historical figures into images of public transport, cafes and city streets.
Montreal-based Canadian photographer Christopher Forsyth has been capturing the abstract beauty of his city’s underground system in a series of stunning images titled “Metro Exploration”. He has been sharing the process on Instagram over time using the hashtag #mtlmetroproject. Since the Quebec provincial law prohibits photographing strangers in public places, Forsyth has gone to great lengths to shoot in deserted stations. You can view more of the project and purchase prints at his website.
Last month, the Associazione Italiana Edtitori (the Italian Publishing Association) launched a national campaign to promote reading—and book buying. They recruited thousands of social media savvy ambassadors to post messages encouraging young people to read. The group also commissioned a song by Samuele Bersani and created this charming video titled Le storie che non conosci (the story that you don’t know), which follows the travels of one beloved book.
Airbnb continues to come up with clever, eye-catching gimmicks to grab our attention. They’ve put pop-up rentals on ski jumps and on moving cable cars, now the world-dominating rental juggernaut has floated a 70-ton house—complete with garden, grass and trees— up and down the Thames in London. You find out more about the project and even enter the competition to stay in the floating hotel right here.
images by Mikael Buck
You don’t need to be a complete public transit or map fan to geek out on the new TRAVIC website created by students at the University of Freiburg in Germany—but it helps. TRAVIC, which is short for Transit Visualization Client, tracks the movement of hundreds of public transportation systems worldwide. Each map uses colored dots to visualize the movement of buses, trams, trains, and even ferries on networks in real time based on data from the public transportation systems. Handy for travelers and for commuters too.
I tried to explain the evolution of human languages to our third grader the other day and did a poor job of it. Hopefully, this wonderful infographic created by Swedish writer and comic artist Minna Sundberg will do the trick.
You don’t need to be an antiquarian book geek like me to enjoy the wonderful collection of literary gifs at De Motu Librorum.