Category Archives: Africa

Who reads what where

I’m a sucker for a clever infographic, especially if it pertains to books or reading. The graphic above shows which reading genres are most popular in 36 countries around the world. To collect the data, the folks at Study In … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Asia, Books, ebooks, Europe, USA, Writing | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

History is made of maps

History Maps uses a combination of interactive maps, videos, illustrations and Wikipedia content to explain and guide the user through an impressive collection of historical events. Beware, it’s easy to fall down this rabbit hole and spend an unplanned hour … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Art, Asia, Canada, Europe, Film, History, Maps, Middle East, Museums, South America, USA | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

National Parks

I am a huge fan of national parks. In my travels I have been fortunate to visit quite a few. While some of my favorites are here in North America, I have spent time in some spectacular parks as far … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Maps, Middle East, Tourism, USA | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

How many more times will you watch the full moon rise?

Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don’t know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life. It’s that terrible precision that we hate so much. But because we don’t know, … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Books, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Maps Make The World

Have you ever wondered how cartographers created accurate maps of the world long before the development of aircraft or satellites ? The very informative short video below cleverly summarizes the history and development of maps throughout the ages. NB: If … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Asia, Europe, Film, History, Maps | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

how the story ends

“lastly, three apples fell from the sky; one for our story’s heroes, one for the person who told their tale, and one for those who listened and promise to share. And with that, they all achieved their hearts’ desires. Let … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Books, Europe, Writing | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents

English author  and naturalist Edward Topsell (1572-1625) first published his book The History of Four-footed Beasts in 1607, followed by The History of Serpents in 1608. Topsell borrowed extensively from Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner’s Historia animalium (“History of Animals”), a five-volume set … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Art, Asia, Books, Europe, History, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Freedom is a Fable

Freedom, A Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times.Illustrated book with offset lithographs on paper and laser-cut pop-up paper silhouettes, 1997. I have always been emotionally moved by Kara Walker’s powerful art work, especially … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Art, Books, Film, History, USA, Writing | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Waterman Butterfly, Hobo-Dyer, or Goode Homolosine

I nearly did a Master’s degree in Geography, but the constant battles over map projections put me off. This clever video by Randall Munroe helps to explain some of the most popular options. You don’t have to be a map … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Animation, Asia, Europe, Maps, Middle East, South America, Tech | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Age is just a state of mind (or not)

Inspired by his own series of giant paste-up portraits, the French street artist known as  JR started a scheme back in 2011 encouraging people around the world to participate in his Inside Out project by doing their own pastings. They … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Art, Asia, Books, Europe, Middle East, Photography, South America, USA, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment