We’ve been there // Yucatan

The Yucatan peninsular is an amazingly flat spur of land from the south east coast of Mexico. It comprises the entire country of Belize  together with three Mexican States; Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche. That meteor fell 65 million years ago off its coast, in the Gulf of Mexico, which wiped out the dinosaurs. I will come back to that later. Read More We’ve been there // Yucatan

Happy Put Hearts Everywhere Day

It would be a crime if we let this day pass without showing some love for this 1536 cordiform (cor= heart in Latin) map of the world by the French mathematician and cartographer Oronce Fine. This particular projection is from the Pseudoconic family and is often know as Werner projection after the German mathematician Johannes Warner (1466-1528). Distances are correct from one pole and also along all parallels and the central meridian.

Oronce Fine 1494-1555

 

If you are interested in a more modern cordiform map, check out this map of the New York City Railway System:

Reworking the subway system into a heart shape, this Zero Per Zero map is inspired by the iconic ‘I heart NY’ logo by Milton Glaser.

Oh, and we sell it as a mouse mat.

Mappy Valentine’s Day.

 

The Amazing Story of the Man who Cycled from India to Europe for Love

Flowers? Chocolates? A card? A 7,000 mile bike ride?

PK cycled from New Deli, India to Boras, Sweden to be with the woman he loved. On the way he had many adventures and rode in eight different countries until he was reunited with Lotta.  The Amazing Story of the Man who Cycled from India to Europe for Love is by Per J Andersson and it’s a wonderful story about different cultures and classes and how love conquers all. The couple have been married since 1979. Read More The Amazing Story of the Man who Cycled from India to Europe for Love