A Journal of the Plague Year Day 98

Thursday 25th June 2020

Following on from my map porn the other day, made some more. The traditional atlases of the world always has distortions, from trying to present a round object that is the globe onto a two dimensional flat surface. Thus the notorious Mercator version, that was traditionally used to increase the size of northern (read: Western) countries has been accused of long peddling the incorrect sizes of landmasses to millions in generation after generation.

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In truth, countries compared…

https://mapfight.appspot.com

Ecuador is bigger than the UK:

13

Laos slightly smaller

1

s15

 

Next off, England:

s

s12

s17

s20

2

3

4

6

s39

s25

s26

s30

s33

s31

s28

7

1

x3

12

x (2)

 

Wales

1

s19

s24

11

 

s11

London:

s34

s38

s40

s41

 

Germany:

s18

s23

s42

s22

10

8

s4

9

sss

ss

Extra:

s43

ss (2)

 

Russia population 145 million, Bangladesh 165 million:

x

s

s2

s (2)

Mawr:

Peru

s

Japan

3

Colombia

s6

Saudi Arabia:

s5

 

South Africa

s7

Algeria

4

 

Indonesia

5

 

Chile

6

Yes, this is what I do with my time.

 

It is perhaps telling that it is wasted, that there is nothing much more to say, and that this has nothing much connected to life, to anything that is going on outside. It is a representation of some realm beyond the every day, conceptually imagining as far from this small, harboured life. This abstraction is key: there appears nothing more to say.

It may be time to put down the pen.

 

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