Musing about relief maps and Saturdays

Don’t worry, I am not about to become a sudden expert on physical geography; this is about a different kind of relief map. The Sellar and Yeatman kind. I loved 1066 and All That, loved And Now All This even more. Which brings me to the point of this post.

The extended title for And Now All This reads:

And now all this : being Vol.1 of the hole pocket treasury of absolutely general knowledge in X consoling sections, with numerous memorable diagrams, 1 anagram, 2 test papers (bad luck), 3 relief maps, several pounds of figs, only 5 appendixes

The 3 relief maps they mention in the title are fascinating. Just the kind of thing a schoolboy needs in the middle of a deep textbook. The “maps” consist of box-like diagrams, maybe 3 inches square, inserted at random into the text, with notations like Figure 1: relief map. The authors suggest that readers should stare at the “map” whenever stressed, and thereby gain “relief”.

And that’s the way I wanted this post to go. I wanted to provide some weekend links for you, links that you can enjoy light-heartedly. And today’s choice is Yossi Vardi. Two videos by him, one at TED and one at Le Web 3 last month. I had the joy of watching Yossi give the second one “live” (I have yet to make a TED, not for want of trying).

Here are the links. Do visit them, you won’t regret it. Enjoy.

Yossi at TED: Help Fight Local Warming

Yossi at Le Web: Wi-Fly

Yossi is one of a kind, they broke the mould when they made him. If you don’t know him, don’t assume he is just a comedian. Check him out via Google or Wikipedia or whatever you use to do the checking, or follow the Edge link I provided. Thank you Yossi.

4 thoughts on “Musing about relief maps and Saturdays”

  1. Hey Rodrigo, thanks. In the past, whenever I’ve wanted to watch any of the Le Web videos, vpod has worked fine. This morning, however, when I checked this post, I kept on getting a message that said something about “no channel free” or something like that. I assumed that was an overload of some sort. Somewhere. My apologies if it was my end, didn’t seem to be the case. Looked like something server-side.

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