September 6, 2009
Arve Henriksen : If you're thirsty for surprising sounds and quietly evocative mood music, look up this sonic explorer from Norway. Imagine Miles Davis remaking "In a Silent Way" inside a snow cave and you have some idea of where this trumpeter's atmospheric ECM release "Cartography" is coming from. There may not be a traditional jazz groove, but if you follow where Henriksen leads, you won't miss it. "Being Human": The premise for this BBC America series sounds like a bad "SNL" sketch -- a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire share an apartment.
January 7, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- To Inuits in the late 1800s, a map was a piece of wood with carved gnarls and pocks representing the coastal inlets of Greenland. To ancient Greeks and early Europeans, maps were flights of fancy and horror, showing beautiful beasts and savage humans of uncharted lands. Eighteenth-century Buddhists saw maps as moral charts juxtaposing landscapes of men's sensual desires and "infinite space."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2007 |
Some transit advocates attend meetings. Others write letters. Some even picket outside subway stations. Numan Parada makes maps. At a time when a subway-to-the-sea along Wilshire Boulevard is still far from a reality, he is plotting it on a map anyway. With the click of a mouse, he puts a notch next to the Getty Center on the rail line he envisions branching off Wilshire Boulevard to follow the 405 Freeway corridor to the San Fernando Valley. "That's a good place for a station," he said.
April 19, 2006 |
When some of the first maps were printed in the late 15th century, they were simple diagrams of three continents and one giant ocean. Over the next several centuries, more continents were added as European explorers traveled to the Americas, circumnavigated the southern part of Africa and reached southern and eastern parts of Asia. Technological and scientific gains meant more thorough drawings that incorporated information about the Earth's interior and ocean floor.
January 1, 2006 |
"EVERYTHING happens somewhere" would be a good motto for the Ordnance Survey, Britain's premier mapmaker since 1791 and now a leader in computerized map resources and their astounding 21st century applications. The organization, a self-funded agency of the British government, devotes itself to improving modern life through the use of maps and stands as proof that the study of geography is alive and well -- in England, at least. Americans who have heard of the Ordnance Survey (www.ordnancesurvey.
October 20, 2004 |
Shane Henry steered his truck along a dusty road, emerging from a steep, cool pine forest and dead-ending on the edge of a precipice. The uncharted spot provided a breathtaking, 30-mile-wide panoramic view of the Virgin River Gorge, stretching northeast into Utah. For Henry, a field cartographer for the Automobile Club of Southern California, it was a great day of discovery. After finding the overlook, he spotted ruins of a forgotten century-old cattle ranch near a pair of freshwater springs.