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Melty Cities

Posted by: James Lileks under Photos, Technology Updated: March 27, 2014 - 12:50 PM

Sun without warmth yesterday, then warmth without sun today. C’mon, guys. Get it together.

ART The strange beauty of Apple Maps, back when they were melty and surreal and made you feel slightly queasy.

The artist said:

The fact that Apple is currently working on improving the database of its renderings already heralds the end of the special quality of these images: soon the streams of data will have expanded many times over again; the algorithms will have been refined and the visualizations of reality so perfected that these cartographic images will turn into simulated immediacy, and thereby become artlessly mimetic.

All that’s true, but of course artlessly mimetic is what you want when you’re lost and looking for landmarks.

At least Apple Maps haven’t ruined things like the new Google Street View, which was designed by people who think I want to see lots of pictures at the bottom of the screen.

In related art news: Billions of Blue Blistering Barnacles! A new Tintin book en route - and it’s another “lost” story with actual Herge contributions.

French publisher Casterman (intends) to release a new Tintin book, Tintin Thermozéro, apparently completed by Herge and ready to be published in a similar style to Tintin: Alph Art. The provenance of Rich Johnston's piece was this La Parisien article by Christophe Levent- the link is pay-walled and in French, but here's a translation of the whole thing.

Right here.

And there’s more: A look at “The Art of Atari,” a book about the box art of gaming’s “golden age.” Some fine high-80s illustration there, and an amusing reminder of the disconnect between the games and the art. The box:

The game:

Via hardcoregaming. This reminded me of my modern assumptions about the depth and breadth of the internet. I looked for screen captures of the game and had no doubt I would find them, but an exhaustive review of a 34-year-old game.

SCIENCE! NASA says they’ve discovered a new object in our solar system:

Scientists using ground based observatories have discovered an object that is believed to have the most distant orbit found beyond the known edge of our solar system. Named 2012 VP113, the observations of the object -- possibly a dwarf planet -- were obtained and analyzed with a grant from NASA. A dwarf planet is an object in orbit around the sun that is large enough to have its own gravity pull itself into a spherical, or nearly round, shape. 

How did it remain undetected for so long? Wasn’t the big arrow a giveaway?

GAMING Monopoly is soliciting new rules. I recall our house rule had to do with putting all fines into a pile in the center of the board, and when you landed on Free Parking you raked it all in. Not sure how this comports with the pure, cut-throat capitalism of the game; it suggested a Tammany-Hall style disbursement of public funds.

BURN Some aloe vera for the gentleman. From FiveThirtyEight:

A New York Times columnist has expressed substantially more negative sentiments about FiveThirtyEight since it left The New York Times, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis.

The columnist, Paul Krugman, who writes about economics and politics for The Times, has referred to FiveThirtyEight or editor-in-chief Nate Silver 33 times on his blog. FiveThirtyEight classified each reference based on whether it expressed a favorable, unfavorable or neutral sentiment toward FiveThirtyEight.

Statistics follow. Then:

While it can be easy to extrapolate a spurious trend from a limited number of data points, the differences are highly statistically significant. At his current pace, Mr. Krugman will write 425 more blog posts about FiveThirtyEight between now and the 2016 presidential election.

Snort. That’s all, folks; have to finish a column. See you around.

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