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Links from Last Week 7

8 December 2015
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Rummaging across the net is part of our daily workflow here at Plain. While there’s a lot of junk on The WWW, there are also lots of real treasures. With our Links from Last Week series of posts we share with you some of our favorite projects from other makers, builders, and artists from all over the world. We hope you enjoy seeing what others around the world are creating, discovering, exploring, and documenting. If you missed our past posts, you can find those here: weeks 1, 23, 4, 5, and 6.  

Street View Treks from Google: “Trek with Google Maps and experience views from around the world” This week we “Discover[ed] Petra.”  Petra, a city carved from stone, is over 2,000 years old. You can take a walk through Petra using Google Maps and an audio track. 

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words: Randall Munroe, the creator of the much beloved XKCD comic and What If? , released his newest book on November 24, 2015, which is already an Amazon Best Seller. The New York Times wrote about how the book evolved and Bill Gates’ review of the book is stellar. 

Never Miss An Amazing Sunrise/Sunset Again: Slate.com reports that three PA meteorologists have created what “…appears to be the first systematic attempt at a rigorous, meteorologically based daily sunset quality forecast coast to coast.”  There are already quite a few gorgeous pics on Instagram with the #sunsetwx hashtag. It will be fun to watch this collection grow in 2016. 

What can a technologist do about Climate Change?:  This Twitter conversation has produced what could be considered a Comprehensive Master Plan or Executive Summary on Climate Change. Bret Victor’s (@worrydream) mix of wit and authority captured our attention.

 This cool Netherlandish Proverbs visualization/art project is not only visually engaging, you’ll surely come away with a few key phrases to drop in conversation here and there. It was built by the fine folks at Analog.is - who also make really beautiful notebooks.

An Interview with James Gurney in Rhinebeck, NYPlain’s own Colin Devroe curates an online  Watercolor Gallery. Last week he quietly released a most interesting artist interview with James Gurney. If you’re familiar with the Dinotopia books, you are already familiar with the artist. 


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