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To Boldly Go

A few minutes into the new Star Trek movie, I had to stifle a giggle. Jim Kirk, captain of a space vessel capable of blipping straight across the galaxy, pulls out his “communicator,” a far-future version of the cell phone. And it…

Brad in Brooklyn

Well, it’s taken me a week or so, but I finally heard “Accidental Racist.” Maybe that’s because I live way out here, in a part of the world that hardly counts. But we’ll get to that later. A short re-cap:…

The Centroid of our Universe

In which Jeremy Miller seeks the centroid–or “the mean population center” of the U.S., “a hypothetical and highly mathematical point calculated every ten years as part of the decennial census.” The “center” of our country is a loaded concept–Miller points…

Explore Everything

We’ve discussed before the appeal and complications of ruined and abandoned buildings–but I don’t think any of us have taken things as far as Bradley Garrett, an academic who studies urban explorers–and has become a leader of the movement himself….

Passports

Passports

Yet another map in which Mississippi looks like the center of a black hole: See the full set of data here.

Missing Love in Walmart

Missing Love in Walmart

What breaks your heart more: that folks in Indiana are having their missed connections “at home,” or that 40 year olds usually miss their connections at strip clubs and porn shops? This map of the most common locations for where…

Photo by Darla Hueske

Country Shit

[Editor’s note: This week, we’re publishing two essays on music–particularly country music–and how it shapes our identity. This essay is a response to “Why Country Music Loves Me,” by Emma Eisenberg, which you can read here.] When I was a…

50 New States

We’ve written before about how a border–just an imaginary line–can change realities. Politically, especially. Back during election season, Andrew pointed out how those state lines can be skewed. Well, artist Neil Freeman has a novel solution: let’s just make all the states have…

The only time we’ll mention Grand Moff Tarkin

What happens when “a home’s corporeal reality is secondary to its value as an investment vehicle”? Well, for one thing, you get a lot of odd street names, the only way to keep up with rapid growth. Check out this…

Gold Rush, Google Rush

If you’ve got ten minutes free, pause and read this beautiful, terrifying essay, “Google Invades,” by Rebecca Solnit. If you don’t have ten minutes, come back when you do. Here’s a taste: [T]echnology is just another boom and the Bay…