Hi, I’m Taylor-Ruth, I’m a 19 year old comic artist and illustrator from Indianapolis. I don’t know how or why but for some reason Doug Aitken invited me to be a part of Station to Station, which is amazing and terrifying. Then WIRED asked me to send dispatches from the train.
Here’s Day One.
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One of the most convincing roles of William Shatner’s career is also one of his least celebrated. It’s not listed on his IMDB page or in his Wikipedia entry, but in 1987, in between starring in T.J. Hooker and directing Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Shatner lent his talents to a surprising but worthy cause: Geography.
Shatner takes this promotional video for an open-source digital mapping software suite, rescues it from being another dull info-pitch for something you didn’t think you cared about, and turns it into an exciting voyage to explore a strange new world. Of maps.
Backed by a perfectly dramatic soundtrack, Shatner begins his narration, ”It’s no news that we all use maps to do our jobs. There are often problems using them in the traditional paper form, particularly when we can’t get the right information in the right format when we need it. There should be a better way.”
In his day job as staff cartographer at UC Berkeley, Darin Jensen makes maps for other people. When professors need a map for teaching a class or submitting a research paper to a journal, he’s their man. But his real passion is fostering what he calls guerrilla cartography.
If traditional cartography is slow, methodical, and ethically bound to be free of bias, guerrilla cartography is a rapid and loosely coordinated effort to draw attention to social issues. It’s ”the act of making a map in the interest of the change that it can inspire or induce,” Jensen said.
A little Saturday silliness. Jurassic math class.
If only 3rd period statistics had been this fun.
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Note to self: Activities like this will make work so much better. So. Much. Better.
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For fans of the original Star Trek, the fight between Kirk and a Gorn warrior in the episode “Arena” is a thing of weird beauty. Well, as beautiful as a slow-motion, clearly choreographed fight between an actor and a stunt man in a rubber suit can be, anyway.
Now, 46 years later, it’s time for a rematch. Yes, really.