I am planning to purchase a new mobile phone at some time in the future to enjoy the features of a newer smartphone. However, one thing prevents me from doing so. Currently, I have three mobile phones — a Samsung Galaxy S2 (bought in 2011), Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (bought in 2013) and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (bought in 2015) — and they are still in good condition. Well, they have to be rooted and flashed to install custom ROMs as they don’t get updates anymore, but otherwise, they don’t have any other issues.
So, most likely, I wouldn’t buy a new phone until at least one of them dies.
Are Maps and Atlases Still Relevant?
Before the advent of electronic maps and GPS, we mostly rely on maps and atlases to learn more about the geography of a place. However, GPS, Google Street View and the internet, in general, have made them. practically obsolete. “Mapping” itself isn’t obsolete since the services provided by Mapping Specialists are still essential, especially for creating custom maps. Paper maps and atlases, on the other hand, are now becoming less and less popular.
Personally, I like to bring a map or two with me when going to another country or some unfamiliar place. I think that this is a better way to travel as I don’t like to mindlessly follow the direction given by a GPS app. Going from one point to another without knowing precise and shortest route opens a great opportunity for exploration. Getting lost while traveling is part of the fun.
I only use a GPS if I urgently have to go to a place that I am not familiar with.
Jacopo de’ Barbari (c. 1460/70 – c. 1516), an Italian Renaissance artist, created a remarkable model of the aerial view of Venice in 1500 using six blocks of wood. The woodcuts were placed on large sheets of paper measuring 1.345 meters x 2.818 meters. It was said that it took three years for de’ Barbara to complete it.
The model was created based on the work of several surveyors in bell towers around Venice. The model is highly detailed. For example, it depicts a bell tower with a flat roof in St. Mark’s Square. The flat roof was added after the top of the tower was destroyed by a fire in 1489. The model was updated when the bell tower was restored in 1514. Others would also modify it from time to time to take into account the new buildings constructed in Venice.
On June 30, 1960, a thunderstorm struck the Columbia, Missouri, area and made time not only stand still, but go backward. The Columbia Missourian reported that Mr. C.W. Brenton looked at his electrical clock at 7:55 P.M. and was startled to see that the clock was running backward. During the storm a surge of lightning had entered his home along the power lines and fused some of the wiring in the clock. This apparently reversed the magnetic field of the motor, causing the hands to turn in the wrong direction.
— Peter Viemeister, The Lightning Book, 1961
The 1951 issue of The Dark Horse, the staff magazine of Lloyds Bank, gave the following jaundiced mnemonic for pi:
Now I live a drear existence in ragged suits
And cruel taxation suffering.
The number of letters of each word represents the numerical value of π. Thus, π = 3.141592653589.
Goo-goo goo-goo goo-goo goo
Goo-goo goo-goo goo-goo
Googly, googly, googly goo:
That’s how we fill a column.
— G. K. Chesterton
I found this interesting little puzzle in Crux Mathematicorum, 1979, No. 83:
Which of the following statements is true:
A). All of the below
B). None of the below
C). One of the above
D). All of the above
E). None of the above
F). None of the above
Answer: A is definitely not true since a number of statements below contradict each other. B can’t also be true since that would mean C (One of the above) is true as well. Only one of the statements is true, so we have to also rule C and D out. This means that E must be true since A, B, C, and D are false. Lastly, F is false since E is true.
“I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong, and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.” — G. K. Chesterton
This is one of the most foolish and irresponsible things to do if you are a goalkeeper. Nonetheless, watching Rene Htguita’s execution of the “scorpion kick save” is impressive.