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Friday, November 27, 2015

Inept at MAPtitude

The map is not the territory!

BIT 1. Maps at war
Conquerors always were the first to map the new discovered lands.... for their own purposes!
Who mapped Ireland in 1837? 
 Translations (Brian Friel)

Irish Ordnance maps
This devastating, gorgeous play about the Ordinance survey of Ireland in the early 19th century is one of the best, if not the best, of Friel's plays. It is a direct comment on the replacement of Gaelic with English, and it also comments on the role of mapping as an assertion of imperial control through language and representation over land.

TASK 1. Draw a quick, tight map of Europe in 80 seconds.
                If successful, 10 points!

BIT 2. ANIMAL maps. 
From exotic origins to diversity of words: 
Q: How do they say in Turkey to the common turkeyA: Hindi!
And Columbus was searching for GOLD.

TASK 2. Time to lose some points.
On your map of Europe answer these questions:
WHO Forgot to put Sweden peninsula?  (-1)
          Greece?  Iceland?  (-2)
Who included Cyprus?  Great Britain?     (-2)
Who skipped Denmark (Jutland peninsula)  (-1)
Was Mallorca also gone? Iceland? Brittany?  (-3)

BIT 3.  Mapping Mars
  • In Canada, aliens are from Mars. 
  • In America, aliens are from Canada.
From planet to myth: 
The god of war, and one of the most prominent and worshipped gods, and second only to Jupiter in the Roman pantheon. In early Roman history he was a god of spring, growth in nature, and fertility. 
Remember, the GOLDen rule. In America, the heir of the Roman empire, and also a worshipper of new-old gods Money (in GOD we trust), Sex (Aphrodite), and War (Mars).

TASK 3. Mark these towns: 
1. Lisbon  2. Rome   3. Edinburgh   4. Istambul
5. Tarraco  6. Warsaw  7. Oslo     8. Marseille

Connect the dots:  <-------------->
1_3      2_7        5_6       4_8

the same Vector:  2k!

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