For more information about the global importance of the US cotton crop, seeKing Cotton and His Retainers: Financing and Marketing the Cotton Crop of the South, 1800-1925, by Harold D. Woodman, 2000, Beard Publishers. For more on the British collaboration with the Confederacy, see Guns for Cotton: England Arms the Confederacy, by Thomas Boaz, 1996, Burd Street Press.
Monday, January 30, 2012
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Now that I am far away from most everyone I know, and communicate mainly through the Internet, this has taken on more than the usual importance for me!
Sunday, January 8, 2012
This map shows the area bounded by the Old College of the University of Glasgow and the River Clyde, Stockwell Street and Glasgow Green in 1764. Many streets, closes, and markets are named. It is believed to have been produced by surveyor James Barrie for the Town Council and is the earliest surviving map on a detailed scale. Several versions of the map have appeared in various publications over the years.
Monday, January 2, 2012
That’s one of the reasons that I keep doing these “milestone” posts – just to remind myself, if no one else, why I am doing it, and give a little progress report on how it’s going from my point of view, and also from the points of view of some of my readers who have been kind enough to send me comments and offer encouragement. So, I have done a one month milestone post (getting to one month of blogging was something of a triumph for me!); a six-month milestone post; a 100-posts milestone post; and now this one-year anniversary post. I can promise you, I won’t do anymore milestone posts for quite a good long while. Maybe at the 500-post mark, or even the 1000-post mark. We shall see! For this past year, I have been averaging a bit more than 11 posts per month, but this varies significantly, depending upon my time commitments at the moment (you know, REAL work, family, health, travel, and home obligations).
A few honest readers have told me they just don’t have the patience to read some of my more lengthy posts, and I understand that in this Internet age, with Twitter, texting, and what-not, people’s attention spans are tiny and getting tinier, and abbreviations rule. Fully spelling out whole words? Writing in complete sentences? Digressions and side bars? So passé! Readers crave the short and sweet. It’s hard for me to do the short and sweet, since there is so much interesting background to every story. I always figure that if I’m interested in something, then it is bound to be equally fascinating to others, as well, but I have come to realize that it may be fascinating only to those others sharing my slight tendencies towards the "Medici effect" (being insanely interested in EVERYTHING, sometimes known as being an “intersectionalist.” It’s like Asperger’s but without the social adjustment and repetitive movement issues. The term probably derives from the association between the Medicis and the idea of the Renaissance man). Part of being one of these insane intersectionalists is the need to spread the word – we are incorrigible educators or would-be educators, and feel compelled to turn everyone else on to these terrifically interesting concepts and connections. And then we are amazed if the rest of the non-Medici world resists. Ah, well. True confessions time. Maybe there should be a 12-step program for Interested-in-too-many-things addicts.
Ohio, Cincinnati, USA
New York, New Rochelle, USA
New York, Forest Hills, USA
Abu Dhabi , Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
California, Fullerton, USA
Arizona, Scottsdale, USA
http://laphamsquarterly.org/visual/assets_c/2011/09/FutureMap-2590.php (full size version of map)
To ring in the New Year - Another great map graphic by Haisam Hussein - I'll be close to 100 years old by 2050, but this is what he projects the world will be like then. Some good stuff, some bad stuff. Check it out on the website above to see it in all its detailed glory.
The map's title reminded me of that old 1960's tune "In the Year 2525" with its very pessimistic, anti-technology lyrics. Apparently, alot of people identified with the song's message, since the song shot up to #1 on the Billboard charts, and stayed there for six weeks, all through the summer of the 1969 moon landing and the Woodstock Music Festival. It was a major part of the soundtrack of that summer, which is saying alot considering that many people believe that to be one of the best years for pop music, ever. The words are in the same vein as another song from that general era, Eve of Destruction, also a bit depressing! Didn't mean to be a downer on New Year's! HA HA! But really, for a song written in 1965, (46 years ago!) when it did seem as though we were on the Eve of Destruction, I ask you: have things changed all that much....
OK, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
http://geographer-at-large.blogspot.com/2011/08/le-flaneur.html, and also a recent post on emotion-mapping and psychogeography at http://geographer-at-large.blogspot.com/2011/10/map-of-week-10-3-2011-emotion-mapping.html)
This photo of the flyer is from a book called Mythogeography, by Phil Smith. I haven't read it as yet. See a short review below.
“...quite possibly the strangest book I have ever read. Partly novel, and partly philosophical treatise, the book is a sort of field guide to exploring and interacting with urban and rural environments. It’s informative and witty, but mostly a celebration of finding, or making, weirdness in the most ordinary (and extraordinary) places. There’s also a manifesto, but as Phil cheerfully admits it’s palpably impossible to follow.”
Mythotour of the Royal William Victualling Yard In Plymouth, England. "Beer, Beef, and Royal Steps"
I like the way he calls this a "Twalk," cleverly combining Talk and Walk. They are nothing if not clever, these Mythogeographers! (no, I am NOT being snarky, I MEAN it!)