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mk  ·  1165 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Greatest Map of the United States you'll ever see

IMO there is something important about having a grasp of the scale and position of features on this globe. It can counter-balance all the social-centric landscapes that we are constantly confronting.

I want my daughter to know she is able to walk east and come upon the St. Lawrence Seaway.

kleinbl00  ·  1165 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Unfortunately giant, awesome globes are much harder to come by. I've been keeping my eye out.

I've got the humungous map, but I've also got a really nice Nat Geo atlas, as well as a historical atlas.

We'll see if she takes a shine to any of it.

goobster  ·  1165 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've always wanted to paint a roughly square room with a map of the world... projected from the INSIDE. Like you were standing at the center of a globe, looking out at transparent walls.

Above you is the Arctic. Below you is Antarctica.

In the middle of the room I'd have a lamp, with a half-silvered bulb, that would rotate 365 degrees every 24 hours, so I could always just walk into the room and see the Terminator line... where the Sun was rising right now... where it was setting...

Man... I'd love that room.

kleinbl00  ·  1165 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You can get a window on one...

And while it's a pale shadow of what you're shooting for, I've been using Earthdesk since version 4.

goobster  ·  1165 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah... but there is something about sitting INSIDE a globe that fascinates me...