Bombing Missions of the Vietnam War

Massive granitic seafloor outcrop extends north and west from Tomales Point.

Massive granitic seafloor outcrop extends north and west from Tomales Point.

glowing 50ft map of New York's subway system hangs from a dark ceiling and projects different measurements of time, space & travel upon the ground below / Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture

glowing 50ft map of New York's subway system hangs from a dark ceiling and projects different measurements of time, space & travel upon the ground below / Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture

Map glitch: CartoDB hexbins in the Lambert Equal Area projection covering the 50 states, viewed in Mercator

Map glitch: CartoDB hexbins in the Lambert Equal Area projection covering the 50 states, viewed in Mercator

PROJECTION STUDY  Bill Rankin, 1999 A simple overlay makes the point that even satellite views of the globe are projections like any other. And given that there is no undistorted two-dimensional representation of a curved three-dimensional surface, one should ask whether "distortion" is even a useful category.  And yet the shape of South America is stable; like letterforms, or the word "tree," it is not any one shape in particular, but a set of relationships.

PROJECTION STUDY Bill Rankin, 1999 A simple overlay makes the point that even satellite views of the globe are projections like any other. And given that there is no undistorted two-dimensional representation of a curved three-dimensional surface, one should ask whether "distortion" is even a useful category. And yet the shape of South America is stable; like letterforms, or the word "tree," it is not any one shape in particular, but a set of relationships.

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