A proposed new Berlin transit map replaces stylized axis-parallel and diagonal line segments with smooth curves: https://www.berlintransitmap.de/
The old design was seen as "out of style", "too robotized", and too difficult to follow routes. There's still a strong preference for axis-parallel and diagonal lines in the new map, but the connections between them have been smoothed out.
#theliturgistsbookclub Greed, Chapter 7 Show more
"One of the ironies of the culture of greed is that the people who profit the most from the earnings they have not worked to attain are the most eager to insist that the poor and working classes can only value material resources attained through hard work."
My U.S. dialect quiz is interesting! There's a link if you want to try it, too. https://nyti.ms/2NiPaDp
#theliturgistsbookclub Chapter 4 Question (for all Liturgists, don't need to read the book to respond) Show more
"I'm breaking with old patterns and moving forward with my life."
What old patterns are YOU breaking to move forward?
Elsevier news roundup: German, Hungarian, and Swedish academics have been cut off from Elsevier journals after subscription negotiations broke down (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00492-4). Negotiations with the University of California are ongoing after a missed deadline (https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/02/01/talks-continue-between-u-california-and-elsevier). Access to Germany was restored (https://www.nature.com/news/german-scientists-regain-access-to-elsevier-journals-1.21482) but without any long-term agreement. And the editorial board of _Informetrics_ resigned to protest Elsevier's open access policies (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00135-8).
#theliturgistsbookclub Ch 1 Question Show more
"Definitions are vital starting points for the imagination. What we cannot imagine cannot come into being. A good definition marks our starting point and let's us know where we want to end up."
What do you think of bell hooks' claim about the importance of definitions?
Fediverse Show more
FYI the guy in charge of social.quodverum got mad when he saw I'm a Liturgist and blocked me. Guess this space feels more like Twitter the farther you roam into the Fediverse.
Today, I decided to take a back road near the school where I used to teach. It's been roughly a decade since I have been on this road. As I was driving by, I saw some deer munching on a bush. Then I caught a flash of white and since there was no one behind me, I stopped the car, still unsure if I saw what I thought I saw. And there it was: an albino deer. I haven't seen once since I was a kid. I snapped a few photos and then just watched it, said a prayer of gratitude, and then drove on.
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