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.
@Jeremy Any word on our next book? All About Love by bell hooks was an amazing first choice. Thank you!
My U.S. dialect quiz is interesting! There's a link if you want to try it, too. https://nyti.ms/2NiPaDp
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
"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?
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.
This is an instance for folks who follow The Liturgists Podcast, The Alien Podcast, and other things The Liturgists create.