Saturday, February 18, 2012

Maine Mileage Chart and Table from 1988

For many of us, 1988 doesn't seem like that long ago.  When I came across the items below, it reminded me how far we've come in such a short period of time.   Mileage tables such as the one below are common place, and may even still be in the DeLorme Gazzetteer (which every Mainer must own, it's the law), but that was long before Google Maps and Mapquest.

Sadly, it doesn't address how long it'll take you to get from point to point in Maine, which everyone knows is how distance is truly measured.  

For those who aren't familiar with mileage charts like this. You would find the location you're starting from and your destination.  You would then follow the row and columns from each until they intersected.

For example, if you were going from Bath to Bucksport, you'd find the row for Bath and the column for Bucksport.  You would then follow it across until they intersect giving you the distance between the two locations is 85 miles (Google Maps has it at 85.6mi). 

High quality full size versions of these are available at

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Plastic Figurines Holding Up Floor

 Great art piece of thousands of plastic figurines holding up the floor.
"One of the most exciting contemporary artists of our time, Korean Do Ho Suh, created this large sculptural installation that doesn't look like much until you come closer. Glass plates rest on thousands of multicolored miniature plastic figures who are crowded together with their heads and arms turned skyward. Together, they are holding the weight of the individual visitor who steps onto the floor."- My Modern Met

I find this communal in the group working to hold up the floor while others might find it sad or erie.  Almost as though they'll be crushed if they don't bear the weight.  

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