scribbles: Vol. 14 – April 23rd, 2021

Hello my friends and happy Friday! I am really looking forward to this issue’s goodies. I hope life is treating you well, and if it is not, know that better times lie ahead. Whatever is happening now is just a small moment in the grand picture of your life. Taking a 40,000-foot view can surprisingly be the solution to almost any problem. In no particular order:

  • Discovered another neat map. The advancement of web technologies over the last decade have greatly influenced the way we interact with maps, and I’ve enjoyed every part of that journey. I like how quickly this map educates you on reasons why airport runways are oriented the way they are by showing you with a real example, then lets you decide where to look next.
  • I am never shy about sharing my love and admiration for anything stationery related. Likewise, I was delighted to discover this blog post that showcased the product made to celebrate the “275th Anniversary” for German pencil company, Staedtler. The stamping on the pencils are, timeless. To my astonishment, this product was made in 1937. The company website states that while their business didn’t start until 1835, the family calling for pencil making dates back to a Friedrich Staedtler, in 1662. The old world is indeed, old.
  • Ever been curious about how the NOAA determine what climates are considered normal? Well, come to find out they are “30-year averages of key climate observations made at weather stations and corrected for bad or missing values and station changes over time.” The most alarming data found is about half-way down the page, and you can see a visual showing the increasing temperature over the last century alone. The most unfortunate part about climate change is that because it happens so gradually it is hard for most people to see why it is the biggest threat to us all. Remember, the 40,000-foot perspective goes a long way…
  • Okay, this one should make you laugh and also shake your head in amazement. An absolutely brilliant software developer, Rashiq Zahid, reverse engineered McDonald’s internal API back in October 2020 to allow his website to map out if the McDonald’s near you has a working ice cream machine. Incredible 🍦
  • If you know me, you know I have a special affinity for all the Back to the Future films. This well done YouTube video is short and fun for those that love Easter eggs and the littlest of details. I’ve seen the first film dozens of times and I love that I still get to learn more about the masterpiece of a film it is.

You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. — James Clear

Can’t wait for dose #2. See you in two.