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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

I'm having a bit of fun playing with the scale of things on thetruesize.com let's start gentle: this map is actually a really good explanation of 1) how fucking big the lower 48 are and 2) why so few people in the US become fluent in a second language pic.twitter.com/5Tv7kMgQBI

06/12/2018 04:32:46 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

Another one that tends to blow peoples' minds. (I mean, I knew long ago that Australia was about the same size as the lower 48, but I guess a lot of folks didn't learn that fact?) pic.twitter.com/KG7gZiHDwt

06/12/2018 04:33:55 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

And for my UK followers: this is the reason Americans give you hell when you say things like "My folks live so far away... more than an hour." pic.twitter.com/ZCLayLCVVh

06/12/2018 04:36:48 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

I was taught as a kid that France is about the same size as Texas. P much checks out pic.twitter.com/tsc6gZDg7z

06/12/2018 04:39:29 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

"How big is Brazil, though?" you ask. Well, my friends, Brazil is an Absolute Unit pic.twitter.com/1CHykjDf5P

06/12/2018 04:41:40 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

The Mercator projection fucks us all up SO HARD. Look at Brazil over China and Mongolia and Russia pic.twitter.com/r9ihxqHgWy

06/12/2018 04:43:48 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

Friends, are you ready to see Russia to scale? This is gonna really fuck with your heads. (I've also left in the full view of Mercator-Russia for total headfuckery) pic.twitter.com/SjBimgf4Vb

06/12/2018 04:46:27 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

Or perhaps it'll help to show Russia layered over the USA? (There's a really good political joke in there but it's honestly too depressing to make) pic.twitter.com/JCkXhxTqyj

06/12/2018 04:48:20 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

Here's another one that will fuck with you, especially if you're used to the Mercator projection: Greenland pic.twitter.com/7ZyDW9VvbC

06/12/2018 04:51:36 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

O Canada You're still pretty big. You don't really need that boost from the Mercator projection, and yet here we are. pic.twitter.com/fTfIou29g9

06/12/2018 04:54:19 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

I thought it would be good to get an equatorial country in here, too. Here's Kenya over western Europe and Texas. pic.twitter.com/zlMCuaRVgK

06/12/2018 04:59:15 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

Basically, the Mercator projection is garbage. Google uses the Spherical Normal variant of the Mercator projection. (I actually really appreciate that when you zoom now in gmaps, now, you get a globe instead of this crap.)

06/12/2018 05:06:16 WIB
🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

People get into REALLY FIERCE debates about the best 2-D projections. There are even shitposting groups on FB for cartographers and cartographiles (I know because I'm in several). And yet, the Mercator is so bloody prevalent.

06/12/2018 05:08:07 WIB
🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

If you didn't have a Mercator variant in your schools as a kid, you might have seen the "orange peel" (AKA Goode homolosine) projection instead It's marginally better, although it splits Greenland in two pic.twitter.com/Bb8MICdVLY

06/12/2018 05:10:32 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

Maps inform our worldview -- and I mean that both literally and figuratively. The Mercator deliberately makes Europe and North America look SO MUCH BIGGER than they are. It makes them look more powerful as a result. This gets into peoples' heads. It's seriously fucked up.

06/12/2018 05:12:41 WIB
🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

"What's the best projection?" you ask? I got news for you. It's a fucking globe.

06/12/2018 05:14:48 WIB
🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

You look at a traditional map and might wonder how the fuck the Norse explorers went SO FAR across the ocean Look at this. pic.twitter.com/VeC8KPgk6b

06/12/2018 05:16:16 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

Don't get me wrong; nearly 3000 miles from Sweden to L'anse aux Meadows is not to be underappreciated (please note the stops in Iceland and the southern tip of Greenland, where we know Norse communities were established) The Mercator makes it look easily twice as far pic.twitter.com/ItTJ6tnrn5

06/12/2018 05:22:32 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

If you want to peruse some of the various map projections out there, this is a fun place to start. Scroll through them, examine how each one changes your view of things. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_m…

06/12/2018 05:29:35 WIB
🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

(I think perspective azimuthal maps are the most responsible ones out there but I obviously have Opinions about maps and map projections.) Anyway, thanks to everyone who's dropped in on or RTed this thread. I hope you've found it enlightening.

06/12/2018 05:32:25 WIB
🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

Two final tweets: 1) yes, I've seen the West Wing clip multiple times. :) But always appreciate a good reference (great episode, btw)

06/12/2018 05:40:19 WIB
🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

Texas. Texas vs the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, the northeastern US, and Alaska. Y'know, just for a bit of scale/perspective. pic.twitter.com/8IQWquXAPH

06/12/2018 05:42:20 WIB
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🏳️‍🌈Pride is Cancelled; Wrath is Here ✊ BLM ACAB @starlightgeek

I LIED. I am back again. Why? I accidentally left off the most important map of all: the one that illustrates the linguistic diversity before colonizers arrived. Taken from native-land.ca pic.twitter.com/i45BWr98AC

06/12/2018 06:58:40 WIB
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