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Book: Ninety Percent of Everything

On ship-tracking Web sites, the waters are black with dots. Each dot is a ship; each ship is laden with boxes; each box is laden with goods. In postindustrial economies, we no longer produce but buy, and so we must ship. Without shipping there would be no clothes, food, paper, or fuel. Without all those dots, the world would not work. Yet freight shipping is all but invisible. Away from public scrutiny, it revels in suspect practices, dubious operators, and a shady system of "flags of convenience." And then there are the pirates. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis on Mar 24, 2019 - 9 comments

Podcast: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Episode 181: Taking Latitudes with Longitude

In this special theme episode, we start in the uncharted waters of the Cartography Hut, to look at the struggle to accurately measure longitude at sea, and its underdog hero, clockmaker John Harrison. We shift to the Gaming Hut to ask ourselves how to introduce navigational uncertainty into magic-rich F20 worlds. [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Mar 13, 2016 - 3 comments

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