Monday, February 27, 2006

A Conspiracy of Cartographers

CD in Play: Mike and Rich, Expert Knob Twiddlers.

Thanks again to my friend, the ever cheeky Trent V.E. He added to my links and added the clustrmap I was unable to add myself without screwing up my whole blog. Let's see, Thoth is in Taiwan, Trent is up in Dawson/T.R... the blip in the Atlantic has to be my friend Glen in Bermuda. I have no idea who is looking at my blog in the deep south of the US of A, or who might be looking at this blog in Ibiza. (well, roughly the same position as Ibiza) But browsers should feel free to post comments, especially - though not exclusively - if they are friends of mine.


Anonymous Glen said...

Yep, that Atlantic blip is me. I check in from time to time to see how things are going.

28 February, 2006 05:55  
Blogger Geosomin said...

I'm the prairie blip...

28 February, 2006 07:35  
Anonymous Magnus said...

Glen - thanks man. Glad toknow that.
Geosomin - I would have counted on that.

28 February, 2006 08:43  
Anonymous Trent said...

I'm the blip in the continuum.

28 February, 2006 09:55  
Blogger Thoth Harris said...

Maybe we can all get together and take over China before China engulf, attacks, takes over, over whatever, ah, Taiwan.

Check this Al Jazeera report out:

China warns Taiwan of 'disaster'

Tuesday 28 February 2006, 11:14 Makka Time, 8:14 GMT
Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian

President Chen has ruled out any push for formal independence
tank: Democratic China a risk
China slams Taiwan 'troublemaker'

China has said that the Taiwanese president's move to scrap an agency dedicated to Taiwan's unification with the mainland will bring disaster for the island.

Chen Shui-bian, the Taiwanese president, "is determined to push 'Taiwan independence' to create antagonism and conflict within Taiwan and across the strait," the Communist Party and the government said on Tuesday in a joint statement carried by the official Xinhua News Agency.

"It will only bring disaster to Taiwan society," the statement said.

Chen announced on Monday that he was terminating the National Unification Council and doing away with its guidelines, which commit Taiwan to eventual unification with the mainland. He also said that it did not mean the self-ruled island would push for formal independence.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949, but Beijing considers the island 160km across the Taiwan Strait to be Chinese territory. It has repeatedly threatened to attack if Taiwan tries to make its de facto independence official.

A Chinese newspaper called Taiwan president's scrapping of a body on reunification "provocative" and said the move marked a step towards independence that could endanger peace in the region.


The state-run China Daily wrote in an editorial: "His further escalation of secessionist activities will no doubt stoke tensions and trigger a serious crisis in the Straits."

The paper added: "Chen's risky and provocative actions also threaten to destroy peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region."

It accused Chen, whose pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party took power in 2000 and narrowly won re-election in 2004, of pushing independence as a means of deflecting criticism over what it said were his political and economic failings.

So, according to this Al Jazeera report, Chen's actions are foolish and dangerous. The media has been unanimous on this, in Taiwan and abroad. What they don't mention is the dangerous trend the KMT's intentions will bring. For more on that issue, check out Michael Turton's blog. He and his compatriots are more knowledgeable on such things. Although, if I were knowledgeable, I don't know if I would be 100 percent in agreemnt. His remarks sound sound.

28 February, 2006 11:26  
Blogger Thoth Harris said...

Actually, all this talk of conspiracies is perfect - after all, the Ides of March are (or is it "it") upon us!

28 February, 2006 12:29  
Anonymous magnus said...

Hmm, the Saskatchewan blip looks more like Regina than Saskatoon.
We have a blip in either Lebanon, Israel or Jordan. Two blips in the american North East. (although one of those could be in South Eastern Ontario. One blip is too far east to be Arizona... New Mexico, Texas? The Mid West and East Texas? I need to dig out an Atlas. Still waiting for the Scandinavian hoardes to descend upon my blog.

01 March, 2006 19:29  
Blogger Thoth Harris said...

Well, Magnus, it's possible it's Syria, not Jordan or Israel. That would be funny. Maybe they are curious after your comments about the "roses of Mohammed!"

02 March, 2006 06:51  
Blogger ClustrMaps Team said...

Hi Magnus...

First: note that with ClustrMaps+ you can resolve those issues over which blip is where, at least with more accuracy... why not enter the User of the Month competition on the site... everyone has a fair chance at the free upgrade!!

Second: just replicating a comment I left on another blog you commented on.... namely, your ClustrMaps image looks right up-to-date, and it is important to note that any delays you experience are not glitches! ClustrMaps is working full time, 24/7, with no downtime for ages ... the thing is that map updates run, exactly as announced on the site, overnight daily at 0400 GMT, and can take several hours to complete.

*HOWEVER* individual map updates, as stated on the FAQ, do not occur *IF* (and only if) the number of new visitors to the site is less than 10% of those already displayed... in other words if there are 2000 dots on your map, then you need 201 more visitors (10% of 2000 + 1) in order for the fresh update to be generated. Additionally, when you get into very high numbers, hundreds of thousands of visitors, your update frequency is automatically 'slowed down' to weekly or monthly, depending on the precise numbers.

I hope this clarifies things... please visit the site and the FAQ or email us for more details... always happy to help...

and thanks for using ClustrMaps!!!!

-C.J. on behalf of the ClustrMaps Team

09 March, 2006 02:55  
Anonymous magnus said...

Um, CJ? Would it surprise you to know that this kind of creeps me out just a little bit?

09 March, 2006 23:33  

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