Monday, May 13, 2013

Dymaxion Map/Merlin's Dragon

"Shall I tell you what's out there? The Dragon. A beast of such power that if you were to see it whole and complete in a single glance it would burn you to cinders. It is everywhere. It is everything. Its scales glisten in the bark of trees. Its roar is heard in the wind. And its forked tongue strikes lightning. Yes, that's it."

"I once stood exposed to the Dragon's Breath so that a man could lie one night with a woman. It took me nine moons to recover."

It is impossible to render a map of our world (or any round object) onto a two-dimensional surface without some amount of distortion. Depending on which projection you use, distance and area will be elongated at the poles or in other places. I'm fond of the Dymaxion projection because it not only minimizes distortion and keeps all land masses uncut, it also shows the world as a basically connected, almost single shape. As a plus it suggests the shape of a dragon in flight, breathing out a plume of smoke or mist!

Interesting to think of the movie Excalibur when viewing this map. The Dragon's breath is presented as something that can freeze people or can create a bridge over waters. In the map, the "dragon's breath" is frozen Antarctica.

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