Links: Maps, Moss, and Movie Posters

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Historical Transit Maps of NYC

Before it had a subway, Manhattan had an extensive system of elevated (blue) and horse-drawn (red) rail lines, as depicted in this 1882 map.

I’m a huge lover of maps. I love the way they look, the way they help us see our world and the way they record history. Wired’s gallery of maps posted this morning put a huge smile on my face.

"Fascinating Old Maps of Both Real and Ridiculous NYC Transit Projects" [Wired]

Solar Power Through Moss

This array of moss collects enough solar energy to power an FM radio.

I wouldn’t exactly consider myself an environmentalist in the traditional tree-hugging sense, but I do believe that we are stewards of this planet and that we should do everything we can to leave it better than we found it. Renewable energy is an exciting field, but one that can sometimes do just as much harm as good. The manufacturing of solar panels and wind turbines can have a devastating impact on the environment they claim to be trying to save. Hence this project to use moss as photovoltaic fuel cells is exciting to me.

"These Mad Scientists Want to Replace Solar Panels With Potted Plants" [Wired]

Mondo Movie Posters

The Avengers: Thor - Variant by Martin Ansin

Another thing you should know about me is that I’m a complete film geek. I may not be a trivia buff, but I can talk for hours about the industry, art, and craft of filmmaking. That’s why I love to see this huge collection of movie posters by Mondo. Apparently I’m a little late to the game in discovering these guys, but the way they boil down films into posters is design and illustration at its best.

Mondo: The Archive [via The Verge]

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