Maps have always had admirers: people collect them, display them, linger over them in museum exhibitions. Yet it is only in recent years that geography, organized not on paper but online, has really arrived as popular entertainment.
Rob Walker’s Collection of Bicentennial Quarters
I’ve tried to collect things in the past, but I always fail. I buy one or two patent-medicine bottles, or old issues of Fortune
, or whatever and then I lose interest and feel like (that is: I realize that
) I’m wasting money.
Inside the Wild, Wacky, Profitable World of Boing Boing
Back in 1999, Mark Frauenfelder wrote an article about new web tools that made it easier to do something called "blogging." His editors at the technology magazine The Industry Standard
declined to publish it, concluding that blogging didn't really seem like a very big deal. Turns out it was.