Linklist: May 14, 2012

Orbis

A web-based mapping system for Ancient Rome: ORBIS:

“For the first time, ORBIS allows us to express Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense. By simulating movement along the principal routes of the Roman road network, the main navigable rivers, and hundreds of sea routes in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and coastal Atlantic, this interactive model reconstructs the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity.”

Andrew Adamatzky and Andrew Ilachinski have an Op-Ed in the NY Times: The Wisdom of Slime:

” it’s worth remembering that the highway system was created by mere humans, using only human intelligence. To find out if it’s optimally designed, we need to consult a higher authority. Namely, slime mold.”

[I have blogged about slime molds before].
CNU20 is underway, there are lots of posts emanating, see

[The retrospective reflection is so bright, you gotta wear shades]
MPLS1902

Nokohaha: Tooling Around Minneapolis ’02

“That’s the busy intersection of Fourth and Nicollet in 1902. Minneapolis City Hall and Hennepin County Courthouse was still under construction and gas buggies had to share the road with bicycles, horses and street cars.”