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Thomas de Bruin put together this alphabet using places in the Netherlands as they appear in Google Earth! Actually there are two alphabets–an upper case one and a lower case one–and a set of punctuation marks as well. All in all it took him about 40 hours to complete.

There are lots of S-curves and T-intersections in the world, I guess. But one difficulty, says de Bruin, was finding the letter “K,” either big or small.

“The most difficult was finding the number ‘6,’” he says. “I almost decided to use my lower case ‘q’ for it … Then I said to myself let’s look for a ‘6’ in… Pesse. Which is the birthplace of my sister-in-law. I have no idea why I decided for that particular place, but that’s where I found a perfect ‘6’! And then I was done.” He also mentioned that he’s already found some Japanese kana characters–in the Netherlands.

Hmmmm. Inspiration works in mysterious ways

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somewhere in china

kymak01kymak02These two photos by kymak are among the best I’ve seen on flickr. They show the cookware and bowls of people who live and work at an immense factory in China.

They seem to me a humanized response to the photos of Edward Burtynsky, who I interviewed here a while back. In fact they point out, in a way I wasn’t aware until now, how Burtynsky’s photos are solely a¬†western viewpoint on China’s industrial growth.