Can a book about maps really expand a geography junkie’s mind?

My latest on my other blog: my review of Simon Garfield’s On the Map.

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The certificate I received for my 3rd-place finish in the North Carolina state level of the 1995 National Geography Bee. The certificate I received for my 3rd-place finish in the North Carolina state level of the 1995 National Geography Bee. On the Map: A Mind-expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield Published by Gotham Books New York, 2012On the Map: A Mind-expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks
by Simon Garfield

Published by Gotham Books
New York, 2012

I have always been a geography junkie. Well, at least since 2nd grade, anyway. That’s when my Aunt Linda gave me a Fisher-Price “Discovery Map” of the United States. Each state had a small hole in it that displayed a picture, and on the left-hand side of the map that was a light-blue dial. As you turned the dial, the pictures displayed a different piece of info for each state, including its capital—which is how I learned the capitals of all 50 states by the age of 8.

That map was probably the foundation of the geography knowledge that led me to win my middle school’s geography bee…

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Why We Might Be Stuck With Passwords for a While

TIME

Why do we still have passwords? Everyone hates them. They’re hard to keep track of and hard to type in, especially on your mobile device. And they just don’t work, judging by the all-too-frequent news of bad guys busting into this site or that app.

Two reasons they haven’t gone away: First, it’s easy for programmers to deploy a standard username/password setup. They more or less just push a button in their app-building toolkit. Second, the alternatives…well, they’re not quite ready for prime time. Let’s look at a few.

Biometric sign-in This is the term for signing in with your fingerprints or iris scan or another piece of yourself. For example, the iPhone 5s puts it to good use with a fingerprint reader. But there’s a big problem: If your password or your credit card is compromised by the bad guys, you can revoke it and get a new…

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