The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 December 2002

Axis: Bold as Mercator

George W. Bush's notion of an Axis of Evil didn't sit well with some folks, and they had their reasons, but one reason they hardly ever mentioned was the most obvious one: "Well, it's not really, y'know, an axis, is it?"

Perhaps not in the WWII-era sense of an alliance, no; whatever Iran and Iraq may share, North Korea probably doesn't have it. But in the mathematical sense? Can you actually place these nations on a straight line that divides a geometric figure?

Yes, you can.

Posted at 2:42 PM to Political Science Fiction

I volunteer to infiltrate the Bahamas: monitor their banking system by depositing to and repeatedly withdrawing from a number of bank accounts large sums of money provided by the CIA for the purpose; spend vast amounts of time watching coastal activities for signs of illicit shipping; gain the trust and affection of the inhabitants in order to feel them out -- for any possible terrorist sympathies, of course.

Hey Director Tenet, where do I sign up?

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 8:45 PM on 17 December 2002

Whoa...and I thought that I had too much time on my hands. Cartography has always fascinated me, however...finding out "how far is it?" can quickly turn into quite an extensive exercise for me, as I calculate distances via air, driving, etc, and try to figure out topography along the way...

On balance, quite an interesting link.

Posted by: DavidMSC at 9:55 PM on 17 December 2002