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22

Jul

vizual-statistix:

Religious buildings (churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and other places of worship) often have an intentional orientation, largely to assist with fixing the direction people face when praying. The altar in Christian churches is often pointed toward the liturgical east. Islamic mosques are traditionally oriented toward the Qibla (direction of Mecca).
For these calculations, I selected five countries that are dominated by five different religions (Thailand – Buddhism; Italy – Catholicism; Israel – Judaism; Pakistan – Islam; India – Hinduism). The shapefile containing the Israel buildings was merged with Palestine, which is predominantly Islamic. Though these could be separated, the exact border between the two countries is a bit tenuous, so I opted to leave it as a single region.
The method for the calculation is shown on the graphic. For each building footprint, a bounding rectangle is defined. This rectangle is oriented to minimize its width. The orientation of the building is then measured as the azimuth of the rectangle’s height (longer sides). Orientation is counted in both directions, so a building facing due east is also considered to face west. The plots show the frequency of a given orientation in 5° bins.
As you can see, most religious buildings in these countries are aligned east-west. Pakistan is slightly north of east from Mecca, which may explain why many of the religious buildings there are orientated WSW-ENE.
Data source: http://download.geofabrik.de/

vizual-statistix:

Religious buildings (churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and other places of worship) often have an intentional orientation, largely to assist with fixing the direction people face when praying. The altar in Christian churches is often pointed toward the liturgical east. Islamic mosques are traditionally oriented toward the Qibla (direction of Mecca).

For these calculations, I selected five countries that are dominated by five different religions (Thailand – Buddhism; Italy – Catholicism; Israel – Judaism; Pakistan – Islam; India – Hinduism). The shapefile containing the Israel buildings was merged with Palestine, which is predominantly Islamic. Though these could be separated, the exact border between the two countries is a bit tenuous, so I opted to leave it as a single region.

The method for the calculation is shown on the graphic. For each building footprint, a bounding rectangle is defined. This rectangle is oriented to minimize its width. The orientation of the building is then measured as the azimuth of the rectangle’s height (longer sides). Orientation is counted in both directions, so a building facing due east is also considered to face west. The plots show the frequency of a given orientation in 5° bins.

As you can see, most religious buildings in these countries are aligned east-west. Pakistan is slightly north of east from Mecca, which may explain why many of the religious buildings there are orientated WSW-ENE.

Data source: http://download.geofabrik.de/

21

Jul

Handwritten Post

1:
Write your URL in some writing that you thought were super cool when you were younger. Eg, bubble letters, digital clock letters, letters with lots of embellishments, or letters with smiley faces in them.
2:
Write a list of all the countries or states you’ve been to. Write a comment on each of them. Or some, if you can’t be bothered.
3:
List your top three statistical Tumblr crushes and draw their icons.
4:
Draw a selfie.
5:
Name three things you like about yourself.
6:
Do you like the climate you live in? What do you like about it or what would you change?
7:
What is your current mood? Write and/or draw.
8:
Can you tie a bow-tie? A regular tie? If yes, how and when did you learn?
9:
Pick something from your immediate surroundings and tell the story behind the item.
10:
The last time you noticed you’d put a piece of clothing on incorrectly, i.e. backwards/inside out/etc?
11:
What is a typical breakfast for you?
12:
How do you take your favorite coffee? Eg strong or weak? Black or with cream/milk and/or sugar/sweetener? Filter, espresso, French press or instant? Hot or iced? Regular or decaf? None of the above?
13:
Describe your favorite food. Who makes it?
14:
List 5 movies that you love.
15:
What is a wanky memory from Tumblr that still makes you blush?
16:
What brought you to Tumblr?
17:
Have you had any real Tumblr crushes? If you want to keep your mystery, answer with a drawing.
18:
Do you prefer to text or call your friends?
19:
Write an autograph version of your URL.
20:
Pick up the nearest printed material in your first language and copy out a random paragraph.
li-2013:

Day 109: Jalebi

li-2013:

Day 109: Jalebi

allasianflavours:

Sumptious food by shubhangi athalye
notesfrombakerst:

today’s Gif of the Day

notesfrombakerst:

today’s Gif of the Day

jothelibrarian:

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a gorgeous edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Stunning isn’t it! Look at the close-up and see if you can read it. This image shows the opening of the Cook’s tale.
Image source: British Library MS Harley 7334. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

jothelibrarian:

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a gorgeous edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Stunning isn’t it! Look at the close-up and see if you can read it. This image shows the opening of the Cook’s tale.

Image source: British Library MS Harley 7334. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

20

Jul

itsjustalittlecrush:

Hindu Mytho Meme [1/8:Events]

Draupadi’s birth

Draupadi’s father Drupad wanted to obtain a son who would slay his enemy, the famous guru Drona. But he knew that such a son could only be obtained via the gods, therefore he begged Rishi Yaj and Upyaj to perform a yajya (sacrifical ritual) from which he could get the son he desired so badly.

Drupad was astounded therefore, when shortly after the appearance of his son,Dhrishtaduymna, the yajya fire began to flare once again, higher and more powerfully than before. Thunder boomed and lightening clapped in the sky, and suddenly the most beautiful woman walked through the flames, as though she was one with the fire. She had eyes like lotus petals, hair like the waves of the ocean and a lotus fragrance to delude even the most fierce ascetic. 

The rishis proclaimed,”Her name is Krishnaa, for her dusky complexion.”

"She’ll be known as Yajyaseni, as she was born out of the yajyakund.”

"And you Drupad…you will be remembered for ever more, as her name will be Draupadi, daughter of Drupad.”

The people of your land will love her so much,they will name her Panchaali, princess of Panchaal.

And Drupad thought with a smile…

“A son to bring me the head of Drona, and a daughter whose hand I can give to Arjuna in marriage, ensuring that he will fight with and not against me.”

The descendants of Kashyap, Yaj and Upyaj cried,

"Here is your daughter Drupad, more precious than anything you hold. She is destined to bring righteousness back to this land."

Hearing this, Draupadi’s heart trembled, but she joined her hands in prayer and whispered,

"Oh Lord, if I have indeed been born to avenge the righteous and help cleanse the Earth of the wicked, then give me all the insults that are sure to come, but also give me the strength to survive them."

farhanshk:

Meetha Paan.
Babu Paan Shop in Lahore, Pakistan.

farhanshk:

Meetha Paan.

Babu Paan Shop in Lahore, Pakistan.