Because it’s Friday: A People Map of the UK (there’s also a US version)

What would a map look like if the places were named after the “famous” people from that locality. That’s kind of what this interactive map is:

A People Map of the UK, where city names are replaced by their most Wikipedia’ed resident: people born in, lived in, or connected to a place.

A People Map of the UK, The Pudding

I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of most of the people attached to the towns and cities near where I live. Perhaps that’s part of the fun of this site, seeing that these people clearly mean something to someone around here. I can’t say that I’v ever heard of the footballer Steven Walsh, I have heard of Les Dawson though:

Via @Yorkie71 and @robingissing

Because it’s Friday: “Becoming” by Jan van IJken

This is a truly amazing time-lapse film, with amazing detail.

Watch as, over 6 minutes, a single cell zygote transforms into a complete hatched larva of an alpine newt. I remember being fascinated by cell division as a child in biology classes, but always struggled to comprehend how that became a living organism, that’s precisely what this film shows.

There are a few more details about the film here, but it’s definitely one to sit back and watch:

Because it’s Friday: “Life in Parallel Universe” by Backward Picnic

Backward Picnic spends his life in a parallel universe where strange things happen:

The reality is, Lithuanian filmmaker and musician Saulius Jegelevičius, has created this fabulous Youtube channel where strange things happen by learning to speak backwards.

Because it’s Friday: “Swim Wild” the The Wild Swimming Brothers

A beautiful short documentary film about three brothers from the north of England who have made their name as wild swimming adventurers.

One of the themes of this film is the impact of wild swimming on mental health which is one of the reasons that I love to be in the open water.

3 brothers, who have come to be known as The Wild Swimming Brothers, have felt the pressures that many people experience while living and working in a city. Feeling the toll that urban living was taking on them, they decided to begin an aquatic journey that has propelled them extremely far from city walls.

The Wild Swimming Brothers