Facebook Message

Weird religious spam message on Facebook this weekend (from someone I don’t know), including an over-compressed image of some scripty text, a poem (I guess), and a text-to-speech voice message, which is transcribed below.

“Rice plant this is for you. Read till the end, it’s adorable. Post box I sent an angel to watch over you last night, but it came back and I asked ‘why?’ The angel said, ‘the angels don’t watch over angels.’ 20 angels are in your world, 10 of them are sleeping, 9 of them are playing, and one is reading this message. God has seen you struggling with some things, and God says it’s over. A blessing is coming your way. Tulip if you believe in God, send this to 14 friends, including me. If I don’t get it back, I guess I’m not one of them. As soon as you get five replies, someone you love will quietly surprise you. Not joking maple leaf. Pass this message on. Please don’t ignore it. You are being tested, and God is going to fix two big things tonight in your favor. If you believe in God, drop everything and pass it on. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don’t break this. Send this to 14 friends in 10 minutes, it’s not that hard. However sent this to you must care about you. You are an angel strawberry smile with a strawberry.”

Geodetic Marker Descriptions


Yesterday I stumbled on what has to be the most wonderfully narrative data set I’ve ever seen: NOAA’s listings of the location of geodetic markers across the U.S. and territories. These markers are used by survey teams as reliable and official starting points for surveys of building and road projects, an important resource in the pre-GPS era. The data includes the usual bits of information such as date placed, a reference number, the kind of marker (23,760 were set in boulders). But what was so exciting was not the hard data, but the written descriptions of where to find the markers. Above are two descriptions of markers from Manhattan, buried in a PDF I found on a message board – the start of the rabbit hole. But NOAA has nearly 800,000 of these listings available online, so of course I scraped all of them.

This marker in Wallowa, Washington placed in 1926 is a great example, including careful measurements with an almost poetic place description.

“Described by Coast and Geodetic Survey 1946 3.1 miles north from Joseph. About 3.1 miles north along Oregon State Highway 82 from the post office at Joseph, SE in the top of a concrete syphon box on the southwest side of the highway, about 300 feet east of a large red barn with a sign facing highway reading Home Ranch of E.H. Eggleson. 109 feet southeast of the center line of a cross road junction, 40 feet southwest of the center line of the highway, about the same elevation as the immediate road level.”

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