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/
Interesting data. How much does geographic orientation factor into your daily life? Have you ever considered which way you point when sleeping or eating? Ancient peoples have many traditions dealing with directionality.
The North York Farmers’ Market is every Thursday in Mel Lastman Square from 8am to 2pm, May to October. We’ll be there tomorrow, will you?
You can find them on twitter @NorthYorkMarket and on Facebook too.
What does someone in a tech support role need to do to piss me off? Ask for information I’ve already provided them. If you aren’t going to bother to take in the information I’m giving you, why am I bothering to provide it in the first place?
In the screenshot above, I was sending a note to support about being unable to do a simple thing, and noted the html I needed to change to make it work. Here is the text of my message to them.
I was trying to get a post’s short URL, and I followed the instructions on your website
to find it via the gear icon when editing a post, but it wouldn’t let me highlight it so I could copy it and use it elsewhere. I’ve done this a few times and just end up trying to write it down on my own and it is a pain.
Today I inspected the element and saw a ‘disabled=”“’ on the input field (id=’post_permalink’) that was displaying the short url. I’m way out of touch html wise but experimented and removed that attribute and low and behold I was able to select the text and copy it.
Not sure if that was intentional or not, or if it is some browser issue (I’m on Firefox 30.0) but thought I’d share in case it was something you wanted to change.
Their reply started with asking for my browser version. Sigh. Annoyed me!
So if you’re out there in internet land and wondering why you can’t select your tumblr post’s short url, you aren’t alone. Deal with it.
Fun to find photos of yourself online randomly. I’m the flesh just left of frame.
While camping last week we noticed a bird’s nest up above the sink at the toilets. I investigated early in the week and found 5 eggs. A few days later, I could hear them peeping away, they had hatched. Another day or two later they are much fuzzier and had beaks which had developed a bunch more.
Never did ID the species though…
Scabs are so cool. The human body is amazing.
"Highrise Dubai 2014" by Crazy Russians. More @ their livejournal.
Encounter with a trio of snapping turtles at The Pinery Provincial Park’s Old Ausable Channel.
Wish I Was Here - Varsity Cinema 4:25PM Saturday July 19.
A quick report on the above showing of this new film. I went to theatre for it, which is a big break of routine for me but I wanted to support Mr. Braff and all my fellow kick-starters who helped make the movie happen. I was surprised by the # of seniors in attendance, felt like more than half the audience was in their twilight years. Somehow the marketing of films death theme must have reached them, I decided afterwards. Before trailers, there were 30 or so people in the theatre. Another 20 or so arrived in the next few minutes. Not packed, but not empty either.
The film itself was not what I expected. This turned out to be a good thing. It was an awkward start, but the foundation that was laid seemed to resonate with me because at one point the tears just started streaming down my face, and my cheeks didn’t really dry the rest of the film. Thank you Zach for touching some part of my heart, that I haven’t really been able to put a finger on yet.
The film deals with faith and grace, expectations and disappointments, love and acceptance, life and death. Wonderful.
I had expected to really dig the soundtrack with all the emphasis given during the behind the scenes stuff on it. But, as a sign of a great film soundtrack, I didn’t notice it while it was playing. It fit so well, it didn’t distract from the storytelling, it just amplified it.
For those expecting great homeschooling stuff — don’t. It is much more about deschooling. The cosplay/comic-con stuff kinda was sour for me as well — I think a lot of it ended up getting cut? A couple of points were a tad contrived, but what can you do.
So if you’re unsure as to whether you should see this film, I saw watch it. Just bring a fresh handkerchief.