In the past week, I've heard tell of a couple of particularly interesting and recent creations of long-beloved National Geographic. One is this so-called Infinite Photograph, which is an all too easy way to get lost in the natural world through the electronically mediated world. From the post on NG's excellent eco-friendly everyday living blog, Green Guide:
What makes up our world? Dive into this photo-mosaic portrait of the Earth to see it through the eyes of users like you. It's made up of hundreds of photos of the natural world, each submitted by users to My Shot. Move the yellow square over an area you would like to explore, click, and go. Double-click on an image to see more information about it. Keep clicking—and diving deeper into the Infinite Photograph—to get a truly boundless picture of Earth.Go figure that my favorite finding so far this is tornado that was taken in the Oklahoma panhandle. Despite being given a "truly boundless picture of Earth", I still get a little wistful for home on occasion.
Another good, but expensive, idea is this hard drive that you can buy that is preloaded with every edition of National Geographic ever. That's 120 years worth of material retouched and positively dripping with high definition. Rediscover every printed page, every article and advertisement, and most importantly, the thousands of photographs — from 1888 through 2008. If you're into making collages in Photoshop, or you would just like enough reading material for the rest of your natural life, this is pretty much the ultimate.