One for the Mad Oilman
Gutenkarte has come up with an idea that would almost make me consider reading a book on-line.
They've sent the book's text through a parser that pulls out geographic locations and plots them on a map. That's pretty cool right there. But then, they also provide the text side-by-side with the map (click the Browse option at upper right once you've selected your text), and when you mouse over a locale, the map adjusts to center on that location.
I don't feel a whole lot of interest for this with fiction, other than general curiosity, but for historical accounts I think it's incredible! Now if someone could figure out how to parse in a timeline, and genealogy charts, I can imagine that I just might be able to retain something from a history book for once.
[via information aesthetics]