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Google Maps Quest 8-bit NES Overlay (April Fools!)

8-bit Google Maps Quest
8-bit Google Maps Quest

I’m a regular user of Google Maps, I love browsing around looking for new places to hike and cycle and love all the photos people have added, I think it’s a great way to check out terrain and get a good overview of any tours I plan. So imagine my surprise when I just clicked onto the map a few moments ago, whilst scouting out a few routes for a bike ride with a friend tomorrow morning, to find that there is an 8-bit NES overlay called ‘Quest’ that tranforms the world into a retro world of castles and gravel roads. Continue reading Google Maps Quest 8-bit NES Overlay (April Fools!)

The Means to Attain a Happy Life

Henry Howard Earl of Surrey at age 29, 1546
Henry Howard Earl of Surrey at age 29, 1546

I think this is perhaps my favourite poem. It reminds me of what is important in life and it’s interesting to note that, excluding a few dated ideas such as “The faithful wife, without debate” which may be considered a chauvinistic view today, what mattered to people in the 1500s is largely the same as what matters to people now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:

The Means to Attain a Happy Life
By Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey. 1516–47

MARTIAL, the things that do attain Continue reading The Means to Attain a Happy Life