This weeks readings were rather interesting, to say the least. But after reading through Harmon’s You Are Here, I have to admit that the readings left me more confused than interested. I am not sure why, (perhaps I just have a narrow frame of mind) but the lack of any central theme in You Are Here left me with little ideas and less understanding.
I recognize the fact that mapping has changed over time, and that maps can be used to say many different things in many different ways. But You Are Here seems to be merely a list of examples rather than a text with a directed argument. Each and every short text in the book, indeed each and every example shown, seemed to be making a different argument, and my attempts to find a common thread linking them all were exercises in frustration. In the end, You Are Here was interesting to look at, but it’s impact was greatly dampened by my confusion over what that impact was supposed to be.
In other, related news, I’ve been having much fun practicing SketchUp, and have started attempting to recreate the Bridge at Nijmegen, one of the crucial bridges related to my project, the Allied invasion of Holland. The failure of the 82nd Airborne to capture this bridge in the opening assaults allowed the Germans to delay the Allied push by several crucial days, and though it would eventually be taken intact through daring assault, it was too late for the British and Polish paratroopers at Arnhem.
Now if only it was easier to make a bridge in SketchUp… Fun times!