Eric Theise

TRCTR-PLLR: Faking It for Cartographers

27 Mar 2019

Fake. Like, Literally, Fake.

Fake has joined the unfortunate set of words whose definitions have become muddled beyond recognition. See literally, like, and really. Literally’s used in contexts where it means its opposite. Like became a rhythmic device, a percussive pause to postpone, briefly, revelation of the speaker’s lack of focus; a punctuation mark requiring four characters, not one.

Once meaning “not...

Hello Tegola, or, Let's Talk about Your Vector Tile Geostack

13 Nov 2017

A Nod to Passion

A few weeks back I BARTed, with bicycle, under San Francisco Bay to retrieve a Getaround-enrolled van in Emeryville. I’d agreed to move the belongings of an expatriate performance artist from under tarps in the backyard of an Oakland home – the bungalow was to be de-verminized – to an indoor storage facility. I’d forgotten that Sten was a...

Megabytes at Kilofeet: The Telluride Ideas Festival and InfoZone

26 Nov 2016

I knew something was up when, in September 2014, some old friends contacted me about a period of time long past. Turned out they were both drafting contributions to a volume entitled Social Media Archeology and Poetics, edited by Judy Malloy, another old friend. The MIT Press brought it out in August 2016 and, being under the impression I get namechecked in...