Stick charts

I need to look into this more, but for now, these devices for communicating wave patterns and for navigating are fascinating. The way they are constructed reminds me of wire-bending.


Edmund Harriss on the Polynesian sea charts.

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I’ve always been amazed by these thanks for sharing @yaxu.

When I learned to surf, the thing that surprised me the most was how much of it is pure pattern recognition, being able to look at incoming peaks at a certain rhythm, recognize their shapes, and immediately make a read and reaction based off of that. It’s such a game of getting yourself in the right place at the right time with almost percussive timing.

I just got back from Hawaii, where my partner’s family is from, where I got to see a North Shore winter swell for the first time in person. And the geometric patterns of those monster waves are just incredible.

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