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Wiki: Trewartha climate classification

Glenn Thomas Trewartha created this adaption of the Köppen climate classification system in 1966 in order to address perceived shortfalls of that system – in particular, that it grouped vast swathes of the world under the single “C” (temperate) category. Trewartha’s system also has some formula changes and the system itself is somewhat simplified (as in, the “core” …

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Wiki: Köppen climate classification

Wladimir Köppen designed this system in the late 19th century to describe climate types in parts of the world. As he was a botanist, his system was particularly designed to describe the types of climates in which certain types of plants would grow.

Places are given a two or three-letter designation to describe their climates. The first letter gives you the broad classification, the second …

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Antipodes of the World

When I was a kid, I was somewhat obsessed with this question of, “If you tunnelled straight down into the Earth and right through the core out to the other side, where would you emerge?” It seems like some in Britain think you’d emerge right here, in Australia – hence the use of the word “antipodean” for Australians and New Zealanders – and my dad used to tell me that …

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An eight-year-old blog post on many points of internationalisation developers screw up, including date formats, timezones, and the 20+ currencies all called dollars. Why are so many sites so ambiguous? Most of the post is still relevant today.

Here’s an interesting map of what’s considered the first day of the week in different countries. FWIW I wasn’t sure what it’d say for Australia – in unofficial use I’ve seen both, like calendars usually start with Sunday while weekly planners usually start with Monday. My own personal instinct has the week starting on Monday, so that’s how I set up all my devices, but my partner feels like it starts on Sunday (and likes to tease me some Saturdays by going, “next week…” when what he really means is, “tomorrow…").

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