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Star Wars: Episode VIII set will be protected from drones by drones

star-wars-899693_960_720During the filming of Star Wars Episode VII in Berkshire, England a paparazzi had managed to use drone to take footage of set construction that revealed ships like the Falcon and X-Wings. Although it wasn’t a big spoiler, Disney decided to improve the security and better safeguard movie details of the Episode VIII which is being filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia – a popular tourist destination in the southern part of the country.

The website Making Star Wars reports that producers hired over 600 guards to prevent unintended visitors from snapping any sneaky pictures but more interestingly there is supposed to be “a special team with drones that will remove the uninvited drones so that no recording can be conducted by the public”.

It’s unclear how the defense drones will actually stop others from entering Star Wars airspace. One interesting approach is being tested in Netherlands, where police is working on training Eagles to intercept rogue drones. Other solutions to take over drones include radio jamming and net-wielding interceptor quadcopters.

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We love maps. Since you’re reading that post you must be a map addict as well. Our spatial obsession makes us not only make maps, use maps, play with maps and write about them. We also love reading books about location and cartography.

Below you’ll find 10 books and atlases which should have on your map shelf:

Atlas of design

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Atlas of design is one of the best collection of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing cartographic design. There are already two editions of the atlas, each features 32 maps from all around the world. At the price of $35 is something that you should own.

Map: Exploring the World

Map exploring the world GeoawesomenessMap: Exploring the World is a unique collection of over 300 maps from different times. Selected by an international panel of curators, academics and collectors, the maps reflect the many reasons people make maps, such as to find their way, to assert ownership, to record human activity, to establish control, to encourage settlement, to plan military campaigns or to show political power. You can buy it for $35 on Amazon.

The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

Maps as Art Book“Cartography is a ridiculously awesome/interesting topic. For designers it begs the question of style vs. substance when relaying different kinds of geographical data. This book does a wonderful job at addressing it.” You can find it on Amazon for $22.

Map Addict: A Tale of Obsession, Fudge & the Ordnance Survey

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“Map addict” by Mike Parker is a light-hearted story about British cartography which looks at some iconic maps and explores the broader history, politics, and psychology of maps and mapping. The author combines cartographic history and trivia with memoir and oblique observation to create a highly readable exposé of the world of maps. You can find it on Amazon for less that $15 and you should definitely add it to your book shelf.

Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities

strange-maps-geoawesomenessAn intriguing and unique collection of 138 maps, blending art, history, and pop culture for a unique atlas of humanity. All featured maps are out-of-the-ordinary and surprising. You will love it. You can buy it on Amazon for close to $20.
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