Ancient Rome and Greece on TVO

Videos about ancient Rome or Roman archaeology available to watch online from TVO

There isn’t as much for ancient Greece

Museum opening days in Paris

As of 2016-Feb-21.

Closed Mondays: Petit Palais, Orsay, Marmottan, Crypte archéologique du parvis Notre-Dame, Musée Carnavalet, Musée de Minéralogie, Musée du quai Branly, Palais de la découverte, Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, Musée Rodin

Closed Tuesdays: Orangerie, Louvre, Musée de l’Homme, all museums & buildings in the Jardin des Plantes (Les Grandes Serres, Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie, Le Cabinet d’Histoire du Jardin des Plantes)

Closed Sundays: Musée de Minéralogie

Not listed in any particular order.

Not a museum but anyway

  • La Grande Roue de la Concorde à Paris – SortirAParisParisInfo
    • Du 18 novembre 2015 au 15 septembre 2016
    • De 10h30 à minuit en semaine
      De 10h00 à minuit le dimanche
      De 10h à 1h00, vendredi, samedi et vacances scolaires

Minecraft City of Ottawa

Ottawa has released a Minecraft map as open data

UPDATE 2020-05-08: Updated above link with correct Open Ottawa link.  Click the Download button on the right-hand side of the page to get the .zip file.  Click the More link on the dataset page to see teleport coordinates.  NOTE: I haven’t checked the teleport coordinates below to see if they are still correct.  END UPDATE

I knew the city had building heights, but I didn’t realise how much building shape information it has.

Use the teleport command to move around.

Thanks to Roger Pilkey for posting the Parliament Hill coordinates on the Minecraft data file showcase page.  Otherwise I don’t think I would have ever found my way from the spawn point, which is out in the woods near the Rideau River, Old Ottawa South (Glengarry & Onslow).

Here are some landmark buildings in Centretown…

/tp -2912 130 -1501

LAC - Minecraft 1.8.9 2016-02-06 122704

Supreme Court
/tp -2707 132 -1722

Supreme Court - Minecraft 1.8.9 2016-02-06 122851

Parliament (Centre Block)
/tp -2266 139 -2061

Minecraft Parliament crop

/tp -1892 133 -1931

NAC - Minecraft 1.8.9 2016-02-06 123253

City Hall
/tp -1585 131 -1710

City Hall - Minecraft 1.8.9 2016-02-06 123421

Convention Centre
/tp -1690 130 -1995

Convention Centre - Minecraft 1.8.9 2016-02-06 123624

Union Station
/tp -1872 133 -2107

Union Station - Minecraft 1.8.9 2016-02-06 123712

And here is The End of the World (East End) – Montreal Road, past Lafontaine
/tp 1204 127 -3653

East End - Minecraft 1.8.9 2016-02-06 125120

A few more coordinates as you head east from Centretown:

  • Rideau Street and Rideau River /tp -134 125 -3075
  • Montreal Road and Vanier Parkway /tp 329 125 -3183
  • Montreal Road and Olmstead /tp 609 128 -3337
  • Montreal Road and Lafontaine /tp 1104 126 -3594

There are lots of cool projects possible:

  • make the train run to Union Station again (using powered rails and minecarts)
  • restore the streetcar network
  • build the new Stage 1 and Stage 2 LRT network
  • put in details of building exteriors and interiors
  • put in street signs
  • change all the arterials to rivers to represent how they feel to pedestrians
  • build houses on the residential lots
  • put street numbers on the residential lots

For the last one, most small buildings like detached single-family houses don’t have detail in the map, you’ll just see grass for the lot with a line on either side wherever there are driveways.

Unfortunately if you live far in the east end you won’t find your lot, and it’s not possible to do the LRT out to Blair (unless you want to do a lot of additional building), as the world ends just past Montreal Road and Lafontaine.  I haven’t done the north, south, or west boundaries.

Have fun exploring!

Be aware this map is quite resource intensive and will be slow (and may even crash) on a computer without a lot of CPU and RAM.