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Planet Earth Says: READ AYN RAND!

August 13, 2010

This is probably one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen on the net. A guy, who’s a hardcore fan of bestselling novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, wrote a riveting message on the globe. Yes, this heroic guy named Nick Newcomen did the unthinkable and impossible: he scrawls the world’s biggest message using a GPS (global positioning system) pen. And Nick’s most important message of the century, I must say, is:


Yes, I say that this is the most important message to mankind today. Read Ayn Rand and understand her philosophy for living on Earth. With this, let me say: Thank you so much, Nick! You’re my hero!

A website called enumerates ten reasons to read Ayn Rand and they’re the following:

  1. Relevance. The themes of her books, such as government control versus individual freedom, are highly relevant today. Specific events and characters in her novels are seemingly pulled from today’s news even though the books were written over 50 years ago.
  2. Popularity. Her books are selling better than ever. Atlas Shrugged, for instance, sold a record half-million copies last year.
  3. Personal success. Her books are ultimately about the individual person living successfully and happily using his or her independent judgment and mind to the fullest.
  4. Reading pleasure. Her novels feature creative, page-turning stories with unforgettable characters.
  5. Solutions. She explains with refreshing honesty and clarity which basic ideas America must adopt and which it must reject if it is to remain a great nation.
  6. Controversial. Ayn Rand is passionately loved and passionately hated.
  7. Understanding. Her ideas have helped millions of people make sense of a seemingly incomprehensible world.
  8. Truth. Her ideas in essence are true.
  9. Vision. Ayn Rand provides a glimpse of a radiant future for all humanity.
  10. Influential. Atlas Shrugged is the “second most influential book for Americans today” after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club.

Read the article here:

One man drove 12,238 miles across 30 states to scrawl a message that can only be viewed using Google Earth. His big shoutout: “Read Ayn Rand.”

Nick Newcomen did a road trip over 30 days that covered stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. First, he identified on a map the route he would need to drive to spell out the message. He put a GPS device in his car to trace the route he would follow. Then, he hit the road.

“The main reason I did it is because I am an Ayn Rand fan,” he says. “In my opinion if more people would read her books and take her ideas seriously, the country and world would be a better place — freer, more prosperous and we would have a more optimistic view of the future.”

Newcomen, unlike previous GPS artists, actually traveled the lines he traced on the map. He used a GPS logger (Qstarz BT-Q1000X) to “ink” the message. Starting his trip in Marshall, Texas, he turned on the device when he wanted to write a letter and turned off the device between letters. The recorded GPS data was loaded into Google Earth to produce the image above.

“The first word I wrote actually was the word ‘Rand’, then I went up North to do the word ‘Read’ and finished it with ‘Ayn,’” says Newcomen.

And for those who don’t know, Ayn Rand is a Russian-American writer whose books Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are among the world’s best-selling novels.

Newcomen’s venture sounds pretty crazy, though he gets points for ambition.

What message would you write using a GPS?

Photo: Nick Newcomen

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2010 3:38

    I can’t see this in Google Map 😛

  2. jenny permalink
    August 16, 2010 3:38

    software Google Earth Pro Plus (v5.1)

  3. December 2, 2010 3:38

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss and share this with us, I for one feel strongly about it and really enjoyed learning much more about this topic. I can see that you possess a degree of expertise on this topic, I would very much like to hear a lot more from you on this subject matter – I have bookmarked this page and will return soon to hear extra about it.

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