ASCII art of 12 April 1888.
A map of Michigan's dry counties. "We found this part troublesome enough to set, and if any printer thinks it a simple job, he may try it for two or three days."
posted by jjray
on Dec 9, 2009 -
We love our maps here, so how about a map quiz
thanks to our friends at The Morning News. Warning: the answer underneath each map is a simple link, and the URL sometimes gives away the answer.
posted by shothotbot
on Nov 10, 2009 -
Preserved in the cave excavations of Mogao
and listing 1,339 stars the Dunhuang Star Chart
is the oldest graphical star atlas
known to exist. Dated to between 649 and 684 AD, it features two sections. The first consists of 26 diagrams of asterisms (including a recognizable Big Dipper and Orion) and the second contains 12 star maps each showing a 30 degree east-west section of sky in cylindrical projection plus an azimuthal projection circumpolar map. Star positions are accurate to within 1.5 degrees and it includes some stars in the southern sky. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral
on Jun 28, 2009 -
Triptrop NYC: Subway Time Maps
— Plug in an address in New York City, and Triptrop generates a super slick looking map of how long it takes to get anywhere on the subway. And maybe you're moving? Then plug not one but two addresses into the comparison version and see which one gets you where you want to go. [via mefi projects
posted by netbros
on May 19, 2009 -
was the emblem of kingship worn by Wahunsenacawh, also known as Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas. A deerskin cloak ornamented with shell beadwork, it may at first appear to be only clothing but in fact it is also a map of the Powhatan Confederacy, which ruled most of eastern Virginia when the English first settled there. The mantle was acquired by one of the John Tradescants
was the foundation of Oxford University's Ashmolean Collection and the mantle resides there still today
. The first linked article
is a fascination article about the mantle as well as a gallery of images of and related to Powhatan's Mantle.
posted by Kattullus
on Feb 12, 2009 -
Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. There are now nearly 600 maps. Worldmapper
posted by y2karl
on Oct 2, 2008 -
World Names Profiler
is a pretty amazing Flash tool, that allows you to see where other people with your last name are distributed across the world, in frequency per million, right down to the city and regional level. Fun to pair with the NameVoyager
posted by dgaicun
on Sep 10, 2008 -
collects scans of maps and charts from video games, comics, and novels. Take a look at the doll-house like maps of the Fantastic Four's Baxter Building
from various comics (a Trophy Room and a "TV Sending Room"!), the Legend of Zelda's Hyrule
, Asimov's Foundation
galaxy, lots of Lovecraft locations
, the lands of the Princess Bride
, the Discworld
, and lots of Star Trek maps and ship schematics
. Also, some thoughts on how "serious fiction" writers often start with maps
, from Joyce's use of the ordinance maps of Dublin to Pychon's use of aerial photographs. More fantasy maps (many in German) are available from the Fantasy Atlas
. Also, from my previous post on the subject of maps of fantasy worlds
, see the extensive listings in the Dictionary of Imaginary Places
posted by blahblahblah
on Jul 25, 2008 -
The ever-wonderful Strange Maps blog comes up with the goods again: Area codes in which Ludacris claims to have 'hoes'
. "I’m a female and a feminist. I dislike the usage of the word ‘ho’. However, as a geography major, I find this song hilarious, and had to map it,” says Stephanie Gray, referring to Area Codes [NSFW] by the rap artist Ludacris... In this song, Ludacris brags about the area codes where he knows women, whom he refers to as ‘hoes’,” says Ms Gray, who plotted out all the area codes mentioned in this song on a map of the United States. She arrived at some interesting conclusions as to the locations of this rapper’s preferred female companionship."
posted by patricio
on Mar 9, 2008 -
New Jersey is drowning
, or rather it would if the the future as predicted by David Spratty & Philip Sutton in climate code red
comes true. Philip Sutton said in an interview
that "within five years the Arctic ice in the summertime will be all gone.". With all the ice melting, the waterlevels rise - will your house be under water?
posted by dabitch
on Feb 22, 2008 -
A Global Map of Human Impacts to Marine Ecosystems
"What happens in the vast stretches of the world's oceans - both wondrous and worrisome - has too often been out of sight, out of mind. The goal of the research presented here is to estimate and visualize, for the first time, the global impact humans are having on the ocean's ecosystems."
posted by dhruva
on Feb 14, 2008 -