Arthur Robinson died
last week. He is famous for the Robinson Projection
which compromised on the Greenland problem
of while being (IMO) more pleasing than the Peters Map
. The map was widely used by the National Geographic Society
in the 70s and 80s making it one of the most familiar to a generation of adults. The wikipedia has a summary of the advantages and disadvantages
of the Robinson map as a compromise between equal area and spatial distortion. The map library
at the University of Wisconsin is named for him.
Fool's World Map:
"This is a project visualizing the world map which many fools in the world imagine. If you can see this map comfortably, you are definitely a fool." The creator updates and reformats
the malleable map based completely on capricious, erroneous geographical inconsistencies found within oblvious statements from his comment logs. Examples: (095. Upper right side of Germany became Australia due to a posting by another stupid American thinking "Australia is beside Germany.")
and (001. Due to a Texan who thinks "Japan is accessible from Texas by car", Japan and Texas is land-attached.").
He also has a page
of user-submitted maps, where he encourages you to create your own global eyesore and send it to him.
A pattern map for a conservation economy
[Flash.] "The pattern map offers a visual guide to the sustainability patterns that provide a framework for developing a conservation economy." [Via WorldChanging
In the long tradition of Google anouncements may I present to you Google Location search
(which if you recall was the winner of the competition they held last year)
of very beautiful Old Japanese Maps
has been put online. Java application Insight(tm) required to view and includes a nifty GIS application to overlay old maps on current maps with 3-D animated fly-throughs. State of the art in online map presentation "The digital images are even better than the originals because you can amplify them, rotate them to look at them from different angles," Mr. Zhou said. "In practical terms, this is a better way of using the material than actually coming here to see the pieces."
: The Fascinating World of Maps and Mapping.
Map-making for fun and profit
! How would you
like to be born on Buttlickin Ave
? Is this for real? Or Someone messing with yahoo's map software? Inquiring minds want to know!
The ThreeRing Web Mapping project
adds a dot to a blank canvas showing your geographic location (or that of your ISP, as best it can guess based on your IP address). They've also got a code snippet to put on your own site that automagically adds your visitors to the map. The US is already clearly defined, Europe is getting there, and Oceania is coming into view. (They've also got one of them Tag-Board thingies
, which is painful to read for any length of time.)
World At War
A map, list of current and past conflicts with detailed insight.
maps the Open Directory
onto Antarctica. The 2d view is nice. Shows the relative size of everything. It reminds me of SmartMoney's dang cool marketmap