Use the free 7 day trial while it's available!
This lil program lets you zoom in pretty darn close on just about any spot in the world. And it is FREAKING COOL. I don't have much better commentary than that, sorry. You can zoom around to your favorite locations, tilt the camera, show all road names, rotate views - and once you've got a bunch of stuff plugged in its really neat to just click between them and watch the flyby.
I can't believe this isn't a double post, but couldn't find it on search. Have fun!
posted by glenwood
on Nov 21, 2004 -
Two Americas, but not the ones you might have thought.
Apologies for perpetuating ElectionFilter, but this page has, in addition to all the blue/red/purple maps we've seen, a bar graph at the bottom of the page that I find fascinating. To quote the authors, "It appears that there are, as the pundits have been telling us, 'two Americas,' but they are not the ones people usually talk about. They are 'divided America,' where people split roughly evenly between Republican and Democrat, and 'decided America,' where everyone is a Democrat. " (via Crooked Timber
posted by Kat Allison
on Nov 7, 2004 -
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.
posted by naxosaxur
on Aug 3, 2004 -
Piri Reis Map
I am a sucker for those books that hypothesize that Earth was visited by extra-terrestrials in the distant pass. One artifact that is brought up in nearly all of them is The Piri Reis Map
, a document that seems to be a map includes parts of the world (such as Antarctica's ice-covered mountains) that were thought to be very recent discoveries. But, are they a hoax
posted by synecdoche
on Apr 21, 2004 -
If Mapquest just isn't cutting the mustard, or you feel compelled over the holidays to take your geekery to new and mysterious depths, the National Map Viewer
from the U.S. Geological Survey is your new best friend. The dynamic interface lets you layer roads, topos, and satellite imagery on top of one another at your whim. And if you're really hardcore, make your own app by downloading and mining the Census Bureau's TIGER database.
Note: Map viewer and interface may not be friendly to all browsers; this is a common limitation of government websites.
posted by PrinceValium
on Dec 24, 2003 -
Ancestry Maps from the 1990 census:
Which states have the highest percentage of people of Danish
? Who (perhaps) doesn't realize
that we almost all came here from somewhere else? Using the data provided on 1990 Census question 13, which asked respondents to identify the ancestry groups with which they identified most closely, the State of Minnesota provides us with these nifty Ancestry maps. More info here
on 'the ancestry question' from the US Census Bureau. link via ::crabwalk.com::
posted by anastasiav
on Oct 28, 2003 -
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)
posted by zeoslap
on Sep 23, 2003 -
. Can you find your own house? I drove myself mad looking, until I finally resorted to using the address finder. I can see my road, but I can't make out which house is mine. Can you find your home, or even your neighborhhod, in a satellite photo of the country?
posted by archimago
on Aug 29, 2003 -
Do you want fresh, locally grown, organic food, but don't know where to find it? The LocalHarvest map
makes it easy to find family farms, farmers markets and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area.
posted by ewagoner
on Aug 4, 2003 -
I can see your house from up here
Welcome the SDDS Raster Extraction Website. I was downloading some DEMs for grayscale to height mapping when I stumbled across this lovely project. This is really a lot of fun.
posted by Grod
on Jul 20, 2003 -
The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World
provides beautiful detailed topographical maps
of the ancient world. A mammoth undertaking in production over 12 years with 160 scholars and cartographers (with help from MapQuest) and estimated to cost over $5 million it is the largest and most accurate Ancient World Atlas ever. Composed of 99 maps
) the Atlas is easily available
to the layperson. "If you're gripped by Hannibal and want to sort out which way you think he went through the Alps, you'll have enough of a clear landscape to do it. If you want to follow St. Paul around the eastern Mediterranean, you can."
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 16, 2003 -
The Mythical Quest
, an old exhibition at the British Library. 'Throughout the world, tales have always been told of
heroes and heroines embarking on perilous quests in
search of lost loved ones, the secret of immortality,
earthly paradise or simply great riches. Many of these
stories have elements in common, such as clashes with
monsters, battles with the elements, interventions by
the gods and tests of moral character, mental cunning
and physical strength. These tales have been expressed
in songs, literature, art and dance for thousands of
years, and are still being reinterpreted today in
books, comic strips, interactive games and adventure
More British Library exhibits here
, from early Indian photography
to the secret life of maps.
Examples of mythical quests :-
Journey to the West
not to mention
the Thai version);
(subject of a previous
the journey of Alexander
world of Dante
posted by plep
on Jul 11, 2003 -
something good has come from a newsfilter post! In a trackback to a recent post
on something-or-other (aren't they all the same?) I discovered a gem of a site dedicated to maps.
posted by silusGROK
on Jul 9, 2003 -
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."
posted by stbalbach
on Apr 13, 2003 -
Have you grown weary of the tiny, grayscale maps of Iraq and the Middle East accompanying most newspaper stories on the region? TomPaine.com
went in search of better geographic tools, and found them at the University of Texas' Online Library, with links to dozens of maps
—political, topographical, historical—of a region many Americans have never scrutinized geographically. More inside...
posted by silusGROK
on Oct 22, 2002 -