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January 24, 2012 2:35 PM   Subscribe

Maps! Maps are great. And Cartophile is a pretty great blog about maps, courtesy our own desjardins, via mefi projects.
posted by cortex (20 comments total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
Yep, this is fantastic.
posted by SpacemanStix at 3:05 PM on January 24, 2012

Well there goes the rest of my afternoon.
posted by zomg at 3:08 PM on January 24, 2012

RSS'd immédiatement.
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:46 PM on January 24, 2012

What an erudite cartophile.
posted by ooga_booga at 3:52 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

Hooray! Thanks!

Also: My Favorite Map Blog! I encourage the class to share there own examples!
posted by absalom at 3:59 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

This is lovely and may even push me over the edge into figuring out how the hell tumblr works.
posted by yarrow at 4:05 PM on January 24, 2012

desjardins always knows of things I can use for my class. Today in class, we actually critiqued the binge drinking map that has been going around recently (and is on that tumblr blog). Wisconsin is #1, so obviously there were some jokes about that. Every state has to have something that it is proud of.
posted by graxe at 4:32 PM on January 24, 2012

It took me a minute to get that NADA was just the end of CANADA.
posted by Obscure Reference at 4:52 PM on January 24, 2012

Cool collection! But I enjoy this kind of curation project a lot more when the original sources are researched and cited. For instance this post of a Manhattan map links to another blog which links to another blog which does finally get around to referencing the canonical reference for this, Eric Fischer's Flickr post. Eric produced this work less than 24 hours ago, he deserves to get more direct credit. Also if you spend 10 minutes finding the original source you'll find he made many other wonderful related maps.

I know researching sources for things is a lot of work and I appreciate desjardins is making some effort. But why not wait to post something until it's properly sourced?
posted by Nelson at 4:57 PM on January 24, 2012 [2 favorites]

Needs more maps.
posted by TwelveTwo at 5:38 PM on January 24, 2012

For those unfamiliar with it, the David Ramsey map collection is basically the greatest resource pre-20th century maps anywhere. And their browsing/search tools are incredible.
posted by the_querulous_night at 5:45 PM on January 24, 2012

Woo hoo! Maps!
posted by Defenestrator at 6:15 PM on January 24, 2012

"We can try and swim"
posted by Defenestrator at 6:17 PM on January 24, 2012

Can anyone explain what the "Australasian Colonies" consist of in this map?
posted by Panjandrum at 7:31 PM on January 24, 2012

Nelson, good point. Tumblr reblogging is not great for attribution so I'm going to try running pictures I find through tineye to find original sources. I did that with the zombie Pittsburgh map I posted earlier tonight. I'm on my phone now, but I'll make your edits tomorrow.
posted by desjardins at 7:31 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

I love using the fantastic flag!
posted by pointystick at 5:40 AM on January 25, 2012

Defenestrator, that video was ever-so-barely related to maps, but I lived a few blocks from there. It was an insane time.
posted by desjardins at 6:37 AM on January 25, 2012

So what exactly is the deal with the owl photo linked in the projects thread? I hovered over the photo but nothing happened. :-/
posted by lunasol at 3:55 PM on January 25, 2012

I've been enjoying it a lot. My favorite post so far.
posted by immlass at 1:09 PM on January 26, 2012

lunasol - when you hover, there's a black bar. That's the permalink; click that. The description is below the picture.
posted by desjardins at 12:44 PM on January 29, 2012

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