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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:31:41 +0000In a development that just might make academic cartographers pull out their remaining hair in frustration, Boston’s public schools began using the Peters projection in social studies classes last week. The news coverage (see the Grauniad’s) is the usual straw man argument about the Mercator and the false dichotomy between it and the Peters, as though no other map … Continue reading "The Peters Projection Comes to Boston’s Public Schools"
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:15:17 +0000Geek and Sundry looks at four cartographers who make maps for role-playing games: Dyson, Derek Ruiz (Elven Tower), Mike Schley and Deven Rue (Rue Ink). Previously: The RPG Maps of Dyson’s Dodecahedron.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:54:04 +0000A new exhibition at the Boston Public Library’s Leventhal Map Center: Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate Through History. “In this exhibition, you will discover how ‘Venti’ were wind personas who directed ancient ships and ‘Horae’ were goddesses of the seasons who dictated natural order during the 15th-17th centuries, how Enlightenment scientists started to collect and map … Continue reading "Regions and Seasons"
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:47:52 +0000The PBDB Navigator is a map-based interface to the Paleobiology Database, which among other things includes the locations of every fossil find. A map of every fossil site seems straightforward enough, but there are hidden depths to this one: you can filter by taxonomy (want to look up the fossil sites for eurypterids or tyrannosaurs? no … Continue reading "Mapping Fossil Sites"
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:13:22 +0000Last year Eleanor Lutz published a medieval map of Mars that, while not strictly medieval in style, was a magnificent application of an ostensibly old aesthetic to a very modern map subject. Now she’s produced a sequel: The Goddesses of Venus is an annotated map that explores the etymological origins of each of Venus’s features, nearly all of … Continue reading "Eleanor Lutz’s Goddesses of Venus"
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 23:55:44 +0000ProPublica is tracking—and mapping—bomb threats against Jewish organizations and community centers in the United States. As of this moment, there have been 133 threats against 99 locations since January 1st.
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 23:37:04 +0000According to a Facebook post by the Washington Map Society’s Bert Johnson, Rodney W. Shirley, the author of several books of cartographic antiquarian research, including The Mapping of the World, Courtiers and Cannibals, Angels and Amazons, and other titles on early printed maps, died last Saturday. I have not been able to find an obituary or other notice; I will … Continue reading "Rodney W. Shirley"
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 23:21:54 +0000interesting job for private client; map a la 20thC political cartoon maps of Fred Rose etc; have taken liberties with geography pic.twitter.com/fm0nAR22tE — Andy Davey (@DaveyCartoons) December 12, 2016 Last December political cartoonist Andy Davey posted a modern-day caricature map that hearkens back to the eve of the First World War, when such “serio-comic” cartographic … Continue reading "A ‘Serio-Comic Map’ for the Modern Age"
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 23:14:37 +0000Canada is apparently suffering from an outbreak of maps that omit Prince Edward Island, and islanders are upset about it: culprits include a map at Vancouver’s airport, and a t-shirt sold by Hudson’s Bay Company. To be sure, in neither case are the maps meant for navigation, but this is a country where regional representation is a touchy … Continue reading "The Omitted Island"
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:24:15 +0000Two books by John Blake on nautical maps that had heretofore escaped my attention: The Sea Chart, the second edition of which came out last May; and Sea Charts of the British Isles, a 2008 book that is getting a paperback edition in April. [WMS]
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:03:16 +0000Daniel Huffman and John Nelson have launched A Cartographer’s Story, a website that collects personal essays from mapmakers. While our community has a rich culture of sharing project walkthroughs and clever tricks, our colleagues also need to hear about the personal and emotional relationships we have with our maps. We invest ourselves in creating works … Continue reading "Cartographers’ Stories"
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:51:58 +0000Oblotzky’s SA Metro is a custom keycap set for mechanical keyboards “inspired by big city transit maps.” I know you don’t look at the keys when touch typing, but … man. [Boing Boing]
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:56:01 +0000Martijn van Exel’s OSM Then and Now compares OpenStreetMap as it was in October 2007 with how it is today, with a slider to change how much you see of one or the other. Amazing how little was mapped back then, especially outside: my own town didn’t appear at all, and even Ottawa was rudimentary.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:47:30 +0000There are about 100,000 lakes of any size in Manitoba, according to a provincial survey from the 1970s. About 10,000 have been named to date; so there’s 90,000 to go. Here’s a long read from the Winnipeg Free Press on the work of Manitoba’s provincial toponymist, Des Kappel, who’s responsible for naming geographical features in my home province. … Continue reading "Manitoba: 100,000 Lakes, 90,000 Still to Be Named"
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:39:21 +0000In response to measures like North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which restricts access to public washrooms by transgender people, crowdsourced online maps of safe washrooms—places with unisex or gender-neutral washrooms, or that let transgender people use the washroom that matches their gender identity—have been created: Refuge Restrooms has both a list and a map view; Safe … Continue reading "Mapping Safe Washrooms"
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:15:52 +0000Maps made by children are interesting enough; maps made by children who went on to be professional cartographers—that’s something else altogether, as All Over the Map’s Betsy Mason shows. Because you know they all did that, when they were kids. (And no, before you ask, I don’t think any of my childhood cartography still survives.) Previously: Children … Continue reading "The Maps Cartographers Made as Kids"
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:39:03 +0000The Arctic Journal reports on recent efforts to produce more detailed, systematic and accurate maps of Greenland. Danish officials today announced promising initial results of a project using satellites to collect cartographic data faster and more efficiently than has been possible using aeroplanes. The project involved using SPOT 6 and 7, two commercially operated European satellites, flying at … Continue reading "More Detailed Maps of Greenland Coming Soon"
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:01:03 +0000Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps “is an exhibit presented by the Birmingham Public Library in celebration of Alabama’s bicentennial. The Library’s Southern History Department has carefully selected over 50 maps from our world class collection to tell the story of Alabama. The maps in this exhibit represent 450 years of exploration, expansion, and development.” It opens Wednesday and … Continue reading "Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps"
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:44:36 +0000A new post-Brexit map of the European Union shows Scotland as an EU member separate and independent from a rump “United Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland,” which is coloured like other non-EU members. Commissioned by Interkart and produced by XYZ Maps, the 119 × 84 cm wall map costs £24/40€. Interkart, XYZ Maps. [WMS]
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:29:39 +0000Christopher Rowe’s short story “Another Word for Map Is Faith,” which imagines an alternate America ruled by a theocracy that treats maps as infallible, and territory to be corrected to conform to the map, was the first speculative fiction story I encountered in which maps were a central role. (I soon found other examples.) It appeared in the August 2006 … Continue reading "Telling the Map"
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:35:01 +0000Randall Munroe is a bad man who is back with another bad map projection to make our eyes bleed. (If he does this often enough he’ll have enough for a book. Heaven forfend.) This one is, like his other maps, fiendishly subtle: it stretches and compresses countries to fit where their time zones ought to be, longitudinally speaking.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:26:58 +0000Another book I missed at the time of its publication: Charles Drazen’s Mapping the Past: A Search for Five Brothers at the Edge of Empire (William Henemann, August 2016). It’s a family history: Drazin’s grandfather and brothers were military surveyors from rural Ireland “who travelled around the world as officers in the Royal Engineer Corps—surveying, exploring, mapmaking, fighting— in … Continue reading "Mapping the Past"
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:14:01 +0000This one slipped past me: the eighth edition of Map Use: Reading Analysis, Interpretation, the college textbook by A. Jon Kimerling, Aileen R. Buckley, Phillip C. Muehrcke and Juliana O. Muehrcke, came out last November from Esri Press. [GIS Lounge]
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:01:35 +0000Where Disaster Strikes: Modern Space and the Visualization of Destruction, an exhibition of disaster maps, is taking place now until 19 April at Harvard’s Pusey Library. Floods, fires, earthquakes, volcanoes, bombings, droughts, and even alien invasions: disaster can take many forms. And, although disasters are always felt dramatically, a disaster’s form and location impacts who records … Continue reading "Where Disaster Strikes"
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:51:06 +0000Engraved in Copper: The Art of Mapping Minnesota opened this week at the University of Minnesota’s Elmer L. Andersen Library. “This exhibit highlights unique engraved copper plates used to print topographic maps of Minnesota in the early 1900s, surveying and mapmaking techniques, and government documents related to the process. The plates are part of the … Continue reading "Engraved in Copper"
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:22:00 +0000The Map Store, a Milwaukee institution that has been in business since 1937, will be going out of business on April 1st. The Map Store’s owner cited “the combination of falling revenue and his age” (he’s 78) as reasons to close shop. [Cartophilia] Always sad to see a map store close, but these are not unfamiliar … Continue reading "Milwaukee’s Map Store Closing"
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:24:45 +0000Marie Tharp, who died in 2006, has never been more in the public eye. This short film for the Royal Institution, animated by Rosanna Wan and narrated by Helen Czerski, is the fourth profile I’ve seen of her within the past year. [National Geographic]
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:11:37 +0000Meanwhile, the Ottawa-Gatineau urban agglomeration (which is, as urban areas go, the closest to where I currently live) has, according to the census, grown by 5.5 percent since 2011, to a total population of 1.3 million. Much of that growth has occurred in suburbs that barely existed even when I moved to the region in 1999. This … Continue reading "Ottawa and Gatineau’s Growing Suburbs"
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:59:12 +0000Statistics Canada released population and dwelling data from the 2016 Census yesterday. MountainMath’s CensusMapper project already has interactive maps based on that data: population change since 2011 (absolute and percentage), population density, and unoccupied dwellings—with presumably more to come, since the interface allows you to make your own census-derived maps.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:23:34 +0000Speaking of Londonist, they had a great deal of fun pedantically savaging a decidedly unofficial tube map shower curtain. “This error-ridden shower curtain was purchased via a random seller on ebay, whom we’re not going to gratify with a link. A bit of googling reveals that tube shower curtains are a bit of a thing. There are … Continue reading "An Error-Ridden Tube Map Shower Curtain"