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A weblog about maps.

Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 05:19:33 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2011 Jonathan Crowe. Some rights reserved.

Comment on 'Somali Piracy Threat Map'

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 05:19:33 -0500

Always nice when your work get noticed :) Btw, i’ve updated the map with actual attack locations and and fixed the typo.

Comment on 'Mapping Profanity on Twitter'

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:43:32 -0500

here’s a real time 3d map of twitter around the world. I bet the guy could change it to show real time cursing as well…

Comment on 'Eve Bailey'

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 10:56:09 -0500

Cool! I work with GIS in a mostly-suburban jurisdiction. I’ve always thought the street networks in subdivisions with lots of cul-de-sacs look like brains.

Comment on 'In the Crosshairs'

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:22:18 -0500

A note to commenters: I will be moderating comments on this post rather heavily if it becomes necessary to do so. I’m really not interested in having my blog serve as a soapbox for tiresome political rants. Keep it about the maps.

Comment on 'Map of the Week Blog'

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 11:24:16 -0500

Thanks, Jonathan -

There are lots of fresh maps linked from

Comment on 'North American English Dialects'

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 19:12:08 -0500

It’s a map of accents (pronunciation), not a map of dialects (pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar). It’s not all that detailed either, as I know of three different accents in Georgia alone.

Comment on 'Mapping Social Networks'

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:14:59 -0500

What’s interesting is how bright Hong Kong is - and how dark the balance of China is.

Comment on 'PopSci on Commercial vs. 'Official' Cartography'

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 14:21:32 -0500

The problem is - all parties involved know/knew damned well the border area is disputed. The Nicaraguan commander knew damn well where he was and why he was there. Google was dragged in just to obscure the fact that this was a planned expedition to remind Costa Rica that Nicaragua considered this territory to be *theirs*.

Or, in other words, the article is utter rubbish. It starts from a false premise and goes downhill from there.

Comment on 'Street View in Romania'

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 05:11:54 -0500

Some historical lesson for the google maps guys on the link.
“fifteenth century Wallachian Prince, Vlad Dracul from Romania”

From the wikipedia:

Between 1003 and 1526, Transylvania was a voivodeship of the Kingdom of Hungary, led by a voivode appointed by the Hungarian King. After the Battle of Mohács in 1526, Transylvania became part of the Eastern Hungarian Kingdom which, in 1571, was transformed into the Principality of Transylvania (1571–1711) ruled primarily by Calvinist Hungarian princes.

The Kingdom of Romania emerged when the principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia were united under Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza in 1859 under the Hohenzollern monarchy.

Comment on 'France Is Bacon'

Sat, 04 Dec 2010 21:18:42 -0500

That is something that F. Bacon would have loved, a country by any other name would smell as sweet. the pun in the name Rose.

Comment on 'More Maps of Martin's 'Song of Ice and Fire''

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 13:18:01 -0500

Love it… The whole time I was reading the four novels, I was jonesin’ for some really good maps.

Comment on 'ICA Maps of the Month'

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 10:23:55 -0500

As one of the ICA webmasters I’m happy to read about the Map of the Month section on your blog! As mentioned: At the moment we feature the winning entries of the ICC map exhibition 2009 (depending on, who sends us their data…). Apart from this we are trying to establish a further section, in which we can feature further outstanding cartographic products. We’ll keep you posted!

Btw: We welcome all feedback and ideas for the ICA website :)

Comment on 'The Future of Standalone GPS Devices in Cars'

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 09:16:19 -0500

Until the factory in dash units are reasonably priced I see no reason to get one. Why would I pay $500-$3000 for one that is built in. When I can get one for less then that and take in in my other car(s), in a rental car, etc. The other problem is that they get dated quickly. If you lease then it really isn’t a problem. If you drive a car for 10+ years you end up with ancient tech stuck in it. Don’t forget all those first gen systems without now basic features like touchscreens.

I have an iPhone and in a pinch it works, but without 3g signal I am SOL. The interface and speed also isn’t as fast as a dedicated unit. I will keep sticking with inexpensive PND’s that I can replace/upgrade for minimal cash.

Comment on 'Stereotype Maps of the World, Unite!'

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 09:06:27 -0500

most people are gonna think it’s the Mostly Nice People one

That was the idea: it’s a joke, see?

Comment on 'Stereotype Maps of the World, Unite!'

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 04:10:44 -0500

When you say that the third map is the most offensive, most people are gonna think it’s the Mostly Nice People one unless you click the thumbnail of the first one and see the world according to San Francisco one. Because there is no thumbnail of the San Francisco one on the front page where you make that statement.

Comment on 'Ten Centuries in Five Minutes'

Sat, 13 Nov 2010 08:04:31 -0500

Interesting but, yet again, overlooks Cornish history which, I’ll admit, is easy to do.

King Athelstan of England (924–939) fixed the boundary between English and Cornish people at the east bank of the River Tamar, but this does not mean Cornwall became part of the country of England. In fact it maintained its own national identity and large degree of autonomy for a considerable period after this.

This map clearly show that at the time of Cnut the Great (1028) Cornwall was not part of England and had a vassle status:

Comment on 'Amtrak Routes as Subway Diagram'

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 11:33:50 -0500

You can, of course, click through to a larger version.

Comment on 'Amtrak Routes as Subway Diagram'

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 10:11:06 -0500

Great looking map, but needs to be much higher res to peruse.

Comment on 'Cartograms of the 2010 U.S. Midterms'

Sat, 06 Nov 2010 09:57:03 -0500

Great Map! It would give a beautiful painting ! You might like this one as well: Social Geography of Votes in Brazil (Second round, 2010) in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Comment on 'Nicaraguan Incursion into Costa Rican Territory Blamed on Google Maps Error'

Sat, 06 Nov 2010 08:08:28 -0500

What I keep wondering is how the military leader was accessing Google Maps. Was it on a cell phone? GPS device?

Comment on 'U.S. College Degrees by County'

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 21:55:48 -0500

hah, see the correlation here

Comment on 'U.S. College Degrees by County'

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 00:34:21 -0500

Yep, this map definitely proves it. Whatever it is.

Comment on 'U.S. College Degrees by County'

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 18:34:38 -0500

Just wanted to be the first to point out that the caption on the 2009 map reads “degress”, not “degrees”. But, I digress.

Comment on 'The Evolution of European OpenStreetMap Coverage'

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:39:26 -0500

Hi! For Romanian users, OSM was (and still is, in some areas) the best choice. When we developed a Romanian project that needed very accurate mapping, we also turned to OSM. You can find our analysis here:

We developed the project a year ago; since then, Google Maps has improved their mapping in Romania. But at that time, OSM was the way to go, for us.

Comment on 'U.S. College Degrees by County'

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 09:06:35 -0500

The article references B.A. degrees in its entirety, but not B.S. degrees, so I don’t think we’re seeing the whole story here. I’m sure the trends are somewhat the same, however. Would be interested to see for sure.