Sunday, September 28, 2003
A fascinating collection of map games board games with real maps on their boards from the Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games at the University of Waterloo. (My alma mater, where a few of us had some unkind jokes about the department sponsoring this museum, the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. But I digress.) Some of these games are over a century old. Neat, neat stuff. Thanks to Owen Massey for sending in the link.
Early Medieval Maps
Plep links to a collection of early medieval maps that in turn is a part of a larger collection that includes maps from the ancient, late medieval and renaissance periods. The site, which apparently hasnt been updated in over five years (there are some broken links), seems to be an online catalogue of someones collection, with low-resolution scans of some of the maps.
Sunday, September 14, 2003
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Maps of Imaginary Worlds
Jeff Patterson has a post on Gravity Lens linking to a great big pile of maps of imaginary worlds. No permalinks and the entry is not yet archived for shame! so scroll down to the Sept. 10 entry for maps of Barsoom, Pellucidar, Hyboria, Melniboné, Latveria (think Dr. Doom of Marvel Comics), and a whole great load of Lovecraft: Arkham, Innsmouth, Dunwich. More at Gravity Lens.
Conspiracy-Minded Map of 9/11 Flight Paths
Huw points me to this slightly interesting (Huws words) map of the hijacked 9/11 flights, which attempts to raise a sinister-sounding question:
In this picture, which is worth even more than a thousand words, MediaLab has merged a map of the 9/11 planes flightpaths with a map of military bases in those areas. The flights went through some of the most heavily militarized parts of the country, yet nothing could be done to stop them?
Da-da-DAAAAH! So, what is The Memory Hole implying that the U.S. military was too incompetent to stop them, or that it knowingly allowed them to happen?
In any event, this map is misleading because of what it leaves out: how many other flights were going on at the same time (thousands), and how fast it took these planes to cover the distances shown (minutes, not hours). This is the cartographic equivalent of lying with statistics: showing limited information to make a shaky point.
Update 12:32 PM: John Schofield writes to say that he doesnt much like this map either:
The map showing hijacked 9/11 flights in relation to military bases really annoys me. Its an example of how factual data can be misleading. In fact, Im sure our military could shoot down an unarmed civilian jet pretty much anywhere in the nation. It wasnt a factor of proximity to military bases, it was a matter of having the authorization to shoot a plane down and the knowledge of where it was. The military had neither.
Maps are like any other way of presenting information: your facts may not have much to do with your conclusion.
Thursday, September 11, 2003
The Use of Maps in Contemporary Art
Pop or Soda?
That refreshing beverage you drink: do you call it pop, soda or coke? Thomas Cluff points to this page, which tries to map the areas of the U.S. where each word is used. A semi-formal exercise in linguistic geography, based on reader submissions.
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
We would all be speaking German?
Neu-York is an alternate New York imagined after a German victory in World War II. Its a detailed map in which postwar landmarks do not exist and every street has been renamed to suit their new Teutonic overlords.
NEU-YORK is a cautionary meditation, suggesting what the local geographical reality might have been like had victorious Nazis succeeded in bringing the Third Reich across the Atlantic Ocean in 1945. At the same time it is an exploration of psychological transport, place, displacement and memory.
From a historical perspective, this is bunk, of course but as art, this is wonderful, compulsive stuff. (via kottke.org remaindered links)
Tuesday, September 02, 2003
Maps of Scotland, 1560-1928
Explore Kamandis World!
Monday, September 01, 2003
The Real Underground
Was Designs gain Geographys loss? That is the question asked by The Real Underground, a little Flash-based site from Londons Transport Museum. It compares the schematic maps of the London Underground with what they would look like if they were geographically correct. (via muxway)
Caught Mapping Archives
Sometimes people write in to promote the strangest things ask me some time about the Vietnamese hotel chain and sometimes they write in with something thats worth a look. Map Bureaus Donalda Speight wrote in a while back to tout a service called *mapper that, in her words,
allows users to annotate locations on a map or jpeg image with text, photos, and links to other internet content, resulting in an interactive map with clickable features. When clicked, the relevent content appears in a (browser) frame. This service offers the capability of quickly and easily labeling maps. The map is publishable on the web, like a blog. There are some examples of these maps at the *mapper page.
We believe using *mapper to produce maps can be a powerful educational tool, offering opportunities for internet research, geographic study, GPS applications, writing, presentation, and more. *mapper is also a great way of sharing a journey, or other geographic content. While we have a basemap catalog with many maps to choose from, the user is free to use any image in the Macromedia swf or non-progressive jpg formats as a basemap.
In addition to the *mapper service, we've also produced some custom maps which you may find interesting.
Please have a look; feedback is appreciated.
You get the definite impression that theyre trying to create the equivalent of Blogger for maps. (Im sure the colour scheme isnt accidental.) But Im sure a few of you wont mind playing around over there. (Youll definitely need Flash.) Let me know what you think; reviews welcome.
Streets of London; The Illustrated Enemy
Apologies to Ralf (The Cartoonist) for sitting on these links for so long after he took the trouble to send them to me. A month ago he published links all day on a common theme: The Streets of London. At least one of those links I posted before, but check the whole day out anyway interesting stuff.
And he also pointed me to The Illustrated Enemy, which reminds me of the caricatures in the shapes of countries, but reversed: the Germans (in blue) and their Austrian allies (yellow) look relatively normal, without the grotesque or otherwise distorted heads and bodies found associated with the other European nations depicted.
Brighthand’s Garmin Review
I know I said that I hopefully wouldnt post on the Garmin iQue 3600 again, but Id be remiss if I didnt point out Brighthands review of the gadget; their PDA reviews tend to be quite thorough.