Thursday, July 31, 2014

Introducing: Bad Machinery

Amanda has sent us an episode of Bad Machinery by John Allison where the gang sets out to solve the case... or maybe to seek vengeance?... using maps!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Stretched too thin, or a sling shot? (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here. I'm putting up cartoons involving the world or globe for the next few Mondays.



From "Target: The Political Cartoon Quarterly"

Monday, July 21, 2014

World Hunger (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here. I'm putting up cartoons involving the world or globe for the next few Mondays.



World Hunger Media Award-winner by Duffy, Des Moines Register
From "Target: The Political Cartoon Quarterly"

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Illinois featured

Another set from Amanda, this time about Illinois:
Stantis-State-of-Illinois-0330
Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis provides a visual accompaniment to his paper’s March 30 editorial, which notes Illinois’ decline in many key measurements of a state’s overall well-being


Stantis-Union-label
Accompanying gerrymandering article
cartoon of Wisconsin and Indiana looking at Illinois
Accompanying article

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Osher Map Library

Frequent guest Amanda provided us with this collection of USA-map-themed political cartoons from the Osher Map Library at the Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the Univeristy of Southern Maine:




“Anywhere, Everywhere, Any Time, All The Time” --- A 1999 Herblock Cartoon, copyright by The Herb Block Foundation. This cartoon was originally published in The Washington Post (4 November 1999), accompanying an article by Eleanor Holmes Norton.



"Reagan $3 Trillion Debt, Bush No New Taxes" --- A 1999 Herblock Cartoon, copyright by The Herb Block Foundation. Originally published January 31st 1990.


Christophe Vorlet. Untitled. The Washington Post (11 December 1994), accompanying the article by Theodre K. Rabb, “Whose History? Where Critics of the New Standards Flunk Out.”


Christophe Vorlet. Muni Bonds. WSJ.com (8 June 2012). Accompanied an article by Jason Zweig entitled How Long Will the Tax Break On Municipal Bonds Last?


Christophe Vorlet. Biased Media. Published in the Los Angeles Times (12 February 2006). Accompanied an article by Robert C.J. Parry entitled The war you didn't see.



Christophe Vorlet. The Great Recession. 2008.


Christophe Vorlet. Bombing Iran. Published in The Progressive (http://www.progressive.org). October 2009. Accompanied an article by Matthew Rothschild entitled Bush's Iran War Plans.


Christophe Vorlet. Healthcare. Published in The Progressive accompanying an article entitled Fix the Prescriptions.


Christophe Vorlet. Untitled. Published in The Chronicle of Higher Education (12 March 1999). Accompanied an article by Allen E. Goodman entitled America Is Devaluing International Exchanges for Students and Scholars.


Christophe Vorlet. Hegemony. Published in The Chronicle Review (15 February 2008). Accompanied an article by Karen J. Winkler entitled The End of American Hegemony?


Christophe Vorlet. Macroeconomics. Published in The Boston Globe (12 June 2009). Accompanied an article by Sunsa Dudley and Jeff Rosen entitled Watch for hidden taxes.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Go back, doc

Truth be told, given how prominently alcohol figured in U.S. life for most of its history it's astounding that Prohibition ever, ever happened.

Best Reason for Time Travel

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Scenic route

Daniele Quercia at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, Spain have come up with a way to find not the shortest route, but the most beaurtiful route from poitn A to point B: 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Comparing and contrasting (guest post)


Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here. I'm putting up cartoons involving the world or globe for the next few Mondays.


From "Target: The Political Cartoon Quarterly"

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Breathe easier

NASA satellite images released this week in animated GIF form show how air pollution has decreased across the United States over the past decade.
Nitrogen dioxide pollution, averaged yearly from 2005-2011, has decreased across the United States. Image: NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio/T. Schindler

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Be a state already!

Here's a wonderfully mappy explanation from the brilliant CGP Grey of the various places around the planet that are almost, but not quite, entirely like United States.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Existential Comics

Here's a new webcomic for us: Existential Comics.  Philosophers and comics. Fine if you like that sort of thing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Smarty Pins

Google Maps has a new geography-based trivia game called Smarty Pins.  I still like GeoGuesser better.
smarty

Monday, July 7, 2014

Made in... (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here. I'm putting up cartoons involving the world or globe for the next few Mondays.


From "Target: The Political Cartoon Quarterly"

Sunday, July 6, 2014

What else would the Space Needle be for anyway?

Just when you thought Randall Munroe's xkcd would always get cooler, it does: Here's a map-like diagram comparing the sizes of the various surfaces of solid surfaces. The "title-text" at the actual webcomic says:
This isn't an informational illustration; this is a thing I think we should do. First, we'll need a gigantic spool of thread. Next, we'll need some kind of ... hmm, time to head to Seattle.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Where the train won't go

Let's do another Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio, this time from the current story arc, where our heroine is confronted by an avalanche that destroyed the track for a holy train to Paris.
Comic

Friday, July 4, 2014

Off our maps

This is from much earlier in the Girl Genius saga than some previous examples, as some of the heroine's friends and would-be rescuers are lost in the catacombs beneath the Storm King's lair. Creators Phil and Kaja Foglio have utilized maps several times since then.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gosh sonnet

Here's Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal webcomic by Zach Weiner being typically unnecessarily profane... with a globe-like thing in the background as shorthand for classroom/learning. 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Why, monkey?


I think Scott Adams' Dilbert used a globe there in his PowerPoint slide.... but it's not clear why. Outsourcing? And why did the second monkey use it? Monkey see, monkey do?


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The invasion of the United States

What if the United States were invaded and occupied by foreign powers over the course of a few hundred years? Ask the Native Americans... and watch it unfold on this interactive map, produced by University of Georgia historian Claudio Saunt to accompany his new book West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776.
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Relax (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here. I'm putting up cartoons involving the world or globe for the next few Mondays.


The signature is a bit difficult to make out, but I believe it's:
Jim Borgman - Cincinnati - 1985
From "Target: The Political Cartoon Quarterly"