Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sherlock Holmes and the case of the public domain

Dave Kellet in his Sheldon webcomic is celebrating the long-overdue arrival of Sherlock Holmes into the public domain.  Can Mr. Holmes survive in the world of Apple & Google?  BBC and Benedict Cumberbatch are betting yes. strip for November / 6 / 2014 - Sherlock Holmes and his Best Friend, Dave Kellett

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Australia Asylum Seekers (guest post)

Guest poster Amanda Murphyao here with some more cartoon maps (carto-caricatures) of Australia. These are all from 2009, found more or less around the internet, but seems to the original source. I guess the cartoonist is not particularly keen on asylum seekers:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Where's the UK?

Enterprise car rentals in the UK has a new ad that features a geography joke (below).  Their tag line at the end ("UK car hire... with US customer service") doesn't do much for me as it reminds me of the  hell part of the joke about European heaven and hell:

Heaven is a place where:
The lovers are Italian
The food is French
The cars are German
The humor is English
The government is run by the Swiss

Hell is a place where:
The lovers are Swiss
The food is English
The cars are French
The humor is German
The government is run by the Italians

Saturday, November 15, 2014

TedEd on Climate Change

Here's a TED Ed video that explains some aspects of climate change.  It uses maps (or at least globes) and billiards:

Friday, November 14, 2014

Run, Freak, Run

Here's another debut webcomic for the blog: Run, Freak, Run by Silver Saaremaeel and Kaija Rudkiewicz. It's pretty intense.  Here the finger of Saint Dominic revives him whereupon he reveals the important coordinates for finding... something...
a baby I think:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Portuguese explorers mosaic

This mosaic is in front of the Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument in Belém, Lisbon. The map shows the routes of Portuguese explorers and was a gift from South Africa in 1960. Ti was taken by Bernt Rostad

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

OK Go up

We've posted an OK Go video before where they used some globes in a Rube Goldberg machine.  Here they are again, this time using a drone to film a synchronized display which becomes more impressive with altitude.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Australia (guest post)

Guest poster Amanda Murphyao here with some cartoon maps (carto-caricatures) of Australia that I've come across in my research:

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Across the US, 31 communities have joined forces to make the dream of fast, affordable, and reliable gigabit-speed broadband a local reality. The Next Century Cities program, launched this week, hopes to defeat the forces holding broadband back. Is your community one of them?

The 31 inaugural signatories are:
• Ammon, ID
• Auburn, IN
• Austin, TX
• Boston, MA
• Centennial, CO
• Champaign, IL
• Chattanooga, TN
• Clarksville, TN
• Jackson, TN
• Kansas City, KS
• Kansas City, MO
• Lafayette, LA
• Leverett, MA
• Louisville, KY
• Montrose, CO
• Morristown, TN
• Mount Vernon, WA
• Palo Alto, CA
• Ponca City, OK
• Portland, OR (HUZZAH!)
• Raleigh, NC
• Rockport, ME
• San Antonio, TX
• Sandy, OR
• Santa Cruz County, CA
• Santa Monica, CA
• South Portland, ME
• Urbana, IL
• Westminster, MD
• Wilson, NC
• Winthrop, MN

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

RV-ing with Judge Parker

Some time ago we did a post with a Judge Parker strip by Woody Wilson & Mike Manley. I'm sorry, but there's an opportunity to do that again... this time showing the gang actually using a map rather than just talking about using one.  That last storyline about a kidnapping ended with a wedding. Who knows where this one's headed... or why they're using a hardcopy map rather than a GPS that's almost surely built into the ridiculously expensive "Road Queen" that they've purchased for this adventure.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Spawn of Gerrymander

For voting day we have "Spawn of Gerrymander" where Rob Walker over at the Design Observer has curated a collection of illustrations of wildly gerrymandered congressional districts.  Gerrymandering is arguably far worse today than when the beast first reared its ugly head.

Monday, November 3, 2014

West Germany eats East Germany (guest post)

Today's the third in a series of Germany map cartoons by your Monday guest poster, Amanda Murphyao.

Really wish I could find the citation on this one, but I suppose it's self-explanatory:

Based on the file name, this is form 1990, but further information would be appreciated!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mapping the ocean floor

Here's an episode of SciShow with information about mapping the ocean floor.  Nifty!:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween bonus

Here's one of the photos from a series of a month's worth of Halloween costumes on an infant human:
What's Better Than a Day of Costumes? A Month of Costumes!
Day 11: Noah’s channeling his favorite rapper, Ludacris (he’s got hoes in different area codes)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Maps of zombie escape routes

Toronto studio Design Different sells these maps of escape routes to zombie safe zones for various cities around the world.   They’re actually an environmentalist message about the value of state forests and national parks around the world.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Neutrinos & GPS

Here's a GPS mention in an older xkcd strip by Randall Munroe

The "title-text" at the actual webcomic says:
I can't speak to the paper's scientific merits, but it's really cool how on page 10 you can see that their reference GPS beacon is sensitive enough to pick up continential drift under the detector (interrupted halfway through by an earthquake).

And while we're at it, we should mention that the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to some scientists who discovered how the brain understands where the body is, i.e. the brain's GPS.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Going crazy

This is Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson. I'm not sure why she's having any confusion  She seems to be pointing in relatively the correct directions to match her app.cidugettingat.gif

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Not London

This image was brought to us by friend Mary who provided an article in the London Evening Standard that caught the Falcons football team showing fans how thoroughly lost they'll make themselves on their way to an exposition match in London last weekend. Thank you Mary.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Germany in the late 1940s (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here, permanently derailing your regularly scheduled Monday morning world map cartoons with more images of Germany in these Herblock cartoons from the US Library of Congress:

Herblock - Now as we were saying - 17 May 1949

Herblock - Well, here we are again - 21 January 1947

Saturday, October 25, 2014

US according to Okies

My friend Wendy posted this on Facebook a little bit ago.  I'll re-post it here for those who didn't see it:

There are a lot of these types of "Views of the world according to..." map jokes:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014


So there's some unwarranted stereotyping here, but this does seem like what all the media hype is driving at:
The Forecast in Africa

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Barak Obama: Time Traveller

Here's a photo of a guy sitting in front of a NYC transit map... and another photo of his younger self?  Maybe he's a time lord?
The President Might be a Time Traveler, if This Shot From the NYC Subway is Indication

Monday, October 20, 2014

Germany is puzzling (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here, officially derailing your regularly scheduled Monday morning world map cartoons with more images from Europe. This time, Germany in a cartoon from the US Library of Congress:

Edwin Marcus - "How do we fit this one in" - circa 1930-40?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

60+ Great Maps

Looking for something for the cartophilliac in your life?  Here's Great Maps: The World’s Masterpieces Explored and Explained, by Jerry Brotton (and a review) with 60-some maps to ponder for hours on end.