Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bay Area Mario

Making maps in the style of Mario world or Legend of Zelda can be a rather popular niche.  Here's one by Robert Bacon for the San Francisco area:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Disturbance in the flow

We've done one of these MinuteEarth videos before.  This one does an excellent job of explaining how rivers end up being curvy... and incorporates Darth Vader.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Historical Caricatures with Globes

Guest poster Amanda Murphyao here, back with more globes!

During some recent research at the Newberry Library in Chicago, I came across a collection of caricature anthologies that feature "great men" (usually architects, engineers, doctors, lawyers, and the like from the early twentieth century) from various geographic areas.

For the next few weeks, I'll be posting the caricatures from these collections that included globes.

First up, here's William H. Dumble from page 505 in Chicagoans As We See 'Em, circa 1904:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Simon Beck's snow art

Cartographer Simon Beck uses snowshoes and math to make BIG art in the snow:
snow art

snow art

snow art

snow art

...and sometimes he vacations at the beach:
beach art

Thursday, December 11, 2014

3D inception map

This inception-esque cartoon by Edward Steed from a recent New Yorker  is from newlywed Rebecca
“That’s where we are right now.”

Here's another one by Steed:
“According to the map, the treasure should be right behind this door.”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Google map proposal

Here's a guy who went far more than an extra mile for a wedding proposal:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Diversity topology

In cartography there's a concept called "topology", or in other words the math behind how objects are spatially related to each other.  Topology can be a rather complex field of mathematics.  Luckily people like Vi Hart and Nicky Case can do an excellent job of explaining it.

And they can go a step farther, by using the principles of topology to create an interactive website that illustrates the math behind the segregation of "slight" racism.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gary Clement's rail trip

From Amanda, here's a poetic cartoon explaining a trans-Canadian road trip taken by editorial cartoonist Gary Clement this last summer as he rode the rails on a cross Canada train trip from Halifax to Vancouver. His entire series of cartoons from the trip is here.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Where ya from?

My wonderful friend Adam provided us with this interactive map showing migration patterns into each state from all other states and overseas. Available in 1900, 1950, and 2010 flavors:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Great Dismal Swamp

There's a map in Jack Elrod's Mark Trail.  It's a map of a swamp called The Great Dismal Swamp (no joke) and Mark's plan to save it apparently involves inviting that blue-clad CEO there on a fishing trip. How thrilling.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

North America beer

If you find this at the bottom of your beer glass you win the geography drinking game.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Introducing: Zap!

Earlier this year Pascalle Lepas, who we featured recently, finished up another webcomic, Zap!, with an 11-year run. As you can imagine, it included the occasional use of maps:
357 | The Map

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bed map

It has turned cold here so this item that Amanda discovered some time ago applies:

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Introducing Wilde Life

Pascalle Lepas draws Wilde Life.  I've only just started it.  It's an engaging story so far, what with ghosts and werewolves and all.  Have a look:

Friday, November 28, 2014

Red Rover

I love comics that send up plate tectonics as thie xkcd webcomic by Randall Munroe does.  Incidentally, there's a new paper out that postulates that the Cambrian explosion may have involved a major plate tectonics event.

The "title-text" at the actual webcomic says:
I just learned about the Slide Mountain Ocean, which I like because it's three nouns that sound like they can't possibly all refer to the same thing.Red Rover

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 1998

In Foxtrot, by Bill Amend, there's an annual tradition of making fun of the oldest son Peter's infamous gluttony:FoxTrot

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Introducing Velabas

Velabas, the webcomic.  There's more travel comics there so more maps to be found in them. Everything is Going Great

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GIS: Wonder of the world is doing a series on the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.  Item #2 is effectively GIS.  Item 1 is actually air traffic control (which has a major GIS component).


Monday, November 24, 2014

Guest poster Amanda Murphyao here with some cartoon maps of Arizona:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

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.