Wednesday, February 27, 2013

All wrong

Joe Heller with a commentary on gun violence back in December when there was also talk of the Mayan end of the world and the Sandy/Climate Change issues:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Atlases? Atli?

We'll do a two-fer today with the Atlas theme again.  The first is by New Yorker regular, Farley Katz.  The other two are covers, also from The New Yorker, the first from 1937 I think, and the other from 2010.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Maps in Calvin & Hobbes 13: Secret code

Here's Hobbes being the cartographer again from the same story arc as last week... and again having issues with map scale, this time at the opposite end of the scale spectrum.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Those are feet

This is an illustration on a plastic shopping bag... and those are the recycle dude's feet.  That's right, his feet. Couldn't possibly be anything else. Nope. Just feet. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Corning's glassy-eyed vision of the future

Last year the glass manufacturer Corning put out a video showing their vision of a future saturated with their high-tech glass products. It included a segment on displaying interactive map services on glass. An associate named Jim reminded me of it so I'm posting the bit that has to do with maps:

 Here's the full video:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Powernap debut

I've been following the fantastical and funny webcomic "Powernap" by Maritza Campos and Bachan.  The artistry is ambitiously surreal and the storyline is just fun: In a world where nobody sleeps the one who can't stay awake may be its savior.  They're not too far into it, so it could be read from the beginning.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

St. Gore two-fer

There is a belief among some that Global Warming is merely an invention of Al Gore's to enrich himself and environmentalist accomplices on the public dime. Refutations of that delusion can be found in many places across the internet, as can an impressive array of examples of it.  Here's a pair that feature a globe:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Secret love

As I said earlier, we're switching the Thursday animated map feature for the Tuesday two-fer to bring you a Valentine special.  First,  we have this story from the Guardian about a guy who planted a negative-space heart in a grove of trees for his departed wife:

That, of course, is a much better tribute than this one for a far less beloved character (the forest photo at the end of the post, not the Monroe in the grass comic)

Next, given today's theme of love, we have these two Where's Waldo/Carmen Sandiego
themed cartoons (a relationship that's been depicted before in map-related comics):

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Animated map puzzle

What if an jigsaw puzzle had an animated image on it, so on each little piece the picture was constantly in motion?  A simple version of that can be found here (link to the puzzle map)::

Friday, February 8, 2013

Iconic birdhouse

Here's a fun birdhouse.  I am in favor of the wanton re-appropriation and use/abuse of this rapidly-becoming-iconic icon. If I were Google I would be aggressively encouraging the widespread use and abuse of it.  Here are some other examples:
Random outing
Town square

Thursday, February 7, 2013

History of English

Last month we had a compilation of animations depicting thought experiments from the Open University. This month we have another from the same source and animator depicting the history of English in 10 minutes. The thing starts with a a map of England and scatters maps and globes throughout. Enjoy.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tattoo two-fer

Today we have a tattoo two-fer.  Here's a couple people who have indelibly proven their love for their states. Let's hope the Minnesota one is backwards because of a mirror.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Maps in Calvin & Hobbes 10: Scientific exploration

My son does this: scientific experiments using my tools and equipment without thinking ahead as to what sort of damage might be done to the tools, himself or the house. I try to encourage the behavior...usually.  Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes:

Friday, February 1, 2013