Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stratographic two-fer

Here's a pair with a comic and humorous images on the theme of geology and plate tectonics.  First xkcd by Randall Munroe:
The "title-text" at the actual webcomic says:
All we have are these stupid tantalizing zircons and the scars on the face of the Moon.
 Next we have plate tectonics as illustrated by an Oreo cookie:

Monday, April 29, 2013

Montreal bull

I'm pretty sure these are connected and relate to political issues surrounding attempts to get Montreal to operate with more unity, right?  Our friend Amanda contributed these and possibly could explain.  I'm liking the anthromorphification of Montreal as a bull... or would that be faunamorphifocation?:

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Google Earth resolution

xkcd by Randall Munroe. The "title-text" at the actual webcomic has an additional GPS-related joke in it:

2031: Google defends the swiveling roof-mounted scanning electron microscopes on its Street View cars, saying the 'don't reveal anything that couldn't be seen by any pedestrian scanning your house with an electron microscope.'.

I think the flaw here is that humans can't actually look at the Earth at Plank Length resolution.  We are actually at least a dozen orders of magnitude away from being able to detect things that small in any way as this wonderful interactive tool shows.  So we're probably much closer tot hat intersection than this graph indicates.  Professionally I've already worked with 2-inch resolution imagery and that was at least 5 years ago.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

No more themed schedule

I think I may be archiving too much stuff with plans for posting it later to fit into the schedule that has evolved of Two-fer Tuesday and animated map Thursday and image Friday and so forth. It's feeling too restrictive and I keep missing posts and getting behind in the arbitrary schedule as the archive/queue keeps getting ridiculously bigger and bigger. I have far more than enough in the archive so I think I'm going to give up on the schedule and theme thing and just post stuff as I find it or as it's submitted.  I'll still reserve Mondays for Amanda's submissions and of course viewer submissions get priority over everything else. But the themed schedule thing isn't doing me any favors anymore.

On that note, here's something from The Doghouse Diaries (by William Samari, Ray Yamartino, and Rafaan Anvari):

The mouseover at the original comic says: "You basically just use the Forekast phone to call some guy that knows everything that's going on"

Friday, April 26, 2013

Musically gifted UK

This is a map of where various UK artists originated.  It can be found on the JamesSHOPMAN Esty site... where there is also a similarly styled map of US TV show locations (see below).

And in an act of shameless self-promotion, I'll take this opportunity to point out that my Geologic Timescale Watches are now available on Etsy too. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Earth disk

Remember the "Sounds of Earth" 3D globe record from last Fall? Here's another video in a similar vein:  It's a record made with elevation data from earth... with A and B sides for the northern and southern hemispheres:

FLAT EARTH SOCIETY from art of failure on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Amanda's submissions 1: 1967 World's Fair

Look, I know I said I'd start with the comics submitted by Amanda yesterday, but I already had some Earth Day items queue'd up and today's a good day for a two-fer so here it is: 3 comics about Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau managing the 1967 Montreal World's Fair. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Fried up for Earth Day two-fer

Here's a one-day-early "Earth-in-a-frying-pan" themed two-fer for Earth Day.  And, yes, I realize that first one is Earth-on-a-hibachi, not a frying pan... but that's just respect for multiculinaryism. The stamp? That's an actual bona fide official stamp in Israel.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Global choir

I've been debating for a while whether to post this one as a map-related animation. I figured I'd do it in this backlog catch-up session. You may have seen this or heard about it: The composer Eric Whitacre wrote some music and video'd himself conducting it then let it loose on the internet for anybody to record any of the choral parts of it that they wished to record themselves singing. Then they submitted the video/audio of their rendition and Mr. Whitacre edited it all together into this animation of over 1700 singers in about 60 countries. It's a fascinating experiment and the music is pretty... but is it a map-related animation? Enjoy it at any rate.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Maps in Calvin & Hobbes 19: Last one


This does actually sometimes happen in a professional GIS environment: The ground is made to fit the map instead of the other way 'round.

Also, this is the last item in our series of Monday map-related Calvin and Hobbes comics by Bill Watterson. This has been fun. 

Next week we'll start on a series of comics submitted by Amanda who has used some of the material in this blog in her classes and PhD thesis. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Weather in Kansas

That's a 54 degree temperature difference across the state.  That's one fierce cold front. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Shamefully slow

Here's a quick cut from a short parody video aimed squarely at cable companies and ISPs. Note the silhouettes of South Korea and the USA (I wonder whether South Korea's silhouette is as intuitively recognizable to South Koreans as the USA's is to 'Muricans?...and how much of the entire Korean peninsula's silhouette do they get acclimated to?).  It humorously exposes one of the things that very much bugs me: The US, the nation that invented the flipping Internet, has comparatively slow broadband speeds:

The entire video is here (language):

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hip Hop Family Tree

Would you like a graphic history of Hip Hop?  Brain Rot has been providing one.  A recent installment discusses the ground-breaking recording of the single "Planet Rock".  It's epic... apparently... I wouldn't know.  I'm not into rap/hip hop.  But the globe in the comic's largest panel is compelling... and those costumes are what the artists actually wore in performances, as the video shows.  I'm enjoying reading the history, but I just can't get into the music.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

More Busted T-shirts

Some more map-related t-shirt designs from Busted Tees:
By the way, this is Missouri's debut on our site, making the total number of states mentioned to 43.  Only 7 more to go.  Please help me find map-related comics for Delaware, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and West Virginia.

We already did Wyoming, bu here's another:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Maps in Calvin & Hobbes 18: Repeat

Far below is the Calvin & Hobbes that I already posted a while ago but out of order.  So that you don't feel shortchanged with a rerun, first there's this: one of a set of photos somebody with the Reddit handle "nite4awk" made by setting up a scene to recreate a classic Calvin & Hobbes drawing.  Then he inserts the titular characters in the scene to recreate the drawing as a photo.  This one has a globe on the dresser that wasn't in the original drawing, from the cover of "Technological Progress Goes BOINK".  The rest in the series are here.

Ah Susie and Calvin, a relationship conflict for the ages.... and here in our next installment of maps in Calvin and Hobbes comics I'm happy to present a future for that relationship as imagined by the guys over at the (now retired) webcomic "Pants Are Overrated".  Here are the links to some comics they did imagining Calvin and Susie and Hobbes... and Bacon (get it?)

Friday, April 5, 2013

سقسقة ,чирикать, 鸣叫, chilrear, tweet

Here's a map from an article over at Fast Company about a map of languages found in Twitter tweets in New York City and London.  This map is of 8.5 million tweets in New York City was created by by James Cheshire, Ed Manley, and John Barratt,

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Here's a fascinating animated short by Patrick Jean entitled Motorville. Can't get much more maps-in-comics-y than this. It uses Open Street Maps, the open-source alternative to Google Maps and Bing Maps, etc.
Motorville by Patrick Jean from Iconoclast on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Geology and geography aren't the same thing, but there's a LOT of overlap (pun intended).  Here's a great visual geology gag by Chris Slane.  This is the kind of thing one sees on the cross-section cut-aways on geologic maps, right?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Census of Marine Life


A few years ago there began a monumental mapping/taxonomic project called the Census of Marine Life to identify the thousands upon thousands of types of oceanic life not yet explored... as well as the few humans have explored.  Sherman's Lagoon decided to play along.  The COML is still going.  And, on top of that, if you want to get involved, over at the citizen-scientist site Zooniverse there is a Sea Floor Explorer project where every-day people can help comb through thousands of photos of the ocean floor identifying all the crazy stuff that can be found there. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Map Jokes

From the "Give Me A Map" tumblr:

Map Jokes

Q. What do you call a map guide to Alcatraz?
A. A con-tour map.

Q. Why didn’t the map have any meridians?
A. It was a map of a parallel universe.

Q. What is the tidiest element on a map?
A. The neatline.

Q. Why did the cartographer put a band-aid on the map?
A. Because it had a bleeding edge.

Q. What do John Wayne and a map key have in common?
A. Both are legends.

Q. Why was longitude boiling mad?
A. Because it was 360 degrees.

Q. Why was the map gesturing wildly?
A. It was an animated map.

Q. Why are maps like fish?
A. Both have scales.

Q. Where to lines of equal pressure go to relax?
A. In ISO - bars (In Search Of isobars)

Q. Why do senior military officials like small scale maps?
A. Because they have been GENERAL-ized.

Q. What projection is used to map the distribution of chocolate lovers?
A. The Bonne-Bonne (bon bon) projection.

Q. What is smarter, longitude or latitude?
A. Longitude, because it has 360 degrees

Q. What do you call a map showing the heights of leafy-stemmed perennial herbs measured in centimeters?
A. A daisy metric map

Q. Why do paper maps never win at poker?
A. Because they always fold.

Q. What kind of projection do 3 out of 4 ear, nose, and throat specialists prefer?
A. A sinus-oidal map projection.

Q. What do you get when you cross a cowboy with a mapmaker?
A. A cow-tographer.

Q. Why didn’t true north date magnetic north?
A. She didn’t like his bearing.

Q. Why does west longitude need to be cheered up?
A. Because it is always negative.

Q. What do a row of Bacardi bottles and a loxodrome have in common?
A. Both are rum (rhumb) lines.

Q. Why did the equator win the MVP (most valuable parallel) award at the Latitude Super Bowl?
A. Because it was a great circle.

Q. What did the mapmaker send his sweetheart on Valentine’s Day?
A. A dozen compass roses.

Q. Why did the dot go to college?
A. Because it wanted to be a graduated symbol.

Q. Why weren’t there any parallels on the map?
A. Because the cartographer didn’t have any latitude in his map design.

Q. What do you call a USGS quadrangle with green water, blue forests, and all the names spelled backwards?
A. A topo-illogical map.