This is an early xkcd comic by Randall Munroe. It's clearly more ambitious than his usual stick figures, but, lacking an obvious means to propel the blimp, lacks some of the wonderful detail which has become more characteristic in his more recent work. The "title-text" at the actual webcomic says:
The map in Bart's classroom is a backdrop for his hi-jinks. The fact that the colors of the states change from cut to cut could mean that it's a new-fangled dynamic map that the teacher can use to show various data over the course of a single lesson. Wouldn't that be nifty! Or it's just lazy animation. There have been other maps in The Simpsons, including a website that shows all the countries The Simpsons have been to.
Published in 1992 in The New Yorker by Mick Stevens, is this showing the going rate for answers or just to learn the topics at all? Whichever it is, geography is obviously the highest valued product. Take that English Lit!
I quite like this t-shirt design from Busted Tees and I think the time is soon approaching when those restrictions will wither away. The resulting land-grab and/or development explosion will likely be rather tumultuous... although it could very well be that all that will happen before the U.S. gets around to ending those restrictions. That could mean a boatload of missed opportunities for U.S. real estate interests, but it could be better for Cuba.
There is a type of cartographic joke that falls into the category of "The World According to..." One style of doing this is the classic Saul Steinberg New Yorker Magazine cover which has been emulated many, many times. Another way of doing it is to re-draw a map distort the sizes and/or change the labels to caricature-ize the worldview of the subject of a jest. Here, for example, is a map of world religions with the emphasis being on Australia's unique dominant belief system. Below we have a Cold War-era version of this joke lampooning the self-aggrandizing attitudes France can seem to have about it's own importance on the global stage. To be completely unfair, except for the Iron Curtain bit, I think it's an accurate misrepresentation. (click on it to see a more legible view).
Because what's an international crisis without one of the "news" networks screwing up the geography.... although you'd think Fox News would know from Iraq, what with all the war they were so keen about having there a few years back.
I know nothing at all about the band Okkervil River. I just saw this interactive map by William Schaff that was released with their new album The Silver Gymnasium which explains the influences behind the group:
Remember the show "Dr. Katz" from the 1990s? Well the guys who did that have a new web show called "Explosion Bus" and, for reasons that are made fairly clear in the trailer, they use a US map in the intro sequence.
What we have here is a pair of websites from my friend Brian, an original by Microsoft encouraging people to stop using the 12-year-old Internet Explorer 6 and then a parody site that uses the same language to encourage people to stop using Internet Explorer at all. I agree with the latter. The fact that Microsoft itself posted the first site in all seriousness is kind of surreal. What does it say about Microsoft that they'd actually do that? One could turn to the over-used what-if-Microsoft-made-cars meme and make an analogy about what if GM published a website badmouthing their own products of 12 years ago... but car companies just stop making the replacement parts after a while. They don't actively campaign against their own product.
Brian's comment is that "The great part is that the spoof is graphically much better"
We've done a lot of interactive posts this week. Here's one more: Mapping Arms Data is an interactive animated map created by Brazil’s Igarapé Institute together with Peace Research Insitute Oslo and Google Ideas that lets you see where countries are buying and selling their small arms and in what quantities. It takes a while to load but is well worth the wait.
Marmaduke by Brad Anderson, where a fire hydrant becomes so afraid of being gang-pee'd on by a pack of dogs that it obtains sentience and achieves escape velocity and space travel. When i was little I liked reading Marmaduke and i even read the little doggie tales at the end of the Sunday strips. Then i lost interest in the doggie tales because they were always lame. Then I lost interest in the strip as it, too, was rather lame. My son likes it though and I'm not going to spoil it for him.
Many of you may have already seen some form of Olaus Magnus’ 1539 Carta Marina. This version is interactive, allowing the user to click on the various creatures to learn what Mr. Magnus had to say about them. While today this map is often treated as a quaint curio, in its time it was the authoritative scientific descriptor of much of the world.
A couple months in our universe is only a few minutes in the plotline at the webcomic "Powernap" by Maritza Campos. Drew regrets lying about looking at a map as he searches for and actually finds.... Token. It seems obvious that he shouldn't have tried.