Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dotted i

As it appears to be the season of certain types of people announcing intentions to run for president there's been little poofs of hubbub about the various logos different candidates have chosen, from similarities of Ted Cruz's presidential logo and things he probably doesn't want to be associated with to a Hillary-logo-based font.

Marco Rubio's presidential campaign logo is at least geographically interesting in that he's dotted his I with an outline of the (contiguous) United States. It's not entirely clear how the nation's two newest states might feel about this.
Marco Rubio screenshot 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Shall not be named

Maybe you saw the news item and/or video about the colossal pile of stupid that was the Florida governor's office telling environmental officials not to use the term climate change.  Here's a cartoon about that from Ethan Diamond:

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Forced argument

This is a bit far for cartoonist Ethan Diamond at Unscene Comedy to go for the punchline:

Friday, April 10, 2015

Starbucks geo-quiz

There's an interactive quiz at where you can guess the city by looking at a map showing only Starbucks locations. I got 8 out of 14. It's actually an update to a similar quiz they did a couple years ago.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Movie geography

I'm beginning to think that Randall Munroe makes xkcd panels specifically for this blog. This one reminds me of the map showing which parts of California Hollywood uses to shoot locations that it doesn't have to budget to film in. And it'd be interesting to examine how much correlation there is between this map and the plot geography map.

That said, "title-text" at
the actual webcomic says:
At the boundary between each zone, stories blend together. Somewhere in the New Mexico desert, the Roadrunner is pursued by a tireless Anton Chigurh.

Scenery Cheat Sheet

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Designer Nigel Evan Dennis has an elegant, yet extensive, minimalist compendium for Game Of Thrones on his website, Where The Wildlings Are, Dennis delves deep into the world of Westeros with beautifully designed maps, timelines, character portraits, and more.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Minimalist maps

Over at Flowing Data they keep pumping out compelling data visualizations. Michael Pecirno created a set of "minimalist maps" each showing the density of just one thing in the U.S.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Broad City

Abbi Jacobson, the actor/writer/maker of stuff who birthed the character Abbi Abrams on Comedy Central's show, "Broad City", is an artist who made a map of Broad City.  Here's an interview/article with/about her.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Google PacMan

Google was a day or two early on their map-based April Fool's stunt allowing users to play PacMan on anyplace on Google Maps.  Give it a shot: