Monthly Archives: September 2014

“[M]ap-obsessed, to a degree quite uncharacteristic of middle America”

A while back, I read an exchange about a book (and review) that really stuck with me. The article, in the journal Cartographica, was a “Review Article of Denis Wood’s The Power of Maps and the Author’s Reply” by Barbara Belyea, with … Continue reading

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On this day in history: Estevan, Saskatchewan

On this day in history… (He starts singing at 1:16. You can use this link or fast forward to skip the chatting if you prefer.) — In a little mining village Scarcely noticed on the map Bourgeois guns were turned … Continue reading

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This post took more thought than most politically-themed mailers.

There is a hilarious (by which I mean mostly pitiful) debate raging in the mailboxes of Irvine about the upcoming election. My mom does always say to think about the things that you post on the internet, then think about them … Continue reading

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Texas / Kansas / Banana For Scale

Researching maps usually involves thinking about perspective and scale. Maybe the best part of “Jurassic Park.” Banana for scale. There’s a popular(ish) meme that involves taking a picture with a banana somewhere in the image to show the relative size of other items in … Continue reading

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Things to do / see / eat in Chicago(land)

Sometimes people email me and they are like “HEY I AM GOING TO CHICAGO” and I am like “AWESOME” and then I type them up an email of everything I think they should do. From now on, I’ll just send them … Continue reading

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Scotland: Map-Mania

In light of yesterday’s referendum, here are some timely maps-as-logos and carto-caricatures: And, in conclusion: Or maybe… UPDATE: Great minds think alike. :-) There are some more map cartoons of Scotland up at BlueSkyGIS! UPDATE THE SECOND: @TimBryars brought these to my … Continue reading

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Swipes #42: Manifest Jersey

Sometimes, New Jersey takes over everything: From the 13 October 2010 episode of South Park on Comedy Central (via BlueSky GIS).  “Manifest Destiny,” 28 May 1998 If you’re interested in seeing more New Jersey carto-caricatures (map cartoons, logos, and so … Continue reading

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Selfies, Foodies, & Other Redundancies

Continuing the theme of “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” here are two cartoons: Mount Rushmore selfie by Jimmy Margulies (2013) Alternately labelled as “Before Instagram” or “Before Facebook,” this image posits Paul Cézanne’s work as the precursor … Continue reading

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NEH: Application for “Mapping Nature Across the Americas”

This is the first of what might wind up being 20 posts summarizing an awesome summer at the Newberry Library for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) seminar “Mapping Nature Across the Americas.” For curious parties, or future applicants, I’ve … Continue reading

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Fifty U.S. States & New Shapes

As the Swipes File more broadly demonstrates, there can be many ways of presenting the same information, as well as different approaches to presenting geographic places (spaces?). Here are some variations on the theme of the United States (reunited as … Continue reading

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