Monthly Archives: November 2014

It’s not Thanksgiving in Canada (or “appalling ignorance”)

In hono(u)r of the turkey slaughter taking place across the United States on this festival occasion, let’s talk about some good old fashioned American* ignorance. (It’s almost not worth remarking on, since this topic is so old and tired, but … Continue reading

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Canada: America’s Hat?

Most of my favo(u)rite variations on perspective are the funny ones:               As one of my favo(u)rite tweets of all time may suggest, I really like using these images in talks: For quite a while … Continue reading

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It depends on how you look at it… (Part Four of Many)

We’ve looked at absences on maps before. Here are some examples of hyper-presencing (surprisingly, not all featuring global domination of the United States):

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Swipes #43: Me-ow

The United States represented as a predator in political cartoons? No way… Hmm, I guess that trope does date back to at least 1898.

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It depends on how you look at it… (Part Two of Many)

Some people argue that Toronto is the center of the world / universe: Of course, we all know that Chicago is really the center of the world: (Although, ODT Maps sells these maps with other cities at the center, noting: “Such maps … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day

UPDATE: See also “This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time” by Harry Leslie Smith (via EZH), particularly: Come 2014 when the government marks the beginning of the first world war with quotes from Rupert Brooke, Rudyard … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, A.J.M. Smith

69 NEWS OF THE PHOENIX They say the Phoenix is dying, some say dead. Dead without issue is what one message said, But that has been suppressed, officially denied. I think myself the man who sent it lied. In any … Continue reading

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It depends on how you look at it… (Part One of Many)

Sometimes, if you turn a urinal on its side, you get art (now in the Tate Modern in London, England): Here’s an excerpt about turning maps on other sides from “Dreaming Upside-Down” by Tom Peterson (sorry I didn’t include a link to … Continue reading

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Dress Codes, Round 2

A while back, I posted about codifying attire at Hooters, Playboy Club, and Disneyland. Today, I’d like to share something amazing (as in, I am amazed) on a similar topic that I came across while researching the cartoons of Clifford K. … Continue reading

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