Monthly Archives: May 2015

California Map Society Conference, May 2015: “Ancient Orientations”

As a new student member of the California Map Society, I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend the Society’s conference at Stanford University on 2 May 2015. The speakers covered a range of fascinating topics. For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing … Continue reading

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California Map Society Conference, May 2015: “The Arbuckle Illustrated Atlases”

As a new student member of the California Map Society, I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend the Society’s conference at Stanford University on 2 May 2015. The speakers covered a range of fascinating topics. For the next few … Continue reading

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“Everything and everyone serves history’s single purpose.”

A similar tale from two Bills:

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Swipes #47: Land Grabbing

Once again demonstrating the old adage: “Same sh*t, different day.” UPDATE: Found another one (of many!)… “A democratic version of a famous saying,” Judge, 29 April 1893

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Part V: John Bull & Uncle Sam, Frenemies

Sometimes, with perhaps one of the more infamous occasions being the American Revolutionary War / United States War of Independence / That Time England Lost Some Colonies, Uncle Sam and John Bull don’t get along: See also: – Part I: Representations of the US & … Continue reading

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Monsters, Part 6: Laocoon

You know how he got attacked by a giant serpent? Well, it’s a popular trope in cartooning as well as sculpture:

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Monsters, Part 5: Slimy, Serpentine Stephen Harper

Hey, I just write the headlines to be eye-catching. The cartoonists did all the real work:

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Happy Constitution Day, Poland!

Looking for an excuse to post about maps of Poland on a relevant holiday, I learned that there is a Constitution Day in Poland. (Thanks, Wikipedia! And Polish lawmakers.) A while back, while wondering around Los Angeles, I saw posters … Continue reading

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