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Maps: They Don’t Love You Like I Love You

Alternative title: “Lies and the lying liars that map them.” Just thinking about maps… 1) Donald Westlake’s High Adventure (1985), quoted in Denis Wood’s “Pleasure in the Idea / The Atlas as Narrative Form” (page 27): “The map is not the terrain,” the … Continue reading

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April Fooling in Map Form

Google is a bit (in)famous for their April 1st pranks. Here are some funny Google maps from back before it got the buzz-killy new directions of “Sorry, we could not calculate directions from Chicago, IL to United Kingdom” (I bet their lawyers were like “stop … Continue reading

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Draw the Shape of the Bay @ The Exploratorium in SF

In January, we went to the Exploratorium and touched pretty much all of the exhibits, which was a lot of fun. :-) One of my favo(u)rite things to look out for is, of course, maps. I can’t seem to find … Continue reading

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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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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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“[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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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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Among other things, I research maps and visual culture

So I have to ask, Google maps, what is going on here? Click on the image to enlarge what must be a cartographic error (or possibly hoax?). (This is an old screen capture – now Google maps looks different. As … Continue reading

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Swipes File #26: A perfect and absolute blank

Regular readers know the drill – here’s your mash-up for today:  He had bought a large map representing the sea, Without the least vestige of land: And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be A map … Continue reading

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Photo Auto Guides: The Prequel to Mapquest & Google Earth

On our road trip from Chicago to Seattle, I was quite fond of pointing out (usually during periods of inclement weather and / or unusual traffic patterns, such as why are you trying to force us off the road, truck?!) … Continue reading

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