October 14, 2013

The Mercator Projection and two alternate Mercator Projections. These are all equally distorted, although in #2 most of the worst distortion hits the oceans.

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October 13, 2013
In Russia, the country is “Germania” but the people are “niemtsy.”

In Russia, the country is “Germania” but the people are “niemtsy.”

(Source: Wikipedia)

September 16, 2013
I took the Dialect Similarity Quiz and, uh, yeah.
I wonder how much of that red spot in Northern California would be there if I’d taken the test four/eight/ten years ago. I know that over the years I’ve abandoned some of the words and pronunciations I grew up with, even if I’m not sure when. (“Grosh-ry store” became “gross-ry store,” “pop” became “soda,” and somehow “tractor-trailer” became “semi.” But “crayon” still rhymes with “man.”)

I took the Dialect Similarity Quiz and, uh, yeah.

I wonder how much of that red spot in Northern California would be there if I’d taken the test four/eight/ten years ago. I know that over the years I’ve abandoned some of the words and pronunciations I grew up with, even if I’m not sure when. (“Grosh-ry store” became “gross-ry store,” “pop” became “soda,” and somehow “tractor-trailer” became “semi.” But “crayon” still rhymes with “man.”)

September 12, 2013
freakyfauna:

Map of the river Tigris.
From the Egyptian 11th century manuscript Kitāb Gharāʾib al-funūn wa-mulaḥ al-ʿuyūn (The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes).
Found at BibliOdyssey.

freakyfauna:

Map of the river Tigris.

From the Egyptian 11th century manuscript Kitāb Gharāʾib al-funūn wa-mulaḥ al-ʿuyūn (The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes).

Found at BibliOdyssey.

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September 2, 2013
architectural-review:

"Bubble diagram" of London by Arthur Ling and D.K. Johnson, 1943.
This along with other maps and diagrams formed part of the County of London Plan. The somewhat psychedelic diagram shown is a brilliant synthesis of mapping London’s interrelated system of communities, and details of local town amenities.

architectural-review:

"Bubble diagram" of London by Arthur Ling and D.K. Johnson, 1943.

This along with other maps and diagrams formed part of the County of London Plan. The somewhat psychedelic diagram shown is a brilliant synthesis of mapping London’s interrelated system of communities, and details of local town amenities.

(via humanscalecities)

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August 10, 2013
mythologyofblue:

Somewhat incomplete 1659 map of Australia (New Holland) by the Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu. (via myimaginarybrooklyn)

mythologyofblue:

Somewhat incomplete 1659 map of Australia (New Holland) by the Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu. (via myimaginarybrooklyn)

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June 9, 2013
The dialect maps making the rounds are selections from this ten-year-old NCSU survey (more info here). Above: the biggest tell that I’m not from California.

The dialect maps making the rounds are selections from this ten-year-old NCSU survey (more info here). Above: the biggest tell that I’m not from California.

February 9, 2013
Related: someone found a way to make me interested in the NFL. Interesting how the fans track state lines so closely in some cases but not others. (The distribution of Raiders fans is surprising to me, not that I know anything about this.)

Related: someone found a way to make me interested in the NFL. Interesting how the fans track state lines so closely in some cases but not others. (The distribution of Raiders fans is surprising to me, not that I know anything about this.)

February 9, 2013
explore-blog:

Fascinating map of heritage languages in America other than English. The picture is even more interesting with Spanish removed:


This would be more interesting if we had a higher-res image. You can see that the third most common language in Santa Clara County is Vietnamese, though, which I wasn’t aware of before moving here.

explore-blog:

Fascinating map of heritage languages in America other than English. The picture is even more interesting with Spanish removed:

image

This would be more interesting if we had a higher-res image. You can see that the third most common language in Santa Clara County is Vietnamese, though, which I wasn’t aware of before moving here.

(Source: , via sb-cd)

November 25, 2012
Eric Fischer’s map of race and ethnicity in the South Bay, based on 2010 census data. Fischer has also created similar maps for about 100 other metropolitan areas.
Red = non-Hispanic white, yellow = Hispanic, light green = Asian, blue = African-American. Each dot is 25 residents.

Eric Fischer’s map of race and ethnicity in the South Bay, based on 2010 census data. Fischer has also created similar maps for about 100 other metropolitan areas.

Red = non-Hispanic white, yellow = Hispanic, light green = Asian, blue = African-American. Each dot is 25 residents.

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