Across cultures, people feel increased activity in different parts of the body as their mental state changes.
Great maps and beautiful places
Curated by Seth Dixon
Some of these are awfully, some are unintentionally awesome, but I think the one above might be even better than that. It's as if the cartographer in this one is purposefully making that gives us no knew information in the least informative way possible on purpose to make a snarky critique on the abundance of ill-conceived maps out there.
Maps can illuminate our world; they can enlighten us and make us see things differently; they can show how demographics, history, or countless other factors interact with human and physical geography. But, sometimes, maps can be utter disasters, either because they're wrong or simply very dumb. Here are a collection of maps so hilariously bad that you may never trust the form again. Tellingly, the bulk of the collection comes from cable TV news.
There's been a sudden bump in grid maps lately taking the place of state choropleths. For example, Haeyoun Park used them to show changes in state laws for gay marriage. The advantage over the choropleth is that each state gets equal visual space, and the placement still lets people find specific states and interpret geographic relationships.
The grid format is pretty much universally liked, but now we must ask what shape is best?
Rivers have been a key part of urban life for centuries. They have provided us with drinking water, protection, and a transit network that links us from one settlement to the next. I wanted to create a series of maps that gives people a new way to look at rivers: a much more modern, urban type of portrayal. So I turned to the style of urban transit maps pioneered by Harry Beck in the 1930s for the London Underground. Straight lines, 45º angles, simple geometry. The result is more of an abstract network representation than you would find on most maps, but it’s also a lot more fun. The geography is intentionally distorted to clarify relationships. I think it helps translate the sort of visual language of nature into a more engineered one, putting the organic in more constructed terms. Not every line depicted is navigable, but all are important to the hydrological systems shown.
Seth Kadish of the blog Vizual Statistix used government data to create this fascinating map of the longest interstate highways in the continental U.S. The curvy line shows the interstate’s actual route, while the straight line shows its “geodesic” distance, basically the shortest distance between its two endpoints. The difference between those figures is graphed […]
An atlas of 592,130 trees right down to trunk size.
Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone—not counting private properties and parks—there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a leafy explosion you can now peruse in this great visualization of tree species.
The flight and bus patterns for all of the teams in each round of the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Championships are laid out on a map of the United States, to show part of the true madness of March.
I think this would make for a very cool student activity.
When geographers tried to map social inequality in Louisville, they revealed how deceptive the "science" of social media can be.
For one, keep in mind that relatively few of us are actually on Twitter to begin with—just 23 percent of Americans, according to the Pew Research Center. But even more importantly, Shelton says, Twitter mappers often fail to normalize their data, meaning that many Twitter maps are less representations of deep, social phenomena and more depictions of population patterns.
These maps look like they're for mass transit. Really, they're for everything else.
If you love the look and feel of subway maps, here you go.
Urging calm after citizens awoke to find the country’s political boundaries had disappeared completely, authorities announced Thursday that a devastating gerrymandering blunder had left the United States devoid of any district, state, or national borders whatsoever. “Though our investigation is still ongoing, it appears the North Carolina General Assembly may have inadvertently wiped out all local and federal boundaries while redrawing the state’s already heavily manipulated fourth congressional district late last night,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, addressing the millions of panicked Americans now living in flux and untethered to any known county, city ward, rural township, or municipal water district. “As of now, we have no way of indicating where one location ends and another begins, let alone the ability to separate ourselves from Canada and Mexico. Though we are working to redraw our borders as soon as possible, it is vital that no one in the United States or its territories travel outside their home until further notice.” Earnest went on to acknowledge that despite the ensuing chaos, the massive upheaval of district lines will likely prove advantageous to incumbent electoral candidates.
The Onion always delivers!!