Time Suck of the Week

28 September, 2008 | | No Comment

This week’s time suck came to me just recently, as most of them do. If you are anything like me – and I am not for one minute suggesting that you are, although you do keep reading this – you probably have a thing for maps. Who doesn’t? A map gives us a sense of where we are in relation to the world, how we fit in, and in a small way perhaps a reminder that we’re all on this shiny blue marble together.

Which brings me to http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/cartograms/ and the wonderful world of the world, along with the WorldMapper Project/. Here are some interesting maps of the 2004 and 2006 elections, as well.

Then there’s the Re-Visions of Minard site, which is a great way to dive into the technical aspects of what makes a map more than a map – how you can pack a terabyte of data into a megabyte of space.  I could spend hours with this, and have.

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