Monday, 14 November 2011

map geekery

Gerardus Mercator

This afternoon at work I was suddenly overcome with a bout of map geekery inspired by xkcd.

This is part of the cartoon that set me off. Obviously I'm not going to spoil the fun for you here, you'll have to click and find out what it says about you.

click for the full story!

As a result I am now in the possession of a stack of illegally printed A3 maps of the world in Equirectangular, Gall-Peters, Mercator, Goode homolosine, Kavrayskiy VII, Peirce quincunciual, Dymaxion, Van der Grinten and most elegantly of all - I think - Waterman butterfly projection.

All stolen from the Wikipedia list of map projections except for the Waterman, which is a bit of a drawback with Wikipedia. Also, if anyone knows of a high resolution version of a Cahill butterfly map other than the line drawings I've seen so far (or this funny fabric that allows you to sew globes) I'd very much appreciate it.

In a similar vein, here's a selection of map blogs I follow. Rather infrequently I must confess, but there are only so many hours in a day and all of you are just being too interesting on the internet for me to keep up.

Cartophilia: Maps and Map Memorabilia
The Map Scroll
Urban Cartography
Strange Maps

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