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December 27, 2013
Electoral college reform: If you redrew U.S. state lines so that every one had the same population, this is what the country would look like. In addition to being an awesome visualization, this map proposes some truly great names for the new territories. How cool would it be to say “I’m moving to Big Thicket,” or “let’s take a trip to Shiprock this summer?” Neil Freeman, the creator of the map, argues that this plan would not only eliminate the well-documented issues with the electoral college, but also create House districts that are perfectly equal in size. It sure sounds a lot more reasonable than the GOP’s proposals for electoral college reform. source

Electoral college reform: If you redrew U.S. state lines so that every one had the same population, this is what the country would look like. In addition to being an awesome visualization, this map proposes some truly great names for the new territories. How cool would it be to say “I’m moving to Big Thicket,” or “let’s take a trip to Shiprock this summer?” Neil Freeman, the creator of the map, argues that this plan would not only eliminate the well-documented issues with the electoral college, but also create House districts that are perfectly equal in size. It sure sounds a lot more reasonable than the GOP’s proposals for electoral college reformsource

14:39 // 6 months ago
September 5, 2013
slavin:

Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties

Sucks to be Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine.

slavin:

Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties

Sucks to be Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine.

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10:02 // 10 months ago
December 26, 2012
It’s no secret that I don’t like guns. But neither am I someone who thinks gun owners are all wingnuts who are stockpiling guns to protect themselves against the government (which is why I frequently lampoon those who are doing this) or to murder their neighbors. If you want to think seriously about ways to put a brake on gun deaths in our country — apart from arming everyone, which is the NRA position — simply publishing a list of (some) (potential) gun owners isn’t going to help.
Ari Kohen • Offering an effective bit of commentary regarding the gun registry map put online by a New York-based newspaper. What benefit does posting public information about people who have guns offer? Not a lot, honestly. It doesn’t add much to the gun control debate, it shames and endangers people who don’t necessarily deserve either shaming or endangerment, and it gets away from the actual issue at hand. Yes, it’s public data. No, it doesn’t really shine a light on anything, other than that this is a really effective way of pissing people off.
18:38 // 1 year ago
November 27, 2012
15:17 // 1 year ago
October 31, 2012
gawkercom:

The Subway Is Back (Sorta)
As of tomorrow, mass rail transit is kinda returning to New York City!
The upshot, basically, is:
You can get from the Bronx to Upper Manhattan, and Upper Manhattan to the Bronx.
You can get from Queens to Upper Manhattan, and Upper Manhattan to Queens. 
You can kinda get around Queens and the Bronx
You can get east to west in north and central Brooklyn, and 
from central Brooklyn to parts of South Brooklyn, and vice versa. 
If you want to go between Brooklyn and Manhattan you can take one of three shuttle busses, running from, respectively, Atlantic Center, Jay Street and Hewes St. and all going to 57th and Lexington Ave.
Here is a map:
Read More

The slow crawl back to normalcy continues. Good luck, New Yorkers.

gawkercom:

The Subway Is Back (Sorta)

As of tomorrow, mass rail transit is kinda returning to New York City!

The upshot, basically, is:

  • You can get from the Bronx to Upper Manhattan, and Upper Manhattan to the Bronx.
  • You can get from Queens to Upper Manhattan, and Upper Manhattan to Queens. 
  • You can kinda get around Queens and the Bronx
  • You can get east to west in north and central Brooklyn, and 
  • from central Brooklyn to parts of South Brooklyn, and vice versa. 
  • If you want to go between Brooklyn and Manhattan you can take one of three shuttle busses, running from, respectively, Atlantic Center, Jay Street and Hewes St. and all going to 57th and Lexington Ave.

Here is a map:

Read More

The slow crawl back to normalcy continues. Good luck, New Yorkers.

14:53 // 1 year ago
October 17, 2012
The Los Angeles Times has compiled a searchable database of the “perversion files”, a  collection of more than 1900 documents outlining allegations of sexual abuse on the part of Boy Scouts of America employees and volunteers. The files cover a period of time spanning two decades, and case summaries from more than 3,100 cases opened between 1947 and 2005. The map above depicts each of the troops or units mentioned in one or more documents found in the LA Times’ collection. (Photo via LA Times) source

The Los Angeles Times has compiled a searchable database of the “perversion files”, a  collection of more than 1900 documents outlining allegations of sexual abuse on the part of Boy Scouts of America employees and volunteers. The files cover a period of time spanning two decades, and case summaries from more than 3,100 cases opened between 1947 and 2005. The map above depicts each of the troops or units mentioned in one or more documents found in the LA Times’ collection. (Photo via LA Times) source

17:41 // 1 year ago
September 22, 2012
theatlantic:

Mapping Acceptance of Same-Sex Marriage

According to the rule books, same-sex marriage is mostly unacceptable in the U.S. But that’s not the case when looking at the opinions of the American people. According to anew set of maps from Esri, same-sex marriage is popular in large swaths of the country.
The maps break support for same-sex marriage down by county. Green and yellow dots represent counties where people support same-sex marriage, while orange and red dots represent places where people do not. As you can see, there’s no consensus across the country.

Read more. [Image: Esri]

We tend to think this often, but it’s pertinent as ever — recalling the tenor of the 2004 presidential election on marriage rights, the distance public opinion has moved in just eight years is staggering.

theatlantic:

Mapping Acceptance of Same-Sex Marriage

According to the rule books, same-sex marriage is mostly unacceptable in the U.S. But that’s not the case when looking at the opinions of the American people. According to anew set of maps from Esri, same-sex marriage is popular in large swaths of the country.

The maps break support for same-sex marriage down by county. Green and yellow dots represent counties where people support same-sex marriage, while orange and red dots represent places where people do not. As you can see, there’s no consensus across the country.

Read more. [Image: Esri]

We tend to think this often, but it’s pertinent as ever — recalling the tenor of the 2004 presidential election on marriage rights, the distance public opinion has moved in just eight years is staggering.

14:24 // 1 year ago
August 28, 2012
What do Craigslist and Apple have in common? Besides coming down heavy with the lawsuits of late, both are now using OpenStreetMap — after spurning competition (in Apple’s case, Google; in Craigslist’s case, PadMapper) that used alternate mapping systems. Interesting.

What do Craigslist and Apple have in common? Besides coming down heavy with the lawsuits of late, both are now using OpenStreetMap — after spurning competition (in Apple’s case, Google; in Craigslist’s case, PadMapper) that used alternate mapping systems. Interesting.

18:44 // 1 year ago
June 22, 2012
usagov:

Image description: This map shows tornado tracks from 1950 to 2006. Stronger tornadoes appear as brighter lines.
The map was created by John Nelson of IDV Solutions using data that’s available on Data.gov. Learn more about the map.

In which destructive, deadly acts of mother nature are presented in a way that makes you wanna go, “whoa, awesome!”

usagov:

Image description: This map shows tornado tracks from 1950 to 2006. Stronger tornadoes appear as brighter lines.

The map was created by John Nelson of IDV Solutions using data that’s available on Data.gov. Learn more about the map.

In which destructive, deadly acts of mother nature are presented in a way that makes you wanna go, “whoa, awesome!”

15:03 // 2 years ago
June 11, 2012
Apple’s new IOS mapping app: Siri integration, 3D mapping, and um, is that Gill Sans? Eric Gill would be proud. (more)

Apple’s new IOS mapping app: Siri integration, 3D mapping, and um, is that Gill Sans? Eric Gill would be proud. (more)

14:45 // 2 years ago