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My latest mapping projects.

How far is Hawaii from the nearest landmass?

Originally I had said that the closest point on the North American mainland to Hawaii was near Flumeville, California. However, I was wrong! As it turns out, the southernmost tip of the Alaska Peninsu…

3 March, 2017

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Fun with city subreddits

I’ve been playing with python to try to learn how to make maps using Matplotlib. As it turns out, it’s not all that complicated. Using Reddit’s API I scraped the top 300 posts from t…

6 February, 2017

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Mexico’s urban pileups

Print this map at your local print center! Just send me a few bucks through this link and I’ll send the crisp high-res file straight to your email. For Venmo, email me at trub@uchicago.edu. I…

14 December, 2016

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Standalone US Cities

Recently I had a random thought: why is it that some city articles on Wikipedia are called, for example, Nashville, Tennessee – while others are simply, Seattle or Dallas? Is Nashville simply not c…

12 November, 2016

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How big is the Arctic Circle?

The Map Porn subreddit has a requests page now, which is pretty awesome. User Mjager asked what the Arctic Circle would look like projected near the equator, to get a sense of scale. I decided to just…

10 October, 2016

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Valuable Squares revisited

Here is a version with labels.Previously I published a map that divided the world into around 18,000 squares, and highlighted which squares had a GDP of $100 billion or more. I decided to revisit this…

9 October, 2016

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The Unscientific Bay Area

Edit: If you want to print this poster on your own at your local Kinko’s/Staples, please send me a few bucks through PayPal. As soon as I get the payment I’ll send a crisp vector file to…

23 August, 2016

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Catholic Provinces: Redux

Originally I didn’t think much of this project, though it was nice to see how the provinces looked. It turned out, however, that my map was the only one out there, in terms of mapping out the church…

29 May, 2016

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US supermarket turf

This is my final project for the Intermediate GIS class that I just finished. I’m just gonna dump everything into this post. If you don’t wanna read the whole thing, here are all the maps:

14 March, 2016

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Long Island according to Urban Dictionary

Here’s a full-res version.This one’s pretty straightforward. Like the Washington State map, this was made at a friend’s request. This time I decided to make it a little more empirically sound by…

31 January, 2016

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Map of Washington State stereotypes

This map is the result of a humorous request by a friend from the suburbs of Seattle. As someone from the other Washington (DC), I knew little about the internal stereotypes of Washington State, so t…

29 January, 2016

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Correlations in Ukraine

The electoral division in Ukraine is very well-publicized, with countless maps all over Western media cropping up, showing the diagonal line that splits the country roughly north-south.As someone with…

2 May, 2015

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Europe Voting

This map shows how voting divides in individual European countries cross national boundaries and have some interesting correlations.The map speaks for itself—each color on the map is the color of th…

1 January, 2015

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Proposed Australian states

  There have been many proposals for states and territories to be added to Australia, many of which were brought up during the era of Australian imperialism. The late 1800s saw many Australian po…

3 November, 2014

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Platypus

This map shows European languages grouped by the etymology of their word for the platypus. This particular map shows several trends. The United Kingdom was the first European nation to discover the …

30 April, 2014

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America’s GDP Split

The map shows a 50-50 split of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States. The GDP of the cyan area is equal to the GDP of the orange area. This would equate to $8.10 trillion for each col…

20 February, 2014

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Snow Days

The lightest green says “any snow” but also includes merely the prediction of snow. Also, this is snow accumulation over 24 hours/overnight. In much of the Midwest and Great Plains, school closi…

29 January, 2014

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