If you think this would make a cool poster, you can get a high-res, print-worthy PDF for $9! This was an interesting map to make, but I can’t say it was fun all the time. Generally I enjoyed the process, but it was far more challenging than I had anticipated. I go over some of […]
The geography of golf. I know the scale is wonky, it’s by decile. And yes, Iceland has way too many golf courses. Though upon closer examination they are usually not a full 18 holes. Is golf a proxy for elite Anglo culture? I’m particularly interested in Japanese and Korean emulation of said culture.Data from OpenStreetMap.
I tried a little mapping experiment. If I had more time I could write some code to automate this whole process.The surprise to me here is Mexico. It just ~barely~ makes 15th place in both area and GDP. Japan lacks area, Indonesia lacks productivity, Australia and Canada lack people.______________________________________________________________________________Another mapping experiment:Indicators are: Life expectancy at […]
Thanks to regional rivalries, the UN Security Council will probably never add more permanent members. Brazil is the largest Latin American country and a logical choice for a new addition, being top 10 in area, population, GDP and UN funding. But Brazil speaks Portuguese, not Spanish. This annoys Mexico, who see themselves as the leading […]
The world of power grids. Very revealing if you map it out.“Interconnected” means there is an AC connection and it’s synced. There may be some mistakes on the map, a lot of info is proprietary/hard to get. Grey areas have no high voltage lines, as is sort of implied. Of course the reality is way […]
Antarctica—0.00008 people per sq. km! McMurdo is by far the largest community on Antarctica with 1200 people in the summer and 250 in the winter. It’s located at the southernmost ice pack-free point on the continent. King George Island is home to a dozen smaller stations whose populations add up. In many cases the stations […]
The following are some low-effort maps I made in February 2019 that did not involve any number crunching or many hours of design work. I still think they are aesthetically good or interesting, so I sharing them here, all in one post.Turns out countries can function even with no constitution! One consequence of this is […]
(copied from Twitter) After reading about Blantyre, Malawi I got curious about other places that were renamed. Areas with significant English or Afrikaans presence avoided renaming.Shoutout to newly christened Eswatini. Also sorry for not including Madagascar, I got lazy.
The following are some low-effort maps I made in January 2019 that did not involve any number crunching or many hours of design work. I still think they are aesthetically good or interesting, so I sharing them here, all in one post. Created in December 2018, shared on 31 January 2019.Data source: Google Earth Blog […]
I was originally inspired by this map from Business Insider Australia, which shows how similar Brazil and Australia are in shape and size. My first thought was, “Wow! The curves and coastlines match up a little too well.” Then something else occurred to me: the population distributions are kind of similar, as well—a rotated Australia […]