History Archive:

Ok, it’s from 1885, but have things really changed much?

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Nice work by Bill Rankin over at Radial Cartography. He tries to map out lands that were really uninhabited prior to discovery. You’ll notice they were mostly small islands.

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If you like maps and haven’t browsed that site before, you should. Lots of cool projects:

A table of projections:

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Comparison of subways in the USA:

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Make a personalized celestial calendar:

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I came across this interesting map of 1888 horsedrawn streetcars in Washington DC:

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Not entirely difference from the location accurate version of the modern subway map:

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Of course, a more accurate comparison is probably to a modern bus map. but they are so busy:

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DC is scheduled to re-introduce streetcars in 2013/14, starting with a small run along H Street SE.

An absurdly detailed map of Brooklyn color-coded by the age of the buildings.

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Meteorite fireballs witnessed from 1913. I’m not sure what is gained by putting this on a map. Also, since this is just eyewitness accounts, it suffers from population density bias.

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A trip down time-wasting memory lane.

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A wonderful interactive timeline of legislation, rulings, and events related to domestic surveillance in the United States. You can drill down into each event for an explanation, and links to primary sources (like the full text of legislation, etc).

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Things have changed quite a bit, but is anyone (including the children) happier or better off?

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A lot of these are misleading – but hey, so are most charts. For more entertaining interpretations of the same figures, check out The Washington Post’s “31 Charts to Destroy Your Faith in Humanity.”

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Immigration has always been a tough issue to deal with.

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The chart reminds me of this John Stewart bit on immigration and “Traditional America”:

Interesting scientific work, building on prior studies from across the world. Rather than get into the findings in detail I refer you to the NYT article and a very detail FAQ at the authors’ website)

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It’s interesting how popular animated gifs have become again. I guess that even with high speed internet people are a little fed up with player load times and lags. Here GIFs are used to show time lapse satellite images of mankind’s impact on the earth. (google earth link)

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