Fool’s Gold in the Data Mine

“America’s Taste in Beer, in Five Maps” baited me into clicking today. This kind of analysis is a cheaper way to feed the content monster than actual journalism, but it can be fun.

county map of USA beer or church

Beer and Church tweets

This county map compiled geotagged tweets that referred to either “beer” or “church.”  One glance confirmed what everyone already knows, that the Bible Belt remains in full effect.  Next I looked at where I live.  Hey, that tiny red speck looks to be Providence County! Huh?  Then I saw that another of only three red specks in New England is Chittenden County, Vermont.  There, Burlington is home to University of Vermont where the heart of downtown nightlife is a place called Church Street.  New Haven is another red speck.  I think a Church Street is prominent there too.

College students in Providence drink as much beer as anyone, but the only thing on Church Street here is a church. Now this is a puzzle.


Technology Revolution spinning in place

The technology revolution that surrounds us has long become like the Cuban Revolution, or the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. (Is that still officially underway?) At some point they were indeed revolutionary, but decades on? Please. With my back to the obsolescence wall, I have once again begun the task of getting new computers, upgrading software, […]

If you want to be a Real Blogger…

…do not attach your blog to your webstore. When you think of interesting things to say, you will stop and think, “Will this be good for business? Will it at least not alienate any customers?” And then you will be blocked.

Imus Geographics Hits the Big Time

A paper map must be pretty remarkable to get a glowing review in Slate. The very idea of a “Map Review” is remarkable enough. The Map Center has been too busy selling “The Essential Geography of The United States” to blog properly about it so it is nice to see the kinds of things I […]

Must you have a favorite?

Thank a reader for waking up “Why Read Maps” by sending a link to this: What is MY favorite map projection? I should have tried to say before I read the strip. Now it is impossible to make a decision uninfluenced by the comic. Come to think of it, those “What is your favorite…?” questions […]

Geography Quiz!

(Need for a quiz here was pointed out by a reader) First commenter with 3 correct answers will win one of these. 1. What is the world’s largest island in a body of fresh water? 2. Name the states that share a boundary with Rhode Island. No peeking! 3. This I borrowed from Click and […]

Why Read Music?

There is nothing new about technology changing the patterns of how people develop their brains, for better or for worse. Written language, the printing press, and the clock are some examples. Wondering about case studies that resonate with what is happening to spatial intelligence I found where I myself am stone guilty of taking the […]

Miracles are everywhere

According to the “Don’t be how much longer can we pretend to not be evil?” folks, the following is quoted at 2310 places on the web. I can not resist being #2311. I usually think too hard about my posts. Why not an easy one now and then? THE SITUATION In Washington,DC, at a Metro […]

Better readers read better!

My ongoing complaint is how people allow gadgets to replace thought. I have never complained about how computers can be used to gather, analyze and present geographic data. Technology can serve thought. Geographic information systems make possible fascinating, informative maps that would have been unthinkable in earlier times. (I do complain that the aesthetics are […]

She really oughtta sue…

Sue the driver, OK, but even I had to wonder about this. My first reaction was in line with the widespread ridicule and disbelief, but after some thought, I wish good luck to a woman who is suing Google because she was injured on a dangerous highway in Park City Utah while following Google Maps […]

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