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Grace Notes

Grace Note Music Maps - Find out who is listening to what and where. The popularity map shows snapshot of current top artists and album charts by geographical location - anywhere in the world.

Topoware tableware

Taking inspiration from the recent popularity of geography as a media of communication (with Google maps) and more specifically with topographic maps, which define heights of a landscape two dimensionally, Topoware in turn, "outlines" the dining experience.

Made up of cups, plates, bowls, placemats and a tablecloth, the collection explores the visual and social landscape of dining by using outlines and descriptions to describe, question and push our eating experience, making it really feel like a journey.

Russia Claims
North Pole

According to some estimates, the Arctic is home to a quarter of the world’s untapped energy reserves. Now Russia wants to claim the Arctic as it's own, an area with an estimated 10 billion barrel oil reserve with a submarine expedition to plant a flag under the North Pole to symbolize the Kremlin’s claim to the Arctic and its vast energy resources.

In 2001, Russia became the first country to file a claim, arguing that the underwater Lomonosov ridge was not merely a chain of mountains in international waters but was actually an extension of Siberia’s continental shelf.

The disputed territory Russia seeks is a triangle running in dark blue [see map] running through the Pole itself.

The Telegraph

Who Is Sick?

The health site perfect for hypochondriacs!
Post your symptoms by zipcode, and violá, you are added to the health map. See what other residents of your area are suffering from - and avoid those locations with a disproportionate number of sickies.

Who Is Sick?

Radical Cartography

Bill Rankin's Radical Cartography site includes a series of innovative maps. One section of the site, "Projects", explores the relationship between location and wealth, as seen in the map of Chicago. These maps show the distribution of income (per capita) around the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.

The goal was to test the "donut" hypothesis - the idea that a city will create concentric rings of wealth and poverty, with the rich both in the suburbs and in the "revitalized" downtown, and the poor stuck in between. While having some validity in older cities like Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or Chicago, in newer cities it is not the case. Instead of donuts, one finds "wedges" of wealth occupying a continuous pie-slice from the center to the periphery.


It's up top you to decide how accurate Zillow's evaluations of home values in the United States are, but we loved this area of the site:

Bird's Eye View of Famous Homes

Ozzy, Hef, and the Cunninghams all shared something with us: their homes, which we visited through our TV screens. See them here with our Bird's Eye View images. Enjoy the tour and if you know where other interesting homes are located, please let us know.



The So-Called “Velasco Map”: A Case of Forgery?

by David Y. Allen, Map Librarian, emeritus
Stony Brook University

This article examines a well-known map of the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada allegedly made in or around 1610, known as the "Velasco Map".

The map was uncovered in the Spanish Archives at Simancas in 1887. Supposedly, it is a copy of an anonymous English map, which was sent to King Phillip III of Spain by the Spanish ambassador to London, Don Alonzo de Velasco. This article raises the possibility that the map may actually be a nineteenth-century forgery. The map is based primarily on information found on early seventeenth-century maps, most of which were not published in 1610, although it is possible that manuscript copies of these maps might have been available as early as 1610. The overall geographic framework of the map seems to be improbably accurate for its supposed date of creation. The map contains numerous oddities, and many features on the map do not appear on other maps made in the early seventeenth century. Overall it seems anachronistic and it stands in isolation from other maps made around 1600. Although no single feature on the map proves beyond a doubt that it is a forgery, the overall weight of the evidence makes it seem highly probable that it is a fake. Tests on the paper, pigment, and handwriting of the map should be made to prove conclusively whether or not it is a forgery.
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The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division

New York Public Library
5th Ave. at 42nd St., New York, NY

Established in 1898 as a separate collection of The New York Public Library, and named a Division in 1947, the Map Division is a treasure-filled place, with maps and atlases dating from the 16th century to the present.

This exhibition celebrates the Map Division's reopening in December 2005 after months of renovation. The last public reading room to be renovated, the Map Division will double its reader capacity and services with its new look. With the use of compact shelving, remote storage and Internet resources, the Map Division will open up its former stack area for digital mapping and long term research projects based in the map and atlas collections.

Treasured Maps travels from the "macro" universe of stars and constellations to the very "micro" world of a single block in lower Manhattan, the World Trade Center site. Beginning with lovely evocative constellation charts, and moving to world maps, we travel from the heavens to our earthly home. We move then from the "old worlds" of Asia and Africa toward Europe and then to North America, ending up here at home in New York City. We move from maps with the very least detail, to maps of extraordinary depth of detail, outlining the very buildings and streets so familiar to us in memory and experience.

The strongest group of antiquarian maps are those from the 17th-century reign of the Dutch as world leaders. Blaeu, Visscher, Goos, Doncker and Colom, are all notable Dutch mapmakers represented in the exhibition. Several volumes from the vellum-bound, gold-stamped Willem Blaeu atlases, covering the world, are highlights of the show, with their elegant engraved copperplate maps, enhanced with contemporary 17th-century hand coloring, decorative cartouches, and mileage markers. Costumes of the "locals" are often shown, making each map a visual statement of the local technology, ethnology, economy, and anthropology.


July 5th, 2005 - Christie's Auction

A 500-year-old world map that was the first to name a "America" was sold for one million dollars at an auction in London. Printed in 1507 by the German geographer Martin Waldseemuller, the map is just one of four in existence today.

A 500-year-old world map that was the first to name a newfound continent west of Europe "America" was sold for one million dollars at an auction in London.

Charles Frodshan, a London book and manuscript dealer, bought the map for 545,600 pounds (811,852 euros) during bidding at Christie's, an AFP reporter said. Christies said the map was also the first printed portrayal of the Earth as a globe, the first that distinguishes North and South America individually, and the first depiction of a Pacific Ocean, it said.

Printed in 1507 by the German geographer Martin Waldseemuller, the map is just one of four in existence and had been expected to fetch between 500,000 and 800,000 pounds.

The document, which is the centrepiece of a sale of maps, atlases and globes by Christie's, was discovered in February 2003 after a European collector realised that it was one of the maps in his collection.

"This is one of the most exciting discoveries of my career, and represents the pinnacle in the history of map making," said Tom Lamb, director of the auction house's book and manuscript department, in a statement.

"This simple sheet of paper holds so many new and anticipated discoveries, all created with an enormous leap of faith by a venerable geographer in a small town in Lorraine (eastern France)," he said.

Most history documents credit the Genoa-born explorer, Christopher Columbus, with being the first European to discover the so-called New World of North and South America in 1492, but he was convinced it was part of Asia.

A second Italian, Amerigo Vespucci, actually argued that the landmass to the west of Europe was a whole new continent.

Until the map's publication, the layout of the world had been based on the knowledge of the ancient Greeks. But in 1505, Rene II, the Duke of Lorraine ordered a group of scholars led by Waldseemuller to draft a new world map.

He gave them a French translation of Vespucci's travels and as a result, the scholars decided to name the new landmass "America" after the traveller's first name.

The first example of Waldseemuller's original map was discovered in 1871 and is kept at the University of Minnesota in the United States. The other two are in Germany.

A fifth, much larger version, printed eight years later, was purchased by the
Library of Congress in Washington for 10 million dollars in 2003.

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