29 March 2011


I'd be the first to admit that the human race hasn't quite reached utopian maturity levels, but I would've thought that we have at least moved on from our childhood titillations'. How wrong i am. This week for example, i present to you TargetMap.com which is a fantastic website where you can search for a myriad of maps based on a plethora of respectable quantitative phenomenon including; Nobel Peace Prize Winners Locations or UN Security Council Resolution Areas and what do you do?  You only look at the maps of world-wide average penis size and breast cup size (and you giggle like schoolgirls). Grow up people!

22 March 2011


In order to appreciate the very grave and unfortunately, now, very current situation of nuclear fallout, I thought it may be helpful to share with you fine sympathetic people, the below mapping applet.  This 'mapplet' allows us to shift the epi-centre of a nuclear detonation to a location of our choosing - to a location that we are perhaps more familiar with, and subsequently allow us to better visualise the impact of nuclear fallout events.  Hopefully its straightforward enough to use, but as a tip; click on the location symbol on the map to get a key & click the wind 'rose' to change fallout direction). Japan, our thoughts are with you. Dōmo arigatō.

Note: this model is indicative only - it doesn't take into account weather patterns or terrain etc that would significantly influence the damage/extent at different locations and times. 'Fallout' shows the possible dispersion of radioactive isotopes after six hours of the explosion, assuming a constant gentle breeze. This model uses information found in the public domain, including: Federation of American Scientists and Wikipedia.  For more details, visit mapplet creators:  CarlosLabs

PS If you like this mapplet type thing, you may also want to check out my previous posts:
NOT IN MY BACKYARD - here you can change the location of all sorts of interesting phenomenon.
THE GOGGLES THEY DO NOTHING - a video showing the location of all the nuclear bombs detonated throughout history.

15 March 2011


After returning from a week-long deployment in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch, I found that I struggled to sum up my experience in words. In a subconscious desire to remedy this I took to the internet and I subsequently stumbled across this burnt map of San Francisco. The 'burnt bits' of the map seemed to say something that I couldn't convey - something a pristine map with a simple earthquake-damage symbol couldn't. Luckily (as I hadn't had time to research anything else for this week's post) it turns out that the artist who made this work is absolutely prolific in making map art. So please share with me in investigating the wealth of Matthew Picton's other abstract works, and perhaps you too will find something to sum up how you feel.

08 March 2011


In this special edition of Choice Map Tuesday I'm coming to you live from under the stairs of the Christchurch Earthquake Emergency Operations Centre. I flew in by air force deployment (somewhat necessary since the city is like a war zone now) and I am in the Planning and Intelligence team. Amongst other things, I am currently tasked with mapping where all the portable toilets have been delivered to (a very glamorous task indeed - well, Prince William asked to look at these maps anyway). If I have to find a silver lining amidst the chaos, the 'choice' bit would have to be that few of the many people in hi-vis vests currently running by each other will be going out into the field to do their important rescue work unless they have one of these maps, or a map of road closures or building assessments - so even though they may not be aware of it, they're digging on maps more than anyone right now. If you're interested, here is an interactive (and ongoing) map of all the earthquakes in Christchurch

01 March 2011


The more observant amongst you will be able to notice that the image directly to your left is not a map! (Shock horror!) It is of course an ordinary typewriter. An 'ordinary' typewriter, that has been disassembled, with every miniscule component painstakingly laid out piece by piece. Where am I going with this you ask? and why is it taking so long to get there?! Well, I'm not going to answer your slightly tetchy questions directly - all I'll say is that this image is here to help you understand the maps of Armelle Caron or the work of Jenny Odell