Some common geographic mental misplacements.
Saturday, October 29th, 2022
Sunday, February 6th, 2022
Like Wordle, but for geography instead of words.
Every day, there is a new Mystery Country. Your goal is to guess the mystery country using the fewest number of guesses. Each incorrect guess will appear on the globe with a colour indicating how close it is to the Mystery Country.
Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
A fascinating look at the history of calendrical warfare.
From the very beginning, standardized global time zones were used as a means of demonstrating power. (They all revolve around the British empire’s GMT, after all.) A particularly striking example of this happened in Ireland. In 1880, when the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland declared GMT the official time zone for all of Great Britain, Ireland was given its own time zone. Dublin Mean Time was twenty-five minutes behind GMT, in accordance with the island’s solar time. But in the aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising, London’s House of Commons abolished the uniquely Irish time zone, folding Ireland into GMT, where it remains to this day.
Sunday, September 6th, 2020
A timeline of city maps, from 1524 to 1930.
Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Lighthouses of the world, mapped.
Saturday, March 30th, 2019
These diagrams of early networks feel like manuscripts that you’d half expect to be marked with “Here be dragons” at the edges.
Friday, June 1st, 2018
Beneath the URL shorteners, the web!
It’s increasingly apparent that a more digitally literate citizenry would be good for a thousand different reasons. A great way to start would be to make URLs visible again, to let people see the infrastructure they’re living in.
Saturday, December 19th, 2015
This geography lesson makes a nice companion piece to Johnny Cash has been everywhere, man.
Sunday, April 12th, 2015
Before there was radar, there were acoustic mirrors along the coast of England—parabolic structures designed to funnel the distant sound of approaching aircraft.
Monday, March 16th, 2015
This year’s map from TeleGeography is looking lovely.
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Some sleuthing uncovers an interesting twist in New York’s psychogeography:
All of the buildings have been demolished, and in some cases the entire street has since been erased. But a startling picture still emerged: New York once had a neighborhood for typography.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
This is a great explanatory piece from James Bridle in conjunction with Mozilla’s Webmaker. It’s intended for a younger audience, but its clear description of how web requests are resolved is pitch-perfect primer for anyone.
The web isn’t magic. It’s not some faraway place we just ‘connect’ to, but a vast and complex system of computers, connected by actual wires under the ground and the oceans. Every time you open a website, you’re visiting a place where that data is stored.
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
I’m not sure how I managed to miss this site up until now, but it’s right up my alley: equal parts urban planning, ethnography, and food science.
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
This year’s TeleGeography map of the undersea network looks beautiful—inspired by old maps. I love the way that latency between countries is shown as inset constellations.
Saturday, November 10th, 2012
A new project from James, keeping track of the sites of illegal drone strikes.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
One week of Map Tales
There’s plenty of room for improvement with Map Tales. It would be nice to have customisation options at some point—colours, fonts, maybe even map tiles. Some narratives would probably work better with aerial imagery, for example. In fact, that’s something that Andy has been tirelessly tinkering with. To get a taste of how that looks, check out Britain From Above, the epic map tale of the 2008 BBC documentary series.
Monday, July 12th, 2010
Old photos placed on a map. Quite engrossing.
Sunday, December 6th, 2009
The geography of musicians.
Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
Turf Bombing is a device-agnostic location-based game. Could be fun. I've already claimed my neighbourhood.
Friday, August 24th, 2007
Very very cool and addictive cross between Tetris and geography knowledge. It took me 19:45 to get all of Europe on a medium setting. That's pathetic.