Posts Tagged: maps

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    I Was A Map Nerd As A Child

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    In October of 2012, whilst sorting through my father’s personal effects, I was proud to find that I wasn’t the first map nerd in the family and that maps seemed to mean as much to my Dad as they do to me. Lumped in with my father’s posessions were also some things from my childhood… Read more »

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    The Greenland Problem And Playing With Mercator’s Map

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    It seems that writing about map projections is a little bit like waiting for one of London’s iconic red buses; you write one and immediately another one comes along. As I mentioned in my last post, rightly or wrongly, the most commonly used map projection is the Mercator projection. It’s not without it’s problems or… Read more »

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    People Who Care About Map Projections … And People Who Don’t

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    Whenever you look at a map, be it on the web, on your mobile or on your wall there’s a compromise. The compromise is the map’s projection. Or to put it another way, the way in which the roughly spherical lump of rock we live on can be unwrapped and displayed in a flat, two… Read more »

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    Making PostgreSQL, PostGIS And A Mac Play Nicely Together

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    Most things in life are a journey and the destination of this particular journey was to try and create a custom map style that represented the unique features and challenges of Tandale. Which meant I needed to download and install TileMill, an interactive map design tool. Which meant I needed to learn Carto, the CSS-like… Read more »

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    Having My Eyes Opened, My Heart Broken And Finding The True Meaning Of Maps In Tandale

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    In a really perverse way, first impressions were not unlike the opening lines from Will Crowther’s Colossal Cave Adventure game on the PDP-11. But rather than those impressions being this … You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out… Read more »

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    The Case Of Sandy Island; Mapping Error Or Copyright Trap?

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    There’s a phrase in Latin that goes errare humanum est which roughly translates as everyone makes mistakes. This is true of so many things and maps are no exception. However much we try to make today’s maps as authentic, up to date and accurate as we can, the occasional mistake slips in; it’s more a… Read more »

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    Of W3G, AGI And Other Geographical Acronyms

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    In November 2008 I was still working for Yahoo and a fledgling meetup event for people interested in maps, location, geo and mobile started up in London. It was, and still is, called GeoMob. I was at GeoMob’s very first event, talking about Yahoo’s Fire Eagle location brokering platform. Four years later and it was… Read more »

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    A Year On And Yahoo’s Maps API Finally Shuts Down

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    Nothing on the interwebs is forever. Services start up and either become successful, get acquired or shut down. If they shut down they usually end up in TechCrunch’s deadpool. The same applies for APIs and when they finally go offline, they usually end up in the Programmable Web deadpool. At around 1.30 PM London time… Read more »

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    The “Maps As Art” Debate

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    Ah … art. Art is a contentious area for discussion. One person’s work of art is another person’s random spots of paint on a canvas. As Rudyard Kipling once put it, “it’s clever, but is it art?“. Even artists can’t seem to agree on this topic. Compare and contrast Picasso’s comment that “everything you can… Read more »

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    Map Nature Or Map Nurture; Are Map Addicts Born Or Made?

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    I’ve said it before, many times, but I’m a 100% un-reconstructed map addict and make no apology for it. I’ve said this in posts I’ve written on this blog as well as using it as part of my introduction for talks at conferences. This post is a slightly more long winded version of why I… Read more »