Map Ho!

Dec. 20th, 2010 08:39 am

[livejournal.com profile] gfish posted about map reading and it started me thinking. Thanks to my days as a Boy Scout and hiking I can read a map to determine my location and plan a route based on the the terrain information. It's been a long time since I've had to do that. The main map reading I did in the past few years was to find a route somewhere in Portland or Seattle using a Thomas guide. Though since I picked up an Android phone I haven't even done that. While I'm driving it's just so much easier and safer to drop the phone on the dash and let it guide me so I'm watching the road and not looking down at a map.

I like reading maps. I enjoy figuring out how to get from one point to another on my own. I have a compass rose tattoo for a reason, you see. So what to do? Why we go buy a map, grab our compass and go out orienteering. Or at least we will once we get past the holidays. It's going to be tough between work and school but I plan on two to three excursions each month. Hiking is good for me too so there's another reason to go.

I would like to learn celestial navigation and how to use a sextant too. I need to start researching the subject and finding some good references.

Olde Maps

Apr. 4th, 2008 04:00 pm

I know I'm not the only one around here with an interest in old maps. So for our common reference here is a page with conversions for obsolete units used on maps.

I've known that I've traded the most postcards with people from Finland. I was bored so here are the nubmers of cards I've send and received from each country. You can see that Finland is at the top with a large margin.

I think it would be interesting to create a map of the world and color each country by the number of cards I've traded with that country. And now, the data:

SentReceived
Finland1629.09%Finland1630.77%
Germany814.55%Germany815.38%
Netherlands59.09%Canada59.62%
Italy23.64%Japan35.77%
Australia23.64%Czech Republic35.77%
Canada23.64%Hungary23.85%
Brazil23.64%Netherlands23.85%
Japan23.64%Portugal23.85%
Slovakia23.64%Taiwan11.92%
Spain23.64%Italy11.92%
United Kingdom11.82%Australia11.92%
New Zealand11.82%Iceland11.92%
Korea (South)11.82%Switzerland11.92%
Bulgaria11.82%New Zealand11.92%
Azerbaijan11.82%Lithuania11.92%
Chile11.82%Brazil11.92%
Norway11.82%France11.92%
France11.82%Singapore11.92%
Malaysia11.82%Russia11.92%
Slovenia11.82% 
Portugal11.82% 
Austria11.82% 
Total55 Total52 

Do you think piracy is a thing of the past? It's not. Check out this interactive map of attacks from 2006.

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