Posts Tagged ‘maps’


Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Mapnificient is a very good implementation of an interactive tool that I’ve wanted to have for a long time. Basically, you can choose a point in a city and map out where you can get to from there in a certain amount of time by walking or using public transportation.

For example, here’s where I can get to from my apartment in 15 minutes:

This is definitely a useful tool for apartment hunters. If you go to the settings, you can also configure it to allow the use of a bike or to generate a heat map of the transport times.

That’s DOCTOR Congo to you!

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

(Edit: Alternate title: “Doctor Congo, I presume?”, though that was in Tanzania)

Unlabeled Maps

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

If you’re looking for a challenging puzzle, try out the Maps Without Labels Quiz. They show you a color-coded map of the world (or other region) and you have to guess what the colors represent. I got a few of them, but some of them are really, really hard. I wish there were hints. #10 is driving me crazy.. don’t tell me the answer if you figure it out.

via kottke

Fix things on Google Maps!

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

I meant to post this a while ago…

When I first started at Google, several friends told me things like “My street isn’t on Google Maps” to which I would reply “Move somewhere else!”, but now I can tell them to report the problem themselves.

I’ve reported two problems so far: the marker for my parents’ house was slightly off, so I moved it (and the change was live immediately) and I found one road with the street name misspelled (still waiting to hear back from them on that one).

Keep it in mind!

Shifted Votes

Monday, November 10th, 2008

A map of the difference in vote margins by county between 2004 and 2008 (blue voted more strongly for Obama than Kerry, red more strongly for McCain than Bush):

NYT Election Maps
via kottke’s election maps page

Arizona turning more red is no surprise. I think some of the red parts in the south are the effect of racism (in counties where there are few black voters). Some of the blue could be attributed to racial motives from voters, too, I guess. Most of it can be attributed to George Bush, I think.