Europe Has Neat Stories

The Free State of Bottleneck, via Strange Maps.

We may have things like this in American history, too, but I don’t know about them.

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Another Map

Speaking of maps…this one shows my facebook friends’ hometowns. It can’t match a lot of people because they put in non-standard things for their hometowns, and it seems to have an especially difficult time with Canada, but it’s still interesting.

Facebook Friends

Make your own at MapYourBuddies.

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Maps are cool

I ran into a nifty mapblog (or is it maplog?) detailing a congressional trip to Iraq. A mapblog is like a weblog or photoblog, but on a map. I never would have thought of that. It’s kind of neat, though. Check it out.

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Strange (and Funny) Maps

I found a cool weblog, called Strange Maps. It looks pretty interesting in general, but I found it because of this funny comic/map at xkcd:

Online Communities - xkcd

Somebody talking about the first one linked to the following two maps:

The World According to Ronald Reagan The World According to Dubya

Funny stuff, eh?


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Summer Idea

What do you think?


Updates coming sometime.

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DC by Race And Ethnicity

Want to see a map of DC and the surrounding area by race and ethnicity? I whipped this up a while ago with the help of my friend Chris. It’s pretty striking. We’ve got more plans (looking at income distributions, for example), but I’ve been busy, so we’ll see when I get a chance to do more. Geography + census = nifty.

People in DC MSA

The data comes from Census 2000, and we put it together using arcmap. Each dot represents 200 people of a race in a census tract. This means that if there are fewer than 200 people of that race in the tract then there will be no dot. Also, the dot is placed randomly within the area of the tract. The size of census tracts is determined by population density, though, so in DC (pretty dense) a tract is very small. It’s mostly accurate, but not perfect.

I’d like to read about geography and segregation.

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Self-Obsession, Geography, and Mortgages

Sometimes I google myself. That’s right. I type “sean wallace” into google and see how high up the results I come. Most of the time it’s simply that, a popularity check, but sometimes I’m actually interested in what parts of my online activity are becoming public.

Today I was looking at whether, in the mind of google, I’m associated with the Fed. Answer: I’m not, much, but I was surprised to find out that I was listed as a research assistant on a paper by Ellen Merry at work. I made some maps for her a couple of months ago, and here they are! Cool. Maybe eventually I’ll stop posting each time something I worked on gets “published,” but I’m not sure.

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