Tag Archives: maps

Goog line extension

I was excited to hear that Google maps had finally added Boston's public transit system.  Now you can get directions around Boston for driving, walking, and public transit.  Of course, the MBTA website has been providing a trip planning service for some time.  So I figured I would compare the two services recommendations.  Too lazy…
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Obscure objects of desire: carto-quilts, map pillows and topo-textiles

As if there's not enough stuff to want already, I was recent tipped off by Apartment Therapy to the wonder of soft maps.  The example at hand is from Haptic Labs in Brookyn.  They make a variety of things, but it's the quilts and pillows featuring hand-stitched maps that grabbed my attention.   This waterfront pillow…
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Along the Greenway

Yesterday was the official grand opening of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, the strip of urban parks that has replaced the elevated route 93 and changed the face of Boston.  I might quibble with the execution or the cost, but I can't say enough good things about the whole idea of creating this green space…
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Gasp, runaway mambas! (anagram subway maps)

I write a lot for work and some for pleasure, and I enjoy a good game of Scrabble (more on the death of scrabulous another time) so I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I like a good anagram. One of my favorite sites is the Internet Anagram Server at Wordsmith.org, although I don't…
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Cronin Park

Well, it's July again. Definitely summer, no avoiding that anymore. Hot and sticky. Recently, I took refuge from the heat at Cronin Park. You've never been to Cronin Park? I guess I'm not that surprised. It turns out that Cronin Park wasn't even on Google maps until I added it. Brightkite doesn't know where it…
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Globe Corner Blog, BUR Geotagging, Cocktails in Liminal Spaces

As I contemplate driving 500 miles or so this weekend - more than I've driven in a month so far this year, I believe - my mind meanders back to cartographic matters. A random roundup of mappy clippings: I. The Globe Corner Bookstore has a Blog. I've been an unrepentant fan of GCB for as…
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Rubber duckie floatilla gradually storming the world's beaches

From the excellent virtual pages of Strange Maps comes this ducky item. On January 10 [1992], a container holding almost 29,000 plastic bath toys spills off a cargo ship into the middle of the Pacific Ocean and breaks open. The unsinkable toys, which were en route from Hong Kong to Tacoma (Washington), include a lot…
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He who parks by the map, pays by the map

I while ago I heard a rumor that there was a border dispute between Cambridge and Somerville. I wasn't able to get any confirmation, so I put it out of my mind. But now it appears that I might have fallen right into it. I know what you're thinking. This is just the sort of…
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Boston Blogs + Unmapped Boston = The Map With Two Backs?

Let me call to your attention two excellent maps that in my humble opinion should make sweet cartographic love and spawn a mashup of some sort. This confluence of maps, blogs and public transportation has got the limeduck quacking loudly. First up, Boston Blogs' map of Boston blog by T stop. Still in beta, this…
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Next stop, linkbait?

R dropped me a line after reading my post, Next Stop Wonder Where, and included a link a posting on Seth Godin's blog. Godin is more than a guy with a dashing haircut, he's a smart marketer, and his recent book, The Dip, (link to the book's blog, go figure) made a real impression on…
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Next stop, wonder where

I've been doodling with Illustrator lately, and have been making some spurious maps and other odds and ends to sharpen my skills. Fortunately for you, dear readers, there's only about 3 weeks left on my trial software. This bogus transit-style map of places in my personal orbit is definitely derivative of the Boston system where…
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Goog is my copilot

Ever seen the bumper sticker that proclaims, "God is my copilot" or maybe the one that says, "Dog is my copilot"? I don't think you see as many bumper stickers as you used to, but these days I think if a car has one, it's as likely to have ten. And I definitely see a…
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