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Why your mental map of the world is wrong
MOST OF US have a rough map of the world in our minds that we use any time we think about places. But these mental maps aren’t necessarily reliable. In fact, many of the maps in our heads share the same errors, some of which are quite large—and surprisingly resistant to correction.
maps  cartography  nationalgeographic  geography 
4 days ago by timstahmer
Kartografija
"Kartografi bodo na novo izrisali meje okrajev, statistiki bodo proučili, ali je število volivcev, živečih v novih okrajih, približno enako, geografi bodo tehtali, ali so novi okraji vsaj za silo zaokrožene družbene entitete. Kot pri vseh dobrih zgodbah se vrag skriva v podrobnostih. Če so meje volilnih okrajev izrisane drugače, to posredno učinkuje tudi na volilne izide. Ni namreč vseeno, ali je volilni okraj v mestnem okolju, mešanem vaško-mestnem okolju ali na vasi. Če bodo novi okraji homogenejši, bo rezultat lahko za odtenek drugačen. Gre za finese politične obrti, ki jih v strankah z daljšo tradicijo zelo dobro razumejo. V strankah, ki nimajo narejene analize volitev od volišča do volišča, pa te finese razumejo slabše. Rezultati z nekaterih volišč se bodo po novem knjižili v tabele drugih volilnih okrajev."
elections  cartography  maps  gerrymandering  slovenia 
5 days ago by sspela
This map lets you hear what the world sounds like without humans - The Verge
Since its beginning in 2014, Cities and Memory has created sound maps focused on protest, sacred places, and photographs. Its newest project, however, steps away from humans and instead focuses on the areas where the natural world is undisturbed. Sounding Nature is the biggest global collection of nature sounds, featuring nearly 500 sounds from 55 countries, from jungles to glaciers to underwater shrimp recordings. The map has two parts: the field recording of the sound itself, and then the musical remix it inspired. ...

we wanted to try and showcase what a map of the world would sound like if you couldn’t hear the humans. That’s really difficult to do because humans are a really, really noisy bunch and we’re getting louder all the time. Noises in the ocean have doubled every 10 years for the past 50 years, and the trend is holding even for remote areas.

The other side is that we wanted to shine a light on how the noise we make as human beings can have a serious and dramatic impact on the natural world. We’re not just talking about the animals being irritated, we’re talking about habitat changing and physiological changes.
soundscape  noise  sound_map  cartography 
8 days ago by shannon_mattern
"Mapping Imaginary Cities" by Mouse Reeve - YouTube
While the map is not the territory (to quote the semantician Alfred Korzybski), the map is still usually intended to correspond to one. But what about maps of nowhere at all? What can they represent and how can they be made?

Maps are a familiar part of daily life, with a deeply familiar and complex symbolic language, and a long history. They are also hugely varied in style and aesthetic, and often are works of art unto themselves. All this makes mapping a powerful creative tool for conveying ideas about a space, how it is used, and who inhabits it. But it also presents a mapmaker with what can feel like an overwhelming array of design choices and technical hurdles to overcome in order to create a generative map.

This talk will explore maps as a way to communicate about people and place in the context of fictional cities, and dive into algorithms and techniques for procedurally generating maps by building up topography, landscape, populations, and street plans.
Maps are a familiar part of daily life, with a deeply familiar and complex symbolic language, and a long history. They are also hugely varied in style and aesthetic, and often are works of art unto themselves. All this makes mapping a powerful creative tool for conveying ideas about a space, how it is used, and who inhabits it. But it also presents a mapmaker with what can feel like an overwhelming array of design choices and technical hurdles to overcome in order to create a generative map.

This talk will explore maps as a way to communicate about people and place in the context of fictional cities, and dive into algorithms and techniques for procedurally generating maps by building up topography, landscape, populations, and street plans.
video  cartography  strange-loop  rather-interesting  art  generative-art  generative-models  the-mangle-in-practice  learning-in-public  algorithms 
10 days ago by Vaguery

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