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Archie's Press
Archie Archambault is a designer and inventor living between Portland, Oregon and Brooklyn, New York. He started making maps several years ago because nobody else was explaining cities simply and clearly. He is currently seeking new opportunities to make the world a better (or at least more interesting) place.

He studied Art and Philosophy at Colorado College, Urban Design at Harvard and Advertising at Wieden+Kennedy. He would like to learn more.
retail  maps  space 
march 2017 by soto97
Mapping the U.S. Census population estimates for incorporated places with CartoDB and geopandas
tl;dr: This post contains an interactive CartoDB choropleth map of the latest Census population estimates data (and a top 20 list of fastest-shrinking cities), as well as the process of how I used Python 3.x and geopandas to wrangle Census data and shapefiles.
maps  mapping  python  data 
february 2017 by soto97
The True Size Of ...
Mapping page that shows the true size of continents.
july 2016 by soto97
Caliper - Mapping Software, GIS, and Transportation Software
This is the mapping software used by organizations that create gerrymandered districts.
maps  software  politics  geography  demographics 
june 2016 by soto97
Here there be robots: A medieval map of Mars
So here’s my hand-drawn topographic map of Mars, complete with official landmark names and rover landing sites.
mars  maps  art 
march 2016 by soto97
American Panorama
American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. It combines cutting-edge research with innovative interactive mapping techniques, designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in American history or a love of maps.
history  maps 
december 2015 by soto97
Fall Foliage Map 2015 & Nationwide Peak Leaf Forecast
The 2015 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. While no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year.
maps  photography 
september 2015 by soto97
Cartopy Homepage
A library providing cartographic tools for python.

Some of the key features of cartopy are:

object oriented projection definitions
point, line, polygon and image transformations between projections
integration to expose advanced mapping in matplotlib with a simple and intuitive interface
powerful vector data handling by integrating shapefile reading with Shapely capabilities
python  maps  climate  software  programming  planetary 
march 2014 by soto97
Atmosphere new world :: Geographic Globes :: Mappamondi :: Globi Geografici :: Design
Our picture of the world is never static

Take a look at our collection of stylish and contemporary globes. They are created for the ultimate viewing experience. The maps are designed individually and the globes are manufactured to perfection.

A globe should be part of every home - for decoration and more importantly, for education. Because it is the only true representation of our world - the only way to understand the distance between continents, the diversity of countries and the vastness of the ocean.
maps  furniture 
december 2012 by soto97
Use Your Smartphone's GPS Internationally Without Incurring Roaming Charges [Travel Tip]
It's extremely comforting to have GPS with you when you're travelling in strange foreign lands, but unfortunately any incoming call could charge you fees. Reader Aaron shows us how to avoid these fees while keeping your GPS turned on. More »
Maps  Republished  from google
august 2010 by soto97
Links for the week of June 17th, 2010
If you want to follow my shared links in real time instead of as a weekly digest, head over to Delicious. You can search them there easily too.

Boulder's Energy Future – The City of Boulder's page tracking their ongoing negotiations with the local investor owned utility (Xcel Energy) over the next 20 years of the City's electricity provisioning… It should really be zero carbon by 2030. But how?
Jon Stewart’s Stinging Rebuke of Presidential Promises to Get off Oil – Eight presidents later, we're still sucking up the black stuff with a monstrous straw. Un-f*ing believable. I thank we jus' gonna haf to do this tha hard way.
Boulder County Bike Map for 2010 – Indicating slopes and traffic levels for many of the county's major roads, including the mountain canyons. Also shows shoulder widths on those roads.
Recycled Windshield Greenhouse Grows More Glass – An organic structure, made of post-industrial waste. Windshields, bent and overlapped into enormous transparent scales or roof tiles, and draped over a scrap wood scaffold. Looks like it was built by some kind of apocalyptic garbage fairies.
linkstream  architecture  boulder  cars  climate  colorado  design  energy  gardening  government  jonstewart  maps  oil  president  recycling  sustainability  transportation  waste  from google
june 2010 by soto97
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Maps Could Do [Lifehacker Top 10]
There's more to Google Maps than a place you double-check your directions. Google's data-stuffed site offers a lot of helpful tools for vacationers, spreadsheet nerds, bikers, and others. Today we're digging into Google's data-rich geo-tool and pulling out some helpful lesser-known features. More »

Google - Google Map - Searching - Search Engines - Map
Google  Maps  Photos  Top  Travel  from google
may 2010 by soto97
The Best Tools for Hacking Your Next Big Conference (Like SXSW) [Travel]
At last year's South by Southwest Interactive festival, I experienced shoulder burns, a perpetually dead laptop, frantic text messages, and very little sleep. This year, I'm planning on taking Lifehacker's own advice on travel tools and actually enjoying myself. Here's how. More »
Travel  Conferences  Maps  Restaurants  Top  from google
march 2010 by soto97
Google Maps Adds Bike-Friendly Directions and Trails [Google Maps]
It's long been one of Google Map's most requested features, and now it's here. Recreational cyclists and bike commuters alike can plot cycle-friendly routes, find trails, and avoid snarling traffic with Google Maps' Bicycle layer. More »
Cycling  Exercise  Google  Maps  Top  from google
march 2010 by soto97
Top 10 Tools for Finding Cool Stuff Nearby [Lifehacker Top 10]
Sometimes the most interesting stuff in an unfamiliar city is hiding in plain sight. With the right location-aware and map-friendly web tools, you can find the best cheap eats, picture-worthy sights, and much more. Start with this list of in-the-know apps.
Photo by epicharmus.

We've previously taken an example tour around Austin, TX with tools to find the best spots in new cities, some of which are detailed here, as well. For this list's sake, we'll assume you're familiar with the most popular local search tools, like Yelp, UrbanSpoon, and, well, Google and Google Maps. Beyond those tools, we wanted to provide a list of less well-known sites and services that pin down stuff you might not know about that is right around the corner.

10. See what pads are for rent or sale
There are plenty of webapps that let you cherry-pick apartments for rent and homes for sale from the comfort of your monitor at home. If you're right in the perfect neighborhood and want to know what's up, you've got other options.'s iPhone app is the newest entrant to the game, but has, as you might expect, quite a database to pull from. has a similar location-aware app for Android phones, one that can also provide turn-by-turn directions to any listing you pluck out. Real estate data and "Zestimate" provider Zillow has an iPhone app too, but can also work from any phone with its very minimalist text interface. For more apartment-specific tools, head over to our readers' five favorite apartment search tools. (Original posts:, Zillow mobile)

9. Find photo-worthy sites with Flickr
I use Flickr mainly to find the food that people feel is worth embarrassing their table enough to take a picture of, but the photo-sharing site's nearby photo finder helps you discover sights and locations you never knew about, right around the corner from where you are. You can simply search Flickr for your location ("Chicago"), find a neat-looking photo and add /nearby to the photo's URL, or you can hit the "Map" link on any photo that has its location tagged. (Original post)

8. Snag a comfortable Wi-Fi spot
If all you want is a connection, we've got you covered. Gina's definitive guide to finding free Wi-Fi recommends such tools as WeFi and JiWire, along with other means of hopping on the net from almost anywhere. If you want somewhere you'll actually enjoy being with your laptop, covers 104 spots in New York City (and a scant few shops elsewhere), or type "laptop" or "wi-fi" into local review aggregator Yelp and see what comes up.

7. See what's listed nearby on Craigslist
Having a good handle on the Craigslist listings for the area you're in is like knowing someone who's always up in everybody's business—and knows where all the deals and low-key events are happening. Craigsphone for iPhone and Android phones does a great job of reformatting Craigslist for mobile viewing, calling, and mapping; in NYC and San Francisco's Bay Area, it can even show you what's close to your exact location. If you're elsewhere and want updates on items or apartments up for grabs, check out our classic Craigslist for power users guide, which explains how to make RSS feeds your always alert friend. (Original Craigsphone post)

6. Find things to do on Goby
If you have time before you head out, either on a trip or in your neighborhood, hit up your local alternative weekly's web site or newspaper's entertainment guide. If you're looking for a quicker glance, listing and calendar aggregator Goby does a notably good job of rounding up everything that's listed as a public or paid even in and around a location. Most of the stuff tends toward high-profile events and family-friendly happenings, but that might be perfect for that one rained-out vacation day in an otherwise sunny city. (Original post)

5. Catch an awesome concert
Unless you're married to, or best friends with, a concert promoter, you're going to have a few moments every year where you'll hear about an awesome show by a band you're digging at a neat venue—last week. Not so if you sign up at Bandsintown, or grab its iPhone app, both of which can keep you in the know about shows coming to your town, or whatever you consider a reasonable driving distance. Music streaming and discovery service can also email you about shows from its vast database of artists happening nearby, and there is, of course, always signing up for notifications at your truly favorite artists' web sites. Just be sure to create a smart Gmail filter to keep the "NEW EP OUT SOON!" emails from cluttering your inbox. (Original Bandsintown post)

4. Learn what's around the corner with Near Me Now
Google's not the first entrant into the geo-location game, but the new "Near Me Now" link on its mobile home page is notable for being quick, simple, and not requiring a separate app to access (it's all web-based). It's out right now for iPhone and Android phones, but we hope it expands soon, as the pleasure of finding out scads of info about all the restaurants on the street you're facing, with the click of a link, belongs on every phone. (Original post)

3. Find great eats and drinks on semi-snobby boards
Sites and apps that offer restaurant reviews often suffer from overstuffed and not-quite-trustworthy data. A great, authentic Somali restaurant might get only one single-star review from an eater expecting something different, while a sugary-sauced Chinese joint might get a high volume of three-star ratings because, well, it's always open. Visit the forums of foodie sites like Chow/Chowhound, eGullet, and, do a search for your town, and see what people serious enough to sign up for a site named "Chowhound" and the like are saying. For a tall pint of great beer, try Beer Advocate's forums.

2. See streets in augmented reality
Remember how the Terminator could pull up information on anything he saw, as he saw it? With an iPhone or Android unit, you are (scarily?) close to that reality. Apps like augmented reality browser Layar for iPhones and Androids, and the "Monocle" in the Yelp iPhone app use your phone's camera, GPS chip, and motion/balance sensors to take what you're looking at, pull down the web's knowledge about it, and bring it back to you. Yelp shows businesses that have been reviewed by somebody, anybody, while Layar is the true walking tour app. You choose which "layers" to add to your view, like Wikipedia mentions, Flickr photos, real estate listings, and Google Maps listings. It's like having someone back at your computer meticulously research everything you're seeing and feed it to you, but you don't have to wear a Secret-Service-style earpiece to do so. (Original posts: Yelp, Layar)

1. Pin down the cheap stuff
Need to fill up, but feel like you're about to pay tourist-trap prices? Down to just pocket change and an inch of credit-card space? The new classic GasBuddy is always reliable, but MSN Auto's overnight gas price finder has earned kudos, too. For cheap food and drinks, give Cheap-Ass Food a look, and give MappyHour a peek for drink specials. If you're looking for a way to spend some time without having to eat, drink, or drop much cash, DiscountYeti finds free museum days and other local discounts and maps them out for you. (Original posts: cheap eats, gas prices).

Check the comments in our previousl feature on local spot finding for more tips and tools, and drop your own recommendations for living like a local in the comments.
iPhone  Maps  Top  Travel  from google
february 2010 by soto97
Google Earth Adds the Moon to Celebrate the Lunar Landing [Google Earth]
Windows/Mac/Linux: Google's celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing today with the addition of the Moon to their popular 3D map tool, Google Earth.
Stargazers have been enjoying the sky in Google Earth for a couple of years now, but the addition of the Moon is a great way to appreciate the accomplishments of the crew of the Apollo missions. The new features let you browse the Moon's surface with historical charts from mission plans, view artifacts left behind by humans, and check out landing sites from the various Apollo missions. You can even take a guided tour of the Apollo 11 landing narrated by author Andrew Chaikin with some excellent additional audio from Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin (you know, the #2 moonwalker to Armstrong).
Eager to explore the moon but can't install Google Earth at work? Check out previously mentioned Google Moon—sort of like Google Maps for the moon—from the comfort of your browser.
Land on the Moon in Google Earth [Google Earth via Official Google Blog]
Education  Maps  Moon  from google
july 2009 by soto97
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