Manhattan Elsewhere: "Depending on your vantage point, Manhattan seems either very big or very small. On complete map of the New York City area, Manhattan is dwarfed in size by the other four boroughs and surrounding megopolis. But for someone on the ground in Manhattan, the population density, the height of the buildings, the endless number of things to do, and the fact that many people don't often leave their neighborhoods, much less the island, for weeks/months on end makes it seem a very large place indeed.
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"Young adults in the United States fail to understand the world and their place in it, according to a survey-based report on geographic literacy released today.
Sizeable percentages do not know that Sudan and Rwanda are in Africa (54%
and 40% answer incorrectly, respectively). In fact, 20% place Sudan in Asia and
10% put it in Europe."
Ben Macintyre writes in the Times Online:
"The paper map will soon die, and with it something central to human experience. There is a joy is not knowing exactly where you are. The electronic gizmo takes you from A to Z, but it does not show you the place you never knew about, off at the side of the map, the road less travelled. The joy of exploration lies in not knowing exactly where you are, or where you are going, in trying to match the visual world outside with the one-dimensional world represented by the map. Wherever you go now, the machine has got there first."
Researchers at Microsoft are working on technology that they hope will someday enable people to browse online maps for up-to-the-minute information about local gas prices, traffic flows, restaurant wait times, and more. Eventually, says Suman Nath, a Microsoft researcher who works on the project, which is called SenseWeb, they would like to incorporate the technology into Windows Live Local (formerly Microsoft Virtual Earth), the company's online mapping platform.
Risk lurks in Sierra waters: "...hikers heading to the Sierra Nevada this summer should be extra careful about where they find their drinking water, particularly if cows are nearby.
That's the upshot of a new study that found cattle-grazing in national forests between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney is the leading source of E. coli contamination in Sierra streams and lakes."
Bernhard Jenny and Nathaniel Vaughn announced the availability of Color Oracle
(http://colororacle.cartography.ch/) for Mac OS 10.3.9 and above (freeware). Links are provided at the site for Windows compatable tools too.
More bucks for nature's beauty: "Entrance fees are going up at 17 National Park Service sites, most for the first time since 1997. Some also raised prices for annual passes. Many increases are $5 or less, but at California's Death Valley and Sequoia & Kings Canyon parks, entrance fees have doubled."
(Via LA Times: Travel.)
Now the galleries are hyperlinked, so if you view the map from within Acrobat or your browser, you can click on a gallery icon to open that gallery's webpage, which might be handy if you want to preview what they are showing. Some galleries appear not to have websites, so I left them unlinked. If you find a gallery I missed, or know the website for a gallery that has no link, let me know!
Note: Acrobat 6 is the oldest version which can take advantage of some of the map features such as user-controlled layers.
The art of hacking: opening really old Illustrator files: "Sandee Cohen was kind of enough to forward to me a conversation she had with Steven Gordon with regard to opening Illustrator 1.1 files in Illustrator CS2. Back in Illustrator CS, Adobe disabled the ability to open Illustrator 1.1 files believing that the format wasn't used anymore. ..."
(Via Real World Illustrator.)
"California Map & Travel Center ... also carried a large selection of globes and a truly outstanding selection of maps. I don’t know of anywhere else I could pick up a topo map of the Sierra Nevadas, a street map of Gdansk, and an upside-down map of the Australian continent all under one roof.."
via Gadling: the traveler's weblog
I've added a number of galleries which had somehow not made it on earlier versions. Also some restaurants and lounges have been added.
There seems to be an eastwards shift in the gallery center of gravity. That is more obvious now that more of the galleries in "old town" are shown.
The PDF file size has been reduced to 300KB.
In the mashup ecosystem, let’s get one thing straight. The data owner is ultimately in control, because a mashup developer is reliant on data owners to keep the supply of data flowing.
Some problem for part of the last hour on the webserver for ArtofGeography.com has been resolved.