These are the most populated cities beginning with each letter according to a 2012 census estimate.  Some slides are staggered to go along with the alphabet song.

These are the most populated cities beginning with each letter according to a 2012 census estimate.  Some slides are staggered to go along with the alphabet song.

Data from 2012 census estimates at the county level.

The 2nd map is the 145 most populated counties.

This cartogram represents the number of Meth incidents per state in the continental US for 2012.  There were 11,209 in total, down about 2,000 from 2011.Data from http://www.justice.gov/dea/resource-center/meth-lab-maps.shtml

This cartogram represents the number of Meth incidents per state in the continental US for 2012.  There were 11,209 in total, down about 2,000 from 2011.

Data from http://www.justice.gov/dea/resource-center/meth-lab-maps.shtml

I think the March Madness tournament is great, but has some silliness. Why call the the four smaller brackets directions? The most eastern team (Harvard) is in the West and none of the teams on the west coast are in the West.
Why not call them by numbers, animal names, past presidents, really anything makes as much sense as directions.
Fun Fact: Philadelphia has 3 teams in and Texas has none.

I think the March Madness tournament is great, but has some silliness. Why call the the four smaller brackets directions? The most eastern team (Harvard) is in the West and none of the teams on the west coast are in the West.

Why not call them by numbers, animal names, past presidents, really anything makes as much sense as directions.

Fun Fact: Philadelphia has 3 teams in and Texas has none.

Lombard Street in San Francisco is a beautiful, steep, curvy road.  Sometimes called the crookedest street in America.  However it’s not even the crookedest street in the city.  Vermont Street is and I think these maps will prove my point.

The street lines are San Francisco basemap street centerlines
downloaded as a shapefile from data.sfgov.org

If you could dig a hole straight through the earth, chances are you will come out in an ocean.  

If you could dig a hole straight through the earth, chances are you will come out in an ocean.  

The 7 largest islands with borders.

The 7 largest islands with borders.

This short animation displays the states with a lower total population than Americas most populated city, New York City.  New York City is a tall blue point raised to its population.  The 39 states with a lower population have been raised to their population as well.  The color scheme emphasizes the population, green for low through yellow and orange then red for the higher populated states.  The 11 remaining states where left grey and at a height of zero.  Alaska and Hawaii where moved closer to the lower 48 so they would fit into the screen better.

The data used is from the census bureau website, they are estimates from July 1, 2011.

This map shows the cities with a larger population than the lowest populated state Wyoming, 31 cities in total.  The data is from the US census Bureau, it is current estimates as of July 1, 2011.
Website I copied data from: http://www.census.gov/popest/data/index.html

This map shows the cities with a larger population than the lowest populated state Wyoming, 31 cities in total.  The data is from the US census Bureau, it is current estimates as of July 1, 2011.

Website I copied data from: http://www.census.gov/popest/data/index.html

Here are all the land boundaries of the world.  Where people decided to draw lines in the dirt and separate land into countries.  Some follow rivers or other natural barriers, but most don’t.  The colors only distinguish different continents.  Australia, Antarctica and other islands aren’t here because they have no land boundary.
The 5 longest are: 1) Russia / Kazakhstan
2) USA / Canada - This is the lower 48 states/Canada border only.  I’m considering the Alaska/Canada border separate from the lower 48 states/Canada border.  These two countries do have the overall longest land boundary. 
3) Chile / Argentina
4) China / Mongolia
5) China / Russia
Data from www.naturalearthdata.com

Here are all the land boundaries of the world.  Where people decided to draw lines in the dirt and separate land into countries.  Some follow rivers or other natural barriers, but most don’t.  The colors only distinguish different continents.  Australia, Antarctica and other islands aren’t here because they have no land boundary.

The 5 longest are: 1) Russia / Kazakhstan

2) USA / Canada - This is the lower 48 states/Canada border only.  I’m considering the Alaska/Canada border separate from the lower 48 states/Canada border.  These two countries do have the overall longest land boundary. 

3) Chile / Argentina

4) China / Mongolia

5) China / Russia

Data from www.naturalearthdata.com

With summer around the conner I made this map about San Diego beaches.  I hope the faces make sense.  All the data was based on my experience of living in San Diego most of my life and spending a lot of time at the beach.  Happy Summer.

With summer around the conner I made this map about San Diego beaches.  I hope the faces make sense.  All the data was based on my experience of living in San Diego most of my life and spending a lot of time at the beach.  Happy Summer.

This year California will vote to keep or ban the death penalty.  If California bans it they will be the 18th state to do so (Washington D.C. also has banned the practice).  So here are a few maps showing death penalty info.  The second and third maps have the number inside each state I used to make the cartogram.

Note: Connecticut and New Mexico have banned the death penalty but grandfathered some people on to death row,11 and 2 respectively.  The third map only counts deaths since 1976 because the supreme court put a temporary ban on it between 1972 and 1976.  Also that seemed like a good block of time to use for data.

For the record I’m for the death penalty in extreme situations.  What I don’t like is having 723 people on death row and only executing 13 in 36 years.

Data source deathpenaltyinfo.org

Bostons Fenway Park turns 100 years old this Friday, the oldest stadium.  So here are the other baseball stadiums by age.  I used 3D spheres so both New York teams became one they’re both 3 years old, and the SF Giants(12 years old) were covered by Oakland(46 years old), and the Chicago Cubs Wrigley(98 years old) field covers the White Sox(21 years old) and the Brewers(11 years old).  The stadiums range from 0 years the new Miami Marlins stadium to the soon to be 100 year old Fenway Park.  They’re grouped into five year intervals but there’s no legend to explain it.  The colors means nothing, just to highlight the stadiums near each other like San Diego and Anaheim.  The Dodgers and Angles stadiums are the same age that’s why they look the same.  The average is 21 years old and the most common group is 11-15 years.