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Misc.

Image of the Day: Map of China, Seen from the East

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Can’t say I’d ever contemplated the country from this perspective.

Via Marginal Revolution.

Christopher Jared, who apparently sent in the image, writes in the comments:

I have used this perspective of China for insight many times. Look at the proximity of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and then what is in the middle? A large green, fertile patch… a middle kingdom. Whenever I am thinking about events in Chinese history, recent or ancient, it is this perspective that is most helpful to understanding.

Note: Taiwan would be grey because it was under Japanese rule in 1941, the date of the map.

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Life

How to Achieve Musical Success, According to a Map from 1913

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Atlas Obscura:

When it comes to finding success, practice does really make perfect.

That’s the message behind this 1913 allegorical map entitled “The Road to Success,” a drawing that turns the figurative journey towards artistic triumph into a cartographic depiction of an actual climb towards victory.

The map appeared first in an October 1913 edition of The Etude, a magazine covering musical topics that was also known as Presser’s Musical Magazine, named for its editor Theodore Presser.

I love it. Applicable to much in life, not just music. Click through for a bigger version. And beware bohemiansim!

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Tech Thailand

Google Map of Thailand Twitter users


View Map of People on Twitter in Thailand in a larger map

Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) has created a Google Map of Thailand Twitter users. Could be a helpful resource if you’re looking for tweets from various parts of the country.

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Thailand

Thailand flooding on Google Maps

Update two: For more posts about flooding in Thailand as of Sept., 2011, see the Thailand Flooding tag.

Update: This post is from Oct. 2010. For more recent flooding news, from March 2011, see this post.

As I mentioned here and here, Thailand has been hit by the worst flooding in decades. @thaitvnews has created this Google Map — embedded below — of affected areas. The map contains photos, links to videos, and Thai-language descriptions of the floods.


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(Via TTR.)

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Bangkok Thailand

Map of Bangkok featuring district names

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Andy, the author of the excellent blog Changwat, Amphoe, Tambon — a lovingly curated site that provides exhaustive information on Thailand’s administrative subdivisions — has created the cool map of Bangkok you see above. Here’s a bigger version.

The author was inspired, I’m happy to say, by a tweet I posted last year containing a link to Ork Posters, a company that produces typography-heavy U.S. city maps containing neighborhood names.

As Andy explains:

Luckily fellow Wikipedian hdamm already made a vector map for the districts of Bangkok, so all I had to do was to place the names on top of that. The main difficulty were the very small districts in the center of Bangkok, especially the tiny Samphanthawong with a long name. But nevertheless I think my map doesn’t look that bad, especially considering I just spend a few hours creating it and have no earlier record of being an artist or designer. There is probably still some room for fine-tuning the image, also a separate version with the names in the Thai alphabet might be worth considering, especially now I know the standard fonts for the Thai road signs. And of course one could do the same with any other of the 75 provinces, or for the whole country – but there the small provinces near Bangkok make it almost impossible to read.

Map above: Creative Commons licensed by Changwat, Amphoe, Tambon.