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alan, to random
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alan, (edited ) to accessibility
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I have Opinions about conference name tags.

These name tags at State of the Map US are beautifully designed, but the name needs to be bigger! I have to get way too close to people to read their name.


#OpenStreetMap #sotmus #sotmus2024 #conferences #accessibility

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Conference name tag modifications I always make:

  1. Tie some knots in the lanyard string to shorten it, otherwise nobody can see your name tag when you’re sitting at a table.

  2. Write your name on the back! Half the time your name tag will be turned around and you don’t know it.

2a. include a short-ish link where people can quickly look up your contact info!


#OpenStreetMap #sotmus #sotmus2024 #conferences #accessibility

alan, (edited ) to saltlakecity
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Getting ready to head to Salt Lake City for a conference, checking What3Words before I go so I don't get lost:


#w3w #what3words #SaltLakeCity #maps #cartography #gis #SOTMUS #SOTM #SOTMUS2024 #OpenStreetMap #geospatial

alan, to random
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What a headline! I guess this passes for breaking news here in our sleepy town of

"New restaurant abruptly opens in Bellingham"

alan, (edited ) to random
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Surely this is a dream job for many cartographers:

Bellerby & Co. Globemakers is hiring a full-time Junior Cartographer for their London studio.


pink_doublethink, to scifi
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I am currently engrossed in reading the Expanse book series. In the universe of these books, humanity's advanced space-faring civilization still grapples with familiar issues like geopolitical tension, inequality, and exploitation.

The arrival of a mysterious new technology ignites intense reactions from governments, individuals, and political ideologies.

In these books, I see many parallels to how people currently interact with AI.
#book #scifi

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@pink_doublethink Check out the hashtag #TheExpanse... occasionally there are good discussions here about the series.

alan, to pnw
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Map of the Ski to Sea relay race route, currently underway here in . Easily the biggest event of the year. Useful map whether you’re a fan or just trying to avoid the crowds!

alan, to okbuddyretard
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such R.I.P. wow.

Doge meme dog Kabosu dies after 14 years of internet fame


alan, (edited ) to graffiti
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An excerpt from a blog post I wrote 5 years ago:

'The spray paint said simply: “45,000+”, which was the city’s population at the time (specifically 45,794 in the 1980 census). I have no idea why anyone would graffiti such a thing on a wall downtown, with no other commentary, but to me as a nerdy child with a growing fascination for maps and almanacs, it seemed like a perfectly normal thing to see written on a wall. I kind of miss it!'


#BellinghamWA #graffiti

alan, to vancouver
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Looking to help a friend from get set up on Mastodon. Looking at suggesting either cosocial.ca or mstdn.ca. Any recommendations between those two, or other good options?

CascadiaRail, to cascadia
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New video from prolific High Speed Rail Youtuber "Lucid Stew" about Cascadia High Speed rail, which sketches out the details of a new hypothetical route between Eugene and Vancouver, BC. What do you think of this route?


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@CascadiaRail That video mentions some of the difficulty of the terrain around #BellinghamWA, suggesting that HSR trains will have to slow down to 60 mph passing through Bellingham. That may be true, but there are some other creative ways we could work with the I-5 right of way but still go a bit faster. I wrote up some thoughts in a blog post a few years ago: https://mappingmashups.medium.com/cascadia-high-speed-rail-in-bellingham-thoughts-on-station-locations-ea3f423d0035
#HighSpeedRail #HSR #Cascadia

alan, to random
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Very surprised that the world's largest compass rose isn't tagged with anything that would make it render on !



alan, to maps
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I'm greatly enjoying the latest version of the Old Maps Online website. It has a very smooth time scrubber where you can see political borders change through time, and then browse georeferenced historical maps from map libraries like the David Rumsey collection.


And just the interactive map without the historical scans is available at TimeMap.org

h/t @friedrich

alan, to Dragonlance
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Via becca.explains.the.occupation on Instagram, here's a map of Palestinian villages before the Nakba, created by Zochrot.org (available in English, Hebrew, and Arabic)

You can click on the markers and read the history of each village.


#map #maps #palestine #israel #nakba

alan, to random
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That feeling when you spend a bunch of time tracking down people's Mastodon handles so you can properly credit them with something awesome... and find that their Mastodon accounts have been dead for a year and they're active daily over on bluesky.


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I guess I should be grateful that they have Mastodon handles at all

alan, to olympia
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"Evergreen State College to explore Israel divestment after deal with students"

"Protesters at The Evergreen State College in #Olympia agreed to remove their week-old encampment Tuesday night after striking a deal with administrators that includes the school publicly calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war and exploring divestment from companies that profit from 'the occupation of Palestinian territories.'"


#divestment #bds #EvergreenState #Washington

alan, to cycling
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This is a big deal for bikes in Bellingham! We have a new protected bike lane on Holly Street, the most important thoroughfare through downtown, and previously a big gap in our cycling network. Very excited to use this new route!


#BellinghamWA #biketooter #cycling #BikeLane

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@mmb I guess only a few blocks of it right downtown are “parking protected”

Wijfi, to random

Stayed up too late playing writing shaders to use on layers in @maplibre

Psychedelic patterns drawn on a map of Mexico

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alan, (edited ) to random
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I hadn't visited @OpenInfraMap in a while: it's a pretty impressive custom rendering of power and telecommunication infrastructure in OpenStreetMap.

If you need something new to map in OpenStreetMap, looks like lots of neighborhoods still need to have their power poles mapped! 😳


alan, (edited ) to random
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I dug into my archives and found this map I made of 2016 election results aggregated by the (then) new Whatcom County council districts introduced in 2017. Gives a rough sense of the political alignment in our small county here in the northwest corner of Washington State.

I need to update this map with new data from all the elections since 2016, obviously, but it's a hassle to work with the precinct level results. Soon.

#wapoli #waelex #WhatcomCounty #Whatcom #BellinghamWA #uspol

alan, to random
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Southwest Airlines is pulling out of Bellingham International Airport, citing delays on production of Boeing planes.


#Southwest #SouthwestAirlines #BLI #BellinghamWA #Boeing #BellinghamInternationalAirport

alan, to random
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"Here’s a Clever Way to Uncover America’s Voting Deserts:
Mathematicians are using topological abstractions to find places poorly served by polling stations."


Sure, this is clever. But you know what's even more clever? Eliminating polling places entirely and switching to 100% vote-by-mail like in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Vermont, and Hawaii.

(With some in-person polling places as needed for accessibilty reasons)

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