Top Searched Trader Joe’s Items

Finally, a Trader Joe’s map of food items!  This map shows the most popular item that was searched for on Google by state.  The winner?  13 states favored Sweet Chili Sauce.  California was the only state that favored Unexpected Cheddar.  Click below to read on!


This map is even more interesting because I could not find any Trader Joe’s locations in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Hawaii, and Alaska using the Trader Joe’s location tool.  I guess people are buying on Amazon and Ebay?

Internet Bird Collection

If you like birds, the Internet Bird Collection (IBC) is an excellent place to spend some time.  The IBC is an online audiovisual library of videos, photos, and sound recordings of the world’s birds created with the ultimate goal of disseminating knowledge about the world’s avifauna.  You can explore multimedia materials and recordings of thousands of bird species crowdsourced by birdwatchers around the world, with their species identifications cross-checked by trained ornithologists.  This vast collection can be searched and filtered by family name (common or scientific), country, keyword, date, and more, and each media entry includes a location map and shows other media recorded nearby.  Those interested can create a free account and contribute their own bird photos, videos, and sound recordings.  Check it out!


Atlas of Endangered Alphabets

The Atlas of Endangered Alphabets is a fascinating project that anyone curious about written languages can enjoy and learn from. Visitors to the atlas can browse dozens of writing systems by their place of origin via the interactive map. While many of the languages represented in the atlas are spoken today, their written forms may have declined in use or have only recently been developed. Each language has its own page with images, profile, and links to additional resources. Check it out!


Goodbye NAD 83 and NAVD 88

Back in 2015 I wrote about the planned retirement of NAD 83 and NAVD 88.  Well, it’s almost here.  The new replacement datums are coming in 2022.

To improve the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS), NGS will replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) with a new geometric reference frame and geopotential datum in 2022.

The new reference frames Continue reading

Whale Mapping

Most of us using GIS today do not get to do much mapping of whales, but back in the mid 19th century the American whaling trade was big business and you needed to know where the whales were.

Check out this innovative map from 1851 showing the distribution of several different species of whales, identifying each with a combination of color and pictorial symbols.  The map shows at that time that the Pacific Ocean was the primary habitat for whales.  The Atlantic Ocean was not because the whale resources there had been terribly depleted.  Check it out!