When you mail a letter or package with the United States Postal Service (USPS), unless you pay for tracking, you may no know when it will arrive at its destination. If you mail your rent check on October 27, will it reach your landlord before the end of the month?
The USPS has a handy mapping tool for that. Continue reading
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will exhibit “The Kingdom of California: Mapping the Pacific Coast in the Age of Exploration” through January 2nd. The exhibition displays 17th to 19th century maps and books, including maps showing California as an island as well as 19th century coastal charts. Entry to the exhibit is free with paid museum admission. Check it out!
This one is interesting! The New York Times has created a page with an interactive map showing every building in the US. How did they do this? They used data from a huge database that Microsoft released to the public this year. Microsoft’s computer engineers trained a neural network to analyze satellite imagery and extract out shapes of 125,192,184 buildings across the country. Click below and read on!
In 1973, a California State University geography professor suggested that the US redraw its state boundaries and reduce the number of states to 38. State lines were to be drawn in less populated areas, isolating large cities and reducing their number within each state. Thus with fewer cities vying for state tax dollars, more money would be available for projects that would benefit all citizens. Alas, the idea died in Washington. Click below to read more about it.
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In a recent poll, more than 10,000 burger fans nationwide were asked to name their favorite burger from a major fast food establishment or restaurant chain. Though the map does not show you the distribution of fast food chains, or lack of certain ones, it does show you people’s preferences in their region. Check out the Burger Map!
Check out this interactive map of wind speed showing the hurricane on the east coast right now:
You can click on the map to get the current wind speed. Thanks goes to Tom Lutgen at Burbank Water and Power for pointing this out.
Check out the full disk image of the Earth and also check out Hurricane Florence on NOAA’s site.
Also check out the Space Station flyover.