princekurlz:

wait lost  tho.

princekurlz:

wait lost  tho.

(Source: officialsandycheeks, via i-see-fire)

19 April 2014 ·

restlessisms:

catsbeaversandducks:

Meerkats make the best photographer’s assistants EVER.

Via BuzzFeed

This should be an album cover

(via libertarianlolita)

19 April 2014 ·

  • Lefties: Nullify federal drug laws. End the drug war!
  • Many of the Same Lefties: You can't nullify gun laws. The federal government is the supreme law of the land!

19 April 2014 ·

(Source: sizvideos, via allmarketsbecomeblack)

19 April 2014 ·

mapsontheweb:

Most and Least Remembered Countries of the World according to Sporcle
pat5168:


This color scheme should work for most color blind people. And of course I’ve only noticed the typo immediately after submitting it.
The data’s from the 7.8 million responses to this quiz.



Related: Most and least remembered US states

mapsontheweb:

Most and Least Remembered Countries of the World according to Sporcle

pat5168:

This color scheme should work for most color blind people. And of course I’ve only noticed the typo immediately after submitting it.

The data’s from the 7.8 million responses to this quiz.

(Source: reddit.com)

19 April 2014 ·

You know what’s brilliant about this shitty map?  Not the mediocre humor trying so hard to be “edgy” by being mildly offensive.

No, it’s how it’s typical of every hipster douchebag’s perception of NYC.  This isn’t a small segment of a larger map.  Read any of the hipster blogs (Gothamist, curbed, etc) and this IS NYC.  All of it.  Anything outside of this box doesn’t exist to them.

It’s astonishing.  NYC covers tons of space, but in the mind of the trendy douchebag, this is all of it.  Anything outside of it is meaningless.

Very expository if you ask me.

(via Does This Map Of NYC Offend You?: Gothamist)

You know what’s brilliant about this shitty map? Not the mediocre humor trying so hard to be “edgy” by being mildly offensive.

No, it’s how it’s typical of every hipster douchebag’s perception of NYC. This isn’t a small segment of a larger map. Read any of the hipster blogs (Gothamist, curbed, etc) and this IS NYC. All of it. Anything outside of this box doesn’t exist to them.

It’s astonishing. NYC covers tons of space, but in the mind of the trendy douchebag, this is all of it. Anything outside of it is meaningless.

Very expository if you ask me.

(via Does This Map Of NYC Offend You?: Gothamist)

19 April 2014 ·

(Source: priceofliberty)

18 April 2014 ·

"A seemingly routine suppression hearing in a suburban Chicago courthouse last month took an unexpected dramatic turn when video from a police car was introduced that disproved the testimony of five police officers. They had said Joseph Sperling was arrested after officers who pulled him over in a traffic stop smelled marijuana, searched the vehicle and found nearly a pound in a backpack lying on the back seat of his car. But the Glenview police video showed the search occurred only after Sperling was taken from his car, frisked and handcuffed, reports the Chicago Tribune (sub. req.). The newspaper dubbed it “a ‘Perry Mason’ moment rarely seen inside an actual courtroom.” Castigating the officers for their “outrageous conduct,” Cook County Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn granted a defense motion to suppress the search, which eliminated a basis for his arrest and resulted in a swift dismissal by prosecutors of the felony drug case against the 23-year-old. “All the officers lied on the stand today,” said Haberkorn, who herself is a former prosecutor, at the March 31 hearing. “So there is strong evidence it was conspiracy to lie in this case, for everyone to come up with the same lie.” The officers were later put on desk duty as investigations of their conduct proceed."

~

So good… So very very good…

Rare ‘Perry Mason’ moment in court wins dismissal for defendant, desk duty for 5 police officers

18 April 2014 ·

Selfies used to be so much work!

Selfies used to be so much work!

18 April 2014 ·

"America has always been trailblazer of the future, not custodian of the past. So opposing same-sex marriage on grounds of tradition is a chancy proposition. But this approach has another major flaw: What conservatives regard as traditional marriage is not very traditional at all. It’s radically different from what prevailed a century or two centuries ago. And if you want to talk about “thousands of years,” you’ll find that almost everything about marriage has changed."

~ The Myth of ‘Traditional Marriage’ - Reason.com

18 April 2014 ·

Radiation?  Cool!

Radiation?  Cool!

18 April 2014 ·

17 April 2014 ·

It’s Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet | Enterprise | WIRED

Correction; it’s well past time to encrypt the internet.

17 April 2014 ·

Wife-beating 101.

(by MEMRITVVideos)

17 April 2014 ·

mapsbynik:


Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population
A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.
Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading
Quick update: If you’re the kind of map lover who cares about cartographic accuracy, check out the new version which fixes the Gulf of California. If you save this map for your own projects, please use this one instead.
Map observations
The map tends to highlight two types of areas:
places where human habitation is physically restrictive or impossible, and
places where human habitation is prohibited by social or legal convention.
Water features such lakes, rivers, swamps and floodplains are revealed as places where it is hard for people to live. In addition, the mountains and deserts of the West, with their hostility to human survival, remain largely void of permanent population.
Of the places where settlement is prohibited, the most apparent are wilderness protection and recreational areas (such as national and state parks) and military bases. At the national and regional scales, these places appear as large green tracts surrounded by otherwise populated countryside.
At the local level, city and county parks emerge in contrast to their developed urban and suburban surroundings. At this scale, even major roads such as highways and interstates stretch like ribbons across the landscape.
Commercial and industrial areas are also likely to be green on this map. The local shopping mall, an office park, a warehouse district or a factory may have their own Census Blocks. But if people don’t live there, they will be considered “uninhabited”. So it should be noted that just because a block is unoccupied, that does not mean it is undeveloped.
Perhaps the two most notable anomalies on the map occur in Maine and the Dakotas. Northern Maine is conspicuously uninhabited. Despite being one of the earliest regions in North America to be settled by Europeans, the population there remains so low that large portions of the state’s interior have yet to be politically organized.
In the Dakotas, the border between North and South appears to be unexpectedly stark. Geographic phenomena typically do not respect artificial human boundaries. Throughout the rest of the map, state lines are often difficult to distinguish. But in the Dakotas, northern South Dakota is quite distinct from southern North Dakota. This is especially surprising considering that the county-level population density on both sides of the border is about the same at less than 10 people per square mile.
Finally, the differences between the eastern and western halves of the contiguous 48 states are particularly stark to me. In the east, with its larger population, unpopulated places are more likely to stand out on the map. In the west, the opposite is true. There, population centers stand out against the wilderness.
::
Ultimately, I made this map to show a different side of the United States. Human geographers spend so much time thinking about where people are. I thought I might bring some new insight by showing where they are not, adding contrast and context to the typical displays of the country’s population geography.
I’m sure I’ve all but scratched the surface of insight available from examining this map. There’s a lot of data here. What trends and patterns do you see?
Errata
The Gulf of California is missing from this version. I guess it got filled in while doing touch ups. Oops. There’s a link to a corrected map at the top of the post.
Some islands may be missing if they were not a part of the waterbody data sets I used.
::
©mapsbynik 2014 Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Block geography and population data from U.S. Census Bureau Water body geography from National Hydrology Dataset and Natural Earth Made with Tilemill USGS National Atlas Equal Area Projection

mapsbynik:

Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population

A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading

Quick update: If you’re the kind of map lover who cares about cartographic accuracy, check out the new version which fixes the Gulf of California. If you save this map for your own projects, please use this one instead.

Map observations

The map tends to highlight two types of areas:

  • places where human habitation is physically restrictive or impossible, and
  • places where human habitation is prohibited by social or legal convention.

Water features such lakes, rivers, swamps and floodplains are revealed as places where it is hard for people to live. In addition, the mountains and deserts of the West, with their hostility to human survival, remain largely void of permanent population.

Of the places where settlement is prohibited, the most apparent are wilderness protection and recreational areas (such as national and state parks) and military bases. At the national and regional scales, these places appear as large green tracts surrounded by otherwise populated countryside.

At the local level, city and county parks emerge in contrast to their developed urban and suburban surroundings. At this scale, even major roads such as highways and interstates stretch like ribbons across the landscape.

Commercial and industrial areas are also likely to be green on this map. The local shopping mall, an office park, a warehouse district or a factory may have their own Census Blocks. But if people don’t live there, they will be considered “uninhabited”. So it should be noted that just because a block is unoccupied, that does not mean it is undeveloped.

Perhaps the two most notable anomalies on the map occur in Maine and the Dakotas. Northern Maine is conspicuously uninhabited. Despite being one of the earliest regions in North America to be settled by Europeans, the population there remains so low that large portions of the state’s interior have yet to be politically organized.

In the Dakotas, the border between North and South appears to be unexpectedly stark. Geographic phenomena typically do not respect artificial human boundaries. Throughout the rest of the map, state lines are often difficult to distinguish. But in the Dakotas, northern South Dakota is quite distinct from southern North Dakota. This is especially surprising considering that the county-level population density on both sides of the border is about the same at less than 10 people per square mile.

Finally, the differences between the eastern and western halves of the contiguous 48 states are particularly stark to me. In the east, with its larger population, unpopulated places are more likely to stand out on the map. In the west, the opposite is true. There, population centers stand out against the wilderness.

::

Ultimately, I made this map to show a different side of the United States. Human geographers spend so much time thinking about where people are. I thought I might bring some new insight by showing where they are not, adding contrast and context to the typical displays of the country’s population geography.

I’m sure I’ve all but scratched the surface of insight available from examining this map. There’s a lot of data here. What trends and patterns do you see?

Errata

  • The Gulf of California is missing from this version. I guess it got filled in while doing touch ups. Oops. There’s a link to a corrected map at the top of the post.
  • Some islands may be missing if they were not a part of the waterbody data sets I used.

::

©mapsbynik 2014
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
Block geography and population data from U.S. Census Bureau
Water body geography from National Hydrology Dataset and Natural Earth
Made with Tilemill
USGS National Atlas Equal Area Projection

17 April 2014 ·

About Me

A libertarian trapped in a world gone statist. ISTP, also. If that means something to you, then you know everything about me pretty much.

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