So, back when Randall Munroe updated his blogo/social network-sphere map a couple of months ago, I decided to delve back into my posting of amusing maps floating around on the interwebs regarding geocentric ignorance. Well, Munroe has taken on the subject himself in an appropriately XKCD manner. Click the image to be redirected to XKCD for the larger look or click here for my Part One or over here for Part Two of my looks at amusing maps.
A little over a year ago, I posted a series of some of the Web’s best entertaining maps. These ranged from amusing stereotyped looking glasses of how people see the world to XKCD’s map of online communities.
A year later, Randall Munroe updated his map of online communities to include recent changes in the interwebs and I decided to go searching for some new, funny maps. After the jump, I lead it off with Munroe’s latest.
So today’s draw has come in and FIFA has done right by the United States with an easy group. Not so much with Ireland, who can whine all they want but there is no instant replay for Thierry Henry’s handball.
My teams are the United States and beloved Greece. The US should be able to advance out of Group C, perhaps even setting down an epic smackdown on the Brits. Greece will be more hard pressed, but I have confidence that they can bring a steady stream of culture to the game. So long as neither Nigeria nor South Korea manages a steady attack, our defensive styling could carry us through the group.
If there’s one union that has been near seamless, it’s the internet with Photoshop, Paint, and pretty much any graphics program. This is true with cartography, as well. If there’s a map out there, someone has spoofed it.
But some of the more entertaining maps deal with satire of localized ignorance or stereotype… particularly when mocking America’s ego-centrism. After the jump, I’ve collected some of the more entertaining ones I’ve come across while surfing the interwebs.
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For someone who is still working his BMI down from the overweight categories, I still have no problem yelling at Americans for being fatasses.
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But what strikes me most about this video from the Palin book tour is how much I hate people from Columbus, Ohio. CNN constantly insists that Columbus is the face of America, but I don’t buy it for the following reasons (among others):
- They like THE ohio state university [new rule is that only the “THE” is permitted to be capitalized further to emphasize that Tosu is THE state university… also to emphasize what jackasses Buckeyes are];
- They prefer Skyline Chili to just about anything and yet somehow didn’t originate the This Is Why You’re Fat Tumblr;
- They are fat and content with it — your obesity is the reason healthcare (universal or not) won’t work in our country; and
- They are the only soccer fans in America.
Mind you, I love soccer… it’s just that I find it depressing that Columbus is the only place it can catch on as a professional sport.
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via hatethefuture – While 94% think Attorney General Eric Holder is a poorly disguised Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
And I’m sure more than half of Democrats felt that the Supreme Court acted in bad faith in stealing the 2000 election for George W. Bush. I still don’t understand why this is any more disturbing than the fact that only 39% of Americans believe in evolution, on the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species (which will be observed on Tuesday).
Yes, there are serious issues regarding the perception of legitimacy of American elections (even if those issues are largely perception-based, and not substantive). I still believe the greater threat to our government’s legitimacy is that our standard-bearing representatives are largely or commonly a) incompetent (see, e.g., Congress), b) corrupt (see, e.g., Jefferson and Trafficant), c) closeted but willing to deny civil rights to the people they sleep with on the side (see, e.g., pretty much every hard right wing religious righter), or d) crazy/stupid (see, e.g., Palin).
Of course, my true hope is that Palin will choose the TV talk show path, now that Oprah has announced her retirement. I think America misses Jerry Springer and there is a place for her on the CW. In the meantime, I’m going to go back to worrying about the fact that CafePress thinks its OK to sell mugs and bumper stickersthat advocate the assasination of a sitting president.
Report: Countries prepping for cyberwar
Major countries and nation-states are engaged in a “Cyber Cold War,” amassing cyberweapons, conducting espionage, and testing networks in preparation for using the Internet to conduct war, according to a new report to be released on Tuesday by McAfee.
I have a hard time believing that only five countries are making a concerted effort to prepare to at least defend against CyberWarfare. Notably, I don’t buy that the UK and Canada are not on the defensive. But perhaps McAfee’s release related only toward those truly scaling up. One way or another, it’s interesting.
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