A Mash Note To a Blog

I read a lot of blogs.

There, I said it.

I read all kinds of blogs from Education blogs by experts where I only understand what the authors are talking about a third of the time or so, to food blogs by the truly obsessed, to parenting blogs that help me make detailed lists of all the ways I'm scarring my preschooler for life.

Some of them are brilliant.

Some of them are dorky.

The very best of them manage to be both.

Strange Maps is the best brilliantly dorky blog I've ever read. I've been following it for about a year now, and it can go weeks at a time without being particularly gripping, then - WHAM! - it will hit me upside the head with something so amazing (in a brilliant, dorky way) that I have to IM or call my wife at work so that she can share in the brilliant dorkiness.

(She really does put up with a lot.)

Two amazing maps from the past week or so:

This is a recent electoral map of Poland (the part in color). The black-and-white overlay is the border of the old German Empire from the 19th Century. There is a distinct difference in the voting habits between the people living in the same country, based on whether their communities used to be part of the Russian Empire or the German Empire - A HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS AGO!

Seriously - is that the coolest thing ever?

No. This is.

In the 1950s, Juan Peron, the President of Argentina commissioned a suburb in Buenos Aires to be laid out as a portrait of his wife Eva (the woman the musical Evita is based on).

Go ahead - try not to email this to your wife.

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