Our Birth Story – Chapter Two

Here is the post about the birth of our daughter, similar to the post I did for the birth of our son, James, in August of 2016. Our close family and friends will have already heard the story, of course, but this is for everyone that we haven’t yet seen. Writer’s note: I wrote most…

Fun with Maps 327&328

Map 327 shows how landlocked each province of Europe is. That’s not a thing you probably thought you needed to know prior to reading that first sentence, but if you are like me (hungry and tired?), then you may have realized just how important that information is. It’s not important in a traditional sense, of…

Fun with Maps 325&326

I have been away from the blog for about a month and probably will be for another stint here as Beth is expected to give birth in the next week or less (hopefully less). I’ll be sure to share our birth story as soon as I can after it happens but having a newborn around…

Fun with Maps 323&324

Map 323 comes from an article on Curbed.com titled The nation’s most exciting park project is taking shape in North Carolina. I saw the article by happenstance, and only skimmed it, but came upon this beautiful map. It is a map/rendering of what the developer (Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates) has planned for Dorothea Dix Park…

Fun with Maps 321&322

I normally prefer not to give you two United States maps in the same post but Independence Day is tomorrow so I’m going to roll with it. Happy Fourth of July everyone! Map 321 features the U.S cities with the most and least student debt. Student loan debt is a big topic right now because…

Fun with Maps 319&320

Map 319 displays the minimum wage in each of the United States. The federal minimum wage was first established in 1938. Since then, Congress has occasionally raised the dollar amount based on inflation. May of 2007 was the last time that happened when it was raised to $7.25 (a change that went into effect in…

Fun with Maps 315&316

Map 315 features the geology of Texas, as in “Don’t mess with…”. I found this map through Pinterest (home to thousands of maps, by the way) and was stunned by how diverse the geology of Texas is. It’s a very large territory, of course, but it’s still interesting how many different eras are represented in…

Fun with Maps 313&314

Unfortunately, Map 313 features the deforestation of Los Angeles, California (sorry for the downer right at the top). Apparently, the “city has lost a shocking number of trees over the last decade, according to a group of USC professors from the Spatial Sciences Institute and Urban Wildlands Group who used aerial imagery to track the de-greening of LA. Their study,…

Fun with Maps 311&312

Map 311 shows the back half of a concert tour. The band on this tour is 311 (see what I did there?). 311 is currently on tour, they have a show on June 8th in Dana Point, California, but then they are scheduled to have a month off before resuming the tour on July 2nd…

Fun with Maps 309&310

FiveThirtyEight compiled data on where Democrats and Republicans live across the United States and the results may not surprise you. It is well known that urban areas tend to favor the liberal Democratic Party while suburban and rural areas prefer the conservative Republican Party. So how does that common knowledge compare to the factual data…

Fun with Maps 305&306

Map 305 is a transit map for Game of Thrones fans. I’ve featured fake transit maps before and Game of Thrones maps too but this is a fun mix. I don’t watch the show, personally, but I’ve seen clips and my preferred sports talk radio show talks about it a lot. I could see myself…

Fun with Maps 303&304

I have very little context to share regarding Map 303. I originally thought it was in Russian since I recognized cyrillic characters but upon using Google Translate on some city names and phrases within the map I believe it to actually be Belarusian! I don’t normally share maps I cannot read but it is a…

Fun with Maps 301&302

If you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame yet… GO SEE IT! Take tomorrow off work if you have to but go see this film. Even if you’ve never seen the rest of the franchise and nothing will make sense it’s still a great movie. Okay, so the movie making sense would probably be best so see…

Fun with Maps 299&300

This is my 150th Fun with Maps post! Congratulations to me! I suppose I should say something special to mark this important moment so… thank you to everyone that subscribes and reads my posts! I write this blog for the celebration of all things maps/travel and as a hobby (and for profit, although that hasn’t…

Trip #14 – California [Day 6]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 6; Oakland: Another day, another early wake-up courtesy of our toddler, James. I let him run around in a diaper without pants because Beth’s Aunt,…

Fun with Maps 297&298

Map 297 shows what exists as South Africa today during an early period of war. I do not know much about the various conflicts in the region but you can read about them here. It is very interesting to see the troop movement lines and where each side, the British and the Boers, won battles.…

Fun with Maps 295&296

It has snowed like crazy in the Twin Cities the past 45 days. Holy moly has it snowed! This February was the snowiest February in Minnesota since they started keeping track of that statistic, and the fourth snowiest month overall. 39 inches! There were a couple times where it snowed and it was supposed to…

Fun with Maps 293&294

Map 293 is one of the best maps out there. How do I know? The topic of said map is none other than Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! My wife, Beth, sent me this map earlier today and I love it. Hogwarts is cool. Maps are cool. What’s not to love?! This map shows…

Fun with Maps 291&292

China has the longest high-speed rail system on the planet by a wide margin. At 18,000 miles, China owns more than two-thirds of all high-speed rail here on Earth. “China’s ambition of building high-speed rails shows no sign of slowing down. With another 6,000 miles under construction, China aims to cover 80% of metro areas…

Trip #14 – California [Day 5]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 5; Bomben Family Fourth: The day started like most others with me waking up with James and getting him set up with breakfast and cartoons. That boy…

Trip #14 – California [Day 4]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 4; City by the Bay: Finally, the first day of sightseeing! I love to plan vacations full of activities and things to see. On day four we would finally be…

Trip #14 – California [Days 2&3]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 2; Relaxing Around Benicia: Our first full day in California was going to be a relaxing one. Beth prefers nice quiet vacations so this was…

Trip #14 – California [Day 1]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 1; MSP to SFO: The start to another big vacation at last! Months of planning in my limited free time had finally come to a…

Fun with Maps 289&290

Map 289 comes from an awesome movie, 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow. If anyone out there doesn’t agree that this film is awesome, amazing, fantastic, and simply the best; you are clearly incorrect. I love everything about it and highly recommend you go watch it if you haven’t already had the pleasure. The basic premise of…

Trip #13 – Board Game Weekend

This trip took place from April 27th through April 29th, 2018. Day 1; Let the gaming begin: Beth and I were going away for the weekend with our friends Kyle and Liz. The destination was a convention of board game and pajama pant enthusiasts called Omega Con in Siren, Wisconsin. The three-day event started Friday…

Fun with Maps 287&288

Map 287 is a Geological Map of Hong Kong from 2006. It is probably going to be difficult to really read and explore below so feel free to zoom in at the original source. This map is just plain awesome. It is both aesthetically pleasing and informative.  Do I understand what is being shown? Not…

Trip #12 – Quick Cabin Getaway

This trip took place June 17th through June 19th, 2017.  Day 1; New Hope, MN to Shamineau Lake, MN: The past few Summers my parents have rented a cabin on a lake up North. My sister’s family has gone with them typically but my wife and I usually do our own thing for vacation. Since…

Fun with Maps 285&286

I recently found a blog post titled, “10 Rare Landmarks on the Map of Nigeria” and clicked on it expecting to see a big, beautiful map. I was, however, disappointed to find no map at all, just a list of places. The headline contains the word ‘map’ and everything so I’m not the crazy one…

Fun with Maps 283&284

Map 283 features the minimum wage in each state of the United States. The current Federal minimum wage is just $7.25 in the US but several states have passed laws to increase that figure. Five states have done the opposite by not mandating a minimum wage but of the 45 states with one the average…

Fun with Maps 281&282

Want to donate to a good cause and have a chance to take a $25,000 train trip through Europe? Well have I got the map for you! Map 281 shows the path of the Venice Simplon-Orient Express that the winner and their guest will travel as the grand prize of an Omaze charity contest benefitting organizations…

Fun with Maps 279&280

Map 279 doesn’t exactly put my home state of Minnesota in a good light. This map shows the ten least and ten most tax-friendly states in the country. Of those, Minnesota is the least tax-friendly of all fifty states (yikes). The data used to create the rankings averages all types of taxes individuals might pay…

Fun with Maps 277&278

Map 277 features each of the fifty states and how many Supreme Court Justices have been from each. This map is no longer up to date as Judge Brett ‘Rhode Island Boat Fight’ Kavanaugh was just sworn in from the state of Maryland. The Eastern part of the country has spawned the most justices and…

Fun with Maps 275&276

Map 275 concerns Hurricane Florence and comes in four parts. This series of maps can be found on the New York Times. Each one shows sites of different types that are in the path of Hurricane Florence that might cause additional problems for locals as the strong storm causes flooding throughout the region. Chemical Sites…

Fun with Maps 273&274

Map 273 is about commercial fishing in Canada (because why not?). I’m not a fisherman, myself, but I do like to eat fish and lobster (although I don’t eat lobster often). Commercial fishing is big business on the East Coast of the United States and Canada and apparently there is a structure of sorts regulating…

Fun with Maps 271&272

It’s Labor Day Weekend so Fun with Maps is back from a long hiatus to bring you more of the world’s best most interesting most recently seen by me maps. And for those wondering how my California Vacation went, don’t worry! The recap posts will be up on the site sometime in the next four…

Fun with Maps 269&270

I’ve been saving links to some great maps lately so here we are (and thanks for joining me) on another edition of Fun with Maps! Map 269 is about taxi service! Taxi data from New York City has been plotted on a series of maps by Todd W. Schneider, a creative map/data-crunching genius. There are…

Fun with Maps 267&268

Happy Easter if you celebrate it and Happy Sunday if you don’t! Map 267 is from Buzzfeed. It’s of one of my favorite coastal cities in the East, Gotham! Gotham has a rather infamous reputation because of its criminal population but just like Chicago, Boston, or Baltimore it’s really not as bad as the rumors.…

Fun with Maps 265&266

Map 265 comes from another blog, the Arkansas Extreme Weather Blog. Tornado season is coming up (April, May, and June are the months with the most tornados) so I wanted to feature a map that showed the states in the U.S where they are most common. Kansas, of Wizard of Oz fame, has the most…

Fun with Maps 263&264

Map 263 shows the least-traveled highways in each state. It was created by Geotab and they included some beautiful photos of the top ten sparsely traveled roads on their website. These routes are not as traveled often because of location and physical features of the land. In many states that means mountainous areas far from…

Fun with Maps 261&262

This will be a quick post because James is sick this weekend and I don’t know how long he’ll be napping. The last couple nights have been rough with him coughing himself awake every other hour. Map 261 shows, well, I’ll let the title tell you. This map was posted by Tim Wenger on The…