Fun with Maps 349&350

My family went to the Minnesota Zoo yesterday. It was 100 degrees and sunny but there was a slight breeze so it was fine. Hot, but fine. Next time you find yourself in a zoo pay attention to the maps (I always do, of course). Map 349 is actually a series of small maps from…

Fun with Maps 347&348

Map 347 comes from the Economic Policy Institute and shows how teachers are paid across the United States compared to comparable college-educated workers. Spoiler alert before you look at it… teachers are underpaid in all fifty states versus comparable college-educated workers. At best, teachers were paid 2.0% less in the state of Colorado and that’s…

Fun with Maps 345&346

The new Census results are out and that means changes are coming to the Electoral College Map. Map 345 is the 2020 Apportionment Data Map, which shows how seats are moving from state to state. The census tells us where populations are increasing faster than others which results in gains and losses of seats/votes in…

Fun with Maps 343&344

Map 343 is a fictional map from the Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale. The show’s Twitter account posted it in advance of the show’s highly anticipated fourth season. If you’ve seen the show you’ll know that a religious-based government took over what we know as the United States and renamed itself ‘Gilead’. These right-wing…

Fun with Maps 341&342

Map 341 is a Republican’s pipe dream. More specifically, that Republican is State Representative Jeremy Munson (R-Crystal Lake). He introduced a bill, HF 2423, into the State House on March 25th that would start the process for Minnesota counties to secede and join South Dakota. I have covered secession attempts before, all of which I’ve…

Fun with Maps 339&340

Map 339 is the Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Map (there are some close-ups available too). The blue dots connote where a vaccine can be found. The yellow dots are hubs, meaning a larger volume of shots are available. Visitors to the availability website can click on the various dots for the exact address, facility name,…

Fun with Maps 335&336

Map 335 is about hockey, more specifically college hockey and the 2021 Frozen Four Tournament. What do I know about college hockey? Nothing, but I saw the bracket released and I thought, “I could make a map out of this!”. So I plotted all the home arenas of the 16 teams that made the tournament…

Fun with Maps 333&334

Map 333 comes from MPR News. It tracks the movements of a GPS-tracked wolf known as F003. In the fall of 2018 this female wolf, along with several others, was relocated from Northern Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park, an island in Lake Superior that is technically part of Michigan despite being closer to Minnesota…

Fun with Maps 331&332

Map 331 shows the Percentage of Small Businesses Receiving PPP Loans in the first batch from 2020, which I found in a Slate article from 5/7/20. The map uses dark red to show the states where the highest percentage of small businesses received the special PPP loans. These loans were limited because Congress approved a…

Fun with Maps 329&330

[Wanders into the room] Oh, hello there. Are you still here?! I haven’t posted in quite some time so I’m both surprised and impressed that you’re all still around. Good for you! It shows determination and moxie. I didn’t realize you were still hanging out here in my basement all this time (and frankly it…

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 317&318

Sometimes I’m browsing Facebook and come across a link. The link is about travel or other countries so I click on it hoping to find a really cool map. On many occasions I find an article, some nicely written, but no map. Then, every once and awhile, when the planets are in the perfect position,…

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 307&308

Map 307 is of the African continent. It shows some topography as well but the main focus is the geographic locations where different types of giraffes live. Take a look! The humble giraffe is the tallest living species on Earth (there were several dinosaurs that were taller, of course, prior to their extinction). There are…

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…