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LOLMaps by Nikolas R. Schiller
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LOLMaps combines various historic maps & my geospatial art with popular image macro phonetics popularized by LOLcats, LOLgeeks, LOLgays, LOLpresident, LOLlibrarians etc. It also combines some of the “All of your base…” text as well as some Latin words used in old maps. As this project continues I expect the maps to get more creative and go beyond just bad grammar and combine some new elements (probably a Google Map with all the maps georeferenced) and produce a few more maps of this ilk. Read more about the different macros here.

The inspiration for LOLMaps was a comment made by a friend about creating more maps with text (“You are here!“). Since most of my maps do not contain any text and I have over a thousand map details to choose from, I figured I could highlight a few maps with some LOLtext. At first I decided to use the same random script from the Lost Series to create a randomized version of LOLMaps. After the first draft, I found that the maps needed some type of a legend to explain the location and words on the map, thus the second revision involved adding unique numbers to each map which are listed sequentially below with translated text, links to the source map, and in some cases further reading or opinions. The background for each page still pulls a random “zoom” from around America, which creates an interesting cartographic juxtaposition by mixing actually places with humor and in some cases political statements.

There are currently 51 LOLmaps with 143 different backgrounds which gives LOLmaps 7,293 different viewing combinations.

View the LOLMaps website

# – Text – Source – Notes
1. In Your Google, Blown in yer maps – A reproduction from the original Ptolmy world map. The faces represent the winds blowing from different directions of the known world – Link to original
2. Right Between The EyesMeridian Hill Park Mask – A visual play on words
3. In Your Bay Bridge, Loving Up Your MacArthurMacArthur Maze Quilt – Highway that connects San Francisco and Oakland was closed due to an accident.
4. In Your Harvard, Rejecting You ProperPolar Coordinates of Harvard – 2 Roses
5. Late For Class, AgainUSC QuiltMore on Leetspeak
6. Corruption Starts HereL ‘Enfant Map of Washington, DC – Caption by taxi gang
7. In Your Hills, Stealing Your BeverlyBevery Hills Quilt
8. In Your Head, Deconstructing Your RoutePondering the Pearl River
9. Occidental LeCorbusierPark La Brea Quilt – Occidental = Latin for Western – Le Corbusier is the urban planner who inspired the design of Park La Brea in Los Angeles, California.
10. At Your Wall Waiting To Go HomeIsrael / Palestine 1993Handala wanting to go back home but blocked by an illegal wall
11. Middle Intelligence AgencyC.I.A. Quilt #2 – I am from the “mid-west” part of America
12. Merides Via Merides OccidensAustin Quilt #2 – South by South West aka SXSW
13. All Your Clouds Are Belong To UsSalt Lake Quilt with CloudsAll Your Base…
14. Westside RepresentPark Circle Quilt, Inglewood, California – Roni Size + Dr. Dre
15. Impeach The BoogerBall of DestructionWhite House + New Orleans (Katrina +1)
16. In Your School, Making Friends With You EnemiesColumbine Quilt – “Make friends with your enemies so you may learn to love them.”
17. In Your (Military Industrial) Complex, Waging PeacePentagon Quilt
18. In Your Basilica, Loving Your GodCatholic University QuiltBasilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
19. East SideMount Pleasant Quilt – Oriens = Latin for East
20. Bowling for EarthBlue Marble Beauty #2
21. In Your Darfur, Getting Killed by the JanjaweedDarfur was on the map in 1858More on Janjaweed
22. East Side Sucks, West Side SucksSan Anotonio Sprocket – Yelled in bleachers at baseball stadiums across America
23. In Your Stadium, Rooting for the Opposite TeamL.A. Dodgers Stadium Quilt – 2006
24. Please Meet Me in AtlantaAtlanta Quilt #2
25. Meet Me in Saint LouisSaint Louis Arch Quilt – Film: Meet Me In Saint Louis (1944)
26. I Paid 500 Million Dollars for a New Stadium and all I got was this lousy mapRFK Quilt #3 – Public funds should never be used to finance large projects for monopolies
27. All Your World Trade Centers Belong to George W. BushLower Manhattan Quilt – Keep your coins, I want change
28. In Your Hood, Tagging Your PlaygroundVermont Avenue Sprocket
29. North SideDetroit Quilt #2 – Septentrio = Latin for North
30. Oil from Fossils is Old SchoolBaton Rouge Quilt – An Oil Refinery Reflection
31. North SouthPolar Coordinates of GWU – 4 Roses
32. East WestPolar Coordinates of Charleston, West Virginia – 6 Roses
33. Verlan (reverse)Portland QuiltMore about Verlan
34. Decentralize The ParkCentral Park Quilt – North #2
35. East SideCathedral Quilt – Signed in Arabic
36. In Your Casino, Stealing Your Roulette WheelLas Vegas Quilt #2
37. Your Apartment Complex SucksBallwin Lenz #2 – The Apartment Complex I grew up in
38. Please Get LostIcositetragon of Northwestern Station in Chicago
39. I Love This PlaceBoise Quilt
40. Ban Cloned MapsAbstract George W. Bush – Also see “More Bush than you ever wanted to see
41. Free! – Special Conditions ApplyNASA’s Blue Marble
42. All Your Monuments Are Belong To UsWashington Monument Quilt
43. At Your Border, Crossing It For a Better LifeCiudado Paso Quilt
44. At Your Memorial, Praying For PeaceOklahoma City Quilt
45. Laying On Your Beach, Looking at Your LoverWaikiki Quilt
46. Finding Your House, So Easy A Caveman Can Do It!Home Quilt #6
47. Invisible RepresentationThe U.S. Capitol Is Off Limits to the PublicD.C. Colonist
48. All Your Suburbs Are Belong To UsBuena Park Quilt
49. Invisible PresidentThe White House Is Off Limits to the Public
50. Iraq, Laughing Out LoudPhoto found on Flickr
51. WARNING: contains geography not suitable for minors – DC & NYC via Girls Gone Wild censorship – Satellite image from NASA
Fonts used: Media Gothic and Helvetica

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