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LOLMaps by Nikolas R. Schiller
|| 5/22/2007 || 1:30 am || Comments Off on LOLMaps by Nikolas R. Schiller || ||

hit reload to see a different LOLMap

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

LEGEND OF LOLMAPS
# – 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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Here Be Dragons by David Montgomery
|| 3/14/2007 || 1:25 pm || Comments Off on Here Be Dragons by David Montgomery || ||

Front page of today’s Washington Post Style Section:

Here Be Dragons
Through Nikolas Schiller’s Eye, Aerial Maps of Familiar Places Become Terra Incognita
By David Montgomery

He is sly, this rebel cartographer. He makes maps that look like quilts, masks, feathers, acid trips. You can find America in these maps — you can probably find your house in these maps — if you can find the maps at all, since their creator has posted them to an online underground.

Nikolas Schiller, 26, is the god of this alternative reality. Making maps at a frenzied pace of one every two days for the past 1,000 days, he has done everything he could to keep himself off the map of the World Wide Web.

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Tessellations of Time: A 2006 Recap
|| 12/31/2006 || 10:42 am || Comments Off on Tessellations of Time: A 2006 Recap || ||

So I just got done going through all of the 2006 blog entries counting up all the maps I made this year. It turns out that I made 206 maps in 2006! There are a few maps that I did not publish on my website, so the number is technically higher. I wonder if that is a record of some sort? Most maps made in one year by a sole cartographer. Well, it might be, but then again, my maps are not your traditional maps!

Check the complete listing after the fold…

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2006 Maps
|| 1/1/2006 || 12:01 am || Comments Off on 2006 Maps || ||

January (26)
1. Dupont Circle #2
2. Lincoln Memorial #2
3. Miami Quilt
4. Miami Quilt #2
5. Miami Lenz
6. Minneapolis #2
7. Denver #2
8. Philly Quilt
9. Philly Quilt #2
10. Philly Mandala
11. Meridian Hill Park Quilt
12. Meridian Hill Park Quilt – 1st Derivative
13. Meridian Hill Park Quilt – 1st Derivative #2
14. Home Quilt
15. Home Quilt #2
16. Home Quilt #3
17. Home Quilt #4
18. Portland Quilt
19. Portland Quilt #2
20. Portland Quilt #3
21. Saint Louis Arch Quilt
22. Saint Louis Arch Quilt #2
23. Saint Louis Arch Quilt – 1st Derivative
24. New OrLincoln (New Orleans + Lincoln Memorial)
25. Los Angeles Quilt
26. Washington Monument Quilt


February (30)
27. Seattle Quilt
28. Seattle Quilt #2
29. Oklahoma City Quilt
30. Oklahoma City Quilt #2
31. Star of Redlands
32. Redlands Quilt
33. Redlands Quilt #2
34. Star of Redlands – 1st Derivative
35. Redlands Quilt – 1st Derivative
36. Chicago Quilt
37. Chicago Quilt #2
38. Chicago Quilt #3
39. Grant Circle Quilt
40. Grant Circle Quilt #2
41. Detroit Quilt
42. Detroit Quilt #2
43. Las Vegas Quilt
44. Las Vegas Quilt #2
45. Las Vegas Quilt – 1st Derivative
46. Waikiki Quilt
47. Waikiki Quilt #2
48. Helena Quilt
49. Helena Quilt #2
50. Atlanta Quilt
51. Atlanta Quilt #2
52. Atlanta Quilt #3
53. Good Hope Road Quilt
54. Good Hope Road Quilt #2
55. Good Hope Road Quilt #3
56. Little Rock Quilt


March (31)
57. Little Rock Quilt #2
58. Harvard Quilt – NW
59. Harvard Quilt – NE
60. Catholic University Quilt
61. Catholic University Quilt #2
62. Convention Center Quilt
63. Convention Center Quilt #2
64. Union Station Quilt
65. Union Station Quilt #2
66. Ciudad Paso Quilt
67. Ciudad Paso Quilt #2
68. Ciudad Paso Quilt #3
69. Eastern Market Quilt
70. Eastern Market Quilt #2
71. Lincoln Park Quilt
72. Lincoln Park Quilt #2
73. Anchorage Quilt
74. Anchorage Quilt #2
75. Augusta Quilt
76. Augusta Quilt #2
77. Boise Quilt
78. Boise Quilt #2
79. Louisville Quilt
80. Louisville Quilt #2
81. Nashville Quilt
82. Nashville Quilt #2
83. Nashville Quilt #3
84. Pierre Quilt
85. Pierre Quilt #2
86. Bloomington Quilt
87. Bloomington Quilt #2


April (32)
88. Jackson Quilt
89. Jackson Quilt #2
90. Lincoln Nebraska Quilt
91. Lincoln Nebraska Quilt #2
92. Montgomery Quilt
93. Montgomery Quilt #2
94. Albuquerque Quilt
95. Albuquerque Quilt #2
96. Wichita Quilt
97. Wichita Quilt #2
98. Pittsburgh Quilt
99. Pittsburgh Quilt #2
100. Pittsburgh Quilt #3
101. Cincinnati Quilt
102. Cincinnati Quilt #2
103. Tucson Quilt
104. Tucson Quilt #2
105. Dallas Quilt
106. Dallas Quilt #2
107. Dallas Quilt #3
108. Raleigh Quilt
109. The Pentagon
110. The Pentagon #2
111. Rosslyn Quilt
112. Rosslyn Quilt #2
113. CIA Quilt
114. CIA Quilt #2
115. Mount Pleasant Quilt
116. Mount Pleasant Quilt #2
117. Columbia Heights Quilt
118. Google Map of Maps around the United States of America
119. Google Map of Maps around Washington, DC

May (6)
120. Columbia Heights Quilt #2
121. Columbia Heights Quilt #3
122. Mount Pleasant Quilt #3
123. RFK Quilt
124. RFK Quilt #2
125. Georgetown University Quilt



June
(11)
126. You Are Here #1
127. You Are Here #2
128. Jefferson City Quilt
129. Jefferson City Quilt #2
130. Statehood North Star
131. SloMo the Statehood Snail
132. 2 Tone DC Outline Tile
133. Washington, DC Congressional Representation Google Map
134. Starscape Animations (2)
136. Cathedral Quilt – Signed



July
(14)
137. Israel – Palestine 1993
138. Park City Quilt
139. Quilt of Charleston, West Virginia
140. Quilt of Charleston, West Virginia #2
141. Wilmington Quilt
142. Wilmington Quilt #2
143. San Juan Quilt
144. San Juan Quilt #2
145. American University Quilt
146. American University Quilt #2
147. Howard University Quilt
148. Howard University Quilt #2
149. Woodley Park Quilt
150. Woodley Park Quilt #2

August (17)
151. 10 Key Values of the Green Party Google Map
152. Infinite Delmar Loop
153. Infinite Delmar Loop #2
154. Bismarck Quilt
155. Bismarck Quilt #2
156. UCLA Quilt
157. UCLA Quilt #2
158. UCLA Quilt #3
159. UCLA Quilt #4
160. UCLA Quilt #5
161. Portsmouth Quilt
162. Portsmouth Quilt #2
163. Portsmouth Quilt #3
164. An Interchange in Omaha
165. University of South Florida Quilt
166. University of South Florida Quilt with Clouds
167. Cheyenne Quilt


September (10)
168. Cheyenne Quilt #2
169. Central Park Quilt – South
170. Central Park Quilt – South #2
171. Central Park Quilt – North
172. Central Park Quilt – North #2
173. Lower Manhattan Quilt
174. Lower Manhattan Quilt #2
175. Williamsburg Quilt
176. Williamsburg Quilt #2
177. North, South, East, Westminste® (installation)

October (1)
178. Le Monde est Vous
(worked on a movie most of the month)


November (20)
179. Indianapolis Quilt
180. Indianapolis Quilt #2
181. Bethesda Quilt
182. Bethesda Quilt #2
183. Alexandria Quilt – Center
184. Alexandria Quilt – East
185. Alexandria Quilt – West
186. Alexandria Quilt – West #2
187. Washington Highlands Quilt
188. Washington Highlands Quilt #2
189. Washington Highlands Quilt #3
190. Bangkok Mandala
191. Grant Park Quilt
192. Financial District of San Francisco Quilt
193. Golden Gate Park Quilt – West
194. Golden Gate Park Quilt – Center
195. Golden Gate Park Quilt – East
196. Northwestern Station Quilt
197. Temporal Diptych of Schiller Park, Illinois – 2002
198. Temporal Diptych of Schiller Park, Illinois – 2005



December (15)
199. Temporal Stereography of Schiller Park, Illinois (4)
203. Meridian Hill Park Mask
204. Sacramento Quilt
205. Sacramento Quilt #2
206. Park La Brea Quilt
207. Park La Brea Quilt #2
208. Park La Brea Quilt #3
209. San Diego Quilt
210. San Diego Quilt #2
211. Baton Rouge Quilt
213. Who’s still getting screwed? (2)

Related:
95 Maps in 2008
305 Maps in 2007
122 Maps in 2005
106 Maps in 2004



Found Geospatial Art
|| 11/7/2005 || 12:19 am || Comments Off on Found Geospatial Art || ||

Today I devoted myself to the task of geocoding all of my Washington, DC renderings into Google Earth. Many many hours later, I’ve made it just over halfway through the task. I will be putting the layer on-line shortly…

As I was adding layers, there were two renderings that I decided to have a little cartographic fun with. When I got to Boxes of Jefferson, I decided to tilt the image 45 degrees and enlarge it to the size of Washington, DC. About two hours later when I got to DC Stencil, I decided to modify it to extenuate the lettering by removing the black background and turning it into a .png file (to preserve the transparency). I enlarged it as well to the size of a giant “you are here” sign. About an hour later I was going through the layers to see if there were any errors, I stumbled on the image below….





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