Anyone into maps?

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    Apr 18, 2009 1:00 AM GMT
    Just wanted to see if anyone else there has a hobby of cartography.
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    Apr 18, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    I don't have a hardcore interest in maps. But I am definitely amazed at the convergence of maps and technology lately. I think Google has done an excellent job with Google Maps, Street View, and Google Earth. Microsoft's Live Maps is pretty good too.
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    Apr 18, 2009 5:12 AM GMT
    I use to when I was a kid some 35 years ago. I remember spending hours looking at the map of British Empire . I will check on the capital city , the name of rivers , island and sea route. Sometimes there exciting detail about population density, historical fact and rainfall distribution. Sometimes I imaging that I am conqueror, and all those country is under my occupation. It never occur to me that when I growth up I actually visited those faraway land like America, ,Australia ,India, Great War of China, Niagara Fall , Angkor War , Japan and etc.Probably, that is why I have the unsatisfied lust of travel and back packing. Just like a modern day Marco Polo, its really excite me to step foot on a country I never been before , eventhough sometimes there nothing really much to see there.

    Just like my chirldhood fantasy, I imaging those country I been too as my occupatied territory and I keep planning to add more country to my empire.
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    Apr 18, 2009 5:17 AM GMT
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    Apr 18, 2009 10:44 AM GMT
    Yes. That is why I got my masters in it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 18, 2009 12:09 PM GMT
    I LOVE that song.

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    Apr 18, 2009 12:51 PM GMT
    maps are hot
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    Apr 18, 2009 10:13 PM GMT
    Growing up I loved maps, and to a certain extent I still do love browsing google maps and the like. That's probably part of the reason why I'm majoring in Geography lol.

    But anyways, I recently took a GIS course at the university, and holy hell, it almost made me hate maps! That program is brutally difficult to use. It makes you never want to see a map again.

    Tony
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    Apr 18, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    Yes, I'm into maps, and collect antique ones. I really like aerial maps that show sea level and all bodies of water, no matter how small. This hobby started when I was a kid and was into long hikes in the woods. We always lived in the boondocks, no matter where we moved back then.

  • Caver

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    Apr 18, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    Maps are great, I make a variety of them for my job (geologist here)... I agree that the GIS programs are a pain, but they've become indispensable these days. I also survey and map caves for fun in my spare time icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 18, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
    I've always enjoyed studying them... old ones, ones from 50 years ago and those that are up to date. When I was a kid, I vacationed all over the western US, so I got used to reading them. I still have my trusty "road atlas" in the bathroom for reading material....LOL
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    Apr 18, 2009 11:20 PM GMT
    I keep maps from many years ago - and love comparing them. I started out collecting maps when I was a kid. I love maps. As an airline brat, I would sit on the plane for thousands of hours studying maps of where we were going.
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    Apr 18, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    as a kid i used to make maps of imaginary lands, inspired by the whimsical cartography in the fronts of my dad's old Winnie the Pooh books, and in various fantasy books.


    but in the real world i'm geographically challenged.
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    Apr 18, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    I have a small collection of vintage/historical map reproductions from my family's roots in Europe: old Prussian Empire, Austro-Hungary (as well as a modern map of Slovenia), & Sweden. I doubt I'll get any more though unless it's a largish world-map where I can keep track of where I've traveled.
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    Apr 18, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    jprichva said when the other kids were drawing pictures of mommy and daddy with their crayons, I was drawing maps of places I invented.

    Oh no, I thought this was my own unique little quirk. From the responses on this thread it's beginning to seem like you have to do this if you're going to grow up gay. Is it because as kids we try to map imagined worlds that are friendlier than the one we live in?
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    Apr 19, 2009 4:13 AM GMT
    jprichva wroteIn school, when the other kids were drawing pictures of mommy and daddy with their crayons, I was drawing maps of places I invented.


    I did the same thing. I also spent lots of time looking at the atlas in the set of encyclopedias we had.
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    Apr 19, 2009 3:11 PM GMT
    torontoguy2222 saidGrowing up I loved maps, and to a certain extent I still do love browsing google maps and the like. That's probably part of the reason why I'm majoring in Geography lol.

    But anyways, I recently took a GIS course at the university, and holy hell, it almost made me hate maps! That program is brutally difficult to use. It makes you never want to see a map again.

    Tony


    I loved my GIS class. It was hard but such fun.
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    Apr 19, 2009 3:12 PM GMT
    RPMSoccer saidYes, I'm into maps, and collect antique ones. I really like aerial maps that show sea level and all bodies of water, no matter how small. This hobby started when I was a kid and was into long hikes in the woods. We always lived in the boondocks, no matter where we moved back then.



    I have a book of the Australian coasts and all it is is aerial photos of the coasts.
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    Caver saidMaps are great, I make a variety of them for my job (geologist here)... I agree that the GIS programs are a pain, but they've become indispensable these days. I also survey and map caves for fun in my spare time icon_biggrin.gif


    I would love to see them sometime.
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    Apr 19, 2009 3:14 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI've always enjoyed studying them... old ones, ones from 50 years ago and those that are up to date. When I was a kid, I vacationed all over the western US, so I got used to reading them. I still have my trusty "road atlas" in the bathroom for reading material....LOL


    I still do the same. I love trying to figure out why the roads were built that way. I have some older road maps from the 60s when the Interstates were yet to be completed so you can see all the breaks in a freeway.
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    Apr 19, 2009 3:16 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI was always a major map nerd. In school, when the other kids were drawing pictures of mommy and daddy with their crayons, I was drawing maps of places I invented.


    I still do that. I have one that is probably a few hundred pieces of paper interconnected.

    I did a web site for a few of the items I made for my web design class to show the students what a site would look like once you have a concept. If anyone is interested I can e-mail them the link.
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    Apr 19, 2009 3:16 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI keep maps from many years ago - and love comparing them. I started out collecting maps when I was a kid. I love maps. As an airline brat, I would sit on the plane for thousands of hours studying maps of where we were going.


    I still do that. Every night before I go to bed I just look at the road atlas look at different areas or following a highway.
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    Apr 19, 2009 3:19 PM GMT
    Sebastian18 saidI have a small collection of vintage/historical map reproductions from my family's roots in Europe: old Prussian Empire, Austro-Hungary (as well as a modern map of Slovenia), & Sweden. I doubt I'll get any more though unless it's a largish world-map where I can keep track of where I've traveled.


    That is cool. I would love to get road maps of other countries.
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    Apr 19, 2009 3:46 PM GMT
    Absolutely. I'm a big time geography geek. National Geographic usually inserts a map into most issues and they're always interesting.
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    Apr 19, 2009 3:47 PM GMT
    I taught map reading in college for 3 years, as part of my duties as an Army Major with the senior ROTC program. I also taught map reading on-and-off to soldiers throughout my military career. Not sure if that meets your criteria or not.

    But I can read maps as naturally as I read a newspaper, and relate them to compass headings, terrain features, etc. It amazes me when people are puzzled by maps, and can't make them out, because they are as clear as day to me. I can find 8-digit map coordinates as easily as I can find street addresses.

    I used to set up outdoor map-reading courses (orienteering) all the time, and for me the most exciting part was finding precise places in the deep woods, without any discreet landmarks, just by using a terrain map, known distances, and a compass. And finding my location using back-azimuths and adjusting for magnetic declination is a lovely diversion.

    But pure cartography is of less interest to me, having been more involved with the practical military aspects, and now the recreational camping & travel applications.