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    Who likes looking at maps?

    I just came across this, and much as I'm not a huge fan of treating social networking like it's the be-all and end-all, I think it's pretty cool.

    There's a previous version linked to as well, and an explanation of the concept, here.

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    Who likes looking at maps?

    I like looking at Atlases.

    You always learn someting new.

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    Who likes looking at maps?

    You know when they say oceans cover more than 70% of the earth's surface?

    Well the oceans are porn.

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    I can spend hours looking at atlases. I love them.

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    Who likes looking at maps?

    The Times Atlas of the World is wonderful. I have the concise version but would love one of these

    A friend of mine had a road atlas for the whole of Europe which was great as well.

    Obviously Ordnance Surveys maps are a must as well

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    Who likes looking at maps?

    There's some amazing sound maps - London

    or New York

    or this map of Munich where interviews and memories of events under the National Socialists are mapped to their geographic location

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    I love them and have loads of them, mostly hiking maps of Switzerland and France. I will happily go into a bookshop and buy a map of a place where I have no more than a vague intention of going, then read it in the bath or in bed.

    Do I need help ?

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    Who likes looking at maps?

    This is the place to go for your intriguing map fix.

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    This site looks good

    It has this, for instance

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    I'm pretty sure there was a thread on here many years ago regarding people who could spend a happy afternoon reading the phonebook, of which I was one of them. As a kid, I could quite happily spend an afternoon finding as many people as possible with "bum" or "bottom" in their name, after which I'd learn the names of everybody in my street, and the street next to it, and so on.

    Then I moved to London and discovered the A-Z, which just took reading the phonebook to another dimension.

    These days I can spend entire nights on Google Earth. In fact, last night I was up until 2am looking at Speke Hall and the streets which surround it. Saturday night bliss it was.

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    Bored of Education wrote:
    The Times Atlas of the World is wonderful. I have the concise version but would love one of these
    Ah yeah. I've got the Times Comprehensive Atlas Of The World back at my parents' place, although not a leather-bound one. It cost me a tenner, as part of my introductory offer when I joined the Folio Society. One of the best tenners I ever spent (quite aside from the fact that the cover price is £150).

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    Who likes looking at maps?

    Maps rule. When visiting a new town, love to get a map online or w/ atlas and study the area so as to know my way around.

    When I am w/ others at say, a conference in a new town, I have to do some research to get to know the area (bus schedule, decent clubs & bars, etc.) It annoys the hell out of me that my partners are oblivious to their surroundings and want to generally do the safe touristy things and eat at the safe chain restaurants.

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    Nefertiti2 wrote:
    There's some amazing sound maps - London

    or New York

    or this map of Munich where interviews and memories of events under the National Socialists are mapped to their geographic location
    This is great. Thanks for sharing. I am working on a similar project in Chicago, but after recording tons of material have had no time to edit. I feel horrible about this because there are some folks (notably some school crossing guards who work on Belmont Ave.) who wanted CDs to share their interviews with friends and family.

    The indie rock fans among you need to check out the Chicago band Maps & Atlases. And it looks like they are playing shows in Europe this week and next, including England on October 11th and 12th.

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    Strange Maps is on particularly wonderful form here.

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    The Exploding Vole wrote:
    Strange Maps is on particularly wonderful form here.
    Fantastic!

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    There's a great real-time, real-scale tube map on the interweb somewhere.

    Put me down in the pro-map camp overall though. They're invariably a cracking read, and I find it hard to visit a place without wanting some idea of where exactly in the town/city/country I am.

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    Who likes looking at maps?

    I used to like old theme park maps.

    For example, this was for the now sadly defunct American Adventure park between Derby and Nottingham.

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    I have quite a lot of ski-slope maps from various resorts... I don't really ski much, but I still enjoy looking at them. And, like Tacuara, I read the A-Z... I have a very old one dating from when I lived in London in the early 1980s, it still comes out for a read every now and then.

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    The adventure one is awesome CTT. I notice they have an "aztec kingdom" ride in an otherwise USA exclusive theme park. Actually, they could mean Los Angeles by that no?

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    There is a growing pile of OS maps on my bookshelf and I could spend hours reading one. At times it is for practical purposes, planning a hike and the likes but sometimes it's just for pleasure.

    Right now I've got sheet OL 5 North-Western Lakes out, sorting out my coming week-end and mapping a route. Now, where is that contour gone...

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    The American Adventure was never the most consistent theme park we had. I remember it being good fun in its early days though (i.e. in 1990 when I was 10).

    RIP


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    Some intriguing psychogeography maps toward the bottom of Wikipedia's page on psychogeography.

    And of course the Surrealist map of the world is always fun.

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    This article may be too technical for most readers to understand. Please improve this article to make it understandable to non-experts, without removing the technical details.
    Who at Wikipedia makes these assessments, I wonder?

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    Who likes looking at maps?

    I've a huge box of OS Landranger series maps in a trunk upstairs. These are mostly bought for the purpose of following car rallies, and as such are heavily [strike]defaced[/strike], err noted with all manner of special stage routes through forestry plantations and military ranges, parking places, back roads in, locked gates, start and finish times, PR blackspots, not-as-map sections (where the cartography is rather unrepresentative of the true nature of the road) and cryptic notes to show deceptive locations (often just given a name such as "Barton's" to denote the surname of the unfortunate who first wrote a car off at that spot).

    Favourite map? OS96. An absolute gem.

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