After years of deliberation, months of data wrangling and several reviews by family, I have finally finished version 1 of the jamesgeo well-travelled map. This map aims to answer the question “how well travelled am I?”. Unsurprisingly the answer is not very.
The map is made by taking every point that I’ve been to on the Earth’s surface and buffering by 100 km, without letting this cross any international borders, unless I did. I have chosen 100 km as I argue that culture, geography, geology etc changes significantly over about this distance.
I have finally finished amassing data for my well-travelled map, a map that’s going to illustrate how little of the world I’ve actually seen. The four (so far) input layers are shown below. All were automatically produced, apart from the legacy routes.
UGB has a server. Whenever somebody fails to login he records their IP address. jamesgeo.com uses the IP location service from freegeoip.net to turn these IP addresses into locations.
Two maps showing failed logon attempts over a 37 day period. Note that the IP lookup’s locations may not be entirely accurate (note the cluster at 0, 0).
Last post we saw a map of all the towns in North America that are named after periodic elements. This post has some more detail.
Whilst I’m confident that the sainted Leadville was named after lead (a bi-product of the silver mining industry), I’m less confident about Leader, Carbonera and Tinaia, NM. I’ll ask a linguist.
Having paused for over two years, I’m back thinking about my old obsession: how to map travelling time. I have repeated the map I made for driving times in the UK, but this time starting at the Cherry Creek Shopping Centre in Denver, Colorado.
High resolution image available here. Suggestions for how to create isochrones gratefully received!