Let your tweets paint a watercolor version of your city

Article: Let your tweets paint a watercolor version of your city

Color Coordinates is a fun website where “tweets mentioning colors are plotted on their coordinates of origin.” This social cartography is a unique live visualization of tweets which incorporates the watercolor maps designed by Stamen Design and available for public use as part of the City Tracking project and funded by the Knight News Challenge. In addition to this watercolor template, Stamen Design created one that mimics the outmoded black-and-white toner scheme and an ecological one labeled as Terrain.

Google Maps launches bicycling directions today

Article: Google Maps launches bicycling directions today

While more American cities are including bicycling in transportation planning, and even shooting for status as “bicycle friendly communities,” it can still be tough to get around on a bike. Today, during the opening sessions of the National Bike Summit 2010 in Washington, D.C., Google will be announcing its contribution to making biking easier: a bicycling directions option in Google Maps.

Senator, can you draw your state?

Article: Senator, can you draw your state?

Did you know that this week is “Geography Awareness Week?” To celebrate this occasion, National Geographic asked the 100 US senators to draw an outline of their home state from memory on a square approximately the size of a cocktail napkin and note at least three important locations or landmarks in their state.

It’s almost not fair that Senator Al Franken of Minnesota is included in this survey. As I previously mentioned here, we know Sen. Franken is an overachiever in this department, as he’s demonstrated that not only can he accurately draw his homestate but a complete map of the United States as well. Anyway, check out his and a few other senators’ efforts (including my home state!) after the jump. View rest of the drawings here.

Paper cutout of NYC

Article: Paper cutout of NYC

An impressive meticulously detailed large map measuring 6 feet x 8 feet of New York City cut out of paper by hand. It’s separated into four panels each representing the main boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens), except for the Rodney Dangerfield of the boroughs: sorry, Staten Island. Along with a Paris version, this unique…