Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Not an end-- just a shift

After careful deliberation, it has been decided that one blog will be sufficient for the Clark Library. I have had a lot of fun with Cartographic Curiosities, and hope that you have, too.

Please remember to check out for more interesting maps, as well as visualizations and news from the Clark Library!

The blog is dead! Long live the blog!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Google Maps Quest

In case you missed it, Google Maps had a lovely April Fools Day feature called Quest, which gave their maps quite a makeover. Here's Michigan:

As someone with a healthy dose of nostalgia for early RPGs, I absolutely loved the new art, as well as the 'commercial' that Google made.

Here's Ann Arbor:

Those two figures in the rainbow beanies watching beatifically over the city are the symbol that Google put to represent their Ann Arbor office.

The StreetView feature also got quite a bit more pixellated, as can be seen in this screenshot of the Michigan Theater on Liberty:

The StreetView character was decked out in armor, as every good adventurer should be (safety first!):

There are also plenty of Easter eggs hidden around the world, like this one of Area 51:

Check out more cool Easter Eggs here, and explore the 8-bit glory of the map for yourself here (it's no longer available on the Google Maps main page).