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WORLDMAPPER: The world as you’ve never seen it before

Suffice it to say I love maps.  Current maps, antique maps, topographical maps, dymaxion maps, fantasy maps, non-spatial maps… yeah… I like maps… they almost rival my obsession with clockwork.

So I about died of happiness when I found this site:

www.worldmapper.org

They’ve got maps for almost EVERYTHING you could think of:

Transportation                     Food                                       Manufacturering
Resources                               Fuel                                        Income
Education                               Health                                    Disease
Disaster                                   Destruction                          Pollution
Communication                   Exploitation                        Cause of Death
Age of Death                          Religion                                 Language

… to list a few.

Here’s one I find interesting:

Secondary Education Spending

Olympic Pictograms Through the Ages

Mole and Thomas: living pictures formed by thousands of US soldiers

There’s something to be said for sheer numbers…

10 Manliest Names Ever

Wow.  I hope that some of these guys had their names changed to what they are.  If not, then their respective parents are either too witty for their own good, or just plain cruel.

Just a sampling:

Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster

Manley Power

Rad Heroman

Magnus Ver Magnusson

Meet the Real Life Invisible Man

Meet the real-life Invisible Man, an artist with the ability to disappear.   Liu Bolin is able to blend into any surroundings – no matter how complicated they might be.   The 36-year-old artist from Shandong, China, paints on himself to merge with whatever is behind him… People walking past his performances often have no idea he is there until he moves.  Liu said his work requires a lot of patience with him having to pose and work on his photographs for more than 10 hours at a time to get it just right.  Liu’s intention is to show how city surroundings affect people living in them.

He sees his work as a silent protest against the Government’s persecution of artists.

The Chinese authorities shut down his art studio in Beijing in 2005. Contemporary art was in quick development, but the Government decided it did not want artists to gather and live together.

“The situation for artists in China is very difficult,” he says.”The forced removal of the artist’s studio is in fact my direct inspiration for this series, ‘Hiding in the city'”.

The series has received critical acclaim from art experts across the world.

He says: “There are many people who like my work I think because my work has a quiet strength.”

“My work is a kind of reminder, to remind people what the community we live in really looks like, and what kind of problems exist.”