Authorizing Comments, the social bargain
Announcements / August 7, 2015

Comments need attribution and accountability. This is a site of civil dialogue that leaves anonymity at the door. Instead of requiring users to create a new login to be able to comment, this site will use your existing logins from different social media on the web and other sources with an established personal authorization. Yep, we’ll let your friends vouch for you . With that comes some hiccups, occasionally their authorization tools break and I have no solution or the hurdles to become a developer with them in order to run an authorization app keep them out of our toolshed. All of this is stuff I’m sharing with you about the process of setting up a blog I really didn’t want to learn about, but my commitment to privacy and ease of use made this an obligation and hope the transparency is helpful. If the login doesn’t have an email associated with it, you will be required to enter it before leaving a comment.

Announcements / August 7, 2015

Everything was rolling and then just fell off the rails. Thanks for all the kind links and adds. This blog will be fully functional again soon and looking forward to suggestions and guest reviews. The database that held the site was damaged so it will take a couple hours to rebuild the first review. Stay tuned.

Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities
Book Reviews / August 7, 2015

Title: Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities Author: Frank Jacobs Date/Year: October 29, 2009 Format: Paperback Reviewer: cartonaut To kick off Map Book Blog with its first review, this review is for a book that itself started as a blog that resulted in an atlas of curious maps compiled by Frank Jacobs called Strange Maps. The book and blog have had a large and devoted following and both have been reviewed often and in detail since it was first released almost 6 years ago, so I’m not covering any new ground here. What is still new in this book is the fresh light of day cast upon obscure oddities of the map world pulled and extracted from old cabinets and books. Frank Jacobs is part anthropologist and part carnival barker that brings illuminated commentary and curiosity to the two-headed maps of his special side show at the cartographic circus. He unearths relicts, idiosyncratic visions, beauty, and some monstrosities that captivate the map lover’s attention. In doing so, he reveals much about the people, their/our history, and the nuances of context for the times and events that encapsulated the map’s birth. This is an entertaining book that enlightens; so if you’re tired of the standard atlas…

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Announcements / August 7, 2015

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