[Geowanking] 1:1 scale mapping

Brandon Martin-Anderson badhill at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 15:04:24 PST 2010

Yes! This makes me feel a sort of wonder combined with dread every time I
think of it. A map with no features is useless and a map with every feature
is useless - the value of maps is therefore the judicious exclusion of
features. Thus, the dread. There I am, adding every tree, every bus stop,
every stop sign, and I wonder - am I doing it? Am I making the Borges Map?


On Feb 8, 2010 2:44 PM, "David Asbury" <asbury at cemar.org> wrote:

And, of course, the classic:

And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the
country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!"

"Have you used it much?" I enquired.

"It has never been spread out, yet," said Mein Herr: "the farmers objected:
they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we
now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly
as well.

-- Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893).

Here are a number of other thoughts...



Brandon Martin-Anderson wrote:
> Here's a story about 1:1 mapping:
> """
> On Exactitude in Sc...
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