Canada is the second-largest country in the world in terms of area, and is also extremely sparsely populated. The map shows the concentration of cities along the border with the contiguous US, and the vast areas that seem to be effectively empty. [Read more…] about ZIPScribble Map: Canada
Though the data for Austria still seems to have a few small problems, the overall structure looks like many of the other maps. The pattern in the far north of Niederösterreich (Lower Austria, N) is remarkable though, because it looks different than the rest. Also, Vienna (W) is lacking some data, but would look like a spiral connecting its districts otherwise. What is quite visible, though, are the mountains that define the borders between some of the provinces, and which appear as regions without any postal codes. [Read more…] about ZIPScribble Map: Austria
The data for Australia is apparently incomplete, though I don’t think we’re missing much. Even if you are not very familiar with Australia, you will perhaps realize that the map is missing Alice Springs, which is smack in the middle of the continent. A few other cities are missing, too. But overall, the structure is very believable. [Read more…] about ZIPScribble Map: Australia
While working on the ZIPScribble map, I started to wonder how to untangle the beautifully scribbly lines, and finding the shortest path through all ZIP codes. In computer science, this is called the Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP), and so I decided to make this the Travelling Presidential Candidate Map.
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What would happen if you were to connect all the ZIP codes in the US in ascending order? Is there a system behind the assignment of ZIP codes? Are they organized in a grid? The result is surprising and much more interesting than expected.
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