What’s in a Surname?. (via) “A new view of the United States based on the distribution of common last names shows centuries of history and echoes some of America’s great immigration sagas.” (Map: Mina Liu; Oliver Uberti, NGM Staff. Source: James Cheshire, Paul Longley, and Pablo Mateos, University College London.)

About Costa Rica, Nicaragua, their mutual border, and Google | Ogle Earth. (via)

Nicaragua did not mistakenly enter Costa Rican territory because it relied on Google Maps. Ortega’s justification for Nicaragua’s actions appeal to documents from the 19th century; Pastora’s mention of Google Maps is just a taunt.

This whole thing, after going to Nicaragua last winter, makes me wonder:

Is there a (preferably German) word for the residual interest/affection you feel about places you’ve visited only for a short time?

“Nostalgia” is too yearn-y and past-oriented. It’s more like wanting to be in touch with the Now that you’re missing over there.

Watching The Maltese Falcon last month inspired me to read the original. It’s cool to see the names of streets and places I recognize. When I visited SF last year, my hotel was right in the thick of it.

The Revolution Will Be Mapped. “GIS mapping technology is helping underprivileged communities get better services — from education and transportation to health care and law enforcement — by showing exactly what discrimination looks like.”

It’s official, the world’s most remote place is on the Tibetan plateau (34.7°N, 85.7°E).