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Atlas of True Names

Atlas of True Names

The Big Apple becomes New Yew Tree Village with the Atlas of True Names, a set of maps which translate the names of cities into English; our favorite? Stink Onion (Chicago).

London-style US Highways

London-style US Highways

The US Interstate system gets reinterpreted in the style of the London Underground thanks to Cameron Booth; consistent line rules and color coding result in an amazingly readable map.

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Google Maps: Flu Shots

Google Maps: Flu Shots

We like the free airport Wi-Fi, but Google Maps gets put to more practical (and healthy) uses: the Flu Shot Finder helps you track down seasonal and H1N1 flu shots in your neighborhood.

Layar x Recovery.gov

Layar x Recovery.gov

Augmented reality goes political with Sunlight Labs’ Recovery.gov and Layar mashup; it gives us a tangible idea of where the $787 billion in Uncle Sam’s pocket change has gone.

Google Maps Navigation

Google Maps Navigation

Google fires a huge shot across the bow of other GPS devices and apps with Google Maps Navigation; available only on Android 2.0, it includes 3D views, turn-by-turn navi and auto rerouting.

Best Movies Subway Map

Best Movies Subway Map

Looking as complicated as a New York subway map, this Best Movies Of All Time Map by David Honnorat uses IMDb’s Top 250 films of all time and diagrams them along genre lines.

USA The Franken Way

USA The Franken Way

Setting political allegiances (or the lack thereof) aside, Senator Al Franken draws the US map from memory at the Minnesota State Fair; this should be required viewing for all politicians.

Concept: Maptor

Concept: Maptor

Short for “map projector,” Jinsun Park’s Maptor seems redundant with GPS-equipped phones; however, it’d be a godsend for group use such as search & rescue and tour guides.

Rome, Warcraft 2 Style

Rome, Warcraft 2 Style

Oh, Italy, how far you’ve fallen: Rome gets redone as a giant Orc camp with this Warcraft 2-style map; it uses Cartagen, a mapping framework that can load GSS (geo style sheet) files.

Hong Kong Pixel Map

Hong Kong Pixel Map

We liked the navigable map of Shanghai, but we were really waiting for a Hong Kong Pixel Map; the island of Triad mafias, colonial influences and urban vinyl is a feast for the eyes.

Internet Mapping Project

Internet Mapping Project

The name sounds academic, but Kevin Kelly’s Internet Mapping Project is more suited to cocktail napkins: it’s a collection of 60 hand-drawn maps of the Internet from TED attendees.

Video: Google Holodeck

Video: Google Holodeck

Seen at Google I/O, the Google Holodeck shows Street View at high speed; it gives viewers the illusion of motion, which is fun as long as the safety protocols don’t go offline.

Website: Map the Fallen

Website: Map the Fallen

It’s Memorial Day in the US, so in honor of 5,700+ fallen servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, please visit Map the Fallen; it shows both their homes and places of passing.

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Website: Stweet.com

Website: Stweet.com

It has some stability issues, but we like how Stweet.com mashes up Twitter and Google Maps; it uses street views to lend even more of a voyeuristic quality to live tweets.

Map: The 7 Deadly Sins

Map: The 7 Deadly Sins

Kansas State University geographers have mapped out the Seven Deadly Sins across the United States, using information like fast food restaurants, poverty, crime and disease.

Mars on Google Earth

Mars on Google Earth

Google Earth 5.0 also comes with enhancements for the other (red) planet: Mars will get nearly-live imagery from the Odyssey and Reconnaisance Orbiter as well as 3D viewing.

24 Hours of Air Traffic

24 Hours of Air Traffic

Air traffic has never looked so beautiful–or been so interactive: artist Aaron Koblin has created Google Maps of 205,000 flight paths on 8/12/08; they’re sortable by altitude, make and model.

Google Transit Maps

Google Transit Maps

With support for over 50 cities (but with NYC conspicuously missing), the new transit maps layer for Google Maps makes it easier than ever to find bus, train and ferry routes.

Website: Map of Shanghai

Website: Map of Shanghai

We have to say this Shanghai map is even better than Onion Maps; it’s a heavily detailed map of the booming metropolis, with graphics that are on par with something you’d see in SimCity.

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