Posts Tagged ‘Geography’

Geography Is For Real: Oil Costs Up (Sundry)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Omnibus of a weeks’ newspaper coverage (reprints):

Are Oil Costs Creating a ‘Made Here’ Movement?
NY Times’ Andrew C. Revkin on August 2, 2008

Shipping Costs Start to Crimp Globalization
NY Times’ Larry Rohter on August 3, 2008

Larry Rohter, who recently returned to the United States after many years covering Brazil, has a fascinating story in the Sunday paper examining how high oil prices may be blunting the globalization of manufacturing. Concerns over carbon dioxide emissions may be playing a role, as well. He starts out with an anecdote about Tesla Motors, which planned to build its batteries in Thailand, assemble most of the components of its electric sports cars in Britain, and then sell them in the United States.

But high shipping costs have changed that company’s plans, and those of many others, Larry writes. Here’s the “nut graf”:

Cheap oil, the lubricant of quick, inexpensive transportation links across the world, may not return anytime soon, upsetting the logic of diffuse global supply chains that treat geography as a footnote in the pursuit of lower wages. Rising concern about global warming, the reaction against lost jobs in rich countries, worries about food safety and security, and the collapse of world trade talks in Geneva last week also signal that political and environmental concerns may make the calculus of globalization far more complex.

Maybe the world is not as flat, or small, as it once seemed. The breakdown of trade talks also implies more countries are thinking local. I’m not sure this bodes well for the global thinking, and interaction, that’d have to take place if the world were to get serious about curbing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. What’s your take?

Continue reading at New York Times . . . 

Hello, Bay Stater!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Finding myself on the eastern seaboard having grown up in California, I am sometimes confronted with odd questions like: What do I call someone from Massachusetts? How about Connecticut? Maine? What other slang nicknames are there?

The answers: A Bay Stater,* Nutmegger, and Mainer. At least that’s what lists (here). has a few more fun nicknames (list here) like Highlander (Colorado), Husker (Nebraska), Hoosier (Indiana), and the ubiqutous Cheesehead (Wisconsin). 

* G-rated version. Also a less-than-kind but seemingly commonplace conjunction of Mass-achusetts and a-hole-(in-the-ground). 


Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Statetris is an interesting game mixing aspects of the popular game ‘Tetris’ and geography. Instead of positioning the typical Tetris blocks, you position states/countries at their proper location. (From

There are versions for: AfricaBrazilEuropeFranceGermanyItaly,JapanNetherlandsSouth Carolina UKUSA

statetris launch screen

Cartography Carols – Xmas Gift Guide

Monday, December 10th, 2007


Ork Posters has some neat “artsy” neighborhood maps of several major metros. Not quite like the DC t-shirt available from Mustardseed in Bethesda, but…

sf poster


Threadless and NoiseBot both have some good (if not amusing) offerings… click each for direct link.

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