TL;DR – We map out all the locations of the now concluded X-Men film series
With The New Mutants getting their cinematic release (finally), the entire X-Men film franchise has been brought to a close. Even though the last couple of films have not been stand out performers, this is still sad as this is twenty years of history coming to a close. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to continue to add to our Mapping Project by mapping out the franchise and its thirteen films.
Now when starting this project, I did have a view that this would be a generally straight forward task. I was wrong. This turned out to be much more complicated than I thought given to the ambiguity of some of the locations. At the same time, some like the Statue of Liberty are clearly straight forward. I spent hours trying to nail down the location of places like the Essex House for Mutant Rehabilitation.
With this in mind, I tried where possible to situate things using the locations given in the films, or when that was not possible using the original comics as a source. In some cases, neither of these options were available, so I put them in the most reasonable place I could find. In some cases, these were actually in conflict, and in that point, you have to pick one and move on.
TL;DR – With Chef’s Table BBQ just being released we take a look back at our map
If you have been reading my reviews for a long time, then you will undoubtedly know that I have a deep love for David Gelb’s striking food documentary series Chef’s Table on Netflix. It is a world full of beautiful food, fascinating stories, and in-depth exploration into a world that I don’t get to visit. Which is even more of an issue in 2020 because of [waves hands around everywhere]. Well, today the latest season Chef’s Table BBQ came out, and I thought it was an excellent time to jump back in and give the map a refresh.
TL;DR – Today we chart every location visited on screen in the Fast and Furious film franchise
For the site last week, I went through and watched all of the Fast and Furious films from start to finish for our review. As cars were taking down Tanks, Cargo Planes, and Submarines (oh my) and they started jumping around the world from Los Angeles, I started jotting down locations, and well we all know where that is going to lead to. So once again I have mapped out a franchise (you can also see our maps for James Bond and Marvel), from the start in LA to the ice fields of Russia. Note that we are using the named locations and not where they were filmed.
TL;DR – Links to every geographical feature mentioned in Civilization 6 so you can explore them if interested
Over the last several years we have been building our map of Civilization 6’s features, starting with our first attempt at mapping the base game back in 2017 to our latest work with the New Frontier Pass. During that time, I have waded through countless Wikipedia articles, websites, history textbooks, and Journal Articles to try and put together everything you see.
With all of this, I accumulated a lot of data on the various parts of the game, which was fun in its own way as I got to learn more about the world we live in. However, I have been trying to find a way to allow others that same joy of exploring this world. I have tried a version of this at the bottom of my maps in my past attempts. But in practice, they always felt clunky and limited.
TL;DR – Every single feature of Civilization 6 (at time of posting) in one map, this time with Lakes, Seas, and Oceans
This week we got the latest update to
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, and along with the boosted Industrial Zones
and several pages of patch notes there was the announcement of the game adding
water features to its growing list of geographical features. We have mapped Civ
VI in the past as part of our Map-It Project, and I
am always a completionist, so I thought it would be quick to add in a couple of
lakes. Well three solid days of work later and it was not the quick job I
expected, but it was a rewarding one as I got to learn more about the geography
of the Earth while brushing up on my Māori.
Now as always, a couple of notes before
we start, first the Civilization boundaries on the map are based more on
clarity than anything else, so in most cases, they conform to their modern
counterparts. We have also worked using the commonly implemented political
borders, not necessarily what nations claim, and this means making some
judgement calls which you will see below. Also, while all attempts have been
made to make sure that everything is accurately placed, putting this together
meant working from multiple different sources, and map projections, and as
such, no matter how much you try there might be some slight discrepancies here
We will be mostly going over the new additions and changes to the map in this update, if you want to learn more about some of the location choices that we made you can find more detail in our First Full Civilization Big Map and out Gathering Storm Update Map.
Finally, after the break there will be a lot of large images, so now is the time to check that you are on WiFi and are not using Mobile Data. Also a quick shout out to sonicmyst, God of Kings, Eagle Pursuit, Zaarin and SeelingCat over at the Civfanatics Forum for helping me with some of the obscure lakes I was having trouble locating.
TL;DR – Today we chart every
location visited during 20 Seasons of Time
Team one of the most wonderful shows to ever grace British television.
Well, today we are continuing our Mapping British TV week with Time Team (after looking at Grand
Designs earlier). Time Team
is one of those rare shows that was at its heart is an educational show, but it
also was one of the most entertaining things on TV in its time. That is such a
difficult balance to get right and like Where
in the World is Carmen Sandiego this is one of the other rare shows that
actually managed to pull that off.
For those who don’t know about Time Team,
it is a show about exploring the history of the British Isles (and some other
places). The show would arrive at a site where people have some questions about
a hill, or lump of stone, or an odd blip on a map, and from here they have just
three days to excavate as much of the site as possible. They are looking for
important finds like mosaic floors of the Romans, motte-and-bailey castles of the Normans, WW2 fornications,
ditches next to roads, and never any Roman temples, okay bar that one time. The
team includes host Tony Robinson, lead field archaeologist Phil Harding, and
experts like Mick Aston, Francis Pryor, Helen Geake, John Gater, Raksha Dave, Stewart Ainsworth, and many more.
The format might be something that goes against most archaeological digs that
happen over months and years, but it makes for some great TV. In the end, what
the show is mostly doing is engaging in the first prep work on sites for local archaeological
groups who could not afford the geophysics themselves. Through this, they have
made finds that have reshaped the way that we look at parts of British history.
My love for the show comes from many places. There is the interaction between
the hosts and the teams, the allure that at any moment something major could be
found that would have Tony Robinson dashing across the site to instigate, Phil’s
hat, and also learning about the history of the world. I think thanks to this
show I can give you a more in-depth view of the history of Great Britain than I
can of my own country, but that may also be an indictment on the history standards
in 1990s Australian schools. So without further delving into the past, let’s
delve into the past.
TL;DR – Today we chart every
location visited during 19 seasons of Grand
Designs as well as Grand Designs
Abroad and Grand Designs Indoors.
Today we are exploring something of a guilty pleasure for me. I don’t know why
I love watching these majestic houses come together from scratch given I will likely
never be in a position to be able to afford something like that, but all being
said and done, I have watched and loved every episode of Grand Designs.
Whether it is host Kevin McCloud and his constant trepidations until he sees
that final house and it all snaps together. Whether it is that moment the sad
music plays because the glazing has held everything up for 6 months or that
time when the sad music played in the first 5 minutes of the show and I was not
ready for it. Or whether it is the sheer gumption of these people powering
through an English winter and never quite getting in before Christmas, well at
least the Christmas that they planned. I simply adore it all.
Recently I had some time set aside and I was catching up on all the episodes
that I had missed and I started to wonder what the geographical spread of all
the locations would be. Are they all in Sussex, because they felt like that
where all in Sussex? Well, it dawned on me that you know, there was something
you could do about that and here we are.
Now time for the quick formalities before we start. All of these dots should be
considered at best estimations rather than exact locations. Quite often you
know roughly where the location of the house in question is, and other times
you know it is somewhere in Devon and you have to make the best guess. So, let’s
dive into the world of Grand Designs.
TL;DR – Today with the next
Avengers release imminent we take a look
at where on Earth we have visited during all of Phase One, Phase Two, and Phase
Endgame was released in cinemas, and well since I like maps and I like
the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I thought it would be interesting to update our
map out where the MCU has visited during its three phases from Iron Man in 2008 to Endgame in 2019. This means that there are some slight spoilers for
Endgame here, but only their locations which don’t really give anything away,
but if you are super cautious please be aware.
TL;DR – Today we chart every
location visited during the Slow Mo Guy’s ‘Planet Slow Mo’ series
Today we are exploring something close to my heart. One of my first ever dives into the world of YouTube back in the day was this little channel (well not so little anymore) of these two guys out of Britain filming things in slow motion.
As a film making technique I have always been captivated by slow motion and to see it used to capture weird and wonderful sights is something I have always love. Over the years whenever there is a new video I always make time to watch it and to this day they are always amazing like creating a fire tornado or blowing up 10ft balloons or even exploding airbags.