This past December, I put together a sort of alternate history map of the United States called “The United States …That Could’ve Been.” It was nothing more than just a bit of fun in a dull and dry winter spell. All of the states created in that entry were based on existing real-life partition proposals that were either flat-out rejected or which flamed out. Continue reading “US That Could’ve Been: Building Timeline X”
Most of my life, I’ve daydreamed about history — not so much the incredible depth of historical events that have already occurred, good thinking as that might be. No, I’ve constantly fictionalized history by changing the outcome of one event here and there and exploring the possibilities of what would have come next. Sometimes I come up with some utterly ridiculous progressions on these alternate timelines of whole new worlds based on relatively minor changes. Continue reading “From Absaroka to Yazoo: The 124 United States That Could’ve Been”
The world’s went and gone crazy, and I stayed home.
Continue reading “Why I Didn’t Go to Columbus.”
A riddle of sorts:
So, a guy named George makes plans with his friends to go downtown and party hard one Saturday night. George lives wayyyy out in the suburbs, so he decides that public transportation is the way to go, because that’s the sensible thing to do given the destination and what’s obviously going to happen there. George isn’t super familiar with the transit system, so he works really hard and does his homework, figuring out every minute detail of his journey so he’s totally prepared. Continue reading “When Does Patience Become Foolishness?”
We usually have to stress to students in introductory geography classes that, despite the insistence of their high school football coach, er…. social studies teacher, that geography is not the memorization of maps. I usually have an exercise to stress this on the first day of class, in which I have the students each draw mental maps of the world, using nothing but as many blank sheets as they like. I wrote about this a couple weeks back, with examples of what they submitted. It usually serves as an eye-opening experience for them, and they usually let out a big sigh of relief when I tell them it’s the last time they’ll be drawing maps for me. Of course, I use it as a nice segue into what geography is really looking at, analyzing a selection of the maps on the overhead. Continue reading “Mapping (Geo-)Autobiography: My Mental Map of the World”
A lot of travelers — and especially geographers — like to keep track of numbers of places they’ve been…. countries, states, continents, capitals, everything. It’s a nice way to reflect upon past experiences, and yes, of course, brag to one’s friends about those travels. Continue reading “Mapping (Geo-)Autobiography: Travel”
So, I’ve been snowed in a while, and it’s right at the end of the semester, when the weeping comes from underachieving students via e-mail. And that, plus XtraNormal, equals my venting response. For all teachers everywhere….
Last week, I posted an entry that had a few different scenarios creating a playoff system for college football. Continue reading “Tilting at Windmills: One Final Look at a College Football Playoff”
Okay, those of you who read this blog and have no interest in college football would probably do best to move on right now. Fair warning.