I’m sorry, but that map thing is totally cool. Especially when you look at it like this:
And if you haven’t put yourself on there, stop being such a too-cool-for-school holdout! The map isn’t for my own ego (although you’re all very kind), it’s to provide a sense of the spiritus mundi so that we’re not all belonely and indeed, to paraphrase John Donne, if a clod be washed away by the sea, the internet is the less.
A few thoughts: first off, about the pictures – not to be hopelessly shallow, but everyone is quite physically appealing. I remember back in the day when the Web was full of fat guys making jokes about Arpanet, and online dating sites were sure to land you with a sociopath. Now everyone’s CUTE!
Also, a look at the map reveals some distinct patterns in our collective readership: we totally dig I-85-95, I-80 and I-5. You could go from house to house on the Eastern Seaboard, from JMM in Miami to Tim in Cambridge, and never drive for more than a few hours (or minutes, once you got to Atlanta).
I’d like to send a shout-out to those of you in foreign countries: Rich in Baghdad; Jiffer in Germany; Peter, Leah, Lisa, the Annekenstein Monster in Fair Canada; and Christine in Utah.
And here’s a weird stat: as the weekend progressed, and more people added themselves, the ratio of boys to girls remained stunningly even. Never more than 1% difference. It’s rare in life to have something so gender-balanced, thus it bears mentioning. Any other topographical or cartophilic things to share?