I'm always on the lookout for map -related items, as I'm preparing for a few map-related things early in the New Year.
There was a really interesting post on the intriguingly named "Time to eat the dogs" blog earlier this week, that I found via Twitter and something else (as is often the way...)
The post is about the idea of 'terra incognita': this is a phrase that was once used on maps, but these days there are no unknown places... or are there ?
Gerald Zhang Schmidt suggests that the blank spaces are cultural rather than physical.
"...one can no longer go out to many places where no tourist has tread before. In fact, because of globalization, the traveler feels as if she has seen the world already, and while many places are still fun to visit (if exotic enough), there is nothing truly new."
Fits with the Taras Grescoe book "The End of Elsewhere", which I have blogged about before...
He goes on to explore the sort of thinking that led us at the Geography Collective to create Mission:Explore:
"How well do you know the people and paths in your community or the species that dwell in your own backyard?"
A final link from Gerald is his interest in the cultural significance of chilli peppers... geography and food combined...