Date: 2005-03-02 00:14:00
Tags: rant
Note to people who make maps: Please include a scale! A map's utility is significantly diminished if the reader has to guess how far it is from point A to point B.

I did not say "cartographer" above because a professional would include a scale.
That's pretty much my only real complaint about Google maps.
For anyone who interprets and displays data I highly recommend The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte. (Amazon) It's made a huge difference in the way I represent data, and I thought I was already really good at it.
I second that recommendation. One of the best books I've ever read.
I keep hearing that's a worthwhile book, so I just ordered a copy through amazon. Thanks for the reminder :)
Gah, I didn't look closely enough on amazon. Your link points to the first edition, but there is also a second edition available. I saw the $40 price for the first one and decided to order a used one from a seller for $20 plus shipping through amazon. Now I see that the second edition is available, new, for $25 and free shipping. Dammit. And this one smells like pine sol for some reason.
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