Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The States Have Gas

I like this map (via Infrastructurist), and not only because it makes Oklahoma smaller and isolates it from the teet of Texas and throws its hideous shape into stark, unrelenting relief against a blank background.

I also like how it makes Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas into tiny morsels that might soon be devoured by the suddenly gigantic states of New Jersey and Maryland; on this scale, even pathetic, easily-forgotten Delaware (the first state or whatever!) could threaten those.

Texas remains a large eyesore at bottom center. It is big in every way except all the good ones.

Having spent the better part of several minutes grousing about it, it turns out I don't like this map at all. Something something gas consumption.