Sunday, December 20, 2009

LOOKING FOR A LAST-MINUTE CHRISTMAS PRESENT?


In need of a last-minute gift? Well, look no farther! Thanks to commenter Stephen Rodgers we have the web site of a terrific mapmaker, with an inexpensive product that's bound to please. The site is called "Atlas of True Names"




If I had to buy only one of these true name maps, it might be this one (above) of old Europe.



Here's (above) a detail showing Italy.



The world map's (above) pretty good, too! I wish they'd had a map devoted entirely to the Asian sub-continent. The names are fascinating!



Here's England (above), specifically the area around London. Gee, London wasn't much of a town when some of these names were generated.

Anyway, the site provides the contact info. Prices are in Euros. If I remember right, the price of a large folded map is something like $6, and for an unfolded poster, maybe twice that. I suppose postage is extra. It probably won't arrive by Christmas, but I imagine that it can be mailed directly to the gift recipient, so that'll save some time.

BTW: Here's a link to Bob Dylan's video version of "Must Be Santa." I like this a lot.

22 comments:

kellie said...

Hey, he missed one, Kabul is just Kabul!

Amanda H. said...

Cool smoking Santa ad! :P

Katie said...

Whoa, that's really cool!! I wanna get one for me and Luke...let's hope he forgets to read this particular post! :)

Justin said...

I wish MY town was called Three Teeth...

Masahiro said...

Here is great Christmas song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YyKrToEgtc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl9OZ5R0cBU&feature=related

mike f. said...

Oy to the world - and happy holidays already to those mensches, Bob Dylan and Santa Claus.

RooniMan said...

Very intereging!

Zoran Taylor said...

Man, I was just waitin' for one of you cartoony folks to post that clip! As my Mom says, "It's like a total sixties blow-out!"

Anonymous said...

Masahiro:

What a mediocre show of mental incontinence!

talkingtj said...

happy christmas merry new year to you this year.thanks for a great year, dont think i couldve got thru it without this site, excelsior to the future!

Austin Papageorge said...

I like that Bob Dylan video too.

I just love it when they say:

"Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Ronald Reagan, Bush, and Clinton!"

Oh, and Merry Christmas Eddie!

Jorge Garrido said...

That Christmas album is the only thing of Bob Dylan's I've ever liked... except those songs he wrote that the The Beach Boys sang.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpO9WZsugfg&feature=player_embedded is the animation any good in this clip or is it a superficial imitation?

Joel Brinkerhoff said...

I could never fined Caucasia on any map. Merry Christmas: http://joel-brinkerhoff.blogspot.com/

Jennifer said...

Feliz Navidad, Tio Eddie! Prospero año y felicidad! :D

Austin Papageorge said...

Anonymous with family Guy Link:

I don't know why you would post that here, but let me help you out.

That particular segment of Family Guy had hands on animation by Darlie Brewster, Mark Koetsier, and Sandro Cleuzo. Cleuzo also redesigned the characters. These are all experienced animators who worked on major motion pictures.

I don't know if you can call that imitation, but that's that.

I got most of the imformation here:

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/disney/family-guy-goes-disney.html

John-Michael Morgan said...

Nice find, Eddie. Who new "Land of the War" was a place. I wonder why it got such a name.

John V. said...

I love "Must Be Santa" as much as the next man (the next man being my dad who, I think, considers the Dylan Christmas album to be the gratest thing since sliced bread) but I think it could do with a Theory Corner treatment. And starting with the Presidential theme...

Who admires Glen Kennedy's work?
Eddie admires Glen Kennedy's work!
Who thinks Ray Bradbury's a jerk?
Eddie thinks Ray Bradbury's a jerk!
Thinks Ray's a jerk, likes Glen's work...
Must be Eddie, must be Eddie, must be Eddie, Eddie F.!

Who wrote the TTA segment "Pluck Twacy"?
Eddie wrote the TTA segment "Pluck Twacy!"
Who posts photographs which are racy?
Eddie posts photographs which are racy!
Photos racy, wrote "Pluck Twacy"...
Thinks Ray's a jerk, likes Glen's work...
Must be Eddie, must be Eddie, must be Eddie, Eddie F.!

Who has license to act pretentious?
Eddie has license to act pretentious!
Who posts theories which are contentious?
Eddie posts theories which are contentious!
Posts contentious, acts pretentious...
Photos racy, wrote "Pluck Twacy"...
Thinks Ray's a jerk, likes Glen's work...
Must be Eddie, must be Eddie, must be Eddie, Eddie F.!

Who when he hears this song will barf?
Eddie, when he hears this song, will barf!
Who laughs this way: Narf! Narf! Narf!
Eddie laughs this way: Narf! Narf! Narf!
Narf Narf Narf, he will barf...
Posts contentious, acts pretentious...
Photos racy, wrote "Pluck Twacy"...
Thinks Ray's a jerk, likes Glen's work...
Must be Eddie, must be Eddie, must be Eddie, Eddie F.!

... and, I'm spent.

Jorge Garrido said...

John, that is the greatest song parody I've ever read! You should record it in a Dylan voice!

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

John: HawHawHawHawHaw!!!!!!! That song parody was hilarious!!! Jorge's right! It's one of the best I've ever read, too! After the holidy I'll post about it on the blog! Many thanks!

Oh, yes...thanks also for the kind words about Glen Kennedy on your blog. He deserves them!

Katie: I'm delighted that to see that you liked it so much!

Mike: Oy to the world! Haw! Merry Christmas, man!

Kellie, Amanda, Justin, Masahiro, Rooni, Zoran, Talking, Austin, Jorge, Jennifer, John-Michael: Merry Christmas, guys!!!

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Austin: Thanks for the link! family Guy as done by Disney...Haw!

Joel: Holy Cow! You did three Christmas cards...two of them animated!! Man, you're a worker! They looked great, especially the skating bear!

John V. said...

Aw, shucks, thanks Jorge and "Uncle" Eddie! :)