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Aug. 17th, 2007

01:22 am - KT, when ya gonna get back to the con diaries?

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I've been sort of sitting here thinking about picking up my cartoon diaries again and finally making some progress on them... except tonight and tomorrow are not going to be good for that, because we've got a big cabinet-shelf-thingy for the bathroom that needs assembling, and that's earmarked for tomorrow. But if we can get it put together in one day, I can definitely get back to the diaries on Saturday.

In the meantime, here's something else I've been obsessed with the past few days. Remember that map I made showing which US states I've been to, using different colors to indicate different levels of been-there-ness? Someone suggested I add Canada. So, I've finally done that... and thrown in Mexico for free! (Did you know that Mexico is divided into states, just like the USA?)

Map of which states KT has visited

That one Mexican state I've visited is Quintana Roo, which contains the island of Cozumel, which I visited during the second Furry Cruise. (That's another diary I need to finish so I can show you...)

I made this in Photoshop, and I've got a file that's set up so I can easily color any state, province, or estado. Anybody want me to whip one up for you?

[EDIT: Form, with updated categories, has moved to new post. To get a map of your own, go there. (And yes, the offer is open indefinitely.) :} ]

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Date:August 17th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
Wow, that's nifty! :D
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Date:August 17th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)

5 British Columbia      5 Nevada
                        3 New Jersey
2 Alabama               5 New Mexico
6 Arizona               5 New York
5 California            4 Oklahoma
2 Colorado              6 Oregon
5 District of Columbia  5 Texas
1 Florida               3 Utah
5 Illinois              4 Virginia
4 Kansas                5 Washington
2 Louisiana             5 Wyoming
2 Mississippi
6 Missouri              5 Sinaloa
4 Nebraska              4 Sonora

Eek! I've made Oregon into a red state!
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Date:August 17th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
I make the entire West Coast red...
5 BC                                  5 MT
                                      4 NV
6 CA                                  6 OR
4 CO (actually a combination of 3/2)  5 SD
2 ID (twice!)                         1 TN
2 IN                                  5 UT
5 KS                                  6 WA
5 MI                                  2 WI
2 MN                                  5 WY
5 MO
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Date:August 17th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but you also made Texas a blue state which balances it out for comedy purposes.

So... where'd you go in Sinaloa?

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Date:August 17th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
You, sir, are the kinda guy this thing was made for. :} Drove down to Tijuana, did you?

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Date:August 17th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
I decided to do this a little differently:

6: DC, OH (sort of - college)
5: BC, Alberta, PEI, Nova Scotia, CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, ME, MD, MA, MN, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, VA, WA, WV
2: DE, NH, VT
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Date:August 17th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it sorta seems like Mexico is the USA's little brother, copying us to seem cool. El Distrito Federal is even their own version of Washington, D.C.!

As for the overreaching thing, it's not uncommon for a place to have the same name as a larger place that it's part of. I mean, one of the Mexican states is called México. The largest island in Hawaii is called... Hawaii. Several Mexican states (and Swiss cantons) have the same names as their capital cities.

Besides, "America" on its own clearly refers to the USA. This continent is North America, the one down under is South America, and taken together, they're the Americas. There's not even any ambiguity there!
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Date:August 17th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
6 - OR, IL, PA, NC, FL, MA
5 - BC, HI, WA, CA, NV, AZ, UT, NE, MN, WI, MO, IN, MI, OH, WV, AL, GA, SC, VA, MD, NJ, NY, New Providence Island - Bahamas
4 - ID, WY, IA, DC, RI
3 - CO, TX
2 - DE
1 - None
0 - All Mexico, All Canada except for BC and ON, AK, MT, NM, ND, SD, KS, OK, AR, LA, MS, TN, KY, ME, VT, NH, CT.
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Date:August 17th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
I remember meeting you in a few of those places! Canamania, Seattlemania, Portland & Eugene... I also remember when you lived in "Miami, Floreda" ("I'm not a state, I'm a monster!")

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Date:August 17th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
Ontario 4

Arizona 3
California 5
Colorado 5
Georgia 5
Idaho 5
Illinois 5
Indiana 2
Iowa 2
Kansas 2
Kentucky 2
Michigan 6
Minnesota 6
Montana 5
Nebraska 2
Nevada 3
New Mexico 5
North Carolina 2
North Dakota 2
Ohio 5
Oregon 5
Pennsylvania 4
South Dakota 5
Tennessee 2
Texas 5
Virginia 5
Washington 6
West Virginia 4
Wisconsin 5
Wyoming 2
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Date:August 17th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
That's a lot of states traveled through on land without stopping. Do you ride a lot of trains? Or maybe, I'm wondering if we've got different ideas of what constitutes "stopping". My idea is that if you drive through a state and stop only for lunch and bathroom breaks, that counts as stopping.

Now I'm wondering if I should add an extra category: drove through, making only pit stops.
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