A most interesting site:
| The CommonCensus Map Project is redrawing the map of the United States based on your voting, to show how the country is organized culturally, as opposed to traditional political boundaries. It shows how the country is divided into 'spheres of influence' between different cities at the national, regional, and local levels.|
The author is just beginning this project. You can tell it will take a long, long time to collect enough data for browsing. Meanwhile, his conjectures, projections, and plottings are worth a look:
|The CommonCensus Map Project was created by Michael Baldwin. It was dreamed up in early 2005 at an all-you-can-eat meat barbecue in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. He thought about writing down the idea on a napkin, but didn't think it was necessary.|
|Iraq's constitution was being battled out between different groups, there were territorial problems in India and China, and Congressional redistricting was a mess. "We live in the 21st century and have atomic weapons, and still nobody can decide on exactly where Upstate New York is!" he thought. He'd done database and web programming, and majored in Political Science. Why not just do the obvious, common-sense thing, and ask everybody where they lived? Tally up the results and draw the first map where the borders were decided by everyone, not just a select group of politicians.|
|Six months later he finally sat down and started it. His mother provided the name (all those hours of doing crossword puzzles paid off!), and the CommonCensus website was born two weeks later on September 22.|
Hat tip: Stephen Bodio's Querencina. While you're there peruse his information on the harvesting habits of the Chinese. Then check your cosmetics for country of origin since you may want to throw some of it away, given your new knowledge. This is a case where "buying American" is probably a good idea.