Growing up in rural Mississippi had its perks. Most days my brother and I would come home from school, grab a snack from the fridge, and head outside to fish in the pond tucked behind the tree line or play basketball with the neighborhood kids. It was very much a community where everyone knew everyone. I had known many of the kids from my graduating class since second grade and my parents knew their parents since highschool and earlier.

    As beautiful as my hometown was, it was, like many small towns, economically depressed and void of all but the necessities. As I grew older, I became frustrated by this. We had one small grocery store, one stop light, two movie rental places and not a single fast food restaurant. We had no book stores, no electronic stores, no big-box stores and only a couple of places to grab a bite to eat.

Shoutout to white, you might find this interesting.


His finished map looks beautiful. I'd love to work a smaller area where the finer details are what's being explored.

I wish I'd known about TileMill before tackling the data viz with D3JS. It seems like most of the heavy lifting is already taken care of as long as you have the GeoJSON/PostGIS/etc. data.

I know at least two people who work with big data in Portland. It must be a hub for this kind of work or something.

posted by ButterflyEffect: 1744 days ago