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More on mapping + job searching

As I posted about earlier, I’ve been marking out various aspects of my professional and personal life in Google Earth.  I don’t know what will come of it, if anything.  It may just be part of my interest in information aesthetics.  But, I’m convinced there’s some heretofore unrealized knowledge deep within little icons spread across the globe.

Today while I was data-entering the latest places I’ve applied to jobs in, I remembered that some time ago I plotted out all of my Facebook friends’ friends in an exploration of the relationship between geography and social networking.  Three things need to be said about that: 1) I don’t have any friends in Facebook that aren’t people I’d actually call friends, 2) I don’t know if I can say the same for my friends, 3) There really isn’t any reasonable way to get data on the relationships of my friends who don’t have Facebook accounts.

The interesting thing I wanted to post in follow-up then, is that it appears that without any intention to do so, I haven’t sought a job in any location where there isn’t at least one person whom someone I know knows.  The map (flags represent jobs and most are buried under other markers, each other marker represents a person or a place I’ve been to.  No jobs are in a place with only one marker.)



Mapping/Sphere of Influence?

Part through procrastination, largely by interest, I’ve become curious about the relationships among geography, my career, and my personal experience. What else to do but put it all in Google Earth, right?

So, as you may have just assumed if you’ve discovered that I’m college faculty, I’m currently looking for a new job. (I’m employed on a one year contract and on the losing trickle-down of statewide budget cuts. Although, if not for that there would probably be another reason.) So… I wonder if it’s possible to predict where I might go to teach next year based on where I, my art, or people I know have been.

Here are the maps (I’m only doing the continental U.S.):

Places I’ve been
Places I’ve been

Places where I have friends
Places where I gots people

Places my art has been
Places where my art has been

Places where I’ve lived
Places where I’ve lived

Jobs I’ve applied to
Places where I’ve applied/am applying for jobs

So, where might I or my art work end up next? In the voids? In a place with the most dense overlay of markers? Or does it matter at all for a guy who doesn’t get to leave his computer on most days?