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Unless I missed it, where does one get the continent shapes and country outlines?

The files used are from Mike Bostock’s World Atlas TopoJSON project: https://github.com/mbostock/world-atlas

They are in turn derived from Natural Earth data: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/110m-cultural-vect...

View source. ;)

It's jasondavies.com/maps/world-110m.json which is from http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/110m-physical-vect...

I think https://github.com/mbostock/topojson is what you're looking for

One of the Wikipedia world map SVG's could be used:


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