26 February 2004

Java http://www.jars.com/jars_categories_java_sites.html

Information Visualization http://graphics.stanford.edu/~munzner/papers.html

"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning." - Ivy Baker

Dadaism and PhotoMontage; http://www.cutandpaste.info/
Different ways to manipulate pages of thumbnail sketches; http://www.photomontage.com/cover/index.html

A new project. Google Random Image is a little javascript code that scans
the html of the page it is on and uses that to find a matching image on
Google Image Search, which is then displayed. This way you can always have
a fresh image on your site/blog http://www.douweosinga.com/projects/googlerandomimage

http://www.zapmeta.com/ Emulating Vivisimo's "preview" feature, each result has a "Quick View" link that opens up the top part of the page directly in your result list.

Visualizing the Alphabet; NATO phonetic alphabet: Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta Echo Foxtrot Golf Hotel India Juliet Kilo Lima Mike November Oscar Papa Quebec Romeo Sierra Tango Uniform Victor Whiskey Xray Yankee Zulu

25 February 2004

[Manifold] Converting .MAP to .JPG; Open your map and use the "F6" key, or tools-make image and use the "entire component" option (Tools>Make Image on the map, then export the resulting image as .JPG).

"I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way." - Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967).
"The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the stairs... one step at a time." - Joe Girard
"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." - Bertha Calloway
"Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure." - William Saroyan (1908 - 1981)

24 February 2004

Frames Tutorials (Split your screen up to your heart's content). http://www.htmlgoodies.com/tutors/fram.html
Click on a link in a frame -- another frame on the screen receives the information; using "NAME" and "TARGET." The "browserly-challenged" will get an error code if they attempt to log into a page with frames. Either that or they will receive a blank page.

Greetings "Browserly Challenged". The page you are attempting to enter has frames and if you're reading this message, you don't have the ability to see it. I suggest you go...

UofA SLS Map site http://www.ualberta.ca/~kpeacock/manifold/

Mosaic Map http://www.christusrex.org/www1/ofm/mad/index.html See postage size 34K animated GIF providing full navigational functionality (invisible layer over?) demonstrating readibility of Zoom5 (Fibonacci) size frame.

A Guide to Unusual Maps on the Web http://www.gisnet.com/notebook/unusual.htm

23 February 2004

Possibly helpful Java code; "I dynamically create an 1000x1000 iframe with the google results, that sits in a 150x150 iframe. Since the 150x150 iframe is not foreign, it can be scrolled from code." http://douweosinga.com/projects/googlerandomimage

"A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery." - -- James Joyce

Mindsight is a newly discovered mode of conscious visual perception. "Our visual system can produce a strong gut feeling that something has changed, even if we cannot visualise that change in our minds and can't say what was altered or where the alteration occurred," claims Ronald Rensink, a researcher with the University of British Columbia in Canada http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/477831.cms

"There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man." - John Steinbeck (East of Eden)

20 February 2004

Glish; a fine site exploring many CSS nuances
Zeldman; Mr. Web himself, immerses readers into deep issues of CSS, browser nuances and some fine writing.
Bluerobot; I found the layout resovior served as a great learning ground.
Zen Garden; good modular code with numerous styles to be applied; some good, some bad.
Owen Briggs; certainly the master. A solid mix of the visual, textual and sweet, sweet code.

Clearly territory (reality) is more important than the map (dogma).
The map is only valuable so long as it matches reality. When it does it is called accurate. When the map does not match reality it is called inaccurate and the consequences can be fatal, as any explorer or sea captain will tell you. The first line of the Tao Te Ching ("Tao that can be stated is not the true Tao") says that the map is not the territory. .. Thus the philosophy of Tao is a healthy antidote to obsession with maps (dogmas). If the map (dogma) does not conform to territory (reality), then it is the map that must be changed and not the territory, and reality must not be sacrificed to protect inept maps. All maps, even maps drawn by sages and buddhas, are only tools for navigation and orientaton, and not sacred relics to be worshipped. The map is the not the territory. Fingers are not moons. Fingers point to the moon. Do not confuse the two.

The Use of Maps in Contemporary Art http://www.annao.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/text_dissertation.htm

Tracking user navigation methods by logging where users click on web pages; http://urlgreyhot.com/drupal/node/view/1440

The YFT uses JavaScript to create a yellow highlight that briefly spotlights the change when the page reloads. Then, in a second or two, the highlight fades and the page reverts to its normal state; http://www.37signals.com/svn/ 19 Feb 2004 by Matthew Linderman

"The knight" and Hamlet are the two characters, beyond all others, who seem always to know what they are doing, though they baffle us whenever we try to share their knowledge..... I would rather be Falstaff or Sancho than a version of Hamlet or Don Quixote, because growing old and ill teaches me that being matters more than knowing. The knight and Hamlet are reckless beyond belief; Falstaff and Sancho have some awareness of discretion in matters of valour.

19 February 2004

MAPS AS POLITICAL STATEMENTS http://www.adh.brighton.ac.uk/schoolofdesign/MA.COURSE/LMaps03.html
Mapping Blogger locations http://www.nycbloggers.com/fullmap.asp

18 February 2004

Try adding counter code to see if it works in blog environment;

to see if anyone is ever monitoring experimental development activities here.

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." - William Shakespeare
"There aren't any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men are forced to meet." - William Halsey
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

17 February 2004

Looks like ALT box graphic roll-over... http://www.parkenet.org/jp/sketchbook.html using Java(?);
  • September 13, 2003 – Ibhah
  • <-------try "View Source" to see this.
    Also images change when mousing over top left menu (on same page).

    Fractal art pages http://www.fractalus.com/misc/links.htm

    "You can't use an old map to find new land" - Gary Hamel

    16 February 2004

    A fractal is an object that possesses self similarity on different scales, with these scales being related mathematically. E.g., if one chooses a particular region and zooms in 5x, it looks the same. If one zooms in another 5x, it looks the same again, etc. A tiling is a collection of shapes (tiles) that fit together to cover the plane, without overlapping or leaving gaps. A fractal tiling is simply a tiling that possesses fractal character; http://members.cox.net/fractalenc/encyclopedia.html A prototile is a tile to which all other tiles in the tiling are similar; i.e., of the same shape, though not necessarily the same size.

    "When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical may be madness. To surrender dreams, this may be madness. To seek treasures where there is only trash...Too much sanity may be madness, and maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be." - Miguel De Cervantes (1547 - 1616), Don Quixote de la Mancha from http://www.quotationspage.com/search.php3?Author=Miguel+de+Cervantes&file=other
    "Invention consists in avoiding the constructing of useless contraptions and in constructing the useful combinations which are in infinite minority. To invent is to discern, to choose." - Henri Poincare (1854 - 1912) French mathematician from http://www.quotesandsayings.com/finquoteframes.htm

    13 February 2004

    12 February 2004

    Edmontonians on the Map This Centennial Celebration Project features the development of an innovative "map" of the Edmontonians of the Century. The map will be available as a full-color poster, featured on an interactive touchscreen wall, and accessible world-wide over the internet. 23 April 2004 Interested Canadians can monitor the progress of this project http://www.1-900-870-6235.com//SmartMap04.htm

    Note how Mapquest locator tracks movement in larger GlobeXplorer frame
    //call from init() whenever 2DViewer.jsp is loaded
    //sets new values from this page to remote forms
    //after verifying that the remote frame and form have loaded
    function updateRemoteForms() ... ... ...
    //MapFrame(Map.jsp) loads from here every time
    function setMap()
    See also "Map and Aerial Overlay Toggle" transparent square showing vector map elements over raster image (map).

    Particpated in study http://smg.media.mit.edu for The Sociable Media Group regarding author icon design ( exploring ways of making on-line social patterns visible, tangible or audible)... http://smg.media.mit.edu/~ethanlp/research/AV_overview.htm

    11 February 2004

    Adaptive Content Mapping for Internet Navigation; Hierarchical navigation and the zoomable user interface; http://www.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de/asa/papers/Chapter2-Hades.pdf appeared in Internet-Based Intelligent Information Processing Systems, World Scientific,
    Singapore, pp.25-65, 2003.

    View Small Things On Your Computer Screen Through A Virtual Magnification Glass http://www.masternewmedia.org/2003/03/31/view_small_things_on_your_computer_screen_through_a_virtual_magnification_glass.htm

    10 February 2004

    Dynamap technology; multiple layers of information become viewable as the substrate is rotated across the viewing angle. By scrolling the mouse vertically, users are able to mimic this effect http://www.dynamap.com/flashdemo.html Images are interlaced by alternating horizontal strips from each. The resulting compound image is calibrated to a specially designed polymer lens substrate. Lenses contain between 60 to 200 micro-lenses per inch, depending on the desired outcome. The underlying Dynamap® technology essentially fools the human eye. By rotating the map, the angle of viewing is changed and one of the resulting three layers can be viewed. This is mounted to a backing, finished and packaged.

    09 February 2004

    "We work not only to produce but to give value to time." - Eugène Delacroix

    The personality of the cartographer should not matter much when considering the quality of the maps. The cartographer's maps should not be dismissed because they have runny noses and have their belly buttons exposed with their shirt hanging out of their trousers.
    Only the accuracy of the map should be the sole criteria.
    The cartographer could be wearing an expensive Italian suit and the map might be higgedly-piggedly and of the wrong shape, looking nothing like the territory that it is supposed to describe.
    The accuracy of the map should be the sole criteria; the question should be does the map describe reality? Is this a good map? The truth of the message should override the personality of the messengers.

    Cartographic Artist

    "A lot of people have something to say and never have the chance to say it," says Carpenter. "I'm lucky. And I like to express myself with maps." Richard Carpenter is mapping every mile of America's railroad system as of 1946. By hand. "It's a story," he says, "that needs to be told." http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/79/pbest.html What gives this particular journey added zest is that Carpenter's maps are so meticulous and engaging--beautiful, really. They are hand-lettered and hand-drawn, even the tiniest place-names done in Carpenter's own careful printing. The maps have a point of view, a voice. It is as if Richard Carpenter is quietly narrating the trip. "No one has ever done this before". The atlas, says Carpenter, "is a record, a way of putting down in one place the totality of the system, the geography, the topography. It's a story that needs to be told." An atlas would seem an unusual vehicle for storytelling, except in the hands of Carpenter. The atlas would be a quixotic venture except for a couple of things; it is being published, and has created a minor stir. "It's a treasure trove of obscure information. . . . It answers questions that you didn't even think to ask." "Carpenter has invented his own style of cartography," says John C. Hudson, a professor of geography at Northwestern University. "Artistically, it's a beautiful product. There are no other maps like this anywhere that I've seen." And then there was Baltimore Sun columnist Fred Rasmussen. "It's the kind of work," Rasmussen wrote, "that only a gang of monks would consider undertaking." His maps are both compulsively detailed and artistically rendered. The skill and judgment are in combining not just the sources for each line and not just all the lines onto a single map. They are also in resolving conflicts. "I'm doing this mainly because I enjoy it," he says. "It gives me great satisfaction."

    06 February 2004

    Uploaded http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/eLearning/GreatIdeas/TimeLineMap.htm complete with first random quote generator code.

    05 February 2004

    Fractals The Mandelbrot Set;
    Big bugs have little bugs
    On their backs to bite 'em,
    And these bugs have smaller bugs,
    And so on, ad infinitum.

    Zooming in on the Maps; http://www.moonstar.com/~nedmay/chromat/mandelb.htm
    See the "Spinner" at http://www.moonstar.com/~nedmay/mandelb/spinner.jpg

    On my site today someone from http://www.href="http://www.paxscientific.com/co_adv_rk.html">paxscientific.com/co_adv_rk.html advised by Dr. Ron Knott is one of the foremost experts on the Golden Section and Fibonacci numbers. "The PAX Streamlining Principle, discovered by CEO Jay Harman, translates nature’s flow efficiencies into streamlined design geometries."
    Date/Time: 2/5/2004 4:06:50 PM
    Date of Last Visit: N/A
    Remote IP Address: Who Owns
    Remote Host Name: exchange.paxscientific.com Who Is paxscientific.com?
    Domain Origin: US Commercial
    Browser: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0)
    Referring Page URL:

    Music TimeLine: Antiquity - 350 - Medieval - 1450 - Renaissance - 1600 - Baroque - 1750 - Classical - 1820 - Romantic - 1900 - Modern

    "I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship." - Louisa May Alcott

    Earliest archived (public record) of my mapping initiative 4Nov99; http://web.archive.org/web/20010420082452/www.4realhelp.com/RealHelp/index.htm but no (large?) graphic files included?
    Last 4RealHelp.com may be at archive http://web.archive.org/web/20010720102627/http://www.4realhelp.com/

    04 February 2004

    History Flow (http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/78/conscious.html ) provides a clear view of complex records of contributions and collaboration.... http://researchweb.watson.ibm.com/history/gallery.htm
    By adding a simple javascript code you can create a random quote every time the page loads. You add the quotes that you want displayed on your website, very easy to use. ..http://www.bravenet.com/resources/tipsandtricks/showtip.php?view=180
    Send Ed100Map to jans@j-lab.org (J-Lab is a center of the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism) http://www.j-lab.org/coolstuff.html

    03 February 2004

    "A frog in a well cannot discuss the ocean, because he is limited by the size of his well." -- Master Chuang Tzu
    "Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied." -- Arnold H. Glasgow
    "We must not say every mistake is a foolish one." -Cicero

    02 February 2004

    CollageMachine is a creative web visualization tool that learns from the user’s surfing. Instead of waiting for the user to navigate by clicking hyperlinks, the program proactively crawls the web, seeking content of interest.. http://mrl.nyu.edu/~andruid/ecology/collageMachine/indexAbout.html

    "Spherizing" images in golden circle zoom view to simiulate hyberbolic lens view (concentrating more on what is at centre, rather than edges)

    Here Be Dragons: "How could we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races, the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed in to princesses? Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love." -Rainer Maria Rilke

    Information density you can achieve with maps. Edward Tufte has a lot to say on this; the maybe 30% of the map's real-estate that is primarily-graphical contains much more information than the 70% that is primarily-textual. And of course the 30% is still laden with text.

    Idea to make a "MapRug" http://www.shining-armor.com/fun-dimensions/index.html

    Musicplasma is a visual search engine that allows to find music tracks and authors according to the musical genre they belong to. Through the basic application of some essential information design techniques Musicplasma shows once again how powerful information visualization can be in the realm of search applications. ..http://www.musicplasma.com/

    "Better to be lost than to find yourself in the wrong place." Cecil Touchon

    Then there's that wonderful R.E.M. song, Maps and Legends (?)