31 March 2004

Knowledge mapping as a from of "generative art" (?) ; http://www.kopenhagen.dk/netkunst/articles/computercode0304.htm

How Google sees my site as "Internet Navigation" related ; http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&c2coff=1&q=+site:www.1-900-870-6235.com+Internet+Navigation seems to like animated gifs.

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a moral crisis maintain their neutrality." - Dante Alighieri
"Let this truth go as deep in you as possible: that life is already here, arrived. You are standing on the goal. Don't ask about the path." - Osho
"There is no path to here. There is no path to now. You are already, always, eternally, only, here, now. Now is the only time you can be awake. Now is the only time you can be free. Now is the only time you can care or be curious about anyone or anything. Now is the only time you can do or be anything.
You may choose, now, to fixate and obsess on motive and memory, fantasy, and commentary, with their associated rivers of emotions, some of them perhaps very powerful. You may be continually preoccupied, even addicted, to the endocrine cocktails they produce. You may imagine that whole process to be the past, or the future, even the present. You may imagine that to be your life, or the world. But it's all just the play of memory, nothing more. It is what you are doing with memory and fantasy, this very moment, nothing more. And sooner or later, you get sick of the monotony, the isolation, the boredom, the self-centered wretchedness of it all." - ?

Large format printing prices http://www.imagers.com/poster.html

Picture Collection Online http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/ for: Exploration.

Font source http://www.myfonts.com/findfonts.html

Mandelbrot-ish www.wkac.ac.uk/poster/imagebank/ RedWedge.htm

The quintessential essay on Cubism; http://www.sharecom.ca/greenberg/collage.html

Constructivism is marked by:
+ organization of abstract, geometrical elements to make dynamic or visually stable forms
+ combinations of different sans serif typefaces for their visual and formal properties as well as their literal meanings
simple, flat, symbolic colours
+ extensive white space as part of the design
+ photography (rather than drawn illustrations) and photomontage

The art underlying the science of map interface design http://personal.cityu.edu.hk/~entim/Professional/Courses/EN3524/Modernism/Modernist_design.html

30 March 2004

Experimenting with using points as background (color) as well. Using high contrast mono-color imagery.

29 March 2004

"Learners are encouraged to discover facts and relationships for themselves." http://www.psy.pdx.edu/PsiCafe/KeyTheorists/Bruner.htm
Iconic representation- use of mental images that stand for certain objects or events. Iconic representation allows one to recognize objects when they are changed in minor ways (e.g. mountains with and without snow at the top).
Symbolic representation-uses symbol system to encode knowledge. http://mercury.sfsu.edu/~ching/personal/Learning/theorists/bruner.html

25 March 2004

Constructivist Learning on the Web http://ceo.cudenver.edu/~brent_wilson/WebLearning.html ...
• The Web is a fairly powerful source of information, especially valuable to self-directed learners.
• Content and links are both valuable.
• Following links is an important way to learn on the Web.
Even during relatively free-form browsing episodes, the reader is an active participant and determiner of next steps. Along the winding road of Web-browsing, meaning is continually being constructed.

24 March 2004

23 March 2004

"It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him." - John Steinbeck

"Geometry has two great treasures: one is the theorem of Pythagoras; the other, the division of a line into extreme and mean ratio. The first we may compare to a measure of gold; the second we may name a precious jewel."
-- Johannes Kepler [1571-1630] http://www.summum.us/philosophy/phi.shtml

Golden Section (Proportions) Links: http://home.att.net/~vmueller/links/links.html#g_gen




"It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well." - Rene Descartes,'Le Discours de la Methode,' 1637

"Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively, I hear them all at once. What a delight this is! All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a pleasing, lively dream" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

22 March 2004

"Chaos is the only state of organisation in which nothing is out of place".

Map graphic examples http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/networks/

Ontopia provides consultancy service as well as technology to enable you to create topic maps quickly and easily http://www.ontopia.net/ Topic map sites; http://www.ontopia.net/topicmaps/sites.html

"Understanding comes from exploration" - Robin Good

19 March 2004

Methods Used in HCI Research http://www.ccom.unh.edu/vislab/VisCourse/Methodology.html
Rapid prototyping involves building a rough and ready version of the interface and then working through some task to make sure that it works properly. Sometimes the implementation can consist of a set of sheets of paper representing interfaces screens.
The possible measurement tools used in assessment are extremely varied:
Time measurements: how long does it take to perform a task.
Accuracy measurements (e.g. positioning accuracy).
Correctness measurements (how many errors).
Rating scales: Some aspect of an interface is given a rating. E.g. from 0..5
Qualitative assessments: A panel of judges evaluates and compares interfaces
Semi Structure Interviews: In this method a test user is walked through a task while being asked a series of questions to find out what is good and what is not.

Wide range of studies The Information Mapping method http://www.imap.dk/research.htm

http://nickpiombino.blogspot.com/ seems to have been able to add a page counter to his bloggered page (?).

18 March 2004

"Fortune befriends the bold." - John Dryden

End of UofA IMS map hosting collaboration provides opportunity to get arrangement where map browser can be nested in frames (and database work can begin).

17 March 2004

URL redirect example http://hq.cjb.net

"InfoDrain" idea of visual crumb tracking (thumbnails) spirally done Fibonacci Phi hole.

16 March 2004

How to draw up a rectangle whose sides are the .618:1 ratio http://groups.yahoo.com/group/collage/message/8174

irt.org | Knowledge Base | JavaScript | Frame http://developer.irt.org/script/frame.htm

15 March 2004

Changing Two Frames at Once http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/97/02/index4a.html (Make sure you follow the hierarchy of quotes and spaces exactly when using JavaScript.) xa href="zoinks.html"
onClick="window.self.location='raggy.html'" target="otherframe">Zombiesx/aX

Fibonacci Ani http://textism.com/bucket/fib.html to explain the Fibonacci series, which is related to the golden mean and logarithmic spirals, etc.
1:1.61805398 ...in the early part of the 20th century mathmaticians agreed to adopt the Greek letter Phi which is the first letter of Phidias's name to descrbe the Golden ratio or the point at which the Golden Cut appears. The phi symbol is an "o" with a vertical line bisecting it and extending a little above and below.

12 March 2004

The Map by Elizabeth Bishop http://www.poetryconnection.net/poets/Elizabeth_Bishop/65
Land lies in water; it is shadowed green.
Shadows, or are they shallows, at its edges
showing the line of long sea-weeded ledges
where weeds hang to the simple blue from green.
Or does the land lean down to lift the sea from under,
drawing it unperturbed around itself?
Along the fine tan sandy shelf
is the land tugging at the sea from under?

The shadow of Newfoundland lies flat and still.
Labrador's yellow, where the moony Eskimo
has oiled it. We can stroke these lovely bays,
under a glass as if they were expected to blossom,
or as if to provide a clean cage for invisible fish.
The names of seashore towns run out to sea,
the names of cities cross the neighboring mountains
--the printer here experiencing the same excitement
as when emotion too far exceeds its cause.
These peninsulas take the water between thumb and finger
like women feeling for the smoothness of yard-goods.

Mapped waters are more quiet than the land is,
lending the land their waves' own conformation:
and Norway's hare runs south in agitation,
profiles investigate the sea, where land is.
Are they assigned, or can the countries pick their colors?
--What suits the character or the native waters best.
Topography displays no favorites; North's as near as West.
More delicate than the historians' are the map-makers' colors.

11 March 2004

Interesting Java applications http://lister.linux-srv.anlx.net/

Manifold IIS/IMS Problems My project only seems to work on some computers. It works at my work station, at the university and some friends, while others are unable to reach it. I have set the access to allow anonymous access, but the issue still remains.... Initially, some people were unable to connect to my computer, while others successfully browsed my IMS. Turning on/off the firewall or changing the IIS settings did not seem to help. However, I was today told that the student organisation that provides my Internet access, blocks traffic on port 80. I changed this and now it works just fine. I will check my contract to see if this is a suitable solution. Also, I am not really sure how this affects my Internet security, but at least, I now have the solution. (manifold-l@lists.directionsmag.com)

"When you own your own business, you only have to work half a day. You can do anything you want with the other twelve hours." - Anonymous
or go from working 8:00AM - 5:00 to working 5:00 AM - 8:00PM


10 March 2004

"Journey all over the universe in a map, without the expense and fatigue of traveling, without suffering the inconveniences of heat, cold, hunger, and thirst." - from Don Quixote (1605-15), part 3, chapter 6. http://www.stanfords.co.uk/newsletter/current/htm/maps-in-literature.htm

Mooter is a new visual search engine capable of organizing results around key clusters. The visual approach provides a useful approach to explore large amounts of information in a much reduced time. http://www.mooter.com/moot

Beautiful and interesting sparklines (or wordgraphics) http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0001Eb&topic_id=1&topic=Ask%20E.T

"I do not believe that the average person wants a 'map' of his face - I believe he wants to be idealized." - Louis Fabian Bachrach
"We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own." - Ben Sweetland
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

09 March 2004

"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder." -- Ralph W. Sockman

Java within frames needed for next phase of development.

08 March 2004

Favelet is a bit of javascript code that you can put in your bookmarks to perform some action in your web browser... http://www.seanwillson.com/archives/2004/02/14/000658/index.php
resize browser 640x480 vga
resize browser 800 x max screen height
resize browser 800 x 600 svga
resize browser 1024 x max screen height..

Shiffrin/Borner article http://www.pnas.org/cgi/reprint/0307852100v1.pdf regarding colloquium.

A Concept Map-Based Knowledge Modeling Approach to Expert Knowledge Sharing* http://www.ihmc.us/users/acanas/Publications/IKS2002/IKS.htm from Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.

"Being popular and well liked is not in your best interest. Let me be more clear; if you behave in a manner pleasing to most, then you are probably doing something wrong. The masses have never been arbiters of the sublime, and they often fail to recognize the truly great individual. Taking into account the public's regrettable lack of taste, it is incumbent upon you not to fit in." - Janeane Garofalo
"Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge." - Audre Lorde
"In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth." - Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
"Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost." - Thomas J. Watson
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
"Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace." - Robert J. Sawyer (1960 - ), "Calculating God", 2000
"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." - Frank A. Clark
"I suggest you slow down and follow some of the side roads that appear suddenly in the mist." - Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, February 13, 2003
"The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn't matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark." - Barbara Hall, Northern Exposure, Rosebud, 1993
"More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to utter hopelessness and despair, the other to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to choose correctly." - Woody Allen (1935 - )
"Do not follow where the path may lead...Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)
"The untrodden path is choked by the weeds of tradition. Be not afraid to cut through." - Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, The Rickover Effect
"Whenever you come to a 'Y' in the road always remember that you have a third choice of path: And that is right down the middle, where no one has gone before." - Kyle McPherson
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...'" - Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
"They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea." - Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought." - Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi (1893 - 1986)

05 March 2004

04 March 2004

A political look at territory http://mondediplo.com/maps/ also see http://www.merip.org/ Middle East Research and Information Project.

OCEAN (One-Click Edited-Access Network) is new from HistoryWorld (http://www.historyworld.net/), itself an award-winning educational site; http://www.oceanindex.net/

"Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground."
"Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside."
"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional."
"When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there."
"It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions."
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back."

Earth as Art http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/earthasart/eaa-exhibit.html

from http://www6.semo.edu/cfs/quotes.htm
“[T]he artist’s prerogative . . . is to emphasize, to underline, to blow up facts, distort facts in order to state a truth.” Faulkner in the University, 282
“The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics.” "Lion in the Garden," 252
“The artist is of no importance. Only what he creates is important. . . .” "Lion in the Garden," 238
"You cannot know yet whether what you see is what you are looking at or what you are believing." Absalom, Absalom!, Vintage Corrected Text, p. 251
“. . . he and Mr. Snopes were looking at exactly the same thing; it just wasn’t with the same eye.” Charles Mallison, The Town, Chapter 10
And every man has a different idea of what's beautiful. And it's best to take the gesture, the shadow of the branch, and let the mind create the tree." "Lion in the Garden," 128
“A monument only says At least I got this far while a footprint says This is where I was when I moved again.” Charles Mallison, The Town, end of Chapter 1

03 March 2004

http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/GreatZoomTest.htm steps towards something like globexplorer (http://imageatlas.globexplorer.com/ImageAtlas/view.do?group=ImageAtlas)
Try changing resolution of diferent windows? using http://www.codeave.com/javascript/code.asp?u_log=7065

If you have an i386 folder on your machine, its usually because either an administrator copied it there (if your in a corporate environment) or your PC came pre-installed with Windows and the manufacturer put it there. Windows does not automatically install the folder on your hard drive under a normal non OEM install. The i386 folder is basically all the files you would find on the installation CD of NT4, 2000, XP, or 2003. Its put on the hard drive to avoid having to insert the OS CD each time you add new Windows components (found in Add / Remove Programs under the control panel). The folder isnt used for anything Windows does to run. Its only used when it needs to copy files during an install. Its possible to delete this folder, however if you dont have your original Operating System install CD, it would be a good idea to back it up (History: The reason its named i386 in most instances dates back to when Windows NT4 came out and there were two sets of files for the two common processor architectures in existence at that time, Intel (i386) and Alpha (alpha). I386 is the basic instruction set of all the common desktop processors such as Intel, AMD, Winchip, Cyrix, etc. Alpha was a chip architecture that was 64-bit and made by the Digital corporation now owned by HP/Compaq. It was commonly found in server platforms).from http://www.i386.com/asptalk/treplies.asp?message=1151

02 March 2004

"Conceptual Maps are simple and practical knowledge representation tools that allow you to convey complex conceptual messages in a clear, understandable way. They facilitate both teaching and learning." http://www.infovis.net/E-zine/2004/num_141.htm See map http://www.infovis.net/images/CmapTools.gif
Download Cmap tools http://cmap.ihmc.us/download/
There’s also a free, web based, similar tool in Spanish created in the Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona, Spain, by Cristòfol Rovira that automatically generates the necessary code to include the map in XML format using the Topic Maps standard... http://www.mapasconceptuales.com/

The Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) was established in 1990 as an interdisciplinary research unit of the University of West Florida. Since that time, IHMC has grown into one of the nation's premier research institutes with more than 115 researchers and staff investigating a broad range of topics related to understanding cognition in both humans and machines with a particular emphasis on building computational tools to leverage and amplify human cognitive and perceptual capacities. http://www.ihmc.us/about.php

See drop-down icons (on-click) used throughout the map http://cmap.ihmc.us/ often leading to other maps.

CMC 2004 - First International Conference on Concept Mapping ; Pamplona Iruña, Navarra, Spain - September 14-17, 2004 Honorary Chair: Joseph Novak, Cornell University and Institute for Human & Machine Cognition http://cmc.ihmc.us/Index.htm

Pictoral County Maps http://www.quincetreepress.co.uk/


01 March 2004

50+ Java(?) applet examples; http://www.anfyteam.com/anj/index.html

"The cartographer lives at the ambiguous interface of exact science and art" - Jean-Claude Groshens
"The artist...must live to paint and not paint to live." - Albert Pinkham Ryder
"Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.".
"Opportunities always look bigger going than coming."
"Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world."
"If you must choose between two evils, chose the one that you've never tried before."