29 October 2004

28 October 2004

This is a test post flickr ... Added image capability to Blog (Flickr)
Use html ImageSwap to highlight (higher opacity, sepia--->color, ..?) possible menu choices (ala http://www.weiyew.com/home.html )

Icons (Stick Figure Warning Signs) bad? examples; http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/tbone/warningsigns/gallery.html they're a visual form of anticryptography, the science of conveying information without assuming any prior knowledge.

Script that allows you to conveniently zoom in and out of an image ;

METADATA; Why categorize? "The human brain is a wonderful information processor. We take in innumerable details with every glance, sound or touch. Yet we are seldom overwhelmed with the magnitude of the information we are processing. One reason that we are able to cope with so much input is that we categorize it all. We look for what is new, what is different, what has changed. Then we try to match the new information to the categories that already exist in our minds." - Susan Feldman (research VP, content technologies, IDC (idc.com), e-mail sfeldman@idc.com. , KMWorld Magazine)
www.kmworld.com/publications/magazine/index.cfm?action=readarticle&Article_ID=1890&Publication_ID=120 Browsing and searching are two different kinds of information seeking tasks, and both need to be accommodated in a good information access system.
A smart Spatial Navigation Engineer will focus on "desire lines”; these trails demonstrate how a site's users choose to move, which is often not on the paved paths. A smart designer will let wanderers create paths through use, and then pave the emerging walkways, ensuring optimal utility. http://www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000361.php

3D Web Research Network brings together some of Canada's finest institutions and researchers to explore critical issues in delivering and deploying three dimensional content over the Internet. http://3dweb.netera.ca/home.html

Following from http://www.informationdesign.org/ :

New data structures have emerged which may serve as alternative models for both the organization, and presentation, of hypertextual nodes and links. http://eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/9230/01/mSpace_zzStructures.pdf

The pre-Copernican view of the world; like the misguided early notion that the universe revolves around the earth, many business executives today still think that business revolves around companies. http://www.goodexperience.com/blog/archives/000075.php

Struggle often recognized between those humans who prefer to use knowledge to judge and those who use knowledge for ideation. ..Judgment is equal in importance to ideation, not superior to it in the context of innovation activity. As important as judgment is to design and to innovation, it is not more important than ideation. http://www.nextd.org/02/04/03/index.html (concept of ideation was adapted by Alex Osborn, the inventor of the ubiquitous brainstorming method, to describe one of the steps in his seven-part creative thinking model).

It is precisely the diversity of forms of theory that has huge potential within the new media... http://www.networkcultures.org/index.php?page=research&lang=en The Institute of Network Cultures (INC)
Navigating Innovation:Understanding the KaosPilots : http://www.nextd.org/02/04/01/index.html

27 October 2004

Fliker : http://www.fliker.com is an image search engine that produces a (Shockwave) line of images that can be downloaded individually to clipboard for pasting to any application. Fliker is the fastest way of searching for images, all you have to do is concentrate on the images that flash in front of you.

Ulysses Online is a searchable online version of Joyce's Ulysses http://www.online-literature.com/james_joyce/ulysses/ Almost every variety of human experience is crammed into the accordian folds of a single day, which makes Ulysses not just an experimental work but the very last word in realism. "Suffice it to say that, as a casual glance at the map revealed, it covered fully three fourths of it and he fully realised accordingly what it meant, to rule the waves."
"A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery." - James Joyce, Ulysses

Virtual Reality Photography or VR Photography or Immersive Photography http://www.panoramas.dk/fullscreen2/full22.html (view from Everest) are definitions for a panoramic image displayed in a viewer which you can control with your mouse to look around from a single view point. http://www.panoramas.dk/ - QuickTime Needed

Maps of the Imagination : The Writer as Cartographer "... many cartographic quests are as quixotic as any in literature." - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/159534005X/qid=1098914437/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-0935864-4628938?v=glance&s=books "Turchi's book, like any good map, tells us where we are and urges us to discover more." (Bought)

http://andreaplanet.com/andreamosaic/ for creating mosaic images.

VCAlberta.ca is a resource for all things videoconferencing : http://www.vcalberta.ca/

Eric H.'s blog http://vislit.typepad.com/melange/ interested in how we can use computers to help us visualize, navigate, and explore literature.

Clicking on a hot-button on this map http://www.newsoftheweird.com/weirdmap.html puts state name keyword into search engine (?);

26 October 2004

The foundation of The JUMP-Project is a suite of free, open-source applications that provide an extensible API and graphic user interface (GUI) for viewing and manipulating spatial data-sets.

"Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose." - Walt Whitman, Song Of The Open Road

There Is No Map for the Journey Towards Happiness
"I have a map that leads you to the world's great treasure," someone once said.
The neighbor saw the map and killed the owner. He then took the map, read it carefully, and set out to find the treasure. Not long after, he reached the place marked on the map and there, just as had been promised, he found a pile of diamonds and gold. The person sat upon the glittering treasure and died years later, full of sorrow and regret.
"I have a map that leads you to the world's great treasure," someone once said to her neighbor.
"How much do you want for it?" the neighbor asked, eager for the wealth that was promised.
"It is yours without charge," she said. "All I ask is that you take me along with you."

The neighbor grabbed the map from the woman's hand and ran as fast as she could. Having fled far enough so she knew she wouldn't be caught, she carefully looked at the map and followed step-by-step until she came upon the diamonds and the gold, just as had been promised. She rested now and sat on top of the glittering jewels. She sat there for many days and many months and many years, always full of regrets, until one day she died.
"I have a map that leads you to the world's great treasure," someone said to his neighbor.
"What do I have to do to see this map?" the neighbor asked.
"Take me along with you," the owner said.
So the neighbor did. The two looked at the map carefully, discussing which direction to take and what to bring with them. Then they set out along the road together. When they came to a fork, they studied the map, but they didn't always agree which way to go. They raised their voices and they argued about which turns to take. Finally, they settled on one of the paths and continued on their way. They argued and discussed what to do every time they had to decide which way to go.
They picked nuts and found clean water. They made new shoes and repaired the tears in their clothes. They built shelters and sang. They sometimes argued about the best way to reach the treasure.
The map grew yellow from age and worn from many folds. And when the two died, they did so with no regrets.

"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom." - Albert Einstein
"The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind." - Albert Einstein
"Only those who risk going too far can possibly know how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot
"To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed." - Bernard Edmonds
"The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor." - Aristotle
"The basis of creativity has always been a new connection. To make connections would take hours using words. Your subconscious has to use pictures." -William J. J. Gordon
"It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it." -Jacob Bronowski
"Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing." -Thomas Huxley
(many more at http://www.livejournal.com/users/rehuxley/ )

25 October 2004

There are more ways to map a city than MapQuest could possibly take on. http://www.sylviagraceborda.com/busstop.htm Consider your own strategies: is it according to streets and avenues, or the people and places to which they lead? Where traditional maps drop off, locative media comes in, wedding art and technology and opening up the world of creative cartography. http://www.surreytechlab.ca/ New Forms focuses on the convergence of arts and technology - providing a unique opportunity for audiences and industry professionals to interact with art forms that utilize cutting-edge media technologies. http://www.newformsfestival.com/index.php

Freeware source ; http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/freeware.html

First draft sketch http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/Images/HomeDepotMap.jpg

22 October 2004

A Web mapping services model : http://webmap.socialchange.net.au/images/webmapping/webmap_explained_big.gif

Visual spatial skills : It is accepted that high levels of prenatal testosterone encourage development of the right side of the brain, which would also encourage the visual spatial skills important in science. Brosnan’s findings appear to contradict this, with a more "female" pattern found in the scientists studied.
The researchers therefore speculate that exposure to either unusually high or low levels of testosterone in male fetuses could lead to a "scientific" brain. From this it would follow that average levels of hormone exposure could lead to a "social science" brain. http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996564

21 October 2004

A Map Larger Than the Territory [ItiDex] : http://perso.wanadoo.fr/korourke/map/index.en.html a "Map of Tender" charted by surveillance technology...+ A rescalabale map interface that allows one to view all the itineraries on file. This project aims to build experiential maps based on such notions as landmark, district, edge or boundary, path, rendezvous. What details reveal a neighborhood, an intersection, a street? What characteristics of places or routes help us to find our way in a complex urban center? What information is charted on our mental maps?

Cartography frequently utilizes textual annotations or works in tandem with accompanying pages of text that flesh out its narratives. http://www.newberry.org/nl/smith/nebenzahl/exhibit.html Many of the maps on display here, however, rely primarily on graphic devices and effects to set scenes and to represent movement and change.

A searchable database of all fonts from all foundries, from all the world ; http://www.point-central.com/

Confessions of a map geek : http://trevor.typepad.com/blog/2004/09/confessions_of_.html His mapping links http://linkmonger.net/search.php?text=&submitter=trevor

"No matter how far a person can go the horizon is still way beyond you." - Zora Neale Hurston, anthropologist and writer (1891-1960)

“What a useful thing a pocket-map is!” I remarked. “That’s another thing we’ve learned from your Nation,” said Mein Herr, “map-making. But we’ve carried it much further than you. What do you consider the largest map that would be really useful?” “About six inches to the mile.” “Only six inches!” exclaimed Mein Herr. “We very soon got to six yards to the mile. Then we tried a hundred yards to the mile. And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!” ”Have you used it much?” I enquired. “It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr: “the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well." - Lewis Carroll

20 October 2004

WebForager™ : To move from a workspace where you have only one entity at the same time to another with multiple entities including, among others, the ones of the former movement (similar to RW's FibScreen 8D layout?) for the creation of these “natural” foraging spaces. After http://www.infovis.net/E-zine/2004/num_154.htm WebBook also supports a focus + context technique in which you can see all the pages of the book at the same time, although the one that is in our focus has a larger size than the others. Three-dimensional metaphors like the one we have seen in the book or other similar ones haven’t yielded, up to now, better results than other more abstract metaphors. Possibly due to the fact that doing the same things in the virtual world that we do in the real world maybe doesn’t give more added-value to our insight. See also the article “The WebBook and the WebForage : http://www2.parc.com/istl/projects/uir/pubs/items/UIR-1996-14-Card-CHI96-WebForager.pdf

And one by one, they each openly admitted that they had been approached by two students with a new idea for a search engine. "Go pound sand I told them" said Steve Kirsh (Infoseek). "I wasn't impressed with their demo at all" said Doug Cutting (Excite). "I didn't have the authority to sign a check anyway" said Louis Monier (the mighty AltaVista" at the time consisted of Louis Monier and about a half dozen other people that he had access to - and that was it). The two students which they all turned away, of course, were Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Their new idea for search was called PageRank, and would eventually become the power behind Google.

Microsoft Search Champs initiative : http://www.masternewmedia.org/2004/10/12/msn_search_champs_robin_good.htm

"It's gotta be in ya to do it." - Fred Smith's standard response to the question of how and why he made his art.

"Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." - Douglas Adams

19 October 2004

Attributes of visual perception most applicable to data presentation (see FIGURE 5). : http://www.intelligententerprise.com/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=DU0VU2B4TDB30QSNDBCSKH0CJUMEKJVN?articleID=31400009&pgno=2

ArtIcons Pro v4.10 offers graphic artists all tools needed for designing, editing and retouching Windows icons and managing icon libraries.

CocaCola Map : http://www.economist.com/markets/bigmac/displayStory.cfm?story_id=456039

Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient." - Eugene S. Wilson

18 October 2004

Visualizing Bibliographic Metadata : http://www.dlib.org/dlib/october04/dushay/10dushay.html The virtual spine viewer is an application which allows users to visually explore large information spaces or collections while also allowing users to hone in on individual resources of interest.

"I'm still waiting for the great breakthrough in visualizing search results. Clusters, folders etc are nice. And I'm continually attracted to new attempts at graphical or spatial displays. And I like the new A9 interface, Nevertheless, nothing I've seen really has the intuitive clarity and simplicity needed to be a major improvement in efficiency for the user." - Founder of www.wondir.com

(definition) information visualization : "the use of computer-supported, interactive, visual representations of abstract data to amplify cognition" [4] and describe its purpose as using human perception to amplify cognition [5]. Humans are "hard-wired" to perceive many characteristics easily, including spatial position, color, size, and movement [6]. Since successful information visualization should provide insights to facilitate decision-making, discovery or explanation, effective visualizations will use these easily detected characteristics to illuminate their information.

Frames: "I do think that a good part of the antithesis towards frames is historical. In their origins, there was no way to reduce the borders between frames to nothing, resulting in a clunky, ungainly appearance to a website. Additionally, there were considerable differences between the levels of support for frames in different browsers, as well as differences in their looks.... It is particularly useful to have you navigation links on a page of their own and displayed in a frame on the parent page, so that any navigation maintenance
performed is immediately available to the entire site. " See http://www.htmlgoodies.com/tutors/html4_frames.html W3C's reference information : http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/present/frames.html#edef-FRAME

Online Manifold help ; http://exchange.manifold.net/manifold/manuals/6_userman/mfd50Images.htm

Many will say, "Simple, yes, easy, no." To which I will just nod.- The Universe

"Dandelion is a marvelous story of the triumph of spirit!" - Dr. Wayne Dyer

15 October 2004

Cool site overlays semi-transparent USGS-like [actually Ordnance Survey -Ed.] map over aerial photography. Move your cursor over the map to see moving image swap. GlobeXplorer had it here in the US last year.

Manifold Conference; georeference.org are organizing the first ever Manifold User Conference for November 18 and 19 at Cornell in Ithaca, New York. The two-day event features a look at what users are doing, the future of the software and many opportunities for user input. And, it's affordable. Details on online here with registration here.

14 October 2004

Clip Art and Media : http://office.microsoft.com/clipart/results.aspx?lc=en-us&CategoryID=CM790019351033&CTT=4&Origin=ES790000101033

The New York Times Photo Archives contains historic images carefully preserved over the past 100 years — one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of photographs in the world (more than 1,100 images online) : http://www.nytimes.com/nytstore/photos/index.html Today's advance printing technologies mean that our historic images can now be applied to any surface: aluminum, copper, stone, glass, plaster, sheetrock, silk, wool, Lucite, carpeting. We scan to order, usually working from original negatives and prints. You won't see pixels or artifacts — even at billboard size!

Elements of a performance-based road map to a permanent two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Draft December 2002) : http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=281192&contrassID=2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

13 October 2004

Making the Web visual : http://www.spy.co.uk/Communication/Talks/CSM/InfoViz/

Map metaphors for information spaces : http://maps.map.net/cat?ap=0;ms=10

Grouping principles apply to objects. There is a perceptual organisation of separate objects within a scene. Some visual elements become grouped, so that they seem to belong together and others appear separated from one another [Goldstein 1989, p 175]. www.cs.su.oz.au/~visual/publications/keithn/Chapter07_Thesis15.pdf These principles are;
Law of Simplicity : "Every stimulus pattern is seen in such a way that the resulting structure is as simple as possible."
Law of Familiarity : "Things are more likely to form groups if the groups appear familiar or meaningful."
Law of Similarity : "Similar things appear to be grouped together."
Law of Good Continuation : "Points that, when connected, result in straight or smoothly curving lines, are seen as belonging together, and the lines tend to be seen in such a way as to follow the smoothest path."
Law of Proximity : "Things that are near to each other appear to be grouped together".
Law of Common Fate : "Things that are moving in the same direction appear to be grouped together."
Law of Connectedness : "Things that are physically connected are perceived as a unit."

Electoral College cartogram : http://synapse.princeton.edu/~sam/ev_projection_current_map

Data Visualization Lectures : http://www.scs.leeds.ac.uk/kwb/VIS/lectures.html

MapMaker Resources : www.fontcraft.com font and art packages provide the fonts, textures and emblems for drawing floorplans and developing world and regional maps ,

Ben Shneiderman’s mantra ‘overview, zoom-in, details on demand’.

Awakening the throat chakra means; opening up communication, expressing ourselves freely and clearly, and claiming our power to speak the truth.

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. " - Carl Jung
"Nothing can be more useful to a man than the determination not to be hurried." - Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862) American Author
"Dear God, do you draw the lines around the countries? If you don't, who does?" - Nathan
"Dear God, how come you did all those miracles in the old days and don't do any now?" - Billy
"Dear God, I am doing the best I can. Really." - Frank

12 October 2004

Visual Timeline - an interactive, animated compendium of rock and popular music history. Discover unexpected connections between artists. Track the growth of a musical movement. Zoom in or out ... http://www.rockhall.com/timeline/

A guide (aka blog) to artists and producers who sample (remix) popculture : http://www.mediatrips.com/

08 October 2004

Visual analysis example; http://www.artrenewal.org/articles/2004/Hockney/large/HockneyGreatWall1.jpg from DAVID HOCKNEY'S 2001 book "Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters" : http://www.artrenewal.org/articles/2004/Hockney/yoder1.asp

Poetic zooming quotation;
"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour." - Auguries of Innocence, 1803 by William Blake (1757-1827)

Online petition service ; http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/debunking_david_hockney_theory/

"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else." - Laurence J. Peter
"Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it. " - Laurence J. Peter
"Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor." - Laurence J. Peter
"The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'." -- unknown
"I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing." -- unknown

07 October 2004

06 October 2004

Automated territory expansion map (Flash) : http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/interactive/civilisations/

Science Visualized and Popularized : http://www.nypl.org/research/newton/science.html

"How can the ant know the pattern of the carpet"? - Persian poet
"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. " - Dorothy Parker
"They sicken of the calm that know the storm." - Dorothy Parker

05 October 2004

Reasoning with Mental and External Diagrams : http://www.sfbtr8.uni-bremen.de/remedi/

Color Use Guidelines for Mapping and Visualization : http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/c/a/cab38/ColorSch/Schemes.html

The Corporation of London Libraries and Guildhall Art Gallery is host to COLLAGE, an image database containing over 20,000 works of art from its collections. : http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk/

Antivirus software could be ill-prepared to protect corporate networks from the latest Windows vulnerability--innocent-looking JPEG files that contain security attacks. : http://news.com.com/JPEG+exploit+could+beat+antivirus+software/2100-7349_3-5388633.html?tag=nefd.top

04 October 2004

Infoviz for Info Pros: Information Visualization Software Tools : http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/oct04/gelernter.shtml (good overview). Infoviz companies aim to add value by showing a large amount of data on an information map that can be assimilated at a glance. .. hue alone does not make nearly as effective an impression as does hue along with brightness and saturation of color against a background. Visualization research has advanced further and faster on the interface side than on the content side, and that results will improve when metadata processing improves. How does infoviz add value? ;
• Comprehensive. Displays very large data sets and affords a concise overall picture.
• Context. Patterns and trends are displayed that would not be otherwise discernable.
• Colorful. Pleasing to the eye.

Human behaviour when searching for information was similar to that of the hunter-gatherers and animals in search for food. http://www.infovis.net/E-zine/2004/num_153.htm ... define the profitability of an information source as “the value of information gained per unit cost of processing the source”. Web surfers are able to quickly find the optimal path to the desired information; the problem is that in many web sites this path is considerably long and winding, if it exists at all.

Sample (Flash) navigational MediaMap / index : http://www.publicityclub.org/mediacapital.htm

The art of Mary Daniel Hobson involves the use of collages (of old maps) on images of the human body. .. http://www.marydanielhobson.com/ As early mapmakers used pen and ink to chart the surface of the world, I use collage to navigate the inner world. I print images of the body on kodalith, because black and white transparencies render the surface invisible. I collage in layers using real objects. I delight in insect wings, needles, fishhooks, matches, traintracks, and door hinges because they are so very tactile and
convey multiple meanings.

2004 Visualization Challenge-winners and overview: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/305/5692/1903 Investigators at the outermost frontiers of science and engineering frequently study phenomena that are extremely difficult for most scientists to visualize, and downright formidable for the general public. More information: http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/events/sevc/over.htm

TouchGraph has developed a Java browser for Google at http://www.touchgraph.com/TGGoogleBrowser.html. Server side php + caching mechanism, relying on Dietrich Ayala's SOAPx4 PHP classes. Implemented initial Google Graph Browser version using Christian Langreiter's TG-Based Vanilla-Vista Applet.

Possible PeaceMap resources; http://fontes.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/maps.htm

01 October 2004

Stamen developed a live, map-based, interactive Q&A session that allows thousands of people to communicate visually via a moderated discussion (map shared by participants as they listened to the audio webcast) . Visitors logging on can "see" themselves and their submitted questions on the map, along with those of other MoveOn community members. http://clients.stamen.com/moveon_screenshots/West%20Coast/Picture%2086.1280x960.jpg Participants responded to straw polls during the course of the event, responses lit up the map in yellow, orange, and red to show the response summaries for members nationwide. Participants were encouraged to ask questions for special guest; locations where questions had been entered showed up on the map as dark-red dots, overlaid on the white dots showing party locations.

The Rasterbator is a web service which creates huge rasterized pictures out of relatively small image files.
http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/wizard.gas . First the server examines the original image (preview image is not used here to ensure maximum quality). The image is divided into squares. Each square maps to a dot in the output. The average brightness and color values of the origin square determine the size (and color if desired) of the output dot - bright area produces a small dot. Vector representations of the dots are written into a pdf document. When the entire image is processed, your browser is sent to a different page, which will instruct it to download the pdf file.”

Free PDF Creator - PrimoPDF : Rapidly becoming the de facto standard for electronic document distribution, PDF also enables you to add features like security, bookmark navigation, web optimization, and more. http://www.primopdf.com/

"The one potent lesson to be deduced from the Renaissance is that of adaptation and appropriation." - Albert Kahn lecture notes, ca. 1900. (Albert Kahn Papers, Archives of American Art) http://archivesofamericanart.si.edu/exhibits/sketchbk/akahn.htm

“To control your cow, give it a bigger pasture.” - Suzuki Roshi, Zen Master

"Life, is not what you see, but what you've projected.
It's not what you've felt, but what you've decided.
It's not what you've experienced, but how you've remembered it.
It's not what you've forged, but what you've allowed.
It's not who's appeared, but who you've summoned.
And it's not where you've been, but where you're going.
And this should serve you well until you find what you already have. "- The Universe