31 May 2005

HOW-TO: Make your own annotated multimedia Google map : http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000917034960/ and http://stuff.rancidbacon.com/google-maps-embed-how-to/ .

Historians' Use of Maps on the Web : http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/petrik/s2002/cw2/students/jones/vectors/maphunt.html

Risks in Global Filmmaking Map measures crime, corruption, kidnap and ransom, disease and medical care risks, and references terrorism and political risks. : 2005 Risks in Global Filmmaking Map 2146 k

MoralMap at http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/stats/slavetrade/moralmaps.html (Abolitionist Cartography).

Map-related blog : http://radio.weblogs.com/0100875/ (brain off) from http://del.icio.us/tag/maps/3 .
mapufacture (beta) :: Browse, Build and Share Maps : http://mapufacture.com/

Interview with MapQuest founder : http://www.technologybrief.com/Marketing/131f1e6198d1.cfm

Special Guest (?) : Date/Time: 5/30/2005 9:41:55 PM Remote IP Address: (Who Owns OrgName: Google Inc. Org ID: GOGL Address: 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway City: Mountain View StateProv: CA PostalCode: 94043 Country: US) Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.8) Gecko/20050511 Firefox/1.0.4 Visitor Time Zone: GMT -7 (PDT, Pacific US) to look at http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/eLearning/LibraryMap.htm

"Work as if it doesn't matter." - John Gray (in his book How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have).

30 May 2005

Montage-a-google is a simple web-based app that uses Google's image search to generate a large gridded montage of images based on keywords (search terms) entered by the user. : http://grant.robinson.name/projects/montage-a-google/

Adjust the display's view, including automatic zooming by holding down the left mouse button on the background of the display and dragging. : http://prefuse.sourceforge.net/demos-autozoom.html Akso nice radial map: http://prefuse.sourceforge.net/demos-radial.html Using this toolkit, developers can create responsive, animated graphical interfaces for visualizing, exploring, and manipulating these various forms of data. prefuse is written in the Java programming language using the Java2D graphics library and is designed to integrate with any application written using the Java Swing user interface library.

Examples of non-statistical visual explanations, visual thinking, and just plain fun: http://www.math.yorku.ca/SCS/Gallery/

Concept-mapping idea goes global as educational tool: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050530.gtcmapsmay30/BNStory/Technology/

"And best of all, it was slightly subversive: an unofficial, homemade and thoroughly irreverent audio guide to MoMA ( downloaded onto her own iPod)." : http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/28/arts/design/28podc.html

Here is a very high resolution satellite image of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates" in Central Park. "From 423 miles in space moving over the Earth in a north-to-south orbit at 17,000 mph, this perspective showcases the size and scope of the 23-mile-long project." Taken opening day, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005. Also see flickr tag: gates (of course). : http://www.spaceimaging.com/gallery/spacepics/central_park_12Feb05.jpg

Interactive (Flash) in-depth study of the Gospels : http://thirteensquares.com/gospelspectrum/index_flash_itp.html

Fonts (free) : http://simplythebest.net/fonts/old_fashioned_fonts.html ( Home > Free fonts > Old fashioned fonts )

PESKY PATENT TROLLS : http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1115370308794

Bookmark: http://www.ist-ec.org/ and check periodically for new material and information on upcomingevents promoted by IST-EC 2 as well as funding resources available through NSERC, IRAP,ITCan and others.

"A map has no vocabulary, no lexicon of precise meanings. It communicates in lines, hues, tones, coded symbols, and empty spaces, much like music. Nor does a map have its own voice. It is many-tongued, a chorus reciting centuries of accumulated knowledge in echoed chants. A map provides no answers. It only suggests where to look: discover this, reexamine that, put one thing in relation to another, orient yourself, begin here...Sometimes a map speaks in terms of physical geography, but just as often it muses on the jagged terrain of the heart, the distant vistas of memory, or the fantastic landscapes of dreams." from http://www.siliconyogi.com/mylibrary/doc/Library-999.htm#item0

"Be happy for an instant. This instant, it's your life ". - Omar Khayam.
''There is nothing to wait for and nothing to reach for. We are there. We are already there. We have always been there. '' - Pierre Levy
"Have you also ever wanted something so badly that all your wishing, hoping and praying kept you from seeing that you had it all along?" - The Universe

27 May 2005

Cyber Maps of political and publishing Blogging : http://www.tekflo.com/blogmovie.php QuickTime movie (4 -11 MB each). First half of movie shows all links (rather messy), second half of movie only shows nodes that have been linked more than 12 times over the 40 days.

Map-a-Course™ is a unique educational company that specializes in designing e-courseMaps (with Mindjet software), for online courses and instructional materials. : http://www.mapacourse.com (According to cognitive psychologist David Ausubel, to learn meaningfully, individuals must relate new knowledge to relevant concepts that they already know (Ausubel 1968; Hassard 2003)).


Timeline (customizable) : http://dmc.umn.edu/objects/timeline/ in Macromedia Flash® 6 format.

Accuracy&Aesthetics is a Nonprofit Organization for the Advancement of Education, Cultural Heritage, and Science : http://www.accuracyandaesthetics.com/ This site is currently being developed, for information on the participants of the project "Visualization of Context Driven Topologies - Digitizing the Non-Digital" (www.contextdriventopologies.org ). Our mission is to identify and implement open-source information technology systems to link museums, laboratories, educational and research institutions to enable them to engage in a process of sharing information and digital collections.

The Digital Arts Network : http://www.digitalartsnetwork.org/dan/resource.php

List of essential web-sites, tutorials, references and examples (related to CSS Navigation Menus, CSS- & HTML-Techniques, Layouts, Accessibility, Usability, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) etc.), which make the life of web developers easier. : http://www.alvit.de/web-dev/ (over 200 manually selected resources updated weekly).

Japanese maps, scrolls, drawings, photographs, posters, documents : http://jpimg.digital.archives.go.jp/kouseisai/category/emaki/sakuramachi_e.html

Enter a Keyword to estimate how many true users have searched the term on Google this month. : http://ecommerce.insightin.com/tools/keyword_popularity_calculator.php

"...a commodity being free doesn't mean it can't be sold. What it does mean is that it cannot be enclosed in the thicket of proprietary regulations that ruin it for everybody else. " - http://www.superflex.net/index.shtml

Index of /Images : http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/Images/?S=D

Running & Hiking Maps : http://gallery.hoyhoy.org/run

"Every great work, every great accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement." - Florence Scovel Shinn (from http://www.randomterrain.com/quotes/failure.html )
"It's always too early to quit." - Normatn Vincent Peale
"... our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change." - Martin Luther King
"Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality." - Dalai Lama

26 May 2005

PerilScope™ visualization technology : http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/5/prwebxml243759.php from http://www.internetperils.com Online Visualization Technology Actively Tracks and Pinpoints Phishing Websites.

A Guide to Inventions and Discoveries: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004637.html

Web resources for creating a Multimedia Scrapbook on The Great Books of the Western Canon : http://www.wooster.k12.oh.us/highschool/classprojects/meister/humanitieswebmeister/great.books.html

Marc Lafia, an artist and information architect in New York, with his project Art and Culture (http://www.artandculture.com/ ), which has related aims in creating a contextual interface for exploring inter-relationships between art and culture. http://rhizome.org/member.rhiz?user_id=10925

Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank tool that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet links, and turning them into learning activities. : http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/ (from : The Knowledge Network Explorer (KNE) is the official web site of the SBC company education program and has been on the Internet since 1995. Our mission is to help schools and libraries acquire and effectively use Internet and Videoconferencing technology. )

...making public spaces, public utilities and public information more open for persistent, playful engagement... http://www.unmediated.org/archives/2005/05/supergames_jane_1.php

"Be at peace, rest easy, relax, coast and luxuriate to any degree that you can allow yourself, for the day will inevitably arrive when you'll understand all the "reasons" that now elude you, bless the darkness that now seems to seperate you, and celebrate the ancient choices that once made you." - The Universe

25 May 2005

ImageZoom allows the website visitor a high degree of interaction with images; using zooms, rotations, graphical searches, etc. This allows users to get a better and faster understanding of products and services by rotating them, zooming in on interesting details, and reading dynamic texts explaining the different views. http://www.scalado.com/m4n/?oid=147

Zoom Generator can be used to create HTML web pages or page fragments that can be copied directly to web pages. For advanced use, the viewer can be programmed directly using the JavaScript API : http://images.macys.com/is-viewers/pages/DHTML-Zoom-Reference.htm

Animated GIF discussion : http://www.searchengineforums.com/apps/searchengine.forums/action::thread/thread::117/forum::graphics/
Notebook for Contemporary Continental Philosophy : http://www3.baylor.edu/~Scott_Moore/Continental.html

"All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why." - James Thurber

24 May 2005

HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps. : http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html
A novel synchronoptic concept depicts a full panorama of history in such a way that it will appeal to a cultivated public at large. A spatial representation of time has obvious educational advantages: here history is no longer learned but viewed.

Famous Curves Index : http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Curves/Curves.html including; Lituus, Equiangular Spiral, Involute of a Circle, Hyperbolic Spiral, etc.

Conflict Cartography paper at : http://www.viewcraft.com/pdfs/ViewCraft_ConflictCartographyMarch04.pdf

Map Application proof of concept using; SQLServer 2000: Stores data for States, Borders and Border Points. - Visual Studio .NET: IDE for C# and ASP.NET - C#: Middle-tier and ASP.NET Code-behind - ASP.NET: Front end - XML-SVG: Use of W3C vector graphic standard to pipe graphic instructions to internet client. - ADO.NET: Database Interface : http://boltmap.com/Home/default.aspx

How can I take a screenshot from a DVD, - in Windows Media Player go to View->Options, then turn off the Hardware accelaration(under Playback) by moving the slider to None. Now play the video and press the PrtScn button (above the Insert button on your keyboard) to take the screenshot, last launch your favorite photo editor and paste(ctrl-v) to get the screenshot. From http://www.videohelp.com/faq.htm#screenshot

"Everything is an experiment." - Tibor Kalman
"I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented." - R. Buckminster Fuller, quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002)
"Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist." - Ralph Waldo Emerson - http://www.transcendentalists.com/emerson_quotes.htm
"The longest journey begins with a single step." - Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching
"If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk." - Raymond Inmon (from http://www.egreenway.com/taichichuan/walking.htm)
"We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive at where we started And know the place for the first time." - T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding
"Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking."- Antonio Machado
"The place where you lose the trail is not necessarily the place where it ends."- Tom Brown, Jr.
"Don't think you're on the right road just because it’s a well-beaten path."- Author Unknown
"Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other."- M. C. Richards
"All paths lead nowhere, so it is important to choose a path that has heart." - Carlos Castenda
"It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end."- Ursula K. LeGuin

"I have observed dreams and visions very carefully, and am now certain that the imagination has some way of lighting on the truth that the reason has not, and that its commandments, delivered when the body is still and the reason silent, are the most binding we can ever know." - W.B. Yeats 1865-1939 (from The Philosophy of Shelley's Poetry, 1900) from http://www.faklen.dk/en/weekly/quotes/

"No one behind, no one ahead. The path the ancients cleared has closed. And the other path, everyone's path, Easy and wide, goes nowhere. I am alone and find my way." - Adapted from Sanskrit by Octavio Paz and translated from the Spanish by Eliot Weinberger (from: "In Light of India").

20 May 2005

A pictogram or pictograph is a symbol which represents an object or a concept by illustration. : http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Pictogram

Amazon's new visual search(?) application uses horizontal sliders and icons http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/finder/104-0904780-3886345?productGroupID=loose%5fdiamonds to allow users to specify what would otherwise by drop-down database criteria for the purchasing decision (from a blog with good AJAX discussion http://jszen.blogspot.com/2005/05/ajaxed-out.html )

Useful Sites for MapInfo Users(And all people who love maps) : http://research.umbc.edu/~roswell/mipage.html#hotlists

eMail Illustrated showing (linked) thumbnail sketches of documents referenced in the message : http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/eLearning/DiscoveryEmail.htm

Wiki Engine Comparison : http://wiki.splitbrain.org/wiki:compare

The Visual Mind II (Leonardo Books) by Michele Emmer (Editor) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0262050765/qid=1116622299/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-0936594-6492010 Mathematical forms rendered visually can give aesthetic pleasure; certain works of art can seem to be mathematics made visible. (ala Fibonacci "maps"?)

“What I’m proposing to myself and to other people, is what I often call the tourist attitude—that you act as though you’ve never been there before. So that you’re not supposed to know anything about it. If you really get down to brass tacks, we have never been anywhere before.” – John Cage, 1992 (John Cage advocated paying attention to the world around us; that the purpose of art is “to sober and quiet the mind, so that it is in accord with what happens.” He is mainly known as a composer who affected the course of music in our time, but he also lectured, wrote commentary and poetry, and made prints, watercolors, and drawings. He died in 1992, but his work continues to affect people conscious of shaping their own lives.) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1891300164/qid=1116624268/sr=1-4/ref=sr_1_4/002-0936594-6492010?v=glance&s=books

"The trick is learning to maintain an unwavering focus upon your desired end result, your completed dream, the "finish line", without insisting upon, or even contemplating, its means of attainment, no matter how logical, obvious, or tempting it may seem." - The Universe

19 May 2005

Crime map : http://www.chicagocrime.org/types/attempted_motor_vehicle_theft/67/ A freely browsable database of crimes reported in Chicago.

"The Internet formula for success turned traditional capitalism on its head. Traditionally, a company persuaded people to invest in it by making profits. Now it persuaded people to invest in it first, and hoped profits would follow."- Michael Lewis (The New New Thing)

"Western philosophers have endlessly analyzed and dissected a cluster of terms thought to be central to our thinking, e.g., 'good', 'right', 'being' (to be), 'know', 'believe', 'true', 'beautiful', 'reason', 'change', 'subject', 'mind', 'meaning', 'refer', 'object', 'property', and so forth. Yet one looks in vain to find a Western philosopher showering her analytic attention on the concept of 'way'." - http://www.duckdaotsu.org/dao_books.html

"To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage." - Georgia O'Keefe
"Better not to think at all than to think half way." - Haruki Murakami
"Letting the Right Brain Know What the Left Hand is Doing Since 1996" - RW
"Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful." RW to the Great Map
"Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time." - Viktor Frankl, author, neurologist and psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor (1905-1997)
"Patience is also a form of action." - Auguste Rodin, sculptor (1840-1917)
"To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your life depends on it; and when the time comes, to let it go." - Mary Oliver

18 May 2005

Static Images (with verbose textual directions) vs. Progressive Zoom : http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/07/17/smil.html?page=3 The idea is to maximize the versatility of a generic XHTML+SMIL zoom effect; so the strategy on this project will be to play with the margins and dimensions of a picture using the t:animate element.
Spatial montage -- the division of the screen area to allow several images to coexist in parallel -- use it to created a "directed reading" where pieces of a picture and a text are enhanced to give "close-ups" to different sections without loosing the overall context.

Information Foraging Theory Applied : http://www.pixelcharmer.com/essays/information-foraging.htm

JavaScript: DHTML API, Drag & Drop for Images and Layers : http://www.walterzorn.com/dragdrop/dragdrop_e.htm

GeoClient is a free tool for creating and serving SVG map. It converts ESRI shapefile to either standalone interactive svg map or store the features in mySQL database to be served by a WFS (GeoServerLite). GeoClient is an opensource project, and distributed under the GNU General Public License. : http://www.mycgiserver.com/~amri/geoclient.cocoon.xml

Dao (Tao) is a pivotal concept of ancient Chinese thought. 'Way' is similarly primitive (it resists analytic definition). We can only offer synonyms: e.g., 'course', 'method', 'manner', 'mode', 'style', 'means', 'practice', 'fashion', 'technique' and so on. We discover the circularity when we try to analyze one of the synonyms without recourse to the term 'way' with which we began.

"Followers of Tao may indulge in spiritual visions for a time, but they eventually learn that there is something more important than the endless exploration of visions." - 365 Tao Daily Meditations (Deng Ming-Dao)

" ... working in collaborative, lateral ways can be a more powerful expression of success than shooting solo to the proverbial top." - Lauren Cornell http://ignivomous.org/events/artwork/

"It only takes one idea, one second in time, one friend, one dream, one leap of faith, to change everything, forever. Just one! Yet eternity lies in the palm of your hand." - The Universe

17 May 2005

HousingMaps, a hack that combines craigslist real estate listings with city maps from Google Maps (from http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,67514,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html), complete with locations, prices and, in some cases, pictures. ...hack -- which mashed up Google Maps and traffic information, another hack that overlays the Chicago public transit system on Google's map of the city, another is Geobloggers, a blending of Google Maps with Flickr that displays the location -- within geographic areas on a Google map -- of pictures hosted on the photo-sharing service.

(Korean-based) Great Books / Ideas site : http://cyberspacei.com/greatbooks/h2/103gi.htm

Another site with Fibonacci Resources ; http://www.geocities.com/cyd_conner/page1.html

HTML Goodies Discussion Forums : http://www.htmlgoodies.com/

THE PRINCIPLES OF ARTISTIC ILLUSIONS : http://www.physics4all.co.il/open.php?link=1032 including some M. C. Escher examples.

"...moving your hands around helps you recall parts of the story--the gestures help you access memory and language ..." : http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/05/050511105253.htm

alt.binaries.pictures.fractals - Images : http://www.guba.com/image/General/alt.binaries.pictures.fractals/May16/page1

IP Address Locator Tool : http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm?GetLocation

United States Patent and Trademark Office : http://www.uspto.gov/patft/index.html (one for the Discovery pilot http://www.alexchiu.com/ )

Consider changing to http://www.statcounter.com/

"Confusion and clutter are failures of design, not attributes of information." - Tufte

13 May 2005

I love musical mashups and I'm starting to really love Web services mashups. The latest is a groovy item called Google-Yahoo Traffic Maps, available at http://supergreg.hopto.org/google-yahoo/. (from http://www.researchbuzz.org/a_yahoo_traffic_google_maps_mashup.shtml ).

12 May 2005

Making And Using Maps : http://www.zephryus.demon.co.uk/geography/links/mapuse.html

Infographic approach using color elements of national flags ; http://www.brazilianartists.net/home/flags/ to spatially demonstrate different %s.

Holy Land Map as a Human Shape - The Optical Illusion : http://www.holylandmap.net/englishpticalillusion.htm

This IS Rocket Science : http://rs101.anansispaceworks.com/rsq

"A wandering monk should neither despise what he has received, nor should he envy what others get." - (Dh 25:6) Dhammapada from http://www.celestialswan.com/D4A/Buddha-Jesus.htm

11 May 2005

Incorporating "time" into the equation is not necessarily intuitive, and that there are extra cartographic considerations involved : http://www.directionsmag.com/blog/archives/215-Business-Decisions-in-Geographic-Space-and-Time.html (the value of animations over time in helping to find patterns). Example software provider : http://www.terraseer.com/products/stis.html http://www.directionsmag.com/blog/comment.php?type=trackback&entry_id=215

'YOU ARE HERE but why?' map festival : http://www.mdx.org.uk/mapfest/psycho.html "Well, are you here to stay? Or are you here to go?".

"Go slowly, the sage is one who never seems to be in a hurry about anything, yet gets everything done. Always begin at the beginning. This means beginning with who you are right now, how you are right now, and where you are right now".- SOLALA TOWLER
"Every river has its banks, Every ocean has its shores." - ?
"When one senses that one has come to the limits of the time and situation, one should conserve one's energy. Often, this will be in preparation for a challenge to the limits, or a changing over to a new set of constraints. Whenever one comes upon the circumference, it is best to consider carefully and marshal one's resources before crossing the line." - ?
" We can take advantage of opportunities because we know that they are only there for the moment. Limitations should not always be seen as negative constraints. They are the geography of our situation, and it is only right to take advantage of this." - ?

10 May 2005

http://www.groxis.com/ will begin allowing computer users to view Yahoo search results with its visualization technology,;hoping that by making its software available as part of a standard Web browser it will be able to wean surfers away from the simple ranked lists of search results offered by Google and Yahoo. : http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/business/11601173.htm . Until now the company has sold a $49 program for use with Windows-based and Macintosh computers. Beginning this week, the company will rely instead on revenue from advertisements placed by the Yahoo ad placement service. Groxis executives say that by showing categories instead of a ranking listing, searchers may uncover gold they would have otherwise missed. The Stanford university community has found that navigating the clusters represented in the Groxis maps is simple to understand and that it permits users to go directly to areas of relevance. One new feature of the browser version of the search tool that Groxis is hoping to exploit is the ability to edit and easily share visual Grokker maps.

Places & Spaces exhibit: http://vw.indiana.edu/places&spaces/ (Katy Borner at Indiana U.)

Visualization of (music) Sampling History : http://jessekriss.com/projects/samplinghistory/

09 May 2005

Application and component SDK products : http://weblogs.java.net/blog/hansmuller/archive/2004/10/and_then_there.html : Thinkmap SDK , Inxight , JUNG ( the Java Universal Network/Graph Framework),

A very extensible api to visualize hyperbolic geometry, to handle graphs, and to layout hyperbolic trees (ala "TheBrain") : http://hypergraph.sourceforge.net/ The HyperGraph homepage.

Added QuixoteMap to http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/eLearning/TheGreatIdeas.htm

A panoramic map collection : http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/pmhtml/panhome.html Subject Index at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/pmmapsubjindex1.html

Map Resources : http://www.sou.edu/library/reference/mapres.html

Example of a "life"map (http://rescomp.stanford.edu/~jamey/images/map/map.html ) and http://www.themeparkbrochures.com/mainmaps.html from: http://linkmonger.net/clumps.php?action=view&id=31

" I am told there are people who do not care for maps, and find it hard to believe. The names, the shapes... the courses of the roads and rivers...are an inexhaustible fund of interest for any.. with eyes to see or twopenceworth of imagination to understand with." - Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island, 1883
"Make it easier for people to do the right thing and you will increase the probability that they will."- Jacob Nielsen
"... your desire to end desire, is still a desire." - Chuang Tzu
Philosophical Mapping Question: "YOU ARE HERE, but why?"

"There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them.
One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.
The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest... perfect peace.
Which picture do you think won the prize? The King chose the second picture. Do you know why? "Because," explained the King, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart." "That is the real meaning of peace." - Author Unknown

06 May 2005

History of the Great Ideas : http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/excat/ideasint.html
Great Books: Adler's Original Core List : http://www.malaspina.com/listbak.htm
Syntopicon: An Index to The Great Ideas : http://www.answers.com/topic/a-syntopicon-an-index-to-the-great-ideas http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Atlantis/4360/gidalpha.html
About the CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE GREAT IDEAS : http://www.classicalhomeschooling.com/html/the_center_for_the_study_of_th.html

Amazing space photos : http://www.rednova.com/images/gallery/earth/a_better_global_thermometer/9/97/index.html

Tao (or Dao) literally means "The Way." It is a term used to refer to a dynamic and interactive way of being whereby one acts and lives in harmony with nature and change. A person following the Tao does not try to obstruct natural processes taking place. This kind of action, and stillness - being - requires great clarity of vision and strength of mind. Wu-wei means having no deliberate (intentional) purpose and implies non-interference in the natural order.

"Laced throughout every day of life, are hidden highways of opportunity, invisible crossroads of time, and avenues for great personal transformation that, if only traveled upon would reveal the extraordinary, the sublime, and the unexpected. Yet most slip by undetected, until there is first a childlike wonder at the ordinary, the routine, and the expected. " - The Universe
"I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this." - Emo Phillips

05 May 2005

Information Cartography: Using GIS for Visualizing Non-Spatial Data: http://gis.esri.com/library/userconf/proc02/pap0239/p0239.htm use of the metaphor between points in a real-world Cartesian coordinate system and points in abstract information spaces.

Note Aerial photo transparency slider (revealing vector graphic map underneath) :
http://www20.mappy.com/sidF7SlnKoh+NPMn21w/Z?out=2;xsl=4; (all Flash)

Resources for Timeline Creation : http://www.latinteach.com/timelines.html
(Genealogy-related) Maps, Gazetteers & Geographical Information : http://www.cyndislist.com/maps.htm#Surname

Another Perspective; "Online not the place for the Road less Travelled" (http://www.searchengineguide.com/hotchkiss/2005/0503_gh1.html by Gord Hotchkiss - May 03, 2005) : "We are all creatures of habit. We travel in well worn grooves, interacting with the familiar and generally eschewing the unfamiliar. Of course, not all people are alike, but generally speaking, we as a species don’t like breaking new ground. Occasionally we will nudge ourselves out of our rut to try something new but there better be a pretty big win in it for us."

The habits, rituals and small (and occasionally big) methods people and teams use to get their work done; http://rodcorp.typepad.com/rodcorp/2004/12/how_we_work.html such as Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, etc.

The word "map" is perhaps of Punic (Phoenician) origin, via Latin and Middle English, from the table cloths that maps were first drawn on.

Mental and corporeal mapping (+ much more) at http://rodcorp.typepad.com/rodcorp/mapping_transport_tube/index.html

"For an idea that does not at first seem insane, there is no hope." - Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-American scientist
"The very act of thinking alters what is thought about, as the very act of seeing changes what is seen." - quote from http://www.taroscopes.com
"Close your mouth. Quiet your desires. And your life will be full and healthy.
Keep talking And meddling in the affairs of the world And your life will be beyond hope." - LAO TZU
"A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner." - ?
" Stopping at third base adds no more to the score than striking out." - ?
"The greatest and easiest thing you can ever do is to be yourself." - Unknown
"Mind Over Matter: If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." - Unknown
"You're unique, like everyone else." - Unknown
"It's better to regret something you did than something you didn't." - Unknown
"There has never been a good war or a bad peace." - Benjamin Franklin
"Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong. " - ?
"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. " - Mahatma Gandhi
"I can't write a book commensurate with Shakespeare, but I can write a book by me." - Sir Walter Raleigh
"Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."- Antonio Smith
"Opportunities are never lost. The other fellow takes those you miss."
"Too many people are ready to carry the stool when the piano needs to be moved."

04 May 2005

"Ambiguous displays invite interpretation. Mysterious signals demand investigation. Curious interfaces provoke play". Source: The Curious Interface: A Design Manifesto in Favor of Play (http://www.avantgame.com/The%20Curious%20Interface.pdf). Jane McGonigal 2003

I would like to do something like this; http://blog.flickr.com/flickrblog/2005/05/flickr_maps_tak.html to allow people to add to a (non-geo of course) mind/concept base map. http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/2390856 reference Flickr + Maps, Take 2:

Site-seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability : http://www.lukew.com/resources/site_seeing.html humans ought to be able to use the pictures to achieve their goals in an interactive system.

Another good map linking page : http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/maps.htm
Rich Information Design resources; http://designarchives.aiga.org/
Good source of logo/letters for future ransom notes; http://www.joeykatzen.com/alpha/ver3/

Is Pay Per Call the New Pay Per Click? ; http://www.dmnews.com/cgi-bin/artprevbot.cgi?article_id=32652

From http://en.thinkexist.com/search/searchquotation.asp?search=map&page=2 :
"We're all pilgrims on the same journey-but some pilgrims have better road maps."- Nelson DeMille
"Map out your future - but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip." - Jon Bon Jovi
"It is not down in any map; true places never are." - Herman Melville
"You’ll learn more about a road by traveling it than be consulting all the maps in the world." - Unknown
"A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there."
H. Stanley Judd quotes
"A road map always tells you everything except how to refold it" - Annonomous
"Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change." - Muhammad Ali
"The map is not the territory."- Alfred Korzybski (American scientist and philosopher, 1879-1950)
"Whether or not you're traveling, and whether or not you feel it, at this very moment you are one with the world, filled with purpose, and unimaginably vital." -The Universe
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James A. Baldwin
"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams." - John Barrymore
"They wonder much to hear that gold, which in itself is so useless a thing, should be everywhere so much esteemed, that even men for whom it was made, and by whom it has its value, should yet be thought of less value than it is." - Sir Thomas More, Utopia
"Everyone hates a sad professor"- REM

03 May 2005

Google Zeitgeist (Search patterns, trends, and surprises) : http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html and Yahoo Buzz Index (a similar collection of statistics around popular Yahoo searches: the day's top movers, overall and by various Yahoo categories; most viewed and e-mailed Yahoo news items; and a market-trend-like chart).

Does "page-turning" approach (Journal) really make sense in a hypertext world?

Interesting map : http://www.newmapgame.com/graphics/map-large.jpg " The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty First Century "

"The Art of Photomontage"; see the overwhelming effects that John Heartfield (magazine covers, advertisements and political propaganda http://www.towson.edu/heartfield/artarchive.html) and fellow Dada artists had on modern art : http://www.towson.edu/heartfield/art/5.html

Use logo database http://www.allthelogos.com/cgi-bin/logos/show.cgi?direct=Le_-Mig/Meg-Mig to find icons to map to "CorporateCommands".

02 May 2005

Visual Settlements (http://anjo.blogs.com/metis/2005/01/visual_settleme.html ) Size of a blob is determined by the number of words in the post (bigger blob, more words, in fact: every pixel represents one word). Colour of the blob is determined by whether there are links to/form/no others. Position of the blog is determined by the chronological order (oldest posts are in the center).

Urban history / studies maps : http://www.h-net.org/~urban/weblinks/3wsubj_maps.htm
Historical maps : http://bell.lib.umn.edu/hist/

Great source for infographic raw imagery: http://www.sandstorming.com/dump/?offset=60

All the "map" brain teasers : http://www.braingle.com/brainteasers/category.php?op=0&category=All&order=3&value=map&fields=0 including This Way or That., Color the Map, Other Map, Oily Map,

The International Database of Corporate Commands : http://www.ikatun.com/institute/infinitelysmallthings/corporatecommands/index.php?offset=170 "Don't leave home without it " .

4th person to link to my blog : http://del.icio.us/randog/visualization

The Julie Saul Gallery (http://del.icio.us/saul/mapping) held a group exhibition on the theme of mapping (historical maps and works by a wide range of contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums including painting, collage, drawing, photography and printmaking) spring'04.

"The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now." - African proverb
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." - Philip K. Dick
"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Picasso
"The Fibonacci sequence people have been using for centuries. Nature's numbers; the number of leaves on a fern, the number of seeds on a sunflower head, and how they are arranged... this is the Fibonacci sequence, used in art and architecture and music. Although when you hear it in music, it is not recognised." - Delia Derbyshire
"Really, the fundamental, ultimate mystery -- the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets -- is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together." - Alan Watts