22 December 2008

(Blog) Dataesthetics: The Power and Beauty of Data Visualization

Artefact really works well as these communication devices serve as 'research through art and design’, ‘where the end product is an artefact – where the thinking is, so to speak, embodied in the artefact’ (BOOK; 'Research in Art and Design', p.5) C. Frayling, Royal College of Art - Cited by 42 - Related articles - Web Search quoted in Visible Signs by David Crow Via

Mind Map Library : http://www.mappio.com/ ( 1000's of MindMaps)

University of the Arctic Atlas

How far does Santa Travel Map

Ideas of the Archive

(Call for Maps for 5th Iteration on) "Science Maps for Science PolicyMakers" : http://scimaps.org/cfs.php

Method of this project: literary montage ("I needn't say anything. Merely show." - Walter Benjamin) Via

(Nicholas Crane's television series) Map Man (made originally for BBC Two), portrays cartography and cartographers.

Christmas Song (Alvin & The Chipmunks)

"If you sit and get really quiet, fully expecting your answer, it has to come. Guaranteed." - The Universe
"... the ratio of commentary to reported fact is getting higher and higher,... We create this big pageant of commentary with this tiny little nugget of reporting at the center." - Rachel Maddow
"As an artist/composer,my intention is always polarized by concepts of 'the beautiful and the sublime'. To me, beauty is crystal; rationality, precision, simplicity, elegance, delicacy. The sublime is infinity; infinitesimal, immensity, indescribable, ineffable." - Ryoji Ikeda
"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes." - Eleanor Roosevelt"
"Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled." - Mohammed

19 December 2008

Mapping Second Life

Method for generating flow maps using hierarchical clustering

(>100 comments) Data Visualization: Modern Approaches Graphics

(23rd) International Conference on the History of Cartography (Copenhagen, Denmark, July 12–17, 2009)

Artist paints on subway maps (using Sharpie markers and paint pens).

Fairy Tales Contents

Fabric Map Links by the Yard!

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Latest Casting Calls : http://www.realitywanted.com/calls

(Band) The Lost Cartographers

"A color on a canvas can be beautiful in itself. However, the artist excels not by slathering one color across the canvas but by positioning it between contrasting or complementary hues. The original color then derives richness and depth from its milieu of unlike colors." - Dr. Paul Brand
"If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time." - Edith Wharton
"Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves." - Carol Pearson
"Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1870
"One must struggle so that one's work, while full of labour and sweat, appears to have been done quickly and almost without any labour, and very easily, although it was not." - Michelangelo

18 December 2008

InfoVis:Wiki : project is intended to provide a community platform and forum integrating recent developments and news on all areas and aspects of Information Visualization.

Maps of the world : http://maps.nationmaster.com/ (3,728 country maps) and Flags

Iran pictorial map

The Landscape of E-Learning

PhotoBucket map images : http://photobucket.com/images/map/

(How to) make a repeat pattern

(Video) One word at a time...

(Free) Online greeting card making system

The Arts & Letters Club Virtual Tour

Non-graphical blog representation

"...wherever you are drawn, GO! Whenever you are asked, say 'YES!'" - TU
"A work of art is a doorway to another world.” - Miro, the great Spanish artist (one of the most original of the twentieth century
"Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them." -Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
"...If you find your task is hard, Try again; Time will bring you your reward, Try again. All that other folks can do, With your patience should not you? Only keep this rule in view--Try again." - Anonymous
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness" - Mark Twain

17 December 2008

Are visual analysis tools poised to become pervasive?

Importing into Second Life

Top 50 Most Translated Authors

An example from art history in which the codes of the Reflexive Remix are at play is the work of John Heartfield.

(Flickr Group) Visual thinking school

If your peers wonder about using wikis preview this roundup of articles ...

Custom-Printed Fabric ( No minimum order, $18 per yard, High-quality cotton)

The Odds are ...

5 Foods for a Better Mood

One of the Tweets

"Let your memory be your travel bag." - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
"Of course not everyone understands you; It takes crazy to know crazy. It takes cool to know cool. And most assuredly, it takes great to know great." - TU
"It is not the shortcomings of others, nor what others have done or not done that one should think about, but what one has done or not done oneself." - The Dhammapada, Verse 50
"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist." - Oscar Wilde
"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." - Robin Williams

16 December 2008

(Movie) ViewFinder Fly through

The bootstrapping approach to information extraction and ontology evolution.

"The Production of Space" : Henri Lefebvre arguing that space is produced through the enactment of social relations. (ie space is created by the flows and movements of relational networks—such as capital, power, and information—in, across, and through a given physical area).

On concept mapping and foundational literature

Arctic Quest : http://nwp100.com/about.htm

Foto-Mosaik takes images or photos from your files, collates them, establishes a database which can then be used to recreate a photo of your choosing with any number of tiles.

Pictures That Lie : http://news.com.com/2300-1026_3-6033210-1.html

(CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS) Subtle Technologies Festival 2009 (theme "networks")

High Art / Low Art

Listen to Waits Samples

"Laughter, new friends, and far away travel. Wildlife, unexplored jungles, and hidden lagoons. Adventure, ancient mysteries, and modern cities. Challenges, heroes, and passionate love. You deserve it ALL (especially the "wildlife," and I don't mean eco-tours)." - TU
"People at the thinktanks have courage somewhere between a seaslug and sheep-guts."[4] - Anatol Lieven, Carnegie's Senior Associate
"'It seems very pretty,' she said when she had finished it, 'but it's RATHER hard to understand!' (You see she didn't like to confess, ever to herself, that she couldn't make it out at all.) 'Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas--only I don't exactly know what they are!" - Via
"It is indeed wonderful that so simple a figure as the triangle is so inexhaustible in properties." - Crelle, August. 1780-1856. German civil engineer and mathematician
"There is no win and no fail. There is only make." - Trantor

15 December 2008

Mapping Memory: Web Designer as Information Cartographer

Mind Map of Top Web Sites 2008 (6 years after my first)

BOEMIE focuses on the automation of the process of knowledge acquisition from multimedia content.

(Example quick and dirty) Photo montage (Java) program

“Uniting Painting” in development since 1968, officially unveiled at the United Nations headquarters in New York on November 1, 2005.

Asemic writing : work that looks like writing but does not say a word. Magazine dedicated to this phenomena (also covered many times before).

(Curious Search) 'non-visual cartography'

One of many Mapping Blogs


First We Take Manhattan

"The reason that people here get lost in thought is because it’s such unfamiliar territory." - ?
"To do is to be." - René Descartes (unsourced)
"Remember the whole point of this "drill" - living in the jungles of time and space - besides the daily adventures, falling in love over and over again, and the color purple, was simply... ao you don't have to take everything so seriously. Enjoy." - The Universe
"Be so good that they can't ignore you." - Steve Martin
"Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great." - Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

12 December 2008

(Movie) Israel map throughout history

Mapping blogosphere links

10 secret tips every Second Life newbie should know

Windows 7 knows where you are

Usability: Rules and Principles

Internet Black Hole Discovered


Regina Five : Arthur McKay, Ronald Bloore, Kenneth Lochhead, Ted Godwin and Douglas Morton is a regionally noteworthy group of artists. Via

(Poem) If - Math Humor

(Song) 'Lie To Me' by Tom Waits

"The first time I see a jogger smiling, I'll consider it." - Joan Rivers
"Frustration is the hall-mark of genius." ?
"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." - Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
"Wondering how many licks it will take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop is the sign of eternal youth." - TU
"Remember you are over the edge of the wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go." - J.R.R. Tolkien Via The 50 Most Inspiring Travel Quotes Of All Time

11 December 2008

Mapping—symbolism or realism?

BirdEye : http://code.google.com/p/birdeye is a community project to advance the design and development of a comprehensive open source information visualization and visual analytics library for Adobe Flex. The actionscript-based library enables users to create multi-dimensional data visualization interfaces for the analysis and presentation of information.

VisWeek 2008 (Via)

Full-screen QTH locator with gridsquare limits : (click to find your Lat/Long or your grid square)

User Experience In The Future

formatpixel : (online publishing tool)

The Great Decagon - Geometric landscape alignment

(Slide triptyk) Invisible Borders

Glazing is a technique where a transparent (usually darker) tone is washed over previously painted and dried passages.


"The longest journey is the journey inward." - Dag Hammarskjold
"Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse
"Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel's immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way." - Ralph Crawshaw
"Waiting for the bus is a bad idea if you turn out to be the bus driver." - Michael M. Butler
"What can you now do, that you'd like to do, that you aren't doing? Do it." - The Universe

10 December 2008

Why Not Just Ban All MAPS?

(Flickr stream) from the Center for Mathematical Modelling

Google Blog Directory

Brain animation

Hex Fractals


Be part of Art-09 : http://www.art-09.com/en_index.html (June 12-14, 2009) Stimulate your mind as well as your eyes...

(Wikipedia) Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his cartoons that promoted peace and understanding (...sculpted 28 statues, painted more than 2,000 oil/acrylic paintings, wrote about 3,200 articles, and created more than 11,000 political cartoons). Annual contest.

(Audio clip) Call of the Wild (chimpanzee)

"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existance is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being." - Via
"A heart that loves is always young." - ?
"If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the ax." - Abraham Lincoln
"The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire." - William R. Alger, 1823-1905. U.S. minister, writer
"Nobody paints as he likes. All a painter can do is to will with all his might the painting his age is capable of." - Jean Bazaine (in Notes on Contemporary Paintings)

09 December 2008

Geo Challenge Grants from Google.org

News Maps

Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

Visible Speech (practically impossible)

The Economy of Ideas (Selling Wine Without Bottles)

Algorithmic Mathematical Art

Magic, perception and consciousness

Historical Avant-Gardes

Walls that go up ... must come down.

WOW Sign (the 3 finger sign forming a " W" for Wish Only Well, means peace, hope, and goodwill).

"Some people make headlines while others make history." - Philip Elmer-DeWitt
"The great artists do not seek their forms in the mist of the past, but take the deepest soundings they can of the genuine profoundest centre of gravity of their age." -Franz Marc
"Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." - The Book of Daniel 12:4
"Giving tells the Universe that you believe you are provided for. For even as you empty your purse, you fear not. The act alone is a demonstration of faith that you will remain whole, that your coffers will be replenished, and that love is what matters most." - Adventurers 9:19 (The Universe)
"Ideas are the roots of creation." - Ernest Dimnet

08 December 2008

Second Life Grid

(Presentation) Knowledge Management : Access to an Untapped Resource

Maps In Doubt held at

Aaron Koblin visualizes the world

Image Mosaic Generator

There is a deeper and more common connection between science and art than people tend to recognize.”

(Online Forum) A Great Idea At The Time: The Rise, Fall, And Curious Afterlife of The Great Books : http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2008/12/how-now-great-books/

Fair Use? : Incidental Use

Binary fractal images

(Book) 'The Little Man in the Map' (E. Andrew Martonyi & Ed Olson Schoolside Press, 20950-40 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills, CA 913679780978510046, $19.95) is a cheery, rhyming picturebook designed to teach young people to remember the names of all fifty American states.

"I'll do what I can to help y'all. But, the game's out there, and it's play or get played. That simple." - Omar
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein
"The best things in life aren't things." - Art Buchwald
"The moment I begin to play, grow, and become more than I was, I feel alone, disconnected, like I'm missing something (even though I'm none of those things). Rock on." - The Universe
"One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography." - William Ellery Channing 1780-1842, American Unitarian Minister, Author

05 December 2008

Now find Postal Addresses (with Google Map)

State Transition Diagrams

After a quick discussion, a mind map is drawn to summarize the thoughts of the group around each question.

History of the World Map

Map Thumbnails byAlison Whittington, the chief mapmaker for the Interimaginational Institute for Fantastical Exploration & Cartography. Shop

(Blog) La Cartoteca

Fair Use? : Using Quotations

Research these related

Tripod Founder / Social activist (would probably? like and)

(Essay) Self-Reliance (1841) by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The advent of cash flow further propelled the creative hand and gave permission to the exploratory nose." - Robert Genn
"If there are no stupid questions, then what sort of questions do stupid people ask? - ?
"New tools, for new means of expression, lead to new results: provocative, crude, delicate, personal, grand, arrogant, humble, megalomaniacal, predictive, retrospective, sensitive, tasteless. In a way, disarray in the arts mirrors our troubled world and its new methods of building and destroying." - Ken Knowlton
"The disaster is still arriving." - Serge Le Borgne, gallerist (regarding the global economic slump)
"Every good craftsman conducts a dialogue between concrete practices and thinking; this dialogue evolves into sustaining habits, the these habits establish a rhythm between problem solving and problem finding." - Sennett, Richard ( The Craftsman. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008)

04 December 2008

Dresden Gallery in Second Life - the Old Masters Picture Gallery, one of the world's most famous museums http://www.dresdengallery.com/ (750 masterpieces of European art history). (Powered http://www.secondinterest.com/ ) Via

(Movie) Dynamic MindMap (Movement of Second Level Connections)

Map–territory relation

The Power of Maps: "Mapping Science" Exhibit (at the Cameron Library, University of Alberta)

From Picture Processing to Diagrammatics

R. Buckminster Fuller - A self-proclaimed “comprehensive anticipatory design scientist


Free collection of icons

(Definition) Combinatory Thinking : Visual thinking that tends to promote the merging, mixing or coalescing of separate configurational ideas into a new unified whole

Ovation TV (multiplatform network focused on entertaining, inspiring and engaging the artist in all of us) Search Results for "map"

"When you look around you, at those in the world who flourish, thrive, laugh, and love - with friendships, adventure, even abundance - aren't they, more often than not, first and foremost, the dreamers?" - The Universe
"Expectation unlocks all doors, lights all paths, and frosts all cakes." - ?
"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it." - Frank Zappa
"Do not believe in miracles - rely on them." - ?
"Political correctness is tyranny with a happy face." - Charlton Heston

03 December 2008

Rich Media Institute : http://www.richmediainstitute.com/ (Training)

(WIRED MAGAZINE: ISSUE 15.07) Google Maps Is Changing the Way We See the World

Getting around Montréal

Exploring creative innovative modes of visual communication of information : http://visualthinkmap.ning.com/

The Miura map fold (aka Miura-ori) is an example of a rigid origami model (can be folded from sheet metal with hinges instead of crease lines).

YouTomb draws attention to YouTube copyright takedowns

Variable-width 'film scroll bar' (at bottom of page)

Art and Geometry

The Greatest Work Of Art Ever (?) : http://www.theworldismycanvas.com/greatevent/

Custom Cut Acrylic (clear Lucite acrylic any size you want).

"... it's often hard to get away from the omnipresent, flat, overhead view in the mapping conversation. There is no coincidence to that as it speaks to human desire to see everything in an attempt to "know" the city. Remembering the orientational metaphors, to "know" means we must rise up, transcending the muck of the street to see the city from where it cannot reach us. From a distance, the city can be properly idealized. Of course, this kind of knowledge reduces 'the city' to an abstraction..." - Carlisle
"If you neglect your art for one day it will neglect you for two." - ?
"Your gifts are innumerable; your depth is incalculable; your presence is unforgettable. Your touch is healing; your style is appealing; your power is mind reeling." - The Universe
"Fools rush in where fools have been before." - ?
"If you try very hard to create a good thing it will probably be bad. So let's be bad." - Via?

02 December 2008

(Video) Worldwide Breast Cancer Map Mashup Challenge

(Map) Israel-Palestinian Conflict PBS

Mississippi River type map

Barack Obama's Journey

"map" Bookmarks : Recent Popular All

Drilling a Hexagonal Hole : http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/DrillingAHexagonalHole/

Mandara - The World of Uniform Tessellations

100 Incredibly Useful and Interesting Web Sites

Visual Artisans

My James Burke links have been side-barred

"Thus what I thought I had seen with my eyes, I actually grasped solely with the faculty of judgment, which is in my mind." - René Descartes
"Actually, the less you think about how you can get something, like money, love, or laughter... the faster it will come." - The Universe
"Photographs are as much an interpretation of the world as paintings and drawings are." - Susan Sontag
"When there is disaster, two things occur, change and opportunity." - Old Chinese Proverb
"Inside you there's an artist you don't know about." - Rumi

01 December 2008

Twine : pioneering the mainstream adoption of the Semantic Web.

‘3D web browser’ approaches: SpaceTime, ExitReality, and 3BRooms, and Google’s Lively.

(Not Flash?) Animated Pixel Imagery

London: A Life in Maps

Prelinger Library Digital Collections Page (currently 3,434 fully downloadable digital books).

"Vive la résistance!"

New Jerusalem

(Discussion) http://www.snapshotssuck.org/ to acknowledge and respond to criticism of Snap Shots, whether the criticism is called for or not.

Blue Rider : Wassily Kandinsky (Images)

Listed under 'MAgazines - E_zines'

"I don't know what I like, but I know that I art." - A student of Descartes
"The discoveries, breakthroughs, inventions, and masterpieces that profoundly change lives (individually and globally), rarely, if ever, require dollars or even time. They just require a little new thinking. And you're good at this. Just think." - The Universe
"He who chooses his own path needs no map." - Queen Kristina of Sweden
"Machines don't fight wars, people do, and they use their minds." - Col John Boyd
"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default." - J.K. Rowling

28 November 2008

Official Google Maps API Reverse Geocoder

Yaris vs. Yaris (multiplayer “advergame”) 'Map Makin'

Triangle : A Two-Dimensional Quality Mesh Generator

(Flickr pool) “Great Diagrams in Anthropology, Linguistics, & Social Theory”.

BlogSearch 'map'

(Infovis 2008) Art Exhibition

Toronto Digital Art Association : http://pixelgallery.org/aboutus.html

Maps as Public Media

How to Make Yourself Lucid Dream

Los Angeles destination for contemporary art (near Blum & Poe, The Project, Sandroni Rey, Lizabeth Oliveira, and Susanne Vielmetter).

"A convincing casualness trumps weak, stuffy or overworked surfaces." - Robert Genn
"Looking at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots representing towns and villages on a map. Why, I ask myself, shouldn’t the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France?" - Vincent van Gogh Via
"... youth is a quality, and if you have it you never lose it." -Frank Lloyd Wright (in Mike Wallacr interview)
"The people who call my work 'abstract' are imbeciles; what they call 'abstract' is in fact the purest realism, the reality of which is not represented by external form but by the idea behind it, the essence of the work." - Brancusi
"Proceed with understanding. " - TU

27 November 2008

GoogleMaps in Second Life

Digg Pics : dynamic visualization of images as people vote for them.

Thinking with Diagrams [PDF] - View as HTML


(First cartogram?) Blown out of proportion

Complexity Cartographer : http://as-map.com/blog/

Best "map" blog post ever

Move your mouse over the photo to see notes.

10 Gonzo Machines (From Rogue Inventor Buckminster Fuller)

Chinese Version of this blog : 大地图

"We are beginning a journey. It will be a journey both strange and wonderful. In our tour of the Universe we will travel the vast empty pathways of limitless space and explore the uncharted wilderness of creation." - Robert Burnham, in his introduction to Volume I: 'Robert Burnham's Celestial Handbook - An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System,' 1978
"Feel free to feel free." - John J. McNulty
"Life is like a snowball. The really important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill.” - Warren Buffett
"When you think a new thought, entertain a new dream, or mentally choose a new goal, your thoughts 'leave' you and go out - in every direction, to the farthest corners of the planet. They carry a life force all their own, like ripples created when a pebble is tossed into a pond. You can't change this, but you can use it." - The Universe
"Simple things hold the secret." - Carl Jung

26 November 2008

(Contest results) Second Life UI

Graphical Innovation in Justice Mapping

Interesting hand-made mind maps

(Flickr Map) Major Migratory Bird Flyways

What Optical Illusions ShowUs About Visual Perception

Jerusalem 2050 to make Jerusalem, a city also known as Al Quds, claimed by two nations and central to three religions, “merely” a city, a place of difference and diversity in which contending ideas and diverse citizenries can co-exist in benign, yet creative, ways.

The full content ofthe 2001 book 'Atlas of Cyberspace' is now available as a free download pdf; http://www.atlasofcyberspace.com/ (providing an interesting and informative historical record of how the Internet was mapped and visualised in the mid to late 1990s).

(Mapping Bookmarks) http://delicious.com/adebuche/mapping

How to Target Twitter (8 Ways to Build a New Audience in this Niche Community)

Credited "From"

"Geometry is a skill of the eyes and the hands as well as of the mind." - Jean Pedersen
"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." - Leonardo da Vinci
"..claim whatever it is that you want from life from the same gate keeper who has kept it from you... your gorgeous self." - The Universe
"He who wonders discovers that this is in itself a wonder." - M. C. Escher
"It is hard enough for anyone to map out a course of action and stick to it, particularly in the face of the desires of one's friends; but it is doubly hard for an aviator to stay on the ground waiting for just the right moment to go into the air." - Glenn Curtiss, 1909

25 November 2008

Up-to-date detailed 3D City Models that combine a photorealistic look with GIS precision.

Visualizing Information for Advocacy [PDF] - View as HTML

(Video) The Future of Mapping about the history and future of maps.


Four color proof using a tetrahedron : http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/A2PireMap/

(Assumption) Text as the last thing people should put on a PowerPoint slide (“visualistic” presentation support)

Website traffic going through the roof; how do I scale up my hosting solution?

"...In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 1 result(s)..." read more about the request at ChillingEffects.org

Imagekind Community > Groups > All

Why is dada important? Many reasons....

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." - Albert Einstein Via
"... the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." - Thomas E. Lawrence
"Make maps, not tracings." - Deleuze e Guattari (‘A thousand Plateaus’, 1987)
"Money gets people to do things they otherwise wouldn't." - R.B.Wild
"Only one thing in art is valid, that which cannot be explained." - Georges Braque

24 November 2008

(Google 3D Warehouse Design Your Dwelling Competition winner and runners-up.

(Keynote lecture Podcast) The Aesthetic Responsibility (how design today functions as a leading medium of self–revelation and self–positioning in public space).

Afghanistan Ethno-Linguistic Map Via

Ribbon Timeline

Important scientific innovations which will drastically change our lives.

Borderlands and Immigrants

The Throat Chakra is where one can hear one’s inner voice, contact one’s in-dwelling spirit and receive inspiration, idea forms for creative tasks.

50 of the most stunning movie posters ever...

Is anyone buying the Googlephone?

The Brian Eno Evolution

"The journey is our home." - Ben Reche
"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." - Winston Churchill
"Artists thrive when they learn to stand on their own two feet. They often find it easier to access their own inner creativity, build a unique style, and activate the latent ego-force that's necessary for growth." - Robert Genn
"Maps are like sheepdogs herding ideas." - R.B.Wild (after Daniel Dennett)
"The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a wilderness." - Havelock Ellis

21 November 2008

(Video) Google I/O 2008 - Maps Mashups Session

Projective Geometry

(Conference) Carto2.0 : meet the French Visual Thinkers


100 ideas

Images from Science 2 (an Exhibition of Scientific Photography)

Online collaborative 'graffiti' generator

Edible Maps

MAPS is an instrumental rock band that incorporates mixed meters and non-traditional songwriting in their music.

Crisis in the Middle East

"The breadth and depth of a man's mind is in direct proportion to the extent of his curiosity." -Samuel Johnson
"Think rich, look poor." - Andy Warhol (Peter Oresick)
"Chi cerca trova" (seek and you shall find) - Latin
"At our humble beginnings in the darkened caves, our primary form of communication was painted on the walls..." - Reiki Practioner
"Though this be madness, yet there is a method in't." - William Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2)

20 November 2008

Envisioning the world through the oligopticon

MusicSampling Map

Mindmap Collection (on Flickr)

Nets can be generated and printed using any of Small Stella, Great Stella, or Stella4D available in the free demo versions.

Developers access the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites : http://aws.amazon.com/s3/

"Just barely" patterns

The Top 10 Best R&D Companies In The World

LEGO Brick Timeline : (50 Years of Building Frenzy and Curiosities) Via

Collage experiement

PAUL KLEE (1879–1940), Swiss painter, graphic artist, and art theorist, represents the successful combination of his sophisticated theories of art with a very personal inventiveness that has the appearance of great innocence.

"If you should die before me- ask if you can bring a friend." - Stone Temple Pilots
"The cards of life are stacked in your favor. Overall, you're far more likely to succeed than fail, and to thrive than dive (Don't let the inevitable setbacks get you down). " - TU
"...and then the blonde saw the sign saying "Disneyland Left" and went home...." - ?
"You can’t go home again." - Thomas Wolfe (1900 — 1938)
"I've learned.... that opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss." - Andy Rooney

19 November 2008

Architectures of Global Knowledge (.pdf) The Mundaneum, a series of museums, was meant to promote international understanding (concept conceived by Paul Otlet, 1868-1944).

3D Mandelbrot and Julia sets

Visualizing Science : http://ryanwyatt.livejournal.com/ (Seeing Science in Everyday Life)

Using the city and pixelart to present web2.0 services Via : http://www.uswim.net/

Map of Where Ten Lost Tribes of Israel Migrated (After Captivity)

Copyright protected physical space (?)

YouTube Traffic reporting

The Computer Arts Society promotes the creative uses of computers in the arts and culture generally.

Guerilla art

(Spoken Word) A Distant Land (ala Leonard Cohen)

"What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?" - Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956) German dramatist, poet "Mother Courage," VI.
"Don’t cross the stream to find water." - Swedish Proverb
"Winners believe in the path they have chosen even when it is hard, even when others can't see where they are going." - Unknown
"I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes." - Andy Rooney
"Genius is the capacity for receiving and improving by discipline." - George Eliot

18 November 2008

Visual Methods (Information visualization design for the people!)

Endonym Map of Europe


The Periodic Table of Videos : http://www.periodicvideos.com/

Interactive guide invites you to look at the world as if you've never seen it before.

First Printing : http://www.vintagemaps.com/blog/ is a weekly blog devoted to antique maps and antique prints

(Example) mention in U.S. Patent #5831633 under "Prior Art".

The 13 most embarrassing web moments

(Video) Elephant Paints Self Portrait

David Bowie discusses 12 of his songs

"Failure is the path of least persistence." - Via
"When the wisdom of the Grandmothers is heard, the world will heal." - Native American Prophecy
"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have." - President Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)
"Discipline morphs into habit." - Twyla Tharp
"Badges! We don't need no stinking badges." - Alfonso Bedoya (in 'Treasure of the Sierra Madre')

17 November 2008

Design in the age of intelligent maps

(curehunter) visual medical library

Personal knowledge mapping (with K-SOM)

(Flickr Set) MIND MAPS


Maps That Matter (according to Martin and Chris)

(Review) Freize Art Fair 2008

Flags of Revolt and Defiance

Mimicking a cubist collage in this winter landscape in Kazakhstan. Via

ACA annual photography contest here

"The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." - ?
"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."- John Quincy Adams
"Being creative is an everyday thing, a job with its own routines." - Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau
"To Be Free From The Now! Now!" - Via

14 November 2008

(Google? search) "Does animation help users build mental maps of spatial information" asked by Microsoft researchers

Central Park Running Map “Central Park was designed for refuge, discovery and communing with society. Not for running. Yet 150 years later, its 843 acres are a paradise for runners. Via

The Historical Cartography Reading Group has recently been formed for Research in the Humanities

(Video) Making information find us Via : http://www.anecdote.com.au/archives/knowledge/

Who Owns Your Comments?

Scientific quotations

Artist Sees Scientific Visualization as Precursor to New Digital Art Forms

The Fringe Benefits of Failure (and the Importance of Imagination)

(Definition) 'Edgelings' - people who gravitate towards the edges (term coined by Stowe Boyd) Via

The pineal gland is unique in that it sits alone in the brain whose other parts are paired.

"If you'd take your head home and boil it for a turnip it might be useful. I can't say. But it might." - G. K. Chesterton, The Man Who was Thursday (1908)
"The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart." - Dhammapada
"(So, you'll never publish the ideas that you've developed on...?) Probably not. I may leave them somewhere... You know, like Leonardo da Vinci, write it in code backward in the mirror... in some kind of cipher..." - Robert Rosen, theoretical biologist
"Randomness gets you everywhere in the world." - ?
"A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory."- Albert Einstein

13 November 2008

Serial Mapper published recently his visual mapping blogroll as a parisian metro map. Via

Garden Map

Map of the World, in Musical Notation (Listen to the map here) Via

Defining Visual mapping

10th Annual Braintrust Knowledge Management Summit

One Pattern Invades Another Pattern, Creating a Third Pattern

(Searching in Estonia? for) 'mindmap as sitemap'

ACEinHOLE.com (Who do you want to be today?)

Collage Artist : http://www.joshdorman.net/gallery.html

Invest in a girl

"The simplification of anything is always sensational." - G. K. Chesterton, Varied Types (1903)
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government." - Edward Abbey
"Hands, do what you’re bid: Bring the balloon of the mind That bellies and drags in the wind Into its narrow shed." - William Butler Yeats (in Wild Swans 1919)
"The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with." - Marty Feldman
"It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish."- Aeschylus

12 November 2008

Choosing Your Mind Map Expert

New York Songlines (virtual walking tours)

Texas Border wall plans laid out

Cool (map) Infographics

Interactive fractal polyhedra

LigPlot gizMOE represent the fundamental interactions without the fuss of 3D structures.

Featured Artist Heroes : angel animals artists business child community earthkeepers explorers faith family freedom lifesavers literary musician peacemakers poets scientists sports teachers women writers

Vindication of a Visionary

How To Install WinXP On A Vista-ready Machine

(Jack Sparrow-Pirate of Caribbean) speed painting (from skull out)

"Seek not water, seek thirst!" - Rumi
"Some people blur the line between reality and fantasy; I jump rope with it." - M.L.
"The time is now and women must lead. It can be no other way." - Great Council of the Grandmothers
"We never play anything the same way once."- Shelly Manne
"The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost." - G.K.Chesterton

11 November 2008

Mapsandimages : http://www.mapsandimages.it/eMaps/main.htm is addressed to people who love, study or use maps.

Community and Ethnic Media on the Map

"Map" stock images

My first computer

Mirror Words : "Never odd or even", "Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era? "...

Back in the 1800's the Tates Watch Manufacturing Company of Massachusetts wanted to produce other products and, since they already made the cases for watches, they used the same cases to house compasses. The new compasses were so bad that people often ended up in Canada and Mexico rather than California. This of course!, is the origin of the expression; "He who has a Tates is lost !"

Tips and Techniques for picture framing

Marcel Duchamp

Your World in 2015 (10 emerging trends that could reshape your world over the next 10 years) Via

(Definition) "sublime" (from the Latin sublimis (exalted)), refers in aesthetics to the quality of transcendent greatness, whether physical, moral, intellectual or artistic (especially references a greatness with which nothing else can be compared and which is beyond all possibility of calculation or measurement).

"Maps are a rising and vibrant form of participatory media...” - Jessica Clark, Project Director, Future of Public Media Via
"I wonder what they sketched the invention of the napkin on." - Intro24
"Mighty is geometry; joined with art, resistless." - Euripides. 480?-406 BC. Greek dramatist
"The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice within me." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Every epoch is given its own measure of artistic freedom, and event the most creative genius may not leap over the boundary of that freedom." - Vasili Kandinsky in "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" (1911)

10 November 2008

A mindmap of Edward Tufte’s Envisioning Information

(Tutorial) Using GIMP to Create an Artistic Regional Map

FracLac is for analyzing complexity or detail of digital images.

Geometric mosaic design services available

Science & Society Picture Library

Infographic movie about the roots of the Middle-East conflict (slightly reminiscent of the The Kingdom opening sequence of the movie still accessible on Yahoo movies)


The Six Hats, Six Coats Hypercube


Informative fashion: Newsknitter

"There is no reason in 2008 to do shit you hate, ‘cos you can lose just as much money being happy as hell." - Gary Vaynerchuk (keynote, Web 2.0 Expo, 2008)
"What we play is life." - Louis Armstrong
"If I ever conceive any original idea, it will be because I have been abnormally prone to confuse ideas.. and have thus found remote analogies and relations which others have not considered!" - Kenneth J.W. Craik, 1943
"Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up." - John F. Kennedy (paraphrase of a passage from The Thing, 1929)
"Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it."- Malcolm X

07 November 2008

Visualization Blogs : http://eagereyes.org/aggregator/categories/1

Source Code For Coordinate Transformation for Fuller's icosahedron based world map.

The Wizard of Information Visualization : blends art and data in software projects

Create a RPG map element with Inkscape

Innovative Ways to Look at New World Historical Geography

The Tactical Cartography Command Centre

ARTECH 2008 : http://artes.ucp.pt/artech2008/ 4th International Conference on Digital Arts (promoting the interest in the digital culture and its intersection with art and technology as an important research field).

Satellite Art (from Google)

(Video) XPLANATiON from XPLANE that clearly defines the flawed subprime lending mortgage practices that led to the current situation on Wall Street.

How To make a Dadaist Poem

"Step #1 for changing the entire world, is falling in love with it as it already is. Same for changing yourself (And best of all, with this approach, there is no step 2)." - The Universe
"Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity." - G. K. Chesterton, The Man Who was Thursday (1908) Via
"Trying harder is like trying to slam a revolving door." - Keith Johnstone Via
"Pray to God, but keep rowing to shore." - Russian Proverb
"The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one." - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

06 November 2008

Los Angeles Mapped

BIBLE MAPS (Alphabetically and Topically Arranged)

Weblog on Knowledge Visualization and Visual Thinking

Innovator’s Dilemmas: invention vs. innovation?

Social Network Site Timeline

(Interactive) Cuboctahedron

(Folded) Typeface

Abstract modern mixed media assemblage painting

Alex Dragulescu leads the Experimental Game Lab at the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (at University of California, San Diego).

Piano mp3

"When information rubs against information the results are startling and effective. The perrenial quest for involvement, fill-in, takes many forms." - Marshall McLuhan, The Medium Is the Message
"Can crop circles be square?" - ?
"Photography books are fantastic historic documents. But they're labour-intensive and you almost never recover expenses, so few get made." - Rob Hornstra
"It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" - Emiliano Zapata
"Who can map out the various forces at play in one soul?" - Augustine of Hippo

05 November 2008

Searchme’s visual search

Google finally launched its in-game advertising platform, AdSense for Games, that will offer advertisers access to millions of Web-based Flash games.

(Documentary) Places That Don't Exist describes the politics and daily life in regions which are de facto independent but usually show up differently on maps.

(Mind Mapping) ... How Does it Let You Access The Other 95% of Your Brain’s Intelligence?

“Maps: Finding Our Place in the World“ (on-line version of the Field Museum’s exhibit) Via

(F)hold Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand

("Visual Futurist") Syd Mead

Finding a map in the coffee stains

Winners of the 'Just Jerusalem' Competition

How did these comedians see it coming when financial reporters did not?

"We are pilgrims on a journey; we are trav’lers on the road; we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load." - The Servant Song
"What do you mean Will was better? He couldn't find a g-spot with Yahoo! Maps." - Will & Grace
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, some time in your life." - Sir Winston Churchill
"It is of the greatest urgency--even an ethical matter--that we be able to reach one another." - John Cage
"Oh, you're too late! There's nothing left to explore!' - Teacher [indicating a map of the world] in The Truman Show

04 November 2008

On the Normalization and Visualization of Author Co-Citation Data (here for pdf )

Map of the World 2.0 : http://www.appappeal.com/web-2-0-application-world-mosaic/

Marco Polo's Travels (on Google Maps) Via

Virtual Library: History of Art

Initial review of the body of knowledge: mapping the field

Best Web-Based Image And Photo Editors

Landscape’s new dimension

Flattened Mountains

(Sample personal video) Vision Statement :


Map leggings

"The wider course would be to say that there are certain lines along which humanity must move, the grand strategy is mapped out, but detailed prophecy is not our business." - George Orwell , 'Why Socialists Don't Believe in Fun', Tribune (1943-12-20)
"...the wall exists only to be transgressed..." - Alice
"At that time there were many blank spaces on the earth, and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on a map (but they all look that) I would put my finger on it and say, When I grow up I will go there." - Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
"Life is a workshop." - John Cage
"Those you help the most will be least likely to acknowledge your assistance." - R.B.Wild

03 November 2008

Political Word Clouds

Design of Spatial Apps

2008 U.S. Election (click on the "News by State" tab, you will either see political news, for the current candidate, scoped to your state, OR if we don't have a mapping for your IP address, you will see the same thing only scoped to the state of California).

Responses to “Mapping a connected world” : http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2008/09/08/mapping-a-connected-world/

Discovery and Exploration Cartographic Items

Accelerated learning through visual representations

The Path of Reason

PictureBox specializes in bringing artists’ visions to print in startling and unexpected ways. (Possible Atlas publisher)

College eLearning program links to.

five paintings, each measuring 11ft. x 30ft.

"Yes, happiness comes in the form of a map." - Appledelhi Siniz Hesap Lufen Via
"It's just one of those damn things of which there are many few." - Dan Blocker
"Break rules. Even your own rules." - John Cage, 'Rules for Students and Teachers'
"Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident." - Mark Twain
"There did not seem to be this many cars on the map." - Junior, Kim Possible