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