25 November 2009

(Video) http://nebul.us/ : Visualizing (and Sharing) your Online Activity Via

Parking Tickets Map : Google mash-up shows the number of parking tickets issued in one year. Via : http://maps.grammata.com/


Google released free navigation application

(Research) 'Background images can actually enhance one's ability to read a chart or graph.'

(Twitter) #knowledgemanagement

Chris Kenny produces an unexpected kind of poetry with his three-dimensional 'drawings' and constructions made from twigs, fragments of maps and strips of found text."

(Book) We Feel Fine: An Almanac of Human Emotion

(Definition) "mapsadaisical" : (maps′ə dā′zi kəl). adjective. showing lack of maps or plans; viewless
Art for Commuters calls for Proposals for CONTACT 2010

"Not that 'fault' doesn't exist, but blame throws the whole thing out of context." - TU
"A man cannot become an anarchist merely by wishing it." - R.B.Wild (after Napoleon Bonaparte)
"Don’t blow your day on metajunk." - Merlin Mann Via
"We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything." - Thomas Edison
"If you do nice things for the world, the world will find a way to pay you back." - Jonathan Harris

24 November 2009

WordPress Users Map : http://wpworldmap.net/

Age-Maps : Two photographs of the same person from years apart, spliced together (to entirely unsettling, sometimes comedic, results).

WeKnowIt : http://www.weknowit.eu/ develops novel techniques for exploiting multiple layers of intelligence from user-contributed content...

Snippet Learning


(Secret?) copyright treaty

Vintage desert map necklace

(Example) "Ignite" style-presentations force us to refine our messages and get them across efficiently (20 slides in 5 minutes).

(Video) Robert Crumb talks about his illustrated Genesis

(Song) Map of the World (part II)

"The names of the cerros and the sierras and the deserts exist only on maps. We name them so that we do not lose our way. Yet it was because the way was lost to us already that we have made those names." - Cormac McCarthy
"Deal with yourself as an individual, worthy of respect and make everyone else deal with you the same way." -Nikki Giovanni
"It is a mysterious thing, in fact, how something which looks attractive may have a better chance of being true than something which looks ugly." - Penrose Via
"It is personalities not principles that move the age." - Oscar Wilde (via EduifyQuotes)
"We are all something, but none of us are everything." - Blaise Pascal Via

23 November 2009

(New) Country Cartograms

Refine your image search with visual similarity : http://similar-images.googlelabs.com/

Manufacturing universes in a fractal multiverse

Visualization Goes Mainstream

Ducks Migration Map

(Google Wave) Mindmap gadget which allows for collaborative editing of hierarchical data and ideas, including icons, import and export to freemind, ...

Perhaps the forest fire model is a plausible candidate for the spread of wars (?)


Kiva Lenders surpass $100,000,000!

Eno / Byrne : http://www.everythingthathappens.com/

"If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world it will come through the expression of your own personality, that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature." -Bruce Barton
"The only way we beat down evil ideas is by [exposing them to] sunlight." - Jerry Springer (on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs)
"Each of us can make a difference, and all of us must try." - oft-repeated Kennedy family saying
"How magnificent a good map is." - Samuel van Hoogstraten, painter (1627–1678) Via
"If you have 1 good idea in 100, have patience with the other 99." - mindmapdrawer (Note to self)

20 November 2009

http://image-swirl.googlelabs.com/ : organizes image search results based on their visual and semantic similarities and presents them in an intuitive (mind-mappish?) exploratory interface. (About)

Webpages As Graphs : (http://www.aharef.info/static/htmlgraph/ ) an interactive HTML DOM visualizer applet that will view any http:// website in a graphic form. Via

Mapsicle: Annotating Google Street View Panoramas

(Example) Word cloud generated from the bios of Twitter followers.


Crazy Signage

Crowdsourcing coming to iPhone apps

(Definition) 'rich content' : "Multiple massages rather than multiple messages" (Via bfchirpy)

Path to a Meaningful Existence

"Art is a lie that tells the truth." - Pablo Picasso Via
"An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to be satisfied to get it going." - Francis Crick
"I warn you not to be ordinary; I warn you not to be young; I warn you not to fall ill; I warn you not to get old." - Neil Kinnock (in a speech, 7 June 1983)
"Torture maps, and they'll confess to anything." - R.B.Wild (after G. Easterbrook)
"Let the World know why you're here, and do it with passion." - Wayne Dyer

19 November 2009

The Map Bar Has to Go

A new cartographic generation

Slitherlink : is played on a rectangular lattice of dots (the objective is to connect horizontally and vertically adjacent dots so that the lines form a single loop with no loose ends).

(Timeline) Web Development


(Online Book) "The physics of information technology" (by Neil A. Gershenfeld)

Graphic knowledge and comic strips (http://www.bitstrips.com/) are an essential literacy tool (especially for boys).

(Definition) Parkinson's Law : 'work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.'

(Video) Blank Spots on the Map

(Super Dave's) Learning Styles

"Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still." - Lou Erickso
"No matter where, no matter how tall, ALL WALLS FALL." - samuelnichols
"The artist begins to communicate before he is understood." - T.S. Eliot Via
"Don't think you have failed just because you have to change your plans or ideas." - John Bird ('How to Change Your Life in 7 Steps')
"A number of organizations shared plans to reduce the amount of formal content they are developing, and to design around discoverable content elements." - Elliott Masie

18 November 2009

(Definition) “Meshup” :the routes to data source URIs are explicitly exposed or discernable by the representation used for the presentation (otherwise we have a 'Mashup' ). Via

Steve Jobs' Presentation Secrets

Are You Headed in the Wrong Direction


"Creativity blossoms when we look with 'fresh eyes'." - Deepak_Chopra
"Triumph is just 'umph' added to try." - TheHappySelf
" Art still has truth, take refuge there." - Matthew Arnold (from “Memorial Verses”) Via
"All of the definable structuring of Universe is tetrahedrally coordinate in rational number increments of the tetrahedron." - R. Buckminster Fuller Via
"...we learning professionals have caves of our own to leave." - stickylearning

17 November 2009

Science, Art and Geometrical Imagination

Tool that allows easy comparison of OpenStreetMap and other web maps with a nice little slider bar (here).

Twirl Availability Map(in London)

The Genetic Map of Europe

(Bronze 3D) City Map

Contextual Architecture of Cyberspace

(List) https://twitter.com/rtkrum/cool-infographics-people

(Video) MindMap Promo

Album Cover Collage print ads (Via That's How)

Canada’s Arctic Strategy (playing to the strengths of others?)

"Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life." - John W. Gardner (1912-2002) Via
"Knowing HOW exactly natural selection leads to life's complexity is much MUCH more difficult than knowing THAT it does." - mchangizi
"When I’m reading about writing, I’m not writing." - Via
"... each journey, kind of like a haircut, should never be fully appraised until it's complete. Otherwise, one might mistaken a miracle-in-the-making for a setback, loss, or the 'wet-look'." - The Universe
"Man tries to make for himself in the fashion that suits him best, a simplified and intelligible picture of the world; he then tries to some extent to substitute this cosmos of his for the world of experience, and thus to overcome it." - Albert Einstein

16 November 2009

Cartagen a framework for dynamic mapping (http://www.cartagen.org )

Augmented Reality Concept Games

The Chemistry of Information Addiction (A new experiment reveals why we always want to know the answer). Via Twitter

600 free icons for markers on Google Maps Via : geocubes

An elementary way to generate a tiling with infinite detail.

(Book) "The Visual Miscellaneum : A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia"

(Examples) Typography In Logo Design

World's biggest Mona Lisa unveiled


Artists / Peace

"Life is not what you see, but what you've projected. It's not what you've felt, but what you've decided. It's not what you've experienced, but how you've remembered it. It's not what you've forged, but what you've allowed. And it's not who's appeared, but who you've summoned." - The Universe
"One man's nirvana is another man's map." - Brian Eno Via
"The unconscious, not quite articulate, belief of most Occidentals is that there is one map which adequately represents reality. By sheer good luck, every Occidental thinks he or she has the map that fits. Guerrilla ontology, to me, involves shaking up that certainty. I use what in modern physics is called the "multi-model" approach, which is the idea that there is more than one model to cover a given set of facts." - Robert Anton Wilson
"Fearful people do stupid things." - bumper sticker
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Jr. (Via

13 November 2009

http://www.toronto.ca/open/ : The City of Toronto's official data set catalogue

(Video) Information Visualization Talks

Giant Traveling Maps

Why Is It Called The Hague? (And why is it in the Netherlands?)

Panorama of Fractals and Their Uses

(Example) Twitter List : http://twitter.com/nytimesscience/general-science

Why teach the arts? Art inspires learning

(Definition) "Visual Collaboration" : the act of representing the normally invisible and intangible aspects of work into visual frameworks that establish shared contexts for team understanding and action. Via Tom Wujwc


New TomWaits album "Glitter and Doom Live" ( arriving November 24th). Check out the first 8 songs for free, including a roaring version of 'Get Behind the Mule'...

"Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations." - Paramahansa Yogananda
"Who teaches, learns." - John Amos Comenius
"In your dealings with others, if you haven't already noticed: hoping for, expecting, or even asking for a simple "Thank You" is often way out of the question. And quite frankly, bad form." - TU
"Form floating on formlessness takes on more form." - Robert Genn
"Topography displays no favorites; North's as near as West. More delicate than the historians' are the map-makers' colors." - Elizabeth Bishop

12 November 2009

OpenAerialMap Project : will store Free and Open georeferenced photographic imagery for the entire world.

(ManyEyes) Visualization of Layoffs (in the US)

(TEDTalk) Visualizing Our World


(xkcd) – Movie Narrative Charts

Giant Crack Will Create a New Ocean

Visual notes from the Playful 09 conference.

(Book) Cartography 2.0 - Online Guide/Textbook for Animated and Interactive Maps : http://cartography2.org/Chapters/Chapters.html Via @geoparadigm

Pixel Face(Paint)

He gave peace a chant

"Yes, science relies on facts, but also on speculation and inspiration." - License to Wonder
"Hailin' from the bottom of the map, But standin' at the top of the game..." - Tweet
". . . [E]verything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." - Viktor E. Frankl (Psychiatrist, who suffered unspeakable horrors in Nazi death camps), from his 1946 book Man's Search for Meaning
"To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act." - Anatole France
"Research doesn’t have to be good, but it has to be new.” - Via

11 November 2009

Landscapes of GIS Knowledge : http://geoblogwm.blogspot.com/ (Maps about geoblogs)

Cellular Zoom

Revealing Infographics about the Web

Apophysis - powerful program leverages user-input scripts to crank out amazing fractals (resources to help). Via

Timeline of 20th Century Art & New Media

Idling Mind Is Mother of Invention

(Video) "Collaboration Between Art & Science" (Aled Edwards and Sara Diamond)

MaRS Discovery District events


Hedgehog bonding : http://bit.ly/Ggblw

"The most exotic journey would not be to see a thousand different places, but to see a single place through a thousand person's eyes." - Via
"Be calmly active and actively calm." - Via
"People who live only for dessert very rarely enjoy the main course. And sometimes a meal is like life. Bon appétit." - The Universe
"If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone." - Alfred Korzybski
"Wealth, after all, is a relative thing, since he that has little, and wants less, is richer than he that has much, and wants more." - Colton

10 November 2009

Make a Google Map from a GPS file

Wow, is this really what a knowledge map looks like?

Vedea: new language for creating interactive data-driven visualizations

Interactive map of Beijing : showing which sections of Beijing's old city have been demolished and which have been designated as historic conservation areas.

(Infographic Timeline) Movie Box Office Sales

(648 MegaPixel) Image of the Sky

You Can Get There From Here 'a good website enables learning through the thrill of discoverability' (via @KathySierra) If such visual, interactive maps could become part of a website’s wayfinding framework, they could dramatically change the way learners find information online.

Mind-blowing music video using autotuned clips from science videos (first video here).

http://democamp.com/about/: monthly gathering for designers, developers and entrepreneurs to get together and demonstrate the cool stuff they had been working on.

The National Post interviews Katharine Harmon (Author of The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography )

"At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time." - Friedrich Nietzsche
"If one thing matters, everything matters." - Wolfgang Tillmans
"The relentless focus on the known gave him the impression that almost everything had already been discovered." - Via
"He who carries a light burden can dance." - Ancient Sumerian Proverb
"The thing that's totally different between children and adults, is that children have the ability to spontaneously use their imagination to forget what's bothering them and be inspired by every pony, feather, or bug that crosses their path." - The Universe

09 November 2009

Algorithm that processes images (on Flickr for a specific geographical area) and builds a colormap, similar to a heatmap, of the various colors found in that area. Via

(Canadian) The Stimulus Map

Visualizing MLB hit locations on a Google Map


JAVA Geometry Explorer

(Reflective Response to) 10 facts about learning

Canada’s Top Research Universities

(Unrealart) Computer Generated Art Via

(Book) Lives of the Artists

smART Maps cause/affect(?) amazing geometrical hallucinations (like those experienced under the influence of DMT?)

"Can I Interest You In Some Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Discussion?" - Jon Stewart
"It may not matter how many universes exist - just how many a single observer can tell apart." - Via
"More of everything is on the way.... " - TU
"When the whole and the parts are seen at once, as mutually producing and explaining each other, as unity in multeity, there results shapeliness." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Ideas have a better chance of coming true if you say them." - #poptech takeaway (Via AllysonHewitt)

06 November 2009

The Once and Future Map: The Destiny of GIS

Bir Tawil is the only piece of land on Earth that is not claimed by any country.

Political Speech Mapping

Privacy is dead

100 Years of Movie Visual SFX (Special Effects) in 5 Minutes

Playing with the unexpected – the creativity of Brian Eno

The Automatiste Revolution (Montreal 1941-1960)

Windows 7: Review roundup

Friendships on Facebook : http://peace.facebook.com/ (connections created each day between people of different countries, religions, and political affiliations).


"Come, my friends,‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars, until I die." - Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892), “Ulysses”
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?" - Vincent Van Gogh (Via MildlyCreative)
"Peace is not only in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace is in the midst of things as they are, when there is calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace." - Via
"Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want." - James Redfern Via
"When you create a work of art, you create a world." - Vasily Kandinsky (Via mindmapdrawer)

05 November 2009

The Hierarchy Of Digital Distractions (image)

Results for "map" in All Creative Fields

(Lecture)- Mathematical Art and Artistic Mathematicians

Non-Euclidean Geometry

Urban exploration tips

Chernoff Faces

Rubik's Cube Solver Robot

(Links) http://math.alltop.com/


(Definition) "True self esteem" : Immune to criticism and flattery. Beneath no one, superior to none. Fearless (ViaDeepak_Chopra)

"I think of being an artist as being a researcher. Art is research and development for humanity." - Zach Lieberman (at #poptech) Via AllysonHewitt
"Journey over all the universe in a map, without the expense and fatigue of traveling, without suffering the inconveniences of heat, cold, hunger, and thirst." - Miguel de Cervantes
"It must exist," he said, "look carefully. Otherwise," he says, "your books and maps are of no use if there's no land of righteousness." - Maxim Gorky
I've been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it.” - Steven Wright
"Success depends on using your talents, not just having them." - Via

04 November 2009

Benefits of data visualization are self-evident

Maps that change with time (Centennia Software)

(8ft wide by 4½ ft high) drawn 15 years after Columbus first sailed across the Atlantic, introduced Europeans to a fundamentally new understanding of the make-up of the earth.

Lens tools and fisheye map browsing

Best system for reviewing imagery contained in technical papers

(Book) TV Sets: Fantasy Blueprints of Classic TV Homes

David Hockney's iPhone Passion

Innovation relies on synthesis

Artwork encouraged by DMT ( Via)

(Video) Eric Schmidt, Google : "Five years from now the internet will be dominated by Chinese-language content."

"If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased. - Katharine Hepburn (Via mgimena )
"Pa's best paintings were spontaneous ideas. A concept needs the juice, the essence of the thing, more than all the theory or more knowledge." - Andrew Wyeth
"I do believe that if people would just start by saying "it's fun," when it seems hard; "I'm happy," when they seem sad; and "I know," when it seems as if they don't, they'd finally discover that it really is, they really are, and they always have." - The Universe
"The streets of London have their map; but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?" - Virginia Woolf
"If you start with a bang, you won't end with a whimper." - T.S. Eliot (via @EduifyQuotes)

03 November 2009

(IEEE) VisWeek 2009 Conference: Best-Of Recap – information aesthetics (and online papers) Via

Future of Internet Search: Mobile version

(UI fail?) oblique icons

Coverage details of Google Maps (by country)

(Superb Examples) Infographic Maps Via

(Essay) "Methods of Détournement" by Guy-Ernest Debord (also A User’s Guide to Détournement)

Sampling of Images from The Math Book (From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics)

(Lecture Series) Digital Media Research and Innovation : http://www.kmdiat13.utoronto.ca/ (Instructions on accessing the webcasts)

"The World's Best Quotes in 1-10 Words"

(Definition) "Détournement" : the reuse of preexisting artistic elements in a new ensemble, has been a constantly present tendency of the contemporary avant-garde... The two fundamental laws of détournement are the loss of importance of each detourned autonomous element (which may go so far as to completely lose its original sense), and at the same time the organization of another meaningful ensemble that confers on each element its new scope and effect. Via

"It's got everything to do with being yourself, trusting the magic, following your heart, dreaming big, and having fun." - The Universe
"Most of the learning that happens today, and every day, will do so without the help of teachers or trainers." - Via
"Admitting when you're wrong buys you more credibility and respect than it costs." -
"What matters is how things work in actual use, not how they’re supposed to work." - John Gruber (Via seanmcdonald )
"I used to believe in skepticism, but now I'm not so sure." - @dongilmore

02 November 2009

100 of the best most innovative and creative data visualisations and information graphics

(Toronto) Google Maps live traffic feed

Mind Map of Mind Maps Via

(Users' Stories) Using 3D Topicscape

Knowledge capture on exit (to ensure that as much of this accumulated experience as possible is retained within the organisation before these employees leave).

is a software tool providing a flexible visual interface for managing the connections between information and ideas ( see case studies).

Why Michelangelo didn’t rush his work

(Book) The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science and Technology Come Alive (Via)

Artist : http://wilmurray.blogspot.com/ ----------->>

Wrong? Number

"Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh." - John Singer Sargent
"Pirate Law: A pirate does not ask for directions. He relies only on his gut feeling, a compass, or a treasure map." - JGlessing
"Dreams actually come true (or not), long before they can be seen in time and space." - The Universe
"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." - Alexander Graham Bell
"You can make them sit through it (eLearning), but you can’t make them pick it up and carry it around…" - Via