23 December 2009

(Presentation) "Information Visualization Is A Medium" (by Stamen's Eric Rodenbeck)

(Interactive Example) Interlocked Tetrahedra

350 years of the Royal Society go online

(Manifesto For The) Content Curator (The Next Big Social Media Job Of The Future?)

Feedback on 'Triangulating Thinking' (also Triangulation (disambiguation)

Canadian Expats in Silicon Valley http://www.thec100.org/

Put your friends' faces on your Twitter background

'Christo and Jeanne-Claude' example installations

(Definition) "Pictorial superiority effect" (PSE) : the more visual the input becomes, the more likely it is to be recognized—and recalled.

Activists Archetypes: 1. dreamer, 2. megaphone, 3. spark plug, 4. task master, 5. sherpa, 6. storyteller (Via missrogue @jenergy #leweb)

"ABSTRACTION, not just mathematics, has its place in science, as it does in art." - Roald Hoffman
"It is a happy talent to know how to play." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Via
"A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?" - Albert Einstein Via
"Failure is crucial. If you’re not failing, you’re not trying to get better." - Ethos
"I will take the ring, though I do not know the way". - J. R. R. Tolkien

22 December 2009

(Animated) feature preview of geocubes (fast and easy clustering millions of geo-points on maps within milliseconds)

TimeMap : click to find the time at a place

The Walking Paths

here exactly is the North Magnetic Pole? Moving! (Wanders daily. Shifts 40 km a year - 1100 km in the last century!)



The world's great unsolved math mysteries

How Visual Thinking Can Aid in the Learning Process

(WOW) Time-lapsed Graphitti

Celebrity Art (sold 32 years later)

"For at the root of all [musical] creation one discovers an appetite that is not an appetite for the fruits of the earth." - Igor Stravinsky Via
"Embrace ambiguity." - Ethos
"I'm in favor of an art that does something other than just sit on its ass in a museum." - Claes Oldenburg Via
"Getting lost can lead to great discoveries." - R.B.Wild
"The only difference between joyful moments and others... is you." - TU

21 December 2009

Tools for Visualizing your Data (with CSS, Flash, jQuery, PHP) Via

Shapes in Other Dimensions

(Interactive Map) : http://www.conflicthistory.com/#/period/1951-2002

Scribble on Google Maps : http://scribblemaps.com/#

3D Projection on Buildings. New Art? New Advertising?

Our task: tracing connections between and across diverse fields and disciplines...

Timeplots.com : new infographic site focused on designing visual timelines.

(Project Grid) http://www.openprocessing.org/browse/?viewBy=date&month=08&year=2009

Digital Media Corridor gets funding

Collage work done on compact discs

"Dare. It's always worth it." - TU
"One hundred rumors are not comparable to one look." - Old Chinese Inscription
"The Greeks and Romans had creative and leisure time, and that was part of cultivating genius." - cathduncan
"Good work taps into your spirit." - Ethos
"The big print giveth and the small print taketh away." - Tom Waits

18 December 2009

Vedea: Microsoft (unhappy with the success of visualization-oriented languages like Processing) announced a new language targeted at non-programmers for interactive infographics.

"Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge" is marking the start of its 350th year (Audio slideshow)

Color Scheme Designer

Swimming in Data? Three Benefits of Visualization

Data Visualization and Infographics Resources

City of Toronto's official data set catalogue

Conzilla : http://www.conzilla.org/wiki/Overview/Main (The Concept Browser)

Infographics about Movies

Collage Artists : John O'Connor (Bio) John Webster'sTO show

Continued debate on the shroud of Turin. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6925371.ece

"If you followed your muse, where would it lead you?" - R.B.Wild
"The perfect tool is the one that’s right in front of you." - Ethos
"Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together." - G.C. Lichtenberg
"The reason they want you to fit in is that once you do, then they can ignore you." - Seth Godin
"Every day, people solve problems for me without knowing." - bfchirpy

17 December 2009

(Twitter) MentionMap (an interesting exploration of 6 degrees of separation)

(Slide-show Essay) "Strange maps"

Voronoi Treemap Via

(Most Ugly &) Useless Infographic Competition: The Winners / losers(?)

Rule 110 : One of the elementary cellular automaton rules (introduced by Stephen Wolfram) that specifies the next color in a cell, depending on its color and its immediate neighbors.

Intellectual freedom, independent research( and frequent coffee breaks with colleagues) helped this year's Nobel Prize winners make their groundbreaking scientific discoveries.

Creative Keyword Indexing

'Square': a small magnetic reader that plugs into the headphone jack of an iPhone

(Definition) ' bricoleur' : one adept at many tasks, and at putting pre-existing things together in new ways for the benefit of communities.

"Learn to play, rather then work your way through life." - Dr. WayneW.Dyer
"Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness." - Nathan
"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." - Lau Tzu
"Did I make someone giggle, smile or laugh today? - Veronica Hay
"...I'll paint what I see- what the flower is to me; but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it..." - O'Keeffe

16 December 2009

Microsoft’s Bing Maps goes 3D (and adds Apps)

New Format for Google Image Results

(Example Flash) Map / Photo interface

When Graphics Will Help (and When They Won't)

Most Amazing Medical Images of 2009

Network Centre of Excellence (NCE) in Graphics, Animation and New Media

#lrnchat : http://lrnchat.wordpress.com/ is an online chat (that happens every Thursday night 8:30-10pm EST) on Twitter among participants interested in the topic of "learning from one another" (and who want to discuss how to help other people learn).

"As a Man Is, So He Sees"

"la colle" (the collage zine)

Top Ten Reasons to Give Art This Holiday Season

"Better to illuminate than merely to shine (to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate)." - Saint Thomas Aquinas
"Simplify the cluttered, and clutter the simple." - Robert Genn
"...when all things are considered (including uncertainty), they are not equal...(the cards are still heavily stacked in your favor)." - TU
"The most surprising discoveries often result from a deep misunderstanding." - @johnmaeda
"It's not how you drive on the fairway, but how you fare on the driveway." (after Tiger Woods)

15 December 2009

Agile Learning Design

(Map) Anonymous edits to Wikipedia (almost) in real-time

Google Acquisitions (Subway?) Map

Moby Dick Literary Map

(Competition) What is the most Ugly and Useless Visualization Online?

Interactive video-enabled online store Via

($1 paid content example) 'Over the last 100 years, the way we visualize and understand the complexity of the brain has evolved.'

(Word cloud) 'Most Common Crossword Answers'

Cory Doctorow's new book : "Makers"


"Funny definition: Pokemon = a Rastafarian proctologist" - Alex Goodall
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got (and there is always more)." - Via
"New eyes and odd ways of looking at things invite new attitudes." - Robert Genn
"Is one person richer because of me today, because of my presence on the planet, my essence, my decision to keep on going no matter what?" - Veronica Hay
"Joke from the past: 'I'm trying to send this fax through but it's still here!'" - mindmapdrawer

14 December 2009

Using Microsoft’s Photosynth tool to reconstruct 3D Geometry from 2D images. Via

Knowledge management: the latest battle between the neats and the scruffies

(Then use images?) "...our brain wasn't "designed" for reading; we haven't had time to evolve a purpose-built set of circuits for letters and words."

What Intellectual Property Law Should Learn from Software

Artists experiment with augmented reality

(Definition) 'Lichtenberg figures' : branching, tree-like or fern-like (fractal) patterns that are created by high voltage discharges along the surface or within electrical insulating materials.

(Video) John Cleese gives an inspiring speech about the source of creativity.

The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts ; members share an interest in problems of science and representation, and in the cultural and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine.

(Book)'The Art Spirit'

Geek, Temporary & Reverse Graffiti

"Truth rests with God alone, and a little bit with me."- Yiddish proverb Via
"Where words are scarce, they're seldom spent in vain." - William Shakespeare (via EduifyQuotes)
"... the teaching of art is guidance away from the bad habits that come so naturally to many who struggle alone." - Robert Genn
"Where will you be at this time next year?" - TU
"All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

11 December 2009

Geo-located photos

Mapping the human diseasome : visualization of relationships between individual genes and diseases. Via

KM primer

Fractals Found in Nature

Tiling Plane & Fancy from the mathematical and historical viewpoint

Microsoft attemps to Patent Tufte's Sparklines http://bit.ly/5Y4I7A

Ignite "If you had five minutes on stage what would you say?" ( What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?)


Read all translated Van Gogh letters online : http://vangoghletters.org/vg/ (search : map)

"It’s such a great feeling to follow the maps and not know what you’re going to find (and that feeling of being open and looking to discover something)." - Phil Irish Via
"Dogs can talk. One only has to understand the vocabulary." - Joe (Burnaby, BC), 'Leopard Behind You!'
"In every man there is a hidden child which is called the urge to create and he prefers as play things and serious things not the miniature ships, recreated in the minutest detail, but the walnutshell with a bird feather as mast and sail and a pebble as the captain. He also wants to be able to participate and to co-create in art, rather than being simply an admiring viewer. For this 'child in man' is the immortal creator within him." - Christian Morgenstern Via
"... all learners who are new to a content area benefit from a relevant visual." - Via
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." - John Lennon

10 December 2009

Google Maps API v2 allows Google to log the location and content of the markers and/or infowindows that are displayed in Google Maps mashups.

Create a sitemap, where posts are organized by category (label) and link directly to blog posts.

Tiled (Twitter) Backgrounds

"Knowledge Cartographer" (Slide 22)

(Book Map) 'Wikipedia Editing Essentials'

http://www.tumblr.com/why-tumblr (?)

Give me a sign!

(Definition) "Abstraction" : willed opposition to representation (wanting to be seen as alternative to such ideals as naturalistic representation and the figurative); takes some element of the artistic universe and explores all the tensions that it can get out of that element.

(Online draft) http://media.svennerberg.com/2009/11/X_marks_the_spot-public_beta_1.pdf

Guiding principles for how to be effective in the art world

"Creativity is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your intuition. It's crucial to an artist. If you know where you are going and what you are going to do, why do it?" - Frank O. Gehry
"To see is to understand." - Leonardo da Vinci
"If you want to help the poor, demonstrate to them that they can become rich; prove it by getting rich yourself." - Wallance D Wattles Via
"We secure our friends, not by accepting favors, but by doing them." - Paul Harvey
"Thinking brand new thoughts that you've never thought before, is wildly more conducive to creating big life changes than just thinking different varieties of the same old thoughts." - The Universe

09 December 2009


Abstract Science? (A kind of abstract-art movement within chemistry is the effort expended on the synthesis of molecules with (chemical) formal elements that are prominent, but without apparent utility).

ImageSwirl Feedback

(Live?) Mapping of TEDxAmsterdam

Massively collaborative mathematics

(Example) Feedback / satisfaction Suvey

Whether photographic or photo-based, photocollage or photocopied, photogravure or photogram, Prefix Photo (http://prefix.ca/) seeks to represent the breadth of practices and concepts, old, new, or as yet unimagined, which surround the transformation of light into image.

3D Paper Art

(Definition) "desire path" (also known as a desire line or social trail) : is a path developed by erosion caused by animal or human footfall. The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. Via

JAMES WILLIAMSON GALLOWAY (JOCK) MACDONALD : dedicated to abstraction and continued to make 'automatic watercolours' (in which he allowed his unconscious mind to dictate the movement of his paintbrush).

"Champagne for your real friends, real pain for your sham friends." - http://www.tomwaits.com
"The story is what the player does, not what he watches." - Via
"In my view, art and the approach to life through art, using it as a vehicle for education and even for doing science is so vital that it is part of a great new revolution that is taking place. I believe we are entering a whole new epoch." - Jonas Salk
"I sometimes feel that I have nothing to say, and I want to express this." - Via
"We can use analytics to generate new questions, not just answers. Data visualization is very powerful." - Tim Brown of IDEO (Via JenniferMeacher RT @indicee)

08 December 2009

Compare Bing, Yahoo and Google Maps

(Flash Infinite Zoom) : http://zoomquilt2.madmindworx.com/zoomquilt2.swf

Inflation InfoGraphic : average American household consumption, based on Consumer Price Index data.

Unusual (and Marvelous) Maps

(Example) Augmented Reality

How to Mind Map for Legal Tests and Exams
About the Map Paintings
(Book) The Vision Revolution: How the Latest Research Overturns Everything We Thought We Knew About Human Vision.

(Music) http://www.mixriot.com/


"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation." - George Bernard Shaw
"The Memex was never built, but the idea of a system that recorded a person’s mental journeys and the unique connections they made inspired innovations like the graphical user interface, the personal computer, hypertext publishing, and the Internet." - Via
"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play." - Heraclitus Via
"Man was made for joy and woe, and when this we rightly know, through the world we safely go." - William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
"I dreamed I was having a lucid dream, and when I woke up I was." - keithfrankish

07 December 2009

(Ebay) CyberMonday Map

Live Ships Map : http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/

(Timeline) Michael Jordan

(Talk) Effective Information Visualization

Visualization Groups (On Flickr)

Evolving Fractal Animations

The Shocking State of Contemporary "Mathematics" : For the good of future mathematics we need generalists and strategians (and 'cross-camp runners'?) who can see the big picture.

The Funniest Venn Diagrams

BookArt : http://www.offbeatearth.com/dont-like-reading-other-uses-for-books/

Artist Cells

"Misstakes are brilliant; they encourage progress ~ you haven’t failed ~ you are simply learning." - mindmapdrawer
"Mr. Owl ate my metal worm" - Palindrome
"Imagination puts the player into the game by putting the game into the player." - Jesse Schell, The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses
" It's better to regret something you have done, than to regret something you haven't done." - Gibby Haynes
"Play Art has the makings of an important movement and promises to have a significant impact on our society." - Leo Castelli

04 December 2009

(Example) Bing Map Overlay

Tiling Slide Show

Infographic of Effective Infographics

Memento : Time-traveling browser (navigates the web's past)

Fractal "Open Me Slowly" (Video) Via

Physicists discover that the structure of a brain cell is the same as the entire universe

(Videos) http://art.docuwat.ch/videos

City Wall Maps


How doing less can produce better business results.

"A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't." - anti_tomwaits
"Whereas positive moods seem to promote creativity, flexibility, cooperation, and reliance on mental shortcuts, negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking, paying greater attention to the external world." - Joseph Forgas
"What is placed in the fire has a valuable role to play, but leaves nothing behind when it's gone." - Ancient Sumerian Proverb
"... the instinct for imaginative play figures highly in the joy of art-making..." - Robert Genn
"From where each goes, others learn." - TU

03 December 2009

Tectonic Shifts Altering The Terrain At Google Maps

Creating Road Maps in Adobe Illustrator

Large animated .gif Map

Zoomable Fractal Gallery

InfoGraphic / Mapping group : http://www.stamen.com/

Resources for Historical Maps

Interview With MindMapArt Creators

(Banff Workshop) Inside E-Learning : http://www.digitalalberta.com/inside-e-learning-banff-workshop-0

osbornec: "unshaved and unmannered" neo-neo-geographer at #geocom

Walled Horizons - Narrated by Roger Waters (Pink Floyd founding member)

"Any clod can have the facts, but having opinions is an art." - Charles McCabe Via
"There is no baked cake in the middle of the dough." - Ancient Sumerian Proverb
"The greatest trick and most subtle secret to doing anything really, really well, is loving that you get to do it at all." - The Universe
"Beware of any activity that requires the purchase of new clothes." - Henry David Thoreau
"I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early." - Yogi-isms

02 December 2009

(Forum) '3D Modelling, Rendering and Visualisation' (Square Polygon)

(TED video) Eye tricks can reveal the way the brain processes visual information (or fails to do so).

Cognitive Load Theory: Failure?

Top 100 Most-Frequenty Cited Books in the English Wikipedia

(Definition) "perturbation theory" : the study of the effects of small disturbances. Mathematical methods are used to find an approximate solution to a problem which cannot be solved exactly, by starting from the exact solution of a related problem.

The science of fun

Tim Burton at MoMA

Her work has involved layers of topography, urbanism, and linguistic symbols in a visual metaphor for the development of self.

How to Make $ by Giving Away Your Work

Self-publishing opportunity : http://www.mastersoftoday.com/apply_x/ApplicationGENIUS.pdf/apply_x/ApplicationGENIUS.pdf

"A geek illuminated from within by the source of their own geeky pleasure is one of the brightest lights in the universe." - Via
"Did I take a moment to imagine what I would like to experience in my life, if for no other reason than in the imagining, is the living, and in the living, comes the joy and delight?" - Veronica Hay
"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through." - Pollock
"As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery Via
"There’s a point when you’re done simplifying. Otherwise, things get really complicated." - Ethos

01 December 2009

Accidental map projections

3D Mandelbulb

Virtual time travel in Twinity Via

(Livechat minutes) Copyfight with Cory Doctorow

Knowledge Tools of the Future (pdf)

Tag Cloud access to Online Magazine Issues

Top 15 Manipulated Photographs

(Open Source) Projects Changing Medicine Via

Doing the opposite of everyone is valuable

"Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast." - Gartner Webinar

"If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society." - Jean Piaget Via
"Do you have a map? cuz honey, im getting lost in your eyes." - Pickup Line
"How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment." - Tolle (mindmapdrawer RT @InnerDirections)
"The hill isn't in the way; it IS the way." - Mark Levine, cyclist, author