31 May 2010

Latest Google Maps API v3 can apply styles to Google Maps.

Maps (with vintage photographs) at http://www.sepiatown.com/

Data Mining: Mapping The Blogosphere

Media Art for the iPhone Graduates To The Next Level

(Applet) Magic Cube 4D

Shifting perspectives through other people's eyes

High Park Labyrinth


Sidebarred at http://www.nikolasschiller.com/blog/index.php/the-blogroll/

"Remember, a dead fish can float down a stream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream." - W.C. Fields
"...a map is a dream engine ... people dream on maps," - Christophe Aguiton, Researcher
"You can only be as good as you dare to be bad." - John Barrymore
"(Reflective learning = learning from the past.) Being present and playful means getting ready to learn from the future." - BFchirpy
"A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion." - ?

28 May 2010

(Symposium) 'Crossing Boundaries'

Google earned a patent recently on location-based advertising

(Animation) Powers of Complex Points

Mashups need to become real products

The Writing Problems of Visual Thinkers

(Listen to this podcast) Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American magazine

(361 results) link:http://greatmap.blogspot.com/

(Fold-up) "Local globe"

Athletes Are Geniuses

"I am still learning" - (Favorite saying of) Michelangelo
"You can change your mind, find another way (or shop for a better deal), but don't resist what you know to be yours." - TU
"The most effective art-making processes follow the evolution of the works themselves. Process trumps plans." - Robert Genn
"I'm seriously considering a career in comedy." - Juan de la Fauve
"We don’t know who discovered water, but we’re certain it wasn’t a fish." - John Culkin

27 May 2010

(A Visual Study Guide) 'Cognitive Biases'

Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya (widely known as Africa's largest slum) remains a blank spot on the map : http://mapkibera.org/

Direct correlation between the geometry of higher-dimension “manifolds” and the honey bees’ dance, (suggesting a deeper, more quantum connection than previously observed).

(Reports) Crashing Photoshop

(Short video) Remix Culture

Connect with people who have similiar map book favorites

(Video) Cities Are Idea Factories

Listed under "Map Blogs" at http://crf-usa.org/research-links/links.html

Thousands of Vintage Ads

"Automation, integration, classification, innovation, personalization, location will supercede anybody wanting to read or write anything." - AppLocator
"There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start." - Charles Baudelaire Via
"Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is." -Isaac Asimov (Via GarinKilpatrick)
" Success or no success, joy or no joy, we are alone. And it is to this private struggle that we must consign our energy, our focus, and our lives." - Robert Genn
"It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs." - Vaclav Havel, playwright

26 May 2010

(Ding) Starbucks offers $1 discount to Foursquare mayors, gets customer statistics

(Hand-cut) maps by paper cutting artist


WTF Public License Via

(Summary) Over 2000 Icons

Math Art

Self-publishing Designer

Here's Why the Banksy Movie Is a Banksy Prank

Still Side-barred at : http://www.geographictravels.com/

"One must work and dare if one really wants to live." - Vincent van Gogh
"Whatever you give, you get." - TU
"Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?" -?
"The only thing that matters is the velocity of the spread of your ideas. Which will determine whether or not they will have “escape velocity” or not." - Via
"Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture." - Vaclav Havel, playwright

25 May 2010

LBS 2.0: Don’t Just Map It, Manipulate It

Ed Parsons dislikes cartographers, “more than anyone in the world”

(Interviewed for) Exploring methodologies for non-linear story development

Ontario Labyrinth Locator (Example)

The Culture of Sharing (Why Releasing Copyright Will Be the Smartest Thing You Do)

Digital art

San Fran galleries

(Forth-coming book) "I Wonder"

(Online) Enlargements & Poster Printing

"It's the persistence and determination of the seemingly mortal dreamer who steadfastly holds a new thought in mind, either of the creation or of its inevitable success, and moves with it, even while the rest of the world is content dreaming their father's dreams. This is what is admired..." - TU
"A lot of prior visualization and painterly goal-setting are not always good for our art." - Robert Genn
"If I wasn’t falling at least once a day in training, I wasn’t trying hard enough." - Via
"To choose your path, you must start to walk it." - The Sage (from The Laws of Spirit: By Dan Millman)
"A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

21 May 2010

The WebM Project : Google might finally end the Web Video Codec wars

(Clunky) Linux Kernel Zoomable Map

(Conference) 'To transmit without disclosing: writings and images legible and illegible that both hide and confuse what they should transmit.' (France)

On April 15, 2010, Ning.com announced that it will be phasing out their free service and focus on paid Premium Services.

(Definition) "Skeuomorph" : refers to a derivative object which retains ornamental design cues to structure that was necessary in the original. Via

More proof that (c) copyrights are mostly only killing your ideas

How To Put Art And Brain Together

Meet-Up Finder

Pop-up art exhibitions are popular in London and have been springing up more in American cities

"There are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung." - Elvis Costello Via
"Actions now create the past, and design the future." - mindmapdrawer
"A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock pile when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.”– Antoine Saint-Exupery
"The boundary between artist, computer programmer, and mathematician is becoming ever more blurred." - Lewis Dartnell
"The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away." - Linus Pauling

20 May 2010

(SlideShow) What does Open Data have to do with failure? It change the incentives from big, slow, deniable failures to small, fast failures from which you (and other people) can learn.

Wonderful hand-drawn maps showing more than "how to get there"

Visual / spatial) http://www.thebigpic.org/ Project Management Tool (Video Intro)

(Video / animations) http://vimeo.com/tag:map

Intellectual Property in the Digital Age (More videos)

Maths and the visual arts

Side-barrred at : http://creativemapping.blogspot.com/ under "Map Art & Art made from Maps"

(Book) 'Stroll : Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto'

Artworks / Photo & Digital Graphics / Abstract geometrical

“Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not yet understood.” – Henry Miller
"Maps are part of debates around subjects such as resources, territoriality, identity and migration." - Via
"I live at Raw and Wild. It’s that way." - R.B. Wild (after tomwaits)
"The birds they sing at break of day, 'Start again...' I hear them say." -Leonard Cohen
"And his trails do not fade." - Vannevar Bush (on Facebook, sort of, in 1945. Too late for privacy).

19 May 2010

Geo-located Photographs

(Definition) "Ludic interfaces" : are playful interfaces, taking the best from computer games, artistic experiments, interactive media, social networks and modding cultures

(Introduction to) "Whose Map is it?" (new mapping by artists)


The Death of Modern Conferences

SR&ED ("complicated, costly, unpredictable, and disconnected program") Update and Observations (the program seems to have strayed back to the CRA’s traditions and focus on compliance instead of on the effective delivery of an incentive program)

Geometric Sculptor

Making Lenticular Images from Photos

(Remix Artist) Girl Talk

List of Renaissance men

"It doesn't have to be hard, or take a lot of time." - TU
"Nature is the Art of God." - Sir Thomas Browne
"You can't hire someone else to do your push-ups for you." - Via @J_Canfield
"Modern computer technology has brought multimedia to the limelight as a new communication form (quite possibly the first original communication form of the computer age)." - Via
"To Change Effectively, Change Just One Thing." - HarvardBiz

18 May 2010

City of Memory - 'a public map that generates social interaction, personal expression, and collaborative storytelling'.

New context-oriented approach to publishing and user experience

(Humor) The Insipid World of Infographics

In praise of Design-Hacking

The Wiki History of the Universe (in 200 Words or Less)

(Definition) 'bright-spots focus' : you need to look for the early glimmers that something is going right. And when you find a bright spot, your mission is to study it and clone it.

Vimeo Basics


Links to several digital artists (including MARS-1)

"You only see what you believe to be there." - R.B. Wild
"Changing what you have comes from changing who you are. And changing who you are comes from changing what you think." - The Universe"
"Run the damned experiment." - Vandy Van Wagener Via
“If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it.”– Gordon MacKenzie
"The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute." - Gil Stern

17 May 2010

Google to map the oceans

The Stages of Creating a Cartoon Map

The Presence of Lone Inventors ( the source of more failures as well as more breakthroughs)

(Illustrated presentation) Visualizing "Drive" by Dan Pink

(Symposium) http://www.meshu.ca/

5-sided Book

Motivated Multitasking

The number eight m8

(TED Video) The Future of Philanthropy

"Trust yourself (you know)." - The Universe
"When gossip grows old it becomes myth." - Stanislaw Lec, Polish writer
"Every team needs a deviant, someone who can help the team by challenging the tendency to want too much homogeneity, which can stifle creativity and learning. Deviants are the ones who stand back and say, 'Well, wait a minute, why are we even doing this at all? What if we looked at the thing backwards or turned it inside out?'" - Via
"If you don't admit many-worlds, there is no way to have a coherent picture." - Vaidman
"A confused mind always says 'no'." - diamondsf

14 May 2010

An aperiodic hexagonal tile

Interactive nationwide scavenger hunt

(Video) The making of a 45 Gigapixels photograph (of Dubai) using Gigapans

(Overview) http://www.wolframalpha.com/screencast/introducingwolframalpha.html

Aaron Koblin – Data Visualizer Via

Why Academic Publishing is Destroying Civilization

(Animations) Fractal Art

Free online Image Resizing Service : http://tinypic.com/

Science & Poetry / Oil & Water

"Imitators usually make more money than innovators." - Oded Shenkar, Professor, Ohio State University
"Do not fear mistakes. There are none." - Miles Davis
"Come down off the cross, we can use the wood." - Tom Waits
"If I can't picture it, I can't understand it." - Einstein (quoted by John A. Wheeler)
"... ain't no grave gonna hold my body down." - Johnny Cash

13 May 2010

Top 35 Flickr Groups for Infographics and Data Visualization

(SlideShow) Game-like Engagement for Learning

Google Labs Projects that Should Be on Your Radar

(Ignite show) William Lambton (the man behind the Trigonometric Survey of India)

Make any web page print friendly : http://www.printfriendly.com/

Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol still shape the world we live in.

'Banksy' is a woman who leads of team of seven people.

(Definition) 'waterboarding'

"A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it." - Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning, 1605
"For the earnest student, taking responsibility means never forgetting to have fun (Seriously)." - The Universe
"I've got my own double cross to bear." - Tom Waits
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." - Mark Twain
"Are you building a pain killer or a vitamin? (Pain killers get funded. Harder for vitamins.)" - Tim Jackson
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12 May 2010

WalkThruT: web app that provides historical maps to people with smart phones

Typeface Decision Flowchart

How Will GIS Companies Weather the Gathering Cloud Computing Storm?

(Book) 'No Dig, No Fly, No Go: How Maps Restrict and Control'

Hand Drawn to Digital Illustrations

(Definition) 'Creativity' : the ability to restructure one’s understanding of a situation in a nonobvious way. (Via Studying The Neurology Of Creativity)

Closing the art-science culture gap in a digital world Via

(Movie Review) 'Exit Through the Gift Shop'

"What a wealth, what a grandeur of thought may spring from what slight beginnings." - H.J. Baker
"Most editors are failed writers — but so are most writers." - pickover
"You're the kind of person, Who's hard to forget, A one-in-a-million To the people you've met.
Your friends are as varied As the places you go, And they all want to tell you In case you don't know:
That you make a big difference In the lives that you touch, By taking so little And giving so much!" - ?
"Swipe from the best, then adapt." – Tom Peters
"A man's homeland is wherever he prospers." - Aristophanes, Plutus, 388 BC

11 May 2010

Crisis Mapping: Advancing Conflict Research with Location Intelligence

Year of InfoVis Theory

International Forum of Visual Practitioners (ifvp.org)

(Tutorial) Tilt-shift technique compresses the visual field in such a way that the subjects become hyper-realized; you feel like you're staring at a photo of a tiny, precise, slightly-too-perfect model of the real thing.

(Common Problem) 'If you can no longer find what you posted here... '

(Statistical Analysis) TEDTalks

'Cartographic' Art

(Definition) 'Iconocentrism' :the belief or attitude that images (or icons) are or should be the central element in the universe.

(Poem)"The Sons of Martha" by Rudyard Kipling

"You can have it all. In fact, it's all already yours." - TU
"Fools [Jesters] have a license to say what other people would be hanged for, ... and to generally provide balance to the kingdom by breaking the rules and thereby allowing an outlet for forbidden insights, behaviors, and feelings." - Via
"Scientific discoveries are like orgasms: there are no bad ones!" - Björn Brembs
"Twitter gives the illusion of power, because very few of your 'followers' are reading most of your tweets." - pickover
"Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." - Jonas Salk

10 May 2010

To Understand the Blueprint of Life, Crumple It


(Map) American Military Strategy

MeetingWords : http://meetingwords.com/ This pad text is synchronized as you type, so that everyone viewing this page sees the same text, allowing you to collaborate seamlessly on documents.

Math is not linear, so why do we teach it like that?

Political Cartooning in the Age of Gridlock

(Research) See Better by Believing You Can

(Short meditation videos) : http://www.adyashanti.org/index.php?file=watchvideo

(Bravo’s Reality Show) "Work of Art" discussed

"Ideas never come to mind surrounded by white space." - R.B.Wild
"The neurotic and the artist - since both live out the unconscious of the race - reveal to us what is going to emerge endemically in the society later on." - Rollo May
"Maybe not earning a living as an artist is really the way to success." - Via
"What Scripture is to the educated, images are to the ignorant, who see through them what they must accept. They read in images what they cannot read in books." - Pope Gregory the Great, sixth century
"If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong." - Charles Kettering

03 May 2010

Essays on Mathematical Geography: Contemporary Visualizations

Google Earthly pleasures come to Maps

Wayfinding Through Technology

Conflict – Possible Scenarios Visualized Via

(Conference) http://vis.computer.org/VisWeek2010/

Mobile Internet Will Soon Overtake Fixed Internet

(Foldable) Planetary Icosahedrons

(Typographic Mobiles Sculptures) 'Prosthetic Knowledge' : Visual Poetry

Jobs pretends to spill beans on Adobe Flash battle

"The reason I got to the top is that the top isn't very high." - Damien Hirst, British artist
"If it’s not crazy, it’s not worth pursuing." - Via
"Business people don’t need to understand designers better; they need to be designers." - Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management at The University of Toronto
"The number of twitter followers you get is based more on "who you are" rather than on the quality and number of your tweets." - pickover
"Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there." - E. H. Gombrich (1909-), British art critic / historian