31 May 2012

Table of Historical Maps

The Associated Press is leaving other mapping systems and Flash behind with a new HTML based map

(YouTube official video) M.I.A. PAPER PLANES

Mashup of 75 Videos

(Art) Type City : type slugs to create an entire city

You Can't Predict Who Will Change The World


One Million E-Readers Headed to Africa (With FC Barcelona’s Help)

"The primary roles of LOVE, are to "Yahoo!" "Yeehaa!" and "Whoohooo!" - The Universe
"The main thing is sincerity, and when you learn to fake that, you've got it made." - Groucho Marx (also attributed to Cody Fisher, Sam Goldwyn, and others).
" We are what we are and we paint what we want, and when we lose sight of this we sell our souls." - Louis Armstrong
"Only being is real, while becoming is an illusion." - Plato  Via
"Beauty is highly desirable but simplicity and usefulness are the overwhelming fashion of our age.  Just because it’s beautiful does not mean it’s useful." - Gerry McGovern

30 May 2012

(World's oldest surviving navigational chart) Carta Pisana depicts relatively accurate information about the Mediterranean, less accurate information about the fringes of Europe, but no information at all about the world beyond Europe.

(Dijkstra's) Pathfinding Algorithm

Lessons in Rebellion  (from the Math Network)

(Streaming) The Grey Album by DJ Danger Mouse

1812 War at The Archives of Ontario  at York University 


Q&A With Alex McLeod

(Definition) “angel’s share” is the small percentage of whisky that evaporates each year as it ages in the barrel. (Whisky facts by Chivas 1801)

(PHOTOS) When Your Last Names Spell Disaster

"Yet in each word some concept there must be..." - Goethe's (Faust, Part I, Scene III)
" ... time to start doing new things, saying new things (and visualizing), so that you might catch these gargantuan waves of change and surf to dazzling new heights. TODAY'S THE DAY!! " - TU
"(360): do we own a ladder? (206): We do not. (360): then how am i on the roof?" -TFLN
"Live a sincere life; be natural, and be honest with yourself." - Meher Baba, the Indian master and mystic
"Being judged is uncomfortable.... The alternative, of course, is much safer. To be ignored." - Seth Godin

28 May 2012

(In a networked world) Why is the geography of knowledge still uneven?


The mathematical side of M. C. Escher  (American Mathematical Society)



Magic Eye-Inspired Art ; alx does Baxter&

New Art Is Gradually Becoming Less Appropriate(d)

'&'MAN mostly https://twitter.com/#!/adamlauder

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle (2,300 years ago)
"Perhaps an addendum to 'this too shall pass' should be 'but given time, it shall return.'" - Lesley White
"It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein
"Gets kind of wonky though, if either starts thinking they're more important to the other, than the other is to them." - The Universe
"Certainly I recognize that the tools are in my hands, however, I do feel as though the figures in the work show up with their own agenda. I am committed to honoring that." -Beverley Hawksley

24 May 2012

AtlasObscura   (an online compilation of weird stuff in and around most cities)

Mind Map of Global Civilizational Collapse 


Sometimes a suspected pipe bomb is just a geocache.

Moshe Elimelech: Modular Cubism

(Thirty Years Of)  Looking At Cindy Sherman

Conducting an orchestra like you mean it


War of 1812 Overview

"Ttose who imbibe are less likely to die than those who stay dry." - Via
"Each painting is a short story, and the paintings together suggest a narrative though not necessarily an obvious one..." - Mira Schor, Painter, author and critic
"Only way to know if a business model concept holds water is to flow activities through it." -
"That’s what fascinates me; to make something I can never be sure of, and no one else can either. I will never know, and no one else will ever know… That’s the way art is." - Willem de Kooning, 1972, from an interview with Harold Rosenberg, de Kooning Paintings: 1960-1980, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2005  p.154)
"I don't think winners beat the competition because they work harder. And it's not even clear that they win because they have more creativity. The secret, I think, is in understanding what matters" - Seth Godin

22 May 2012

(TEDx Lawrence Lessig) Re-examining the remix

(50,000 printed pages) dealing with exploration and discovery over three centuries. 

Adventures in Reticular Geometry


(App) improvi  lets you drag random words and images onto the screen (where they bounce around and move next to and through each other), helping you to forge free associations that are the key to lateral thinking.

Are You a "Maker"?
(MoMA multimedia project) Jeff Wall, photographer


Ridiculous Laws Around The World

Pershing shakes the foundations of Canada's boardrooms (shareholders expect directors of boards to hold management accountable for performance)

"I'm on the pursuit of happiness And I know everything that shines ain't always gonna be gold..." - Pursuit of Happiness by the indie-rock group Barbara Via
"I'm addicted to self-improvement. The thing is, there's so damn much about myself to improve." - A.J. Jacobs
"Revolution; why is turning around so disruptive?" - R.B.W
"...ideas evolve similarly to genes, in that they reproduce and are selected for performance." - Via
"When you start creating for and in honor of those that have made a difference to you, your work changes." - Seth Godin

18 May 2012

(Video) Google reinvents search—again—with Knowledge Graph

Map of Life  shows how animals and plants are distributed around the world

Apple (drops Google Maps), debuts in-house ‘Maps’ with incredible 3D mode

How Did Escher Do It?

A graphic look at the War of 1812 

TEDTalks in a handy spreadsheeet

Library hides books around town (for young people to find)

Toronto's best (and worst ) Public Art

"The most valuable tribe is a tribe of unusual suspects who can challenge your world-view, expose you to new ideas, and teach you something new." - Via
"If you were a rock I would never take you for granite" -
"... innovation is rare and not recognized by most people. Most people look for instant paydays or market acceptance to validate ideas." - Steve Harmon
"The more seeds you sow, the more plants we'll grow." - TU
"Math Jokes – If you get them, you probably don’t have friends." - foreveralone  Via

17 May 2012


Mapping Our Music

Science Tales: (short comic stories about science...)
(Flickr show) 'Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals' Workshop

www.toronto.ca/streetart  developing, supporting, promoting and increasing awareness of street art and its indispensable role to add beauty and character to neighbourhoods across the city. (Graffiti Management Plan; toronto.ca/graffiti.)

Crowdfunding Artists (Without The "Funding" Part)

"Who will be Canada's Next Group of Seven?" http://thenextseven.ca/

The Saga of the Maple Leafs’ Futility  

"We should all view ourselves as the temporary custodians of permanent works of art." - Via
"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living." - Henri Poincaré
"If only one in a million artists will ever be successful, we all need to encourage the other 999,9999." - R.B. Wild
"In the final analysis, the questions of why... transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened." - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

16 May 2012

Hierarchical Hexagonal Meshes


 Modular Cubism  (Movie)

Creative Placemaking

Mapping Popular Story Plot Lines

'Choose Your Own Adventure' books now has  10 titles in interactive e-book form .


The Myth Of "Average" - It Turns Out Most Of Us Are Outliers

Can We Ever Know Sontag?

 "What got you here can't take you anywhere further." - R.B.Wild
"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!"- ?
"Art is a journey into the most unknown thing of all - oneself. Nobody knows his own frontiers." - Louis Kahan
"It's not a museum piece." - Christian McLeod
"The Future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed." - William Gibson

15 May 2012

Text and Image

(Webinar Recording) Visual Story Telling. Inside Your Writer’s Brain ( posted at http://www.thebrain.com/recordings )


Modular Cubism

Hangouts on Air"  lets you broadcast live sessions for anyone to watch

(DIY Guide) Wearable Photos:

Peace Monuments Bibliography

Artists Take Leonard Cohen’s Music to the Streets

(Definition) "nihilism "attempts to express something that is difficult to state, but fundamentally correct.
"I can't see what will emerge afterwards, anymore than I can see what the world economy might look like after Western dominance, but Occupy art can be seen as foreshadowing what replaces Contemporary Art." - Christopher Kulendran Thomas Artist and curator
"Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film." - Ansel Adams
"I move my maps across the three easels; Beginnning, Middle, and End." - R.B.Wild
"... every line I  stole, warped, and cobbled together." - Jonathan Lethem, novelist (essay in Harper's in 2007)
"Remember, you will always have friends, guides, and love, but no one is coming to 'save you' (that's the adventure package you signed up for)." - TU

14 May 2012

Teen points out inaccurate map to NYC's Met museum

Random Collision Theory of Innovation

Leonardo - Great Artist Or Great Scientist?  (To Him, There Was No Difference)

Everything Is Remixed 

(The Inside Story) Why Google Beat Inktomi

How the Night Sky Constellations Got Their Names


Gifsound.com takes the greatness of gifs and adds music

Make Your Big Idea Really Happen

"As good as you've been, as on as you were, as high as you got, and as easy as it was, things will still be better." - The Universe
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated,,," -John Donne  Via
"Beauty is the proper conformity of the parts to one another and to the whole." - Werner Karl Heisenberg in 'Across the Frontier' (published by Harper, 1974, p. 183)
" I don’t think I’d ever want to take a road if I knew where it led." - Louis Kahan
"It's a thing that nonmathematicians don't realize. Mathematics is actually an aesthetic subject almost entirely." - John H. Conway

11 May 2012

Google Lit Trips :free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth

Hyperbolic Geometry – Triangles and Gauss Bonnet


The right hemisphere "sees" the big picture, the forest, while the left sees the details, the trees.

(Burning Man map artist) Lisa Hoffman

Use Pinterest for Market Research

Turn Photos into Sculpture

(Graffiti Artist) ‘Other’ moves from Walls to Books
Adjusting Israel's National Anthem To Not Exclude Israeli Arabs

(Definition) "cryptomnesia" : 

"Mostly when people see things as original it means they don’t know where they came from." - Jonathan Lethem  Via
"Your first is likely to be in your comfort zone, but it is your second choice that will stretch your capabilities and expose new creativity." - Robert Genn
"You apprehend it as a complex, multiple, divisible, separable, made up of its parts, the result of its parts and their sum, harmonious." - Consonantia  Via
"Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be." - John Lennon
"Commitment is an act, not a word." - Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), Philosopher, Novelist, Political Activist

10 May 2012

The Menopause Map: (For Navigating The Post-Fertility Life)

Descriptive Camera produces a printout of a description of that image. It works like a regular camera -- point and click to shoot -- but what's captured in the viewfinder is sent to the anonymous workers in Amazon's Mechanical Turk program, who are paid $1.25 per image to write a brief description.

Iran Lashes Out at Google Maps Over Gulf Nomenclature
Preservation practices of Rhizome's archive, the ArtBase

Geometric Fonts

How to Use Your Smartphone for Geocaching

(Video) Are humans ready to become digital?

Artistic Scientist (Dr. Regina Valluzzi)

Amazon Book Trade-In Program

Why did the Segway Fail?

"...a large part of what makes digital works unique is their ability to be easily replicated, remixed and shared." - Via
"You have given yourself the trouble to go into matters thoroughly, I see. That is one of the secrets of success in life." - Anthony Powell (The Kindly Ones, p. 51, 2nd Movement in A Dance to the Music of Time)
"It won’t always be summer: build barns." - Hesiod 700 B.C.
"One little known secret to making precisely the right move, at precisely the right time in your life, is knowing that in all cases, there is more than one right move and more than one right time." - TU
"We chase 'fast culture' at our peril - unusual words and difficult art are good for us." - Will Self

09 May 2012

System that divides city into many small sections that people with local knowledge can easily explore and update

Manuscript (Copying) Timeline

Google Drive.

(Math) Polar spaces
APIs can't be copyrighted (would "monopolise ideas")

Saving digital art one torrent at a time

The Phrase Finder (phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions)

(Be a storyteller and) write great blog posts

Draw Something: Celebrity quiz

A Crane Ceremony of Hope (Paper cranes delivered to SickKids)

"Take a step forward, lads. It will be easier that way." - Erskine Childers  (last words)
"Having learned the meaning of infinite patience, i now rise to the text whenever anyone reads about Evariste Galois, preferring to remain just below the surface, like a goldfish nibbling the fringe of a floating leaf." - From The French Mathematician by Tom Petsinis
"Don't ask for permission where you unwilling to accept 'no' for an answer." - R.B.Wild
"A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success." - Bo Bennett
"It is bizarre how little of twentieth-century science has been assimilated into twentieth century art." - C.P. Snow, 1959

08 May 2012

Galois Geometry

French Wine Map (showing best vintages from 1978 to 2011)  Via

The 125 United States That Could've Been

Mapstalgia: video game maps drawn from memory.

(App) Build a Body (By Spongelab Interactive)

(Blog) The ArtScience Call

(Book) 'Art of the Digital Age'

Why Art Theft Is Good

Pinterest: A Marketing Tool for Artists

(Art Game)  The Scrawl Game

"Stop beating yourself up searching for the one big idea. Get lots of ideas out there and then let the people you interact with feed those ideas and they will make it big." -  Kevin Roberts, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide  Via
"... learning to be happy while not yet having all you want is the first "Criterion of Joy." (Nail it, and for the rest of your life people will be asking what it is about you)." - TU
"There is no royal road to geometry." - attributed to Euclid
"The best thing about the future, is that it only comes one day at a time." - ?
"No inspiration comes from nowhere. No invention is based on nothing. You always need to be tuned up and be ready to start receiving the energy you look for." - Nikolay Semyonov

07 May 2012

(How to) use fast prototyping, agile development, and the latest tech in order to gain an advantage.

[Paperback] 'Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas' :  Dennis Wood

Everything is a Remix

(Podcast)  What Makes Games Like 'Angry Birds' So Addictive?

Why Google and Facebook Might Completely Disappear in the Next 5 Years

 What is Philosophy? Definitions from Prominent Philosophers
(Video) Hand-Cut Vinyl Installation

Watch 56 Episodes of Star Trek Played at Once

Will anyone use Toronto's new anti-graffiti app?

Cindy Fuller, Miss May 

"Fight so that no one loses." - Marty Avery
"And when you can clearly see that life and those dreams in your mind's eye - how confident you will walk and how proud you will feel - start walking and feeling like that today." - The Universe
"We’re resistant to attempts to create value or applying a paradigm that exists for physical objects.  In treating digital works as a physical work, you’re neutering the power of those works.” - Jeremiah Johnson
"Amor doctrinae floreat." (“Let the love of learning flourish.”)
"For that work I did nothing, chose nothing, in the sense that: the world is made as it is, not as I designed it, the flags are those that exist, and I did not design them; in short I did absolutely nothing; when the basic idea, the concept, emerges everything else requires no choosing." - Alighiero e Boetti, 1974  Via

04 May 2012

Manhattan Portrait Map

(Map) Enlightenment Thinkers 

A Search for a Radical Cartography

(Podcast): Where Conference 2012

Let's Not Put On These Google Glasses

Videos that have gone viral on YouTube since its inception.

Pop-up book

Everyone Loves James Franco, The Man Who Can Do Anything

Creating Video Content For Your Art Practice

Ad Images – Tips for Killer Creative

"If you want to understand life, don’t think about vibrant, throbbing gels and oozes, think about information technology." - Richard Dawkins  Via
"Make stuff to inspire others to make something too." - Right Brain Terrain.
"A finished work of art, as it marches out into the universe, transforms from the pleasure of the artist to the pleasure of others." - Catharine Compston, artist
"Inactive people may not be fit enough to hit the exercise intensity that leads to the neurobiological reward." - David Raichlin, anthropologist, University of Arizona
"Chance favors the connected mind." - Steven Johnson

03 May 2012

(Map) Price of Pot

Woodcut Maps from Google app


(Game) Protein Folding 

http://ca.bestpicturesof.com/  combines 3 Popular Image Search Engines In 1 Place

10 Tumblrs Serving Up the Best Animated GIFs

Dealing with distracted learners

Pixelated Birds Installation

http://takepicturedontsteal.com/  public interactive art project


"If you try to make something beautiful, it is often ugly. If you try to make something useful, it is often beautiful." - Oscar Wilde
"You can't teach someone to see the far horizons." - Theodore Sorenson
"The real reason your brain is so large, is so that you can vividly imagine all the exquisite, exciting, and enthralling details of your heart's desires; not so that you can figure out who you need to meet, when you need to meet them, where you need to be, or how you're going to pull it all together." - The Universe
"... the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible." - T.E. Lawrence
"A great man is always willing to be little." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

02 May 2012

TypeBrewer offers a quick way to explore the impact type has on the look and feel of a map

(Map) Urban WildLife Safari

(Podcast): Making Sense of Trimble’s Acquisition of SketchUp

Twitter Announces Innovator’s Patent Agreement

(Video series)  Big Data

Fractal Mosaic Portraits

Use of Three-Dimensional Models to Understand Human Viral Infections

Tips for Making a Better Kickstarter Project Video

(Video) Pothole gardening

100 Photos Merge to Form Swirling 360-Degree Landscapes

"Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing," -  The Cult of Done Manifesto
"I think all things that we marvel over are based in gimmicks." - Wayne Coyne  Via
"These maps are completely unnecessary. The world didn’t ask for them. They aid no navigation or civic-minded purpose. They’re just for pleasure. " - Ira Glass  Via
"Art is man's distinctly human way of fighting death." - Leonard Baskin
"If there are no separate parts, there is nothing to combine." Augusto Garau, Theory of Color professor

01 May 2012

Map Cube Game

Mapping European Stereotypes

The Book of Symbols: Carl Jung’s Catalog of the Unconscious  (Buy)

Psychogeographic Walking Tour of Mississauga

All Creative Work Is Derivative


Digital artist uses smaller fractals near smooth edges

Multimedia Grand Challenge 

Quixote Map liked here

How to Make It in the Art World

 "The true measure of an individual is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience but where they stand in moments of challenge and controversy.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose." - Heda Bejar
"We can't run from our dreams - we need to run to them!" -  Kathrine Switzer. the first women to run a marathon
"Things look different when you focus upon what you haven't done, instead of what you have done." - TU
"Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things." - Randy Pausch