31 May 2004

For a derivative work to be copyrightable, it must be "different enough" from the original works that it can be considered a new work in its own right. For most collage artists, this is not a problem. The very nature of collage generally involves combining multiple elements to create a new whole.

"To go to my grave without knowing whether it was lack of talent or lack of perseverance that failed me, without feeling that I'd probed deeply, without sucking the joy out of hearty work, that would be self-inflicted pain I could never forgive myself for." - Susan Vreeland, "The Forest Lover"(p. 275)

"I don't make poetry by the day or week, but by the years." - Robert Frost

Compromise : The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody
believes he got the biggest piece.
Classic : A book which people praise, but do not read.
Philosopher : A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead.
Opportunist : A person who starts taking bath if he accidentally falls into a river.
Optimist : A person who while falling from Eiffel tower says in midway "See, I am not injured yet."

28 May 2004

The Harvard Map Collection http://hcl.harvard.edu/maps/

The Archæology of Knowledge http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/fr/foucaul2.htm

di·at´·ro·pe n. [dia + tropos] One who exhibits the urge to head through to the next opportunity

Homer's Springfield Map http://www.csupomona.edu/~jelerma/springfield/spring_map.png

"If Mozart had patented the symphony, what would Beethoven have done?" — A software exec decries looming European legislation that would grant broad patents on code.

Earlier test print originals (might not look as complete / polished) but are actually worth more, documenting important steps in map's development.

"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." - John Cotton Dana

27 May 2004

http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/eLearning/Edmontonians.htm coming along nicely.

26 May 2004

In content metadata and hierarchies, you will often find a goldmine of implicit and explicit data that you can leverage to creatively contextualize content... http://www.boxesandarrows.com/archives/developing_and_creatively_leveraging_hierarchical_metadata_and_taxonomy.php

Ensuring that your website or intranet is easy to access, search and navigate is imperative;
50% of all web searches are abandoned
Knowledge workers spend from 15% to 35% of their time searching for information
Searchers are successful in finding what they seek 50% of the time or less.
21% of knowledge workers can find what they need 85% to 100% of the time
For every 1000 knowledge workers at $80,000 salary each per year the costs are:
Time spent looking and not finding - $6M
Cost of re-working and re-creating- $12M*

It appears that, invariably, the advanced users, the professionals of programming and in general the so called “power users” end up adopting the syntactic knowledge of the interface, be it the command line or the keyboard shortcuts that GUIs also offer. For the rest of the mere mortals, that don’t have the time nor the need to go beyond this, they use visual knowledge, much easier to acquire and to understand. http://www.infovis.net/E-zine/2004/num_146.htm

(Flash) Interactive Maps at http://www.skyscraper.org/home_flash.htm
http://www.artandarchitecture.org.uk/search/browse/keywords.html online photo collections.
from http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/14/arts/design/14SKY.html?ex=1399867200&en=afc9734c0d5452d7&ei=5007&partner=WEBLOGS

"Whenever a Jesuit priest or a Calvinist pastor does anything of significance -- making a key decision, for instance -- he is expected to write down what results he anticipates. Nine months later he traces back from the actual results to those anticipations. That very soon shows him what he did well and what his strengths are. It also shows him what he has to learn and what habits he has to change. Finally, it shows him what he has no gift for and cannot do well."

"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely." - Auguste Rodin

25 May 2004

Cyberspace as Place, and the Tragedy of the Digital Anticommons;
Cyberspace was once thought to be the modern equivalent of the Western Frontier, a place, where land was free for the taking, where explorers could roam, and communities could form with their own rules... http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=306662

Historical Event Markup and Linking Project; allows users to coordinate and navigate through historical materials on the Internet by giving them the ability to create animated maps, interactive timelines or event tables that combine a number of web-based or static resources. http://heml.mta.ca/heml-cocoon/


http://aduna.biz/products/autofocus/personal/images/clustermap01.png desktop management visualizer.

Ars Electronica, Austria's influential digital-art center, is out to prove that digital art can stand the test of time, albeit only a quarter century, with a series of exhibitions showcasing the best digital art of the last 25 years. .. http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,63554,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

21 May 2004

Faceted classification /‘Guided Navigation’ constructs complex searches and browsing paths out of ‘unstructured data’... http://endeca.com/ discussed at http://www.oddwater.com/relevancy/index.php?p=31

To prototype the FibScreen use templates like http://www.guistuff.com/ to start (or some from http://www.templatesbox.com/topsites/ ),

20 May 2004

Japan-based "Behaviournome" Bioethical mapping project http://www.biol.tsukuba.ac.jp/~macer/abc5men.rtf
http://www.biol.tsukuba.ac.jp/~macer/menmap.htm for list of related documentation.

This site acts as a gateway to much of this knowledge and covers a growing smorgasbord of topics (both business and spiritually oriented) including Knowledge Management, Learning, Thinking, Creativity, Personal Mastery; Personal Knowledge Management and the effective use of Technology. http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/

People respond to their map of reality and not to reality itself. We operate and communicate from those maps. NLP is the art of changing these maps, not reality. Seek a map for yourself that makes the widest and richest number of choices available. Act always to increase choice. The person with the most number of choices, that is, the greatest flexibility of thought and behaviour, will have the greatest influence in any interaction. No matter how self-defeating, bizarre or evil the behaviour, it is the best choice available to that person at that time, given their map of the world. Give them a better choice in their map of the world and they will take it.

"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American Essayist & Poet
"Inventing the future requires giving up control. No one with a compelling purpose and a great vision knows how it will be achieved. One has to be willing to follow an unknown path, allowing the road to take you where it will. Surprise, serendipity, uncertainty and the unexpected are guaranteed on the way to the future." - George Land, Breakpoint & Beyond
"The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them." - Sir William Bragg
"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." - Nelson Henderson

The sameness of all interfaces is in looking at a single node on the map at a time; http://interconnected.org/notes/interfaces.shtml

19 May 2004

Every hacker is an artist and every artist is a hacker... http://www.wired.com/news/infostructure/0,1377,63506,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html The chapters on general rules of good design as they apply to programming, painting and any creative endeavor are by far the best in the 'Hackers & Painters', book; http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/hackpaint/chapter/ch02.pdf

To help Free Software we must avoid the Java-Trap: http://www.fsf.org/philosophy/java-trap.html

"Write a wise saying and your name will live forever." - Anonymous

18 May 2004

The first part of the show was a stunning half hour presentation of the most beautiful cartographic art I've ever seen. Then, Rumsey (http://www.davidrumsey.com/) gave series of demos of work in progress by his gis programmers of historical maps geo-rectified or "rubber sheeted" over contemporary base maps, and aerial and satellite photos and DEMs, with dynamic dissolves between layers, and 3d fly-throughs of historical maps draped across digital elevation models. He then finished up with a demonstration of all of these features combined into dynamic layers draped on a rotatatable 3D ARCGlobe from ESRI.

Converting raw data into meaningful information Sun Microsystems, Inc.,has deployed Hive’s Honeycomb® 4 for visual analysis. Honeycomb allows Sun managers to transform thick business intelligence reports that contain the equivalent of thousands of spreadsheet records into a single, interactive digital map. http://www.hivegroup.com/10_16_03release.html
Treemaps are a space-filling visualization method of representing large collections of quantitative data, achieving this by collapsing a hierarchy into color-coded rectangles on a computer screen. http://www.hivegroup.com/technology.html

"When insight becomes instant, only better business results can follow.” - Tony Jewitt, CEO of The Hive Group
"If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play." ~ John Cleese
"Thus, the task is, not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees." ~ Erwin Shrodinger
"Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?" - Steven Wright
"A truth which needs to be proven is a half truth" ~Kahlil Gibran
"A country is a piece of land surrounded on all sides by boundaries, usually unnatural." ~ "Catch-22" J. Heller

Georeference.org, home of the Manifold® System Users Group http://www.georeference.org/Forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=575&posts=

17 May 2004

Here is a How to Topic Maps; http://shelter.nu/art-007.html

Random Image Rotation: http://alistapart.com/articles/randomizer/

http://www.sitemappro.com/ Site Map Pro will examine a web site, mapping all the pages that it finds. It will then create a single HTML site map file. By simply placing the single HTML file on your web site, you will be providing full site map facilities, making your site more accessible for visitors!
http://www.xtreeme.com/sitemap/ makes outline twisties.
Find broken links on web sites; http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html

Knowledge Web Update: http://www.k-web.org/about/504rept.htm

A very bad example of a 3-level interactive(?) sitemap; http://www.prudential.co.uk/prudentialplc/siteservices/sitemap/

"By taking on apparently impossible tasks, one is forced to invent or discover the means of accomplishing them, however difficult that may be." - Mortimer Adler, Philosopher At Large, p245

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu http://www.carleton.ca/~rgray/TaoTeChing/

TEACHER: George, go to the map and find North America.
GEORGE: Here it is!
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America?
CLASS: George!

14 May 2004

What is Information Visualization?..."The use of computer-supported, interactive, visual representations of abstract data to amplify cognition."

2D is Better Than 3D... http://www.useit.com/alertbox/981115.html Most abstract information spaces work poorly in 3D because they are non-physical. If anything, they have at least a hundred dimensions, so visualizing an information space in 3D means throwing away 97 dimensions instead of 98: hardly a big enough improvement to justify the added interface complexity.

Scale and proportion are key concepts of visual representations.
http://www.infovis.net/E-zine/2004/num_145.htm Over the last few centuries many people have considered that the Phi number, better known as the divine proportion or the golden section is a standard for balance and beauty in regards to proportions. Phi is 1.618033988..., or the limit that the ratio between any two elements of the Fibonacci sequence tend to.

A related idea states that given the fractal nature of the world, information visualisation in fractal form could be closer to our natural way of perceiving the world, thus being a more advantageous one. "Structuralists consider, for example, that each and every representation is of an arbitrary-conventional nature, rejecting the possibility of sensorial, representation that can be understood without the need to learn a particular convention."(?)

THE NAUTILUS SHELL IS NOT A GOLDEN SECTION SPIRAL http://www.nexusjournal.com/Sharp_v4n1-pt04.html
Great Fibonacci sites http://www.mcs.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fib.html

Virtual tour of an "Invisible City"; http://www.ensmp.fr/~latour/virtual/index.html#

13 May 2004

How the Word Gets Around http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,63344,00.html
interested in seeing if he could figure out, in real time, the trajectory of a meme once it hits the blogosphere Memespread Project... http://www.arbesman.net/meme.php

"It's what we think we know already that keeps us from learning." - Claude Bernard
"Twenty-four ways of looking at Mt. Fuji. It struck me that it would be good to take one thing in life and regard it from many viewpoints, as a focus for my being, and perhaps as a penance for alternatives missed." - from 24 Views http://www.stmoroky.com/reviews/gallery/hokusai/24views.htm
"Oh never fear, man, nought's to dread,
Look not left nor right:
In all the endless road you tread
There's nothing but the night."
- from A Shropshire Lad, by AE Housman

12 May 2004

“Merging the Art and Science of the Map and the Mind”
"Every path has some puddles."

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=35308481739 way to rate/rank maps(?)

06 May 2004

"There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination." - Edmund Burke
"If there were dreams to sell, what would you buy?" - Thomas Lovell Beddoes

The "bands" of news vary in color according to the category of news, in color darkness according to the age of the story, and in size; http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/newsmap.cfm

From http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/8577161.htm?1c; Financed with a $10,000 public-art grant and armed with a GPS-and-laser-equipped digital camera, Yates, 29, is determined to photograph every building in Palo Alto... he'll electronically merge all the pixels together and create the ``average'' color of Palo Alto. ``Each parcel gets one vote -- the democratic way,'' Yates said. Yates will work out of a small homemade "office'' placed smack in the middle of the plaza in front of City Hall. He wants to project the 20,000 photos onto the outside wall of City Hall (``If you sort of squint your eye, you would get an average color of your own.'') or wrap them around the seven-story building... he foresees "The Color of Palo Alto'' becoming emblematic of the city, used in house paint, post cards and computer fonts. Or, for a more personalized color, any resident could find the photo of his or her home -- along with the home's average color -- on his Web site (www.thecolorofpalo alto.com, but not operational yet). Palo Alto Hardware could then make paint from that color, he said.
Because of privacy concerns, the Web photos of individual homes will be small and somewhat blurry. ...With the inclusion of Yates' work, a click on the computer map will bring up a photo as well, whether it's a house in Midtown or a downtown office building.

Boom Ambiance. That's when pages had a lot of blinky/animated things, and every element on the page was suffused with so much emotion and excitement that you became afraid they'd fly off the page and right up your nose.

05 May 2004

"Be very, very careful what you put into that head, because you will never, ever get it out." - Thomas Cardinal Wolsey (1471-1530)

04 May 2004

Information Visualization Resources on the Web; http://graphics.stanford.edu/courses/cs348c-96-fall/resources.html#general

http://www.iplab.ca Focused on the production of interactive cultural and entertainment works, the IPL offers a series of opportunities for interactive media producers and projects including:
Prototype Acceleration Programmes
Intensive Development Clinics
Funding Resources
Professional International Mentorship
in association with http://www.banffcentre.ca/bnmi/programs/default.aspx

Despite their differences, science and art evolve in quite similar ways. Long periods of gradual and detailed explorations are occasionally disrupted by sudden jumps that take us to new spaces of scientific understanding or artistic exploration.

Plumb Design, Inc. Changes Name to Thinkmap http://www.thinkmap.com/
New York-based Plumb Design, Inc. has refined its mission to concentrate on the development and marketing of the Thinkmap platform and derived products. To signify this new strategic direction, the company has formally changed its name to Thinkmap, Inc. Over the last two years, an increasing percentage of customers have been looking for visualization solutions that leverage the Thinkmap platform. This change, along with the development of the Visual Thesaurus product line, has led the company to shift to a product strategy centered around Thinkmap.

Thinkmap is a dynamic, data-driven visualization technology that is designed to help end-users navigate and understand complex information. Thinkmap, Inc.'s software offers a range of visualization solutions that can be customized by each client for its own needs. Thinkmap 2.0 is being used by strategic partners to develop visualization solutions in the sectors of defense and intelligence, financial services, life science/pharmaceuticals, and professional services/knowledge management.

The company also markets and continues to develop the Visual Thesaurus, which is powered by the Thinkmap technology. Originally developed as a demonstration project in 1998, the Visual Thesaurus has recently been released as a boxed product and an online subscription service. Through partnerships with educational resellers such as Educational Resources, CCV Software, and TAG learning, the company is selling the Visual Thesaurus to K-12 schools and universities in the US and in the UK.

03 May 2004

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to create a rollover effect for points and lines in IMS. Adam has answered, that this can be done using XML islands. Concerning the passing of the coordinates in screen coordinates he wrote: You will probably have to pass the coordinates of objects selected by the query in screen coordinates and do some hit testing on the client, but it is no big deal since you only have points and lines (hitting areas would be trickier).

Map24.com portal provides users with uniquely satisfying interactive road maps and directions on demand; http://www.uk.map24.com/

Gerhard Mantz DAM sculptor - he has in incredible site that generates random
artwork - therefore the computer program becomes the artwork since it is always changing.