30 September 2004

A Vivisimo (beta) implementation http://clusty.com doesn't seem to offer much visualizaton (yet?). Clusters are created dynamically by analyzing words in the text, url, and result snippet. These different views save you time finding the best results (what Valdes-Perez calls "selective ignorance" and also helps you see ideas and concepts that might go unnoticed otherwise. Unlike similar services that offer static images next to results, this "preview" version is live, and all of the links are hot.

Visual Thinking: Hundreds of sketchbooks in the Archives of American Art form a vast repository of ideas, perceptions, inspirational imagery, and graphic experiments. As personal records they afford an intimate glimpse of an artist's visual thinking and reveal aspects of their creative process. http://archivesofamericanart.si.edu/exhibits/sketchbk/sketchbk.htm

29 September 2004

How To Create Web Information Maps : "The ultimate goal is to produce a diagram that accurately describes either what has been created or what is yet to be created, and do so in a manner easily grasped by various stakeholder groups." http://www.masterviews.com/2004/09/26/how_to_create_web_information.htm

Animated (Java applet) Image Viewer : OnClick expands small image to full screen (zooms back down on second click) http://www.javaobjects.net/pages/jonetImageViewer/jonetImageViewer.html

A phylogenetic tree is a tree showing the evolutionary interrelationships between various species or other entities that are believed to have a common ancestor. A phylogenetic tree is a form of cladogram. Definition: http://www.internet-encyclopedia.org/wiki.php?title=Phylogenetic_tree Example Image: http://tolweb.org/accessory/Trees_Based_on_16s_rDNA?acc_id=54 3D View http://www.ii.uib.no/~tim/treeOfLifeImagePage.html

"In early modern engineering practice, drawings were not merely visualizations of ideas but acted as models that shaped ideas." - Picturing Machines 1400-1700 Edited by Wolfgang Lefèvre http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?sid=3E10692C-ED38-4CD1-B1C9-8A3AE4B476FC&ttype=2&tid=10363&mlid=346

"Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever towards it; let naught stop you or turn you aside" - The Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente
"Don't weary" - Confucius
"Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps." - Annonomous

28 September 2004

(Ex Plumb Design's) ThinkMap's Visual Thesaurus http://www.visualthesaurus.com/ "Type in a word in the text box to the upper left of this window, click "look it up," and you'll be rewarded with an interactive map showing the meaning of your word."

http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp Javascript examples

"The New Leonardos: Why the Work of Artists Is Important for the Science and Technology of the Future." This talk is part of the Exploratorium's program "Meet the Minds: New Thoughts in Science and Art." Dr. Malina looks at how the work of artists today, like the work of the Renaissance master Leonardo, is injecting new ideas and approaches that will help define the science and technology of the next century. http://www.exploratorium.edu.

27 September 2004

"...every map is like a little snapshot of history; each is a visual history." - David Rumsey http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/09/27/DDG6K8UNN81.DTL He discovered Luna Imaging, which is known in academic circles for its research tools and has ties to the Getty Art History Information Program. "This is gaming technology, but no one is shooting anyone up," he laughs. The technology comes from Geographic Information Systems, developed by Telemorphic, of Berkeley. It also allows the user to compare maps side by side from different years, providing something of the march of history. His site is also branching into his original love -- fine art, with links to visual collections that number in the tens of thousands. Rumsey studied and taught photography at Yale, and his own Hockney-like photo collages adorn the upper levels of his home.

#1 place on the net to obtain free, original DHTML scripts and components; http://dynamicdrive.com
http://javascriptkit.com/ for Javascript, and Java http://www.freewarejava.com/applets/index.shtml

Free Software to Organize your Files on a Map or any Graphic. Mac only http://www.mapmemo.com/Typical_users.html Example with layers http://www.mapmemo.com/Typical%20Users/Fanny-file.html

The Making of the Gettysburg PowerPoint Presentation http://www.norvig.com/Gettysburg/making.html "I posted the presentation on my web site that night and promptly forgot about it. But some people noticed, and it began to spread by word of mouth (and link, and email)."

First time I noticed (google_alternate_ad_url = "http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/") running showing 120x600 clip of home map.

Map Man BBC TWO 7.30pm from 16th September for 8 weeks Armed with a combination of ancient drawings, modern carto-technology, and of course his trusty umbrella walking stick, Nick uses the tools of his trade to discover how mapmakers have charted mountains, shrunk oceans to measurable drops and reduced sprawling cities to navigable diagrams. http://www.terntv.com/article/index.php?sub_section_id=833&section_id=317

"No art, however minor, demands less than total dedication if you want to excel in it." - Leon Battista Alberti, (architect, painter and mathematician)
"A way can be a guide, but not a fixed path" - Tao Te Ching
"I cannot afford to waste my time making money." - Louis Agassiz
"There are three principal ways to lose money: wine, women, and engineers. While the first two are more pleasant, the third is by far the more certain."- Baron Rothschild
"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do."- Bob Dylan
"All you have to decide is what you're going to do with the time you are given."- Gandalf
"In the end, everything is a gag."- Charlie Chaplin
(above from http://www.norvig.com/quotations.html )

22 September 2004

SVG (?) mapping example http://www.mapbureau.com/rdfmapper/2.0/m.fsp

The Future Of Search: Beyond The Horizon; The ability to peek inside multiple file formats and index the information that exists within is imperative for search success. Microsoft has already announced a new way to do this with their WinFS XML approach. As the Internet reaches out to include more forms of media and information, search must be able to translate, interpret and then point us to the right place.
Secondly, search has to become more intuitive and easier to use. It has to be better at anticipating what we're looking for, without depending on us to literally spell it out. It has to find what we want, before we might even know what it is we want. We need a search engine that understands us, with all our interests, biases and notions.

A photo map displays your images arranged by location instead of by time. With 93 Photo Street you can create gorgeous photo maps for the web without learning HTML or a complicated graphics program. http://transmutable.com/PhotoMaps/SkyscrapersOfSanFrancisco3/index.html
Using po-ups http://transmutable.com/PhotoMaps/SkyscrapersOfSanFrancisco5/index.html
Using frames(?) http://transmutable.com/PhotoMaps/SkyscrapersOfSanFrancisco4/index.html

Interesting dynamic zoom feature (for pdf file) using drag feature for in/out ;

20 September 2004

Theban Mapping Project: "unique?" scroll to zoom in or out, not to pan around. Moving the (Flash) scrollbar from left to right, the map scale smoothly changes, contrary to the established behaviour of the scrollbar widget: to move the view of an area that is too large to be entirely visible in its display region. Also has distance and angle measurement tools. http://www.thebanmappingproject.com/

TheTube ; How did a map (that wasn't a map) reshape London? http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/feature/story/0,13026,1305084,00.html In a breathtakingly simple doodle, Beck plotted the underground as if he was sketching an electrical circuit board. Beck's lines were vertical, horizontal, or at 45 degrees. Stations were located according to available space.

Disable the Built-in CD Burner in Windows XP http://channels.lockergnome.com/windows/archives/20040916_disable_the_builtin_cd_burner_in_windows_xp.phtml
..consider whether we would be better served by another metaphor than the misused notion of intellectual property as a form of tangible property. .. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=582602
Also see http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,64494,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html "Valuable resources are being lost to students, researchers and historians because of sweeping changes in copyright law, according to digital archivists who are suing the government."

"It often happens that I have an idea, but then I try to fill in the intermediate steps and find they don't work, so I have to give it up." - Stephen Hawking

17 September 2004

SEMANTIC MAP INTERFACE : http://netzspannung.org/about/tools/semantic-map/?lang=en It provides the user with different possibilities for "rummaging through" the platform's databases to discover content and connections. The Semantic Map was specially developed so that the platform's heterogeneous content could be presented in a common frame of reference.

Java Learning Paths http://java.sun.com/developer/onlineTraining/new2java/learningpaths.html

Sitemap dicussion : http://www.highrankings.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=9399
and another at http://www.highrankings.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=9428&st=0&#entry97137 using Apple's as an example http://www.apple.com/find/sitemap.html

Overview "The Timeline of Art History" : http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/intro/atr/atr.htm
A TimeLine example : http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/09/nfe/ht09nfe.htm See http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/intro/atr/nav_t.htm for how it works.

16 September 2004

The movable region around the mouse, the lens, transforms information below it through magnification, fisheye views, information filters, or graphics filters. In this example, dragging the mouse over the soil map of Switzerland, the lens displays a magnified and more detailed view of the underlying map, confined to the area around the mouse. This widget makes use of JavaScript to change the visibility of a dynamic HTML layer that holds an image of a more detailed map of the same area. .. http://www.webmapper.net/maps/navigation/zooming/lens/

This is one of the 100 Special Issue maps produced to celebrate Edmonton's Centennial birthday. See http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/SmartMap04.htm for a description of the project this map commemorates. Map comes with "Certificate of Authenticity" (8.5"x11" color card stock), numbered and signed by the artist. Large map poster measures 31" x 24.5" clear vibrant color on heavy gloss paper (shipped rolled in mailing tube). http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=208&item=3930987143&rd=1

15 September 2004

The NG MapMachine makes extensive use of the scripting language JavaScript to change the mouse pointer's behaviour beyond simply clicking... http://www.webmapper.net/maps/navigation/panning/drag_hand/

"The object which is back of every true work of art is the attainment of a state of being, a state of high functioning, a more than ordinary moment of existence." - Robert Henri
"Every path has some puddles." - ?
"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate." - George Burns

14 September 2004

"...when it comes to perusing the internet, men are "faster, more focused, and more competent" than women. Less than a quarter of men are diverted from their original search target, yet 84 per cent of women get distracted while searching. It was a pretty close call, but navigating the internet has joined map reading on the list of things men are officially better at," said Andy Williams, surfing manager at Yahoo. "Men and women's brains function differently and this clearly impacts on how they find online." - http://www.webuser.co.uk/news/58142.html

"As enlightening and ingenious as are Lombardi's illustrations http://www.artcritical.com/golden/DGLombardi.htm (MARK LOMBARDI: GLOBAL NETWORKS), derived from scrupulously compiled index cards, the question occurs as to whether they rise to the level of art. .. Unless a picture has an aesthetic dimension, i.e. an element of beauty, it isn't art. It may be the brilliant and effective illustrations of a Norman Rockwell (who insisted he be called an illustrator), but its merits as art depend not on content but on form." - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0916365670/002-9518280-4930413?v=glance#product-details
It is only in its neurotic obsessiveness that really succeeds. : "It doesn't matter if he was a hack biblio-cataloguer, or if his charts are not particularly helpful in deciphering his conspiracy theories. It's actually the obsessive act that is artistic. ... That's why art is so damned great--the artist is the most important ingredient." - http://www.designobserver.com/archives/000072.html

13 September 2004

"Image size does seem to affect the number of photos noticed by online news consumers. It also affects the time they spend looking at pictures. Our observations also indicate that people's faces draw users' eyes the most. " - http://www.poynterextra.org/eyetrack2004/photos.htm

(Another?) award-winning counter http://www.statcounter.com/free_hit_counter.html (no pop-ups).

"all things spin in circular motion, cycles within cycles, a classic trademark of the Tao." - Sage :)

10 September 2004

"How do we know that the line we see, isn't but a small part of a larger circle?" - Sage
"Asking is hard giving is easy, always choose giving."

09 September 2004

Cartogram: (http://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu/projects/Cartogram_Central/ ) a distorted map in which the sizes of geographic regions appear in proportion to their populations, whether it's people or goods, or other items. (May 18 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). ) The choice of unit used to establish the so-called population-density function affects the amount of distortion in the resulting cartogram. For example, distributing a state's population over its entire area generally produces a map with more recognizable features than does a county-by-county distribution, because cities cause substantial local distortions. From http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040828/bob8.asp : "So, people can make significant progress by applying an idea commonplace in one area to a field in which it has less, or no, currency."

ConceptDraw http://www.conceptdraw.com/en/resources/suppflowres.shtml#mindmap Mind-Mapping Web Sites / links including; "Ron Wild's Project Gallery Great examples of what mind maps can be."

The History of Cartography : http://www.geography.wisc.edu/histcart/

Google's AdSense program FAQ ; https://www.google.com/adsense/faq#eligibility4

"Cartography is 27% art." - Steve Demers
Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?

08 September 2004

Your program, though in itself free, may be restricted by non-free software that it depends on. Since the problem is most prominent today for Java programs, we call it the Java Trap : http://www.fsf.org/philosophy/java-trap.html

http://www.seedwiki.com/page.cfm?doc=CentennialMap%20Project&wikiid=6378 Map Project Page

With respect to maps themselves, the point has been made that all maps lie. That is a bit harsh, but served as the premise for Monmonier's book, How to Lie with Maps, whose forward (by HJ de Blij, for the second edition) summarizes these issues quite well, including the line where information crosses to advocacy. (ex China discovering North America http://www.1421.tv/pages/maps/pizzigano.htm )

Map / Portrait Reference Library; http://www.barron.co.uk/?pgid=2

" Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

ROSEMARY DOBSON'S "THE CARTOGRAPHER" poem 7 in The Devil and the Angel (a verse play: ca. 1945)...
The Devil woke me from my fit of dreaming.
"Old man," he told him, "you must take a journey;
Choose Heaven or Hell, for one's your destination."
He stared. "I seek for Terra Incognita,
The Unknown Land--I map the world this way"--

And would have shown us all his coasts and ranges,
The margins of the world, the Blessed Islands,
And where the uncharted, unknown oceans lay,
But that I spoke. Showed from my store of knowledge
Much that is past and present and to come.
The Devil, meanwhile, whistling inattention,
Leant by the panes and spied the market-square
Till--"Heaven," I said. "There's your only Incognita.
Got sir, all's known of earth, or will be shortly;
Ahead lies Heaven--a yet uncharted vastness,"
Then said the Devil, "Or else ahead lies Hell;
That too's for your discovery."
"Both, both!" he cried, and gathered up his compass.
We spread our hands and sighed at one another.
In Rosemary Dobson, Collected Poems. North Ryde, NSW, Australia: Angus & Robertson/HarberCollins, 1991 (26).

07 September 2004

Viewpoint's ZoomView technology allows users to zoom into high-resolution photographs and maps without the need for special graphics cards or high-speed Internet connections. : http://www.viewpoint.com/pub/products/zoomview.html

"You can never focus on an issue too long before being distracted. And paradoxically it is this distraction that seems to spur new insights. Chris Penrose Ransley has dubbed it "peripheral intellectual vision" i.e. focus on an issue and then look slightly away and you will find what you are looking for." ; http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/river-cafe

"If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself." Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Decline of Heroes
"The new individuals seek true voice, direct participation, unmediated influence, and identity-based community because they are comfortable using their own experience as a the basis for making judgments. Such a person is deeply aware of his or her own subjectivity." - Shoshana Zuboff, Harvard Business School, The Support Economy
"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." - André Gide
"You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance." - Ray Bradbury

03 September 2004

Technical development platform (proposed);
Client-side technologies: Java and/or JavaScript, HTML
Server-side technologies: JSP (PHP?), XML
Database technology: For example: Microsoft SQL Server?, MySQL, PostgreSQL (all)
GIS Software used: MapServer?, Manifold.

Web mapping examples (submitted to contest) : http://www.directionsmag.com/web.mapping.contest/

"I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor. " - Lord Nelson
"You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need." - Jerry Gillies

02 September 2004

The role of linking lines and causal arrows (in maps); http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0001TV&topic_id=1&topic=a . Should contribute my research into text/lines http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/eLearning/LibraryMap.htm (and include link to little animation : http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/eLearning/Images/Word2PointAni.GIF).

As happens with Grokker, KarTOO or Vivisimo (http://www.infovis.net/E-zine/2004/num_138.htm) Autofocus tries to fill the gap that separates us from the bulk of information available, be it on our hard disk or in Internet, by using sophisticated techniques and advanced visualisations. Every one of them has a slightly different philosophy. ..."Nevertheless I think that in all the above-mentioned cases we haven’t yet found the really intuitive visualisation for the normal, graphics and visualisation illiterate, user for whom we need to create self explaining and self evident systems or it will be very difficult to bridge the gap between the traditional, textual-output search engines and the ones that will let us quickly find what we are looking for in a clear and intuitive way." http://ww.infovis.net/E-zine/2004/num_151.htm

Best "about us" A Brief History of ... that I've seen in awhile http://www.sparknotes.com/about/

01 September 2004

The work adapted these kinds of interpretations of time in all of the 12 graphic designs used for the calendar. Each design is a complete composition in itself, while it joins to forms a larger image when all twelve of them are arranged together. : http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/culture/200408/kt2004083117240511700.htm

Name two things that both suck and blow. That's easy! A tornado. This website. Add comments here;
http://mrsun.us/2004/09/name-two-things-that-both-suck-and.html generating lots of traffic (but no click-through to other maps).

Trumpeter is a web dialogue content engine allowing users to comment, or add other dialogue to your online media: http://www.numericsolutions.com/trumpeter/

Ars Electronica t+25 timeline. You are welcome to post a prediction for the next 25 years here, year by year. Or you may vote on the predictions already posted. Anyone can write. Anyone can vote. http://www.aec.at/predictions/

A Net Art Idea Line; Mapping lines of thought through time: http://www.whitney.org/artport/commissions/idealine.shtml
Context for this work: net art catalogs and maps;
Rhizome Artbase extensive, detailed, up to date.
A timeline of net art by Natalie Bookchin, 1999.
Guggenheim Cyberatlas Many maps, 1998.
map.jodi.org after a network diagram, 1997.
Can I get on the Idea Line?Yes. You can send an e-mail with information about your projects to idealine@whitney.org.

Multi-user remote (camera) control project : http://demonstrate.berkeley.edu/project.php

"Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense." - Josh Billings