29 April 2005

Multimap ( http://www.webmapper.net/maps/dhtml/ discusses how http://www.iandodd.comre-wrote the code for the lens to work as an information filter; moving the lens over the map, the lens would show the aerial photo as a transparent layer on top of the map at the same scale.) http://www.mappy.com/ Mappy has taken this feature even further. Instead of having the aerial photo only show up as a transparent layer when moving a lens over the map, the full map view is taken up by either the map or imagery. A slider widget
allows users to change the transparency of the map layer for the aerial photo to appear. The lettering, such as street names, remains visible at all times. All in all, it's a really neat trick to make the transition between map and imagery more subtle. From http://www.webmapper.net/archives/2005/04/

Directional Idioms (including on the warpath, primrose path, at http://www.bartleby.com/59/4/) and proverbs (including All roads lead to Rome, There’s more than one way to skin a cat, Where there’s a will, there’s a way, You can’t go home again, Two wrongs don’t make a right, Out of sight, out of mind, The road to hell is paved with good intentions, All’s well that ends well, etc. at http://www.bartleby.com/59/3/index.html ).
"Sic transit gloria mundi" (SIK TRAN-sit GLAWR-ee-uh MOON-dee) Latin for “Thus passes away the glory of the world”; worldly things do not last.

From http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/cleary/quotes.html :
"You get an A not for effort but for results, and that it's almost always easier to start from a good partial solution than from nothing at all. " - ?
"A man's errors are his portals of discovery." - James Joyce
"Whenever you fall, pick something up." - Oswald Avery
"It's not the load that breaks you down - its the way you carry it." -
"The road to success is always under construction." -
"No amount of travel on the wrong road will bring you to the right destination." - Ben Gaye III
"Knowledge is proud that she knows so much; Wisdom is humble that she knows no more." - Cowper
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The same wind that carries one vessel into port may blow another off shore.- Christian Bovee
"Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art." - Leonardo da Vinci
"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."- Bertrand Russell
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." - Henry David Thoreau
"The first time anything is done, it's done by amateurs." - Art Buck
"People only see what they are prepared to see." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Each man must discover his own way." - J. Sartre
"There is always a better way." - Thomas Edison

28 April 2005

Project Looking Glass Related Technologies : https://lg3d-core.dev.java.net/lg3d-related-technologies.html

Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma in Applied Geographic Information Systems : http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk/postgraduate/birkbeck/agis/index.shtml

The Literary Map of Manhattan ; "READERS ARE INVITED to submit the address of the home (or office or hangout) of a character from a novel, story, children's book or poem that is set in Manhattan" : http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/01/books/review/01COHENHO.html

"Subtle Technologies' mandate is to blur the boundaries between art and science, presenting symposia, exhibitions and performances that juxtapose cutting-edge artistic endeavours and scientific exploration." : http://www.subtletechnologies.com/news/index.html

"Wild" Idea: draw a map tells you nothing except how to refold it.

"Well, I guess I'm coloring outside the lines." - RW
"To seek self- knowledge is to embark on a journey which . . . will always be incomplete, cannot be charted on a map, will never halt, cannot be described." - Douglas R. Hofstadter
"Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone." - The Dhammapada
"Wisdom is knowing which path to take... Integrety is taking it." - ?
"The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education." - Alfred Whitney
"The mind I love must have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass, an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two, a pool that nobody's fathomed the depth of, and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind." - Katherine Mansfield
"Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on." - Led Zeppelin
"No one gets a change of scenery, except the lead dog." - ?

27 April 2005

Fractal Edge technology works seamlessly with your existing systems to provide vastly improved visualization of data, speeding understanding and increasing the volumes of data you can cope with. : http://www.fractaledge.com/default.asp?cdn=liveexamples&pt=Live%20Examples&nav=&lnav=liveexamples

Found via Google Maps’ new satellite photos : http://www.returnofdesign.com/29/ such as The Grand Canyon .

Annual Map Design Winners Archives (Entries will be displayed each year at the ACSM Spring Conferenceand will then become part of the permanent collection of the U.S. Library of Congress ) : http://www.acsm.net/cagis/maparchives.html

Wooster Collective : A Celebration of Street Art : http://www.woostercollective.com/

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." - Ansel Adams
"People will follow your footsteps quicker than your advice." - ?
"There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot." - ?
Click on an author to read their map quotation:James M Barrie, Bill Bryson, John Bunyan, Lewis Carroll, Nicolas Claus, Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Conrad, Roald Dahl, George Eliot, J.R.Farrell, Herodotus, Joshua 18, 3-9, Niccolo' Macchiavelli, Plutarc, Eleonore Roosevelt, Lord Salisbury, Shakespeare, RL Stevenson, Bram Stoker, HD Thoreau, Oscar Wilde from http://www.stanfords.co.uk/newsletter/current/htm/maps-in-literature.htm#oscar

26 April 2005

"Maps in general do not have explicit unified messages. They certainly have implicit ones, but these aren't noted in the legend. The messages only become evident through contextual filtration and are subject to multiple interpretations. ..Observe, measure, investigate, wonder, puzzle, infer and guess. This is how maps are drawn." : http://situ.ca/mg/statement.html "I am making maps in the awareness of the semiotic loads they carry, but with the intention of adding more subjective filtration, rather than reducing it. I am as interested in the individual mental map that the reader creates from the map as I am in the map itself.": http://situ.ca/mg/index.html Maija Graham is a digital/analog artist and writer who has been involved in the Calgary arts community for the last six years. Recently she has been travelling and studying navigation and cartography-- ongoing themes in her work.

BurningMan Map : http://www.burningman.com/preparation/maps/04_maps/04brc_map.gif
Example of a gamers' map : http://gtasanandreas.net/map/

"the map is not the territory" recognises that individuals may mistake a metaphorical representation of a concept for the concept itself : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_map_is_not_the_territory and http://www.trans4mind.com/holosync/principle4.html and http://willpower.4mg.com/mapoftheterritory.html

Interesting JavaScript mouse roll-over that rolls through 4 different images : http://www.nottheterritory.com/#

"Run and find out". - "Rudyard Kipling (motto from "Riki Tiki Tavi", about a mongoose family)

25 April 2005

Links to well organized indexes of cartographic information: http://www.she-philosopher.com/gallery.html
Also http://mapmaker.rutgers.edu/page1links.html

geocoder.us find the latitude & longitude of any US address - for free : http://geocoder.us/demo.cgi?address=1600+Pennsylvania+Ave%2C+Washington+DC

A Photoshop script that would automate the production of sparklines : http://www.lodgephoto.com/articles/sparklines.htm

A site is about annotating space with metadata; about building semantic models of places; about exchanging geospatial data: http://space.frot.org/

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic : http://www.google.com/alerts

Up to date Calendar of Cartography Exhibitions : http://home.earthlink.net/~docktor/exhibit.htm

The singular status of Jerusalem as a holy city, a focus of interest and of strong religious attraction, led to the creation of numerous maps depicting that city, more often through concepts rather than from a purely geographical aspect : http://maps-of-jerusalem.huji.ac.il/html/gallery.html and links

"Never allow the integrity of your own way of seeing things and saying things to be swamped by the influence of a master, however great." - George P. Lathrop

22 April 2005

"Posters, paintings, guidebooks (MAPS), films, computer games and other digital environments are just some of the cultural artefacts in which text, narrative and image intersect in particular ways." http://www.art-design.herts.ac.uk/ocs/index.php

Milestones in the History of Thematic Cartography, Statistical Graphics, and Data Visualization : http://www.math.yorku.ca/SCS/Gallery/milestone/sec4.html . Grandfather of InfoGraphics : Charles Minard http://www.math.yorku.ca/SCS/Gallery/re-minard.html

Information Visualization Resources : http://graphics.stanford.edu/courses/cs348c-96-fall/resources.html
SIGGRAPH Links : http://www.siggraph.org/education/related.htm

"Computer-based information visualization, or "infovis", centers around helping people explore or explain data through systems that include static or interactive visual representations. The central design challenge in infovis is designing a cognitively useful spatial mapping of a dataset that is not inherently spatial. There are many possible visual encodings, only a fraction of which are helpful for a given task. We draw on the intellectual history of several traditions, including computer graphics, human-computer interaction, cognitive psychology, semiotics, graphic design, statistical graphics, cartography, and art. The synthesis of relevant ideas from these fields is critical for keeping pace with the torrents of data that confront us all."

"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud, was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin

21 April 2005

A number of info visualizations (some of which haven't been referred to here over the past 18 months) : http://infosthetics.com/archives/infovis/index.html

The custom software in this work draws musical patterns in the form of translucent arches, allowing viewers to see--literally--the shape of any composition available on the Web. : http://www.turbulence.org/Works/song/index.html Martin Wattenberg is a New York-based digital artist whose work centers on the theme of mapping information (also works in the field of financial data visualization and is known for the SmartMoney.com Map of the Market).

"Release any expectations you may have of how you think your dreams will come true, but by all means expect that they will (as you busy your self enjoying who and where you already are)." - The Universe

20 April 2005

The Map Man series debuted September'04 on BBC2 : http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/feature/story/0,13026,1305084,00.html

"Users often react enthusiastically when they first see new visualisation tools, but then turn wary" : http://www.economist.com/printedition/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=1841120

Online resources of maps, map collections, reference maps, world maps : http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/maps.htm

Search history feature that automatically keeps track of all of your web searches and every page that you view from search results; Google My Search History (beta application launched in Google labs).

Jennifer Bartlett, New Paintings,(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1879173395/104-7158388-7007917) with 19 color illustrations of three new groups of work: Fibonacci, Maps, and Shape paintings. http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/bartlett_jennifer.html , 50+ examples at http://www.artnet.com/ag/FineArtThumbnails.asp?currpage=3&aid=2040&ViewSize=large, http://www.gregkucera.com/bartlett.htm .

Collaborative digital image mutations project : linked from http://toegristle.com/corey/

"Expectation not followed by action ... it's just hoping. And hoping has never achieved very much." - The Universe

19 April 2005

A spatial representation of time has obvious educational advantages: here history is no longer learned but viewed. ..Synchronoptic views will help to see relationships between seemingly unrelated things, thus provoking a journey of discoveries . An essential factor that fosters new discoveries is juxtaposition: the trick of putting things together that weren't put together that way before. ..But above all, a synchronoptic organization (Synchronoptical means 'seeing at the same time', or more accurately 'Parallel Views'), gives the reader an incentive to explore deeper, linking one idea with another as the student pursues his or her own personal learning path. http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html . Lifelines of important persons in specialized categories ; Science (Modern), Science (Ancient), Arts, Composers, Literature, Politics .
AlternaTime: http://www2.canisius.edu/~emeryg/time.html a fantastic collection of Timelines on the Web.

How To Visualize Data And Provide Entertainment : http://www.masterviews.com/2005/04/14/how_to_visualize_data_and.htm

"knowledge parks" offering multiple and overlapping exploration trails : http://www.masterviews.com/2005/04/16/how_to_organize_a_site.htm following http://www.guuui.com/issues/01_05.php

Google Map SightSeeing : http://www.shreddies.org/gmaps/

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring
adventure, or nothing." - Hellen Keller http://www.heartquotes.net/

18 April 2005

See "non-physical zooming" mapping demoo (Flash) a http://www.sandcodex.com/ for scaling line thicknesses. Presentation at
Blog of the Chief Imaging Scientist : http://www.shellandslate.com/ (Ben Weiss).

Inkscape is an open source drawing tool with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, and CorelDraw that uses the W3C standard scalable vector graphics format (SVG). : http://www.inkscape.org/index.php

Milestones in the history of thematic cartography, statistical graphics, and data visualization; Michael Friendly and Daniel J. Denis 18 March 2005 : http://www.math.yorku.ca/SCS/Gallery/milestone/milestone.pdf

http://www.mcescher.com/ Many of the so-called 'impossible' drawings of M. C. Escher can be realized as actual physical objects : http://www.cs.technion.ac.il/~gershon/EscherForReal/

"To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am." - M.C. Escher
"The past only exists insofar as it is present in the records of today. And what those records are is determined by what questions we ask." - Wheeler

15 April 2005

Online maps - Javascript based SDK Demos http://www.atlasct.com/maps/online-interactive-maps-demos.asp including a completely Macromedia-Flash based client, a javascript based client for the Flash module (with a fully supported SDK), and a completely SVG based client.

Greasemonkey (http://greasemonkey.mozdev.org/) is a Firefox extension that allows users to add DHTML capability to given web pages (there is also an Internet Explorer version; http://www.daishar.com/blog/archives/2005/03/greasemonkey_fo.html). Inspired by Google's AutoLink (http://news.com.com/Google+landgrab+raises+online+ire/2100-1032_3-5582792.html?tag=nefd.lede) feature the script basically gives users the capacity to change the content of web pages on the fly.

Interactive Locator Map : http://www.shipwreckcentral.com/map/index.php (you can add your own relevant shipwreck information to the map, thus helping build a database that we all share).

Online Green Map sites : http://www.greenmaps.org/grmaps/web_maplist.html (mapping everything from community gardens and recycling bins to landfills and urban blight sights) with a standardised set of Green Map icons, cities all over the world are comparing their environmental sites with each other.

"Pray look better, Sir... those things yonder are no giants, but windmills." - Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616 Spanish Novelist Dramatist Poet) from http://www.borntomotivate.com/MiguelDeCervantes.html

14 April 2005

TimeMap (Time-based Interactive Mapping) : http://www.timemap.net/ TMJava is a novel mapping applet which generates complete interactive maps with a few simple lines of html. It provides a way of easily enriching web pages with historical or contemporary information that goes far beyond static jpg map images (combining mapping and the time dimension). Example : http://www.timemap.net/epublications/2003_khmer_animation/

Automatic image stitching : http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~mbrown/autostitch/autostitch.html

This bulletin board is intended for the discussion of all things Fibonacci (number-theory, Leonardo, appearances of the series in day-to-day life, etc). Post questions! Give answers! : http://www.timemap.net/epublications/2003_khmer_animation/

Simple 3D illusions effective from single vantage point : http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/pave.htm

"After you've heard two eye witness accounts about an accident, it makes you wonder about history." - ?
"You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures." - ?

13 April 2005

A ZUI is a new kind of interface that presents a huge canvas of information on a traditional computer display by letting the user smoothly zoom in, to get more detailed information, and zoom out for an overview. : http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/jazz/ PhotoMesa Image Browser : http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/photomesa/

World Wind lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth (experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there). : http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/ requires huge 170MB program download.

"...a decade from now people will be able to easily locate the information they need and use the results in context without even realizing they're searching." - Susan Dumais, Senior Microsoft Corp. Researcher, Adaptive Systems & Interaction (ASI) group since 1997.: http://research.microsoft.com/displayArticle.aspx?id=1249 Her quest: Make it easy for people for find, use and make sense of information. This is done by providing unified access to different sources of information and providing a fast and flexible interface with quick sorting, filtering, previews and thumbnails.

One main goals of the INA is to develop a new system of mapping our world - one that does not rely on geography: http://www.princeton.edu/~ina/links/index.html Resources at http://publish.uwo.ca/~mcdaniel/weblinks/carto.html

Google Maps collection: http://gmaps.nicj.net/

To blog is, after all, to stage--through selective inclusion, exclusion, and recontextualization--a performance of individual identity, to imaginatively order an inchoate universe through the re-centering lens of subjectivity. The blogger can reincarnate her- or himself as an authoritative and consequential presence, with a voice and purpose.

“...that strange new zone between medium and message. That zone we call the interface.” - Steven Johnson, 1997
“Good designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing and manipulating of words and pictures.” - Jeffery Veen from http://www.lukew.com/resources/quotes.asp
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau
"Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road." - Voltaire
"No great artist ever sees things the way they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an Artist." - Oscar Wilde
"The way you look at the world depends on where you are! " -

12 April 2005

Image mapping (browser) performance issues : http://www.alistapart.com/articles/imagemap/

Many good mapping/cartography Related Sites : http://www.csun.edu/~hfgeg005/cwg/cartsite/cartsite.html

300 TrueTpe fonts that can be used for design work (free to download in .ttf format) : http://www.goodfonts.org/

You don't actually have to invent anything to get a patent : http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=1211&e=10&u=/nm/20050406/tc_nm/tech_sony_brain_dc&sid=95573372 . A Sony Electronics spokeswoman told the magazine that no experiments had been conducted, and that the patent "was based on an inspiration that this may someday be the direction that technology will take us." From http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/sony-patents-imaginary-brainwave-broadcasting-039078.php

Por' trait, v. To make a portrait, picture, or image of. To portray .To represent or describe graphically. To set forth. To draw or make.

"Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats." - Howard Aiken

11 April 2005

Mapping Scientific Frontiers : http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~cc345/citespace/Figure4.png At some point, challenges to the prevailing wisdom become strong enough to put science in crisis. The crisis is finally resolved with a transition from the old paradigm to a new, more compelling model. http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040313/mathtrek.asp A scientific revolution occurs. Chaomei Chen has a Web site devoted to his CITESPACE project at http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~cc345/citespace/.

http://www.markmonmonier.com/index.htm writes books that explore the impact of cartography on society.

Supposedly http://www.shreddies.org/gmaps/ archives has neat stuff hidden in Google's satellite images.

A Beginner's Guide to TrackBack ; designed to provide a method of notification between websites: it is a method of person A saying to person B, "This is something you may be interested in." : http://www.movabletype.org/trackback/beginners/

Bootstrapping: The Secret to Entrepreneurial Success : http://www.sandhill.com/opinion/editorial.php?id=16

"Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do." - Liz Smith
"My final thought is a simple but mighty one: it is the obligation we have been given. It is to not turn out the same. It is to grow, to accomplish, to change the world." - Stephen Sondheim, Merrily We Roll Along
"We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"
"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it." - Emerson
"Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882) American Essayist & Poet
"This spending of the best part of one's life earning money in order to enjoy questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it, reminds me of the Englishman who went to India to make a fortune first, in order that he might return to England and live the life of a poet. He should have gone up garret at once." - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American Author

"Everything I've written here is dedicated to the Public Domain. The quotes from other people's writings, and the pictures used might or might not be copyrighted, but are considered fair use. Thus, overall, this weblog could best be described as being: Primarily Public Domain."

08 April 2005

Outline Maps : http://www.cdli.ca/CITE/maps.htm#Others

One such Babylonian clay tablet that has been generally accepted as "the earliest known map" is the artifact unearthed in 1930 : http://www.atamanhotel.com/catalhoyuk/oldest-map.html

Shot Chart (Basketball) Map : http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=250407013

"... the maps that we create to represent reality also create reality." - http://mappinghacks.com/talks/sudac_2005-04-05/slide17.html?1112720651 "Other people's maps tell other people's stories."

(from http://www.oursouthwest.com/news/quotes5wit.htm )
"The team on top of the mountain didn't fall there." - unattributable
"Are you climbing the right hill today?" - unattributable
"Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved." - unattributable
The measure of a true leader: "Is anyone following?" - unattributable
"We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are." - Max DePree
"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills ."- Chinese proverb
"If you want things to stay the same, they are going to have to change." - Lampedusa's The Leopard
"The surest path to happiness is in losing yourself in a cause greater than yourself." - unattributable
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
"One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say." - Will Durant, American historian (1885-1981)

07 April 2005

(Analytical Data Mining discovers patterns in data). Visualization: Accelerates the process + Utilizes the brain's pattern recognition abilities + Facilitates interactivity and collaboration + Highlights patterns, trends and outliers + Aids distribution and action on results (from http://www.purpleinsight.com/aboutus/ ).

"Get mapping" As mapmaking becomes big business, citizen cartographers are creating free personal alternatives ; http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/story/0,3605,1453293,00.html Maps also shape our view of the world. The art of mapmaking predates the written word by several millennia and provided humankind with the first opportunity to read and write. When our maps change, our world view changes.

Semantic Web Subway Map (Berners-Lee, 2003) : http://infoether.com/template.jsp?page=semantic make the realization of system-to-system interaction viable by utilizing a set of “ontologies” which define information about information (metadata) that can be read and understood by computers.

US History TimeLine Map (Flash) : http://www.boltmap.com/ Animated Map and Timeline of the U.S. region showing political border changes from prehistory to 2000 A.D. The map advances at 10 years per second. You can play, stop, move forward or backward one year at a time and select dates from the timeline.

Discoverers Web : Links and information on voyages of discovery.

"Innovation and Visualization.Trajectories, Strategies, and Myths", by IONE, Amy (http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=CLA+1 ) relates the development of visual images to innovations in art, communication, scientific research, and technological advance.

Cook, James, (1728-1779), " Journal of the H.M.S. Endeavour" : http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms1-s256r , http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview?pi=nla.ms-ms1-s18v-e

Read last year: "A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer : The Life of William Dampier" : http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0802714250/qid=1112889728/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/102-4468721-5628951?v=glance&s=books

Lanny Quarles; Layer upon layer of information can be seen in his work and it truly speaks to the nature of today´s intellectual milieu - a deluge of impossible to navigate knowledge sets that intertwine, interconnect and coexist along side of private, secret and personal worlds that will remain forever anonymous. : http://contemporary-art-gallery.touchon.com/quarles-lanny.html

"The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery." - Anais Nin
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." - Bill Cosby
"If there were dreams to sell, what would you buy?" - Thomas Lovell Beddoes

06 April 2005

Online (ESRI ArcIMS?) GIS application: http://gis.leepa.org/viewer.htm

Interesting array of motivational info-graphics : http://www.infoshop.org/a_graphics.html

Stock.XCHNG, the leading FREE stock photo site : http://sxc.hu/ morgueFile contains free high resolution digital stock photographs : http://www.morguefile.com/ PixelPerfect Digitalhttp://www.pixelperfectdigital.com/ You are permitted to use our products to design as many projects as necessary, including those you are creating for your clients", OpenPhotohttp://www.openphoto.net/ to unite photographers and users through Creative Commons licensing, ImageAfterhttp://www.imageafter.com/ (people who donate images agreed to give up their rights to the images ), StockVaulthttp://www.stockvault.net/, http://www.ourmedia.org/
Ourmedia is a new (still in alpha) non-commercial free clearinghouse for all rich-media content that wants to be shared, re-used and enjoyed by as many people as possible. Related Tag Browser search interface (developed by AirtightInteractive, the most effective way to search for visual resources).

Hell maps : http://www.arches.uga.edu/~redman/hellhigh.html, http://www.wsu.edu/~hughesc/dante_map_hell.htm , http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/dante/images/magnifier2.html , Original "MAP OF DANTE'S HELL" : http://www.dac.neu.edu/uc/s.cassavant/HellMap.html , http://www.tabula-rasa.info/Horror/Inferno.html , and (Flash-zoomable) http://www.iath.virginia.edu/dante/images/magnifier3.html .

"One of the biggest impediments one has in discovering their own seeds these days, is their fascination with the gardens of others." - The Universe

05 April 2005

Context and Interaction in Zoomable User Interfaces : http://www.infres.enst.fr/net/zomit/avi2000/ "Zoomable User Interfaces (ZUIs) are difficult to use on large information spaces in part because they provide insufficient context. Even after a short period of navigation users no longer know where they are in the information space nor where to find the information they are looking for."

Mapviewer (Chromosome map viewing tools) : http://www.sgn.cornell.edu/maps/mapviewer/mapviewerAbout.html

Different approaches to finding and exploring satellite imagery are offered by TerraFly, Google Maps, Terraserver.com, and TerraServer USA (operated by Microsoft Corporation as a research project; overview of how the service works).

Great Ideas of Philosophy (60 lectures, 30 minutes/lecture) : http://www.teach12.com/ttc/assets/coursedescriptions/4200.asp

Rhetorical Topoi : A rhetorical device, topoi facilitate a shift of mind, to see ordinary problems from a new angle, so as to incite invention, spark discovery...Use topoi by posing questions, seeing things as opposites, making correlations, reversing definitions, rotating positions in argument, changing roles, overturning the standard, and so on. From http://www.udanium.com/udanium2003/html/sparks.htm

16 x 21 panels (each 2' square) http://www.muralmosaic.com/A-S/Alberta-Sask.html "The collective power of individual expression". (CELEBRATE ALBERTA - SASKATCHEWAN CENTENNIAL 1905 -2005!)

"To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new “epiphanies” of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world." from LETTER OF POPE JOHN PAUL II TO ARTISTS, 1999 : http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_23041999_artists_en.html
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken"
"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end."- Ursula Le Guin
"The future belongs to those who fuse intelligence with faith, and who with courage and determination grope their way forward from chance to choice, from blind adaptation to creative evolution." - Charles E. Marriam
"The delight of creative work lies in self-discovery: you are mining nuggets of power out of your own cosmos, and the find comes as a great and glad surprise." - Elbert Hubbard
"No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever." - Francois Muriac
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
from http://maverickjs.tripod.com/hanger/thoughts7.html
"I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect." - J. Krishnamurti
"The image is but a shadow, The truth is but a reflection of the whole, The whole cannot be told, Do not attempt to know, Be content with what you get, Do the best you can." - http://www.artists.co.il/ttc/nfquotes.html#qiamn
"Where" you are, is never who you are (it's just a transitory step along the path) . You're always Infinitely more." - The Universe
"Be light unto yourselves. Rely upon yourself; do not depend upon anyone else." - Buddha's last words

04 April 2005

GeoBase is a high performance OEM tool for embedding GIS functions in client and server applications : http://www.freetrialdownloads.com/Development-Software/C-and-C-Plus-Plus-and-C-Sharp/GeoBase.html

"... it is in this intersection between geographic data and temporal data where the most interesting problems and opportunities lie. " : http://www.geospatial-online.com/geospatialsolutions/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=153302

Where to Get Maps : http://exchange.manifold.net/manifold/manuals/manifold/introduction/where_to_get_maps.htm
Flickr-related tab browser (using a radial presentation) : http://www.airtightinteractive.com/projects/related_tag_browser/app/ All time most popular tags (by size) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags

What is a Wordmap? : http://www.flickr.com/groups/extispicious/pool/
Mindmap Conceptmap Imagemap Spatial Chunking Software CyberMaps ThinkMap

You Are Here: The Design of Information : http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/gallery/0,8542,1406256,00.html

Fractal (pixelized) pattern generator : http://www.complexification.net/gallery/machines/invaderfractal/ Built with Macromedia Flash MX

Modern-day treasure hunt http://www.atreasurestrove.com/Public/TheTreasureHunt/index.cfm (ala geo-caching?) based on a 10'x10' "map"? to publicize books http://www.atreasurestrove.com/Public/TheBook/PuzzleCompanionBook/index.cfm "You'll begin to think like a treasure hunter when you learn to look for things you wouldn't ordinarily notice."

"You never feel safe when you have to navigate in waters which are completely blank." - Lieutenant Maxwell Member, Bering's Second Polar Expedition.
"Writing about Mapping is like Dancing about Art" - RW

01 April 2005

The Odyssey of Alexander the Great : http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~stephan/Renault/boy.mp.html Animation ; http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~stephan/Animation/alexander.html

Effective roll-over / drop-down Timeline presentation : http://www.radford.edu/~wkovarik/envhist/index.html

" Why do scientists call it research when they're looking for something new? " - ?