31 October 2005

Yahoo! Maps Mashups : http://blog.programmableweb.com/?p=94

Haunted Map : http://viavirtualearth.com/vve/Gallery/HauntedMap.ashx by Poly9.
Halloween optical illusion : http://members.home.nl/saen/Special/zoeken.html (look closelyto spot the differences).

Trends in Web Mapping: Dispelling the Myths around Web Services by Maurits van der Vlugt : http://www.directionsmag.com/article.php?article_id=2011

InterestMap: Harvesting Social Network Profiles for Recommendations : http://web.media.mit.edu/~hugo/publications/papers/BP2005-hugo-interestmap.pdf

PeaceKeeping Map : http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/dpko/bnote.htm

Criticism of Golden Rectangle / Spiral : http://fibonaccigeeks.tribe.net/thread/c5817b57-75aa-4bdc-8830-96079dfb6ae6#6e33c80a-2352-4334-af6d-2479509611a2 ;
- narcissistic; it always circles itself in its own self-image
- sterile because it is completely symmetrical, and never changes
- the golden proportion is not either enormously important, nor worthless; it's just one of an infinite number of interesting numbers
- the idea of "a most beautiful proportion" is itself simply not true.

Best License-Free Quality Fonts : http://www.alvit.de/blog/article/20-best-license-free-official-fonts

"The ability to bring clarity to the confusing jumble of information that decision makers must fight their way through to make accurate and timely decisions is being requested by professionals in almost every industry.”- IDC Market Analysis Worldwide Interactive Data Visualization Tools Forecast (for large companies, data volume doubles in less than 9 months; over 60% of the population are visual learners, yet text-based displays dominate).

Schizophrenics Better at Discerning Illusions : http://sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=000C8AA5-D4DD-135E-94DD83414B7F0000 (and reading maps?)

...(thematic maps meticulously designed to aid graphic communication) “to convey promptly to the eye the relation not given quickly by numbers...” - Charles Joseph Minard

"The hardest part in innovating is not the discovery of the great new idea, but freeing oneself from the known -- the old familiarities that required such energy, emotion and dedication when they were created but which now perversely represent the strongest obstacles to change." - Heinrich v.Pierer and Bolko v.Oetinger, in "A Passion for Ideas"

"An abundant life is an 'abundant life' (not abundance all by itself)." - TU

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