11 April 2006

(Google Maps API)" v2" : http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2006/04/ale_ajax_linking_and_embedding.html

Is "Map" to "Geography" as "Map" is to "Ideas"? : "... metaphorical maps are twice metaphorical, forcing us to think of the relations between blogs or words or nations as if those nebulous ideas were things "out there", in the landscape, and then forcing us to imagine that the images in front of us represent those ideas and the relations between them in the same way that a traditional map represents places and the distances between them?
... So fully are spatial metaphors integrated into our thought processes that it becomes really hard to talk or write without using them, often unconsciously
... And maybe that is why most non-geographical maps fail. We are already so used to thinking of ideas in spatial terms that their spatial representation doesn't really tell us anything new. Or maybe it's because, unlike geography, the relations between ideas are always shifting, and more than that, are rarely the same for any two thinkers.
... Sometimes they highlight interesting relations between ideas we might not have thought of as related (though just as often, if not moreso, they fail to reflect relations that are clearly there).
... Mapping seems to be the prefferred way of thinking about and representing data of all sorts, at least in Western culture. Ultimately, I have to ask, what better choices do we have?

What Is A Ning? : http://www.webmonkey.com/06/14/index3a.html

BusMap Project : http://ace.engin.umich.edu/gmaps/pierpont_arrivals.php Via http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2006/02/ann-arbor-michigan-bus-tracker.html

WeblogMap : http://www.touchgraph.com/bi.php?img=blog%20politics.png

Edit Digital Images Online With PXN8 : http://sxoop.com/ from Sxoop Technologies Ltd. Via http://www.masterviews.com/2006/04/07/edit_digital_images_online_with.htm

Being discussed in this online forum? : http://stellarparthenon.org/phpBB2/index.php with link to main map.
Map Quotations : http://www.stanfords.co.uk/newsletter/current/htm/maps-in-literature.htm

"A tip on legend making, ... Always do what you most want to do, and do it your way." - The Universe
"I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory." -
"No one is listening until you make a mistake." -
"Hack, then; strive against Mighty Problems, have joy in thy Striving, and let the Crashes fall where they may (maintaining the while, for the Good of thy Karma, a Rigorous Backup Policy)." - The Loginataka (Eric & Raymond)
"Two wrongs are only the beginning." -
"I still use conceptual thinking, but I am not formed by it." - Buddha Shakyamuni
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