23 December 2009

(Presentation) "Information Visualization Is A Medium" (by Stamen's Eric Rodenbeck)

(Interactive Example) Interlocked Tetrahedra

350 years of the Royal Society go online

(Manifesto For The) Content Curator (The Next Big Social Media Job Of The Future?)

Feedback on 'Triangulating Thinking' (also Triangulation (disambiguation)

Canadian Expats in Silicon Valley http://www.thec100.org/

Put your friends' faces on your Twitter background

'Christo and Jeanne-Claude' example installations

(Definition) "Pictorial superiority effect" (PSE) : the more visual the input becomes, the more likely it is to be recognized—and recalled.

Activists Archetypes: 1. dreamer, 2. megaphone, 3. spark plug, 4. task master, 5. sherpa, 6. storyteller (Via missrogue @jenergy #leweb)

"ABSTRACTION, not just mathematics, has its place in science, as it does in art." - Roald Hoffman
"It is a happy talent to know how to play." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Via
"A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?" - Albert Einstein Via
"Failure is crucial. If you’re not failing, you’re not trying to get better." - Ethos
"I will take the ring, though I do not know the way". - J. R. R. Tolkien

22 December 2009

(Animated) feature preview of geocubes (fast and easy clustering millions of geo-points on maps within milliseconds)

TimeMap : click to find the time at a place

The Walking Paths

here exactly is the North Magnetic Pole? Moving! (Wanders daily. Shifts 40 km a year - 1100 km in the last century!)



The world's great unsolved math mysteries

How Visual Thinking Can Aid in the Learning Process

(WOW) Time-lapsed Graphitti

Celebrity Art (sold 32 years later)

"For at the root of all [musical] creation one discovers an appetite that is not an appetite for the fruits of the earth." - Igor Stravinsky Via
"Embrace ambiguity." - Ethos
"I'm in favor of an art that does something other than just sit on its ass in a museum." - Claes Oldenburg Via
"Getting lost can lead to great discoveries." - R.B.Wild
"The only difference between joyful moments and others... is you." - TU

21 December 2009

Tools for Visualizing your Data (with CSS, Flash, jQuery, PHP) Via

Shapes in Other Dimensions

(Interactive Map) : http://www.conflicthistory.com/#/period/1951-2002

Scribble on Google Maps : http://scribblemaps.com/#

3D Projection on Buildings. New Art? New Advertising?

Our task: tracing connections between and across diverse fields and disciplines...

Timeplots.com : new infographic site focused on designing visual timelines.

(Project Grid) http://www.openprocessing.org/browse/?viewBy=date&month=08&year=2009

Digital Media Corridor gets funding

Collage work done on compact discs

"Dare. It's always worth it." - TU
"One hundred rumors are not comparable to one look." - Old Chinese Inscription
"The Greeks and Romans had creative and leisure time, and that was part of cultivating genius." - cathduncan
"Good work taps into your spirit." - Ethos
"The big print giveth and the small print taketh away." - Tom Waits

18 December 2009

Vedea: Microsoft (unhappy with the success of visualization-oriented languages like Processing) announced a new language targeted at non-programmers for interactive infographics.

"Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge" is marking the start of its 350th year (Audio slideshow)

Color Scheme Designer

Swimming in Data? Three Benefits of Visualization

Data Visualization and Infographics Resources

City of Toronto's official data set catalogue

Conzilla : http://www.conzilla.org/wiki/Overview/Main (The Concept Browser)

Infographics about Movies

Collage Artists : John O'Connor (Bio) John Webster'sTO show

Continued debate on the shroud of Turin. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6925371.ece

"If you followed your muse, where would it lead you?" - R.B.Wild
"The perfect tool is the one that’s right in front of you." - Ethos
"Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together." - G.C. Lichtenberg
"The reason they want you to fit in is that once you do, then they can ignore you." - Seth Godin
"Every day, people solve problems for me without knowing." - bfchirpy

17 December 2009

(Twitter) MentionMap (an interesting exploration of 6 degrees of separation)

(Slide-show Essay) "Strange maps"

Voronoi Treemap Via

(Most Ugly &) Useless Infographic Competition: The Winners / losers(?)

Rule 110 : One of the elementary cellular automaton rules (introduced by Stephen Wolfram) that specifies the next color in a cell, depending on its color and its immediate neighbors.

Intellectual freedom, independent research( and frequent coffee breaks with colleagues) helped this year's Nobel Prize winners make their groundbreaking scientific discoveries.

Creative Keyword Indexing

'Square': a small magnetic reader that plugs into the headphone jack of an iPhone

(Definition) ' bricoleur' : one adept at many tasks, and at putting pre-existing things together in new ways for the benefit of communities.

"Learn to play, rather then work your way through life." - Dr. WayneW.Dyer
"Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness." - Nathan
"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." - Lau Tzu
"Did I make someone giggle, smile or laugh today? - Veronica Hay
"...I'll paint what I see- what the flower is to me; but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it..." - O'Keeffe

16 December 2009

Microsoft’s Bing Maps goes 3D (and adds Apps)

New Format for Google Image Results

(Example Flash) Map / Photo interface

When Graphics Will Help (and When They Won't)

Most Amazing Medical Images of 2009

Network Centre of Excellence (NCE) in Graphics, Animation and New Media

#lrnchat : http://lrnchat.wordpress.com/ is an online chat (that happens every Thursday night 8:30-10pm EST) on Twitter among participants interested in the topic of "learning from one another" (and who want to discuss how to help other people learn).

"As a Man Is, So He Sees"

"la colle" (the collage zine)

Top Ten Reasons to Give Art This Holiday Season

"Better to illuminate than merely to shine (to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate)." - Saint Thomas Aquinas
"Simplify the cluttered, and clutter the simple." - Robert Genn
"...when all things are considered (including uncertainty), they are not equal...(the cards are still heavily stacked in your favor)." - TU
"The most surprising discoveries often result from a deep misunderstanding." - @johnmaeda
"It's not how you drive on the fairway, but how you fare on the driveway." (after Tiger Woods)

15 December 2009

Agile Learning Design

(Map) Anonymous edits to Wikipedia (almost) in real-time

Google Acquisitions (Subway?) Map

Moby Dick Literary Map

(Competition) What is the most Ugly and Useless Visualization Online?

Interactive video-enabled online store Via

($1 paid content example) 'Over the last 100 years, the way we visualize and understand the complexity of the brain has evolved.'

(Word cloud) 'Most Common Crossword Answers'

Cory Doctorow's new book : "Makers"


"Funny definition: Pokemon = a Rastafarian proctologist" - Alex Goodall
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got (and there is always more)." - Via
"New eyes and odd ways of looking at things invite new attitudes." - Robert Genn
"Is one person richer because of me today, because of my presence on the planet, my essence, my decision to keep on going no matter what?" - Veronica Hay
"Joke from the past: 'I'm trying to send this fax through but it's still here!'" - mindmapdrawer

14 December 2009

Using Microsoft’s Photosynth tool to reconstruct 3D Geometry from 2D images. Via

Knowledge management: the latest battle between the neats and the scruffies

(Then use images?) "...our brain wasn't "designed" for reading; we haven't had time to evolve a purpose-built set of circuits for letters and words."

What Intellectual Property Law Should Learn from Software

Artists experiment with augmented reality

(Definition) 'Lichtenberg figures' : branching, tree-like or fern-like (fractal) patterns that are created by high voltage discharges along the surface or within electrical insulating materials.

(Video) John Cleese gives an inspiring speech about the source of creativity.

The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts ; members share an interest in problems of science and representation, and in the cultural and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine.

(Book)'The Art Spirit'

Geek, Temporary & Reverse Graffiti

"Truth rests with God alone, and a little bit with me."- Yiddish proverb Via
"Where words are scarce, they're seldom spent in vain." - William Shakespeare (via EduifyQuotes)
"... the teaching of art is guidance away from the bad habits that come so naturally to many who struggle alone." - Robert Genn
"Where will you be at this time next year?" - TU
"All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

11 December 2009

Geo-located photos

Mapping the human diseasome : visualization of relationships between individual genes and diseases. Via

KM primer

Fractals Found in Nature

Tiling Plane & Fancy from the mathematical and historical viewpoint

Microsoft attemps to Patent Tufte's Sparklines http://bit.ly/5Y4I7A

Ignite "If you had five minutes on stage what would you say?" ( What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?)


Read all translated Van Gogh letters online : http://vangoghletters.org/vg/ (search : map)

"It’s such a great feeling to follow the maps and not know what you’re going to find (and that feeling of being open and looking to discover something)." - Phil Irish Via
"Dogs can talk. One only has to understand the vocabulary." - Joe (Burnaby, BC), 'Leopard Behind You!'
"In every man there is a hidden child which is called the urge to create and he prefers as play things and serious things not the miniature ships, recreated in the minutest detail, but the walnutshell with a bird feather as mast and sail and a pebble as the captain. He also wants to be able to participate and to co-create in art, rather than being simply an admiring viewer. For this 'child in man' is the immortal creator within him." - Christian Morgenstern Via
"... all learners who are new to a content area benefit from a relevant visual." - Via
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." - John Lennon

10 December 2009

Google Maps API v2 allows Google to log the location and content of the markers and/or infowindows that are displayed in Google Maps mashups.

Create a sitemap, where posts are organized by category (label) and link directly to blog posts.

Tiled (Twitter) Backgrounds

"Knowledge Cartographer" (Slide 22)

(Book Map) 'Wikipedia Editing Essentials'

http://www.tumblr.com/why-tumblr (?)

Give me a sign!

(Definition) "Abstraction" : willed opposition to representation (wanting to be seen as alternative to such ideals as naturalistic representation and the figurative); takes some element of the artistic universe and explores all the tensions that it can get out of that element.

(Online draft) http://media.svennerberg.com/2009/11/X_marks_the_spot-public_beta_1.pdf

Guiding principles for how to be effective in the art world

"Creativity is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your intuition. It's crucial to an artist. If you know where you are going and what you are going to do, why do it?" - Frank O. Gehry
"To see is to understand." - Leonardo da Vinci
"If you want to help the poor, demonstrate to them that they can become rich; prove it by getting rich yourself." - Wallance D Wattles Via
"We secure our friends, not by accepting favors, but by doing them." - Paul Harvey
"Thinking brand new thoughts that you've never thought before, is wildly more conducive to creating big life changes than just thinking different varieties of the same old thoughts." - The Universe

09 December 2009


Abstract Science? (A kind of abstract-art movement within chemistry is the effort expended on the synthesis of molecules with (chemical) formal elements that are prominent, but without apparent utility).

ImageSwirl Feedback

(Live?) Mapping of TEDxAmsterdam

Massively collaborative mathematics

(Example) Feedback / satisfaction Suvey

Whether photographic or photo-based, photocollage or photocopied, photogravure or photogram, Prefix Photo (http://prefix.ca/) seeks to represent the breadth of practices and concepts, old, new, or as yet unimagined, which surround the transformation of light into image.

3D Paper Art

(Definition) "desire path" (also known as a desire line or social trail) : is a path developed by erosion caused by animal or human footfall. The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. Via

JAMES WILLIAMSON GALLOWAY (JOCK) MACDONALD : dedicated to abstraction and continued to make 'automatic watercolours' (in which he allowed his unconscious mind to dictate the movement of his paintbrush).

"Champagne for your real friends, real pain for your sham friends." - http://www.tomwaits.com
"The story is what the player does, not what he watches." - Via
"In my view, art and the approach to life through art, using it as a vehicle for education and even for doing science is so vital that it is part of a great new revolution that is taking place. I believe we are entering a whole new epoch." - Jonas Salk
"I sometimes feel that I have nothing to say, and I want to express this." - Via
"We can use analytics to generate new questions, not just answers. Data visualization is very powerful." - Tim Brown of IDEO (Via JenniferMeacher RT @indicee)

08 December 2009

Compare Bing, Yahoo and Google Maps

(Flash Infinite Zoom) : http://zoomquilt2.madmindworx.com/zoomquilt2.swf

Inflation InfoGraphic : average American household consumption, based on Consumer Price Index data.

Unusual (and Marvelous) Maps

(Example) Augmented Reality

How to Mind Map for Legal Tests and Exams
About the Map Paintings
(Book) The Vision Revolution: How the Latest Research Overturns Everything We Thought We Knew About Human Vision.

(Music) http://www.mixriot.com/


"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation." - George Bernard Shaw
"The Memex was never built, but the idea of a system that recorded a person’s mental journeys and the unique connections they made inspired innovations like the graphical user interface, the personal computer, hypertext publishing, and the Internet." - Via
"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play." - Heraclitus Via
"Man was made for joy and woe, and when this we rightly know, through the world we safely go." - William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
"I dreamed I was having a lucid dream, and when I woke up I was." - keithfrankish

07 December 2009

(Ebay) CyberMonday Map

Live Ships Map : http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/

(Timeline) Michael Jordan

(Talk) Effective Information Visualization

Visualization Groups (On Flickr)

Evolving Fractal Animations

The Shocking State of Contemporary "Mathematics" : For the good of future mathematics we need generalists and strategians (and 'cross-camp runners'?) who can see the big picture.

The Funniest Venn Diagrams

BookArt : http://www.offbeatearth.com/dont-like-reading-other-uses-for-books/

Artist Cells

"Misstakes are brilliant; they encourage progress ~ you haven’t failed ~ you are simply learning." - mindmapdrawer
"Mr. Owl ate my metal worm" - Palindrome
"Imagination puts the player into the game by putting the game into the player." - Jesse Schell, The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses
" It's better to regret something you have done, than to regret something you haven't done." - Gibby Haynes
"Play Art has the makings of an important movement and promises to have a significant impact on our society." - Leo Castelli

04 December 2009

(Example) Bing Map Overlay

Tiling Slide Show

Infographic of Effective Infographics

Memento : Time-traveling browser (navigates the web's past)

Fractal "Open Me Slowly" (Video) Via

Physicists discover that the structure of a brain cell is the same as the entire universe

(Videos) http://art.docuwat.ch/videos

City Wall Maps


How doing less can produce better business results.

"A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't." - anti_tomwaits
"Whereas positive moods seem to promote creativity, flexibility, cooperation, and reliance on mental shortcuts, negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking, paying greater attention to the external world." - Joseph Forgas
"What is placed in the fire has a valuable role to play, but leaves nothing behind when it's gone." - Ancient Sumerian Proverb
"... the instinct for imaginative play figures highly in the joy of art-making..." - Robert Genn
"From where each goes, others learn." - TU

03 December 2009

Tectonic Shifts Altering The Terrain At Google Maps

Creating Road Maps in Adobe Illustrator

Large animated .gif Map

Zoomable Fractal Gallery

InfoGraphic / Mapping group : http://www.stamen.com/

Resources for Historical Maps

Interview With MindMapArt Creators

(Banff Workshop) Inside E-Learning : http://www.digitalalberta.com/inside-e-learning-banff-workshop-0

osbornec: "unshaved and unmannered" neo-neo-geographer at #geocom

Walled Horizons - Narrated by Roger Waters (Pink Floyd founding member)

"Any clod can have the facts, but having opinions is an art." - Charles McCabe Via
"There is no baked cake in the middle of the dough." - Ancient Sumerian Proverb
"The greatest trick and most subtle secret to doing anything really, really well, is loving that you get to do it at all." - The Universe
"Beware of any activity that requires the purchase of new clothes." - Henry David Thoreau
"I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early." - Yogi-isms

02 December 2009

(Forum) '3D Modelling, Rendering and Visualisation' (Square Polygon)

(TED video) Eye tricks can reveal the way the brain processes visual information (or fails to do so).

Cognitive Load Theory: Failure?

Top 100 Most-Frequenty Cited Books in the English Wikipedia

(Definition) "perturbation theory" : the study of the effects of small disturbances. Mathematical methods are used to find an approximate solution to a problem which cannot be solved exactly, by starting from the exact solution of a related problem.

The science of fun

Tim Burton at MoMA

Her work has involved layers of topography, urbanism, and linguistic symbols in a visual metaphor for the development of self.

How to Make $ by Giving Away Your Work

Self-publishing opportunity : http://www.mastersoftoday.com/apply_x/ApplicationGENIUS.pdf/apply_x/ApplicationGENIUS.pdf

"A geek illuminated from within by the source of their own geeky pleasure is one of the brightest lights in the universe." - Via
"Did I take a moment to imagine what I would like to experience in my life, if for no other reason than in the imagining, is the living, and in the living, comes the joy and delight?" - Veronica Hay
"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through." - Pollock
"As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery Via
"There’s a point when you’re done simplifying. Otherwise, things get really complicated." - Ethos

01 December 2009

Accidental map projections

3D Mandelbulb

Virtual time travel in Twinity Via

(Livechat minutes) Copyfight with Cory Doctorow

Knowledge Tools of the Future (pdf)

Tag Cloud access to Online Magazine Issues

Top 15 Manipulated Photographs

(Open Source) Projects Changing Medicine Via

Doing the opposite of everyone is valuable

"Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast." - Gartner Webinar

"If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society." - Jean Piaget Via
"Do you have a map? cuz honey, im getting lost in your eyes." - Pickup Line
"How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment." - Tolle (mindmapdrawer RT @InnerDirections)
"The hill isn't in the way; it IS the way." - Mark Levine, cyclist, author

25 November 2009

(Video) http://nebul.us/ : Visualizing (and Sharing) your Online Activity Via

Parking Tickets Map : Google mash-up shows the number of parking tickets issued in one year. Via : http://maps.grammata.com/


Google released free navigation application

(Research) 'Background images can actually enhance one's ability to read a chart or graph.'

(Twitter) #knowledgemanagement

Chris Kenny produces an unexpected kind of poetry with his three-dimensional 'drawings' and constructions made from twigs, fragments of maps and strips of found text."

(Book) We Feel Fine: An Almanac of Human Emotion

(Definition) "mapsadaisical" : (maps′ə dā′zi kəl). adjective. showing lack of maps or plans; viewless
Art for Commuters calls for Proposals for CONTACT 2010

"Not that 'fault' doesn't exist, but blame throws the whole thing out of context." - TU
"A man cannot become an anarchist merely by wishing it." - R.B.Wild (after Napoleon Bonaparte)
"Don’t blow your day on metajunk." - Merlin Mann Via
"We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything." - Thomas Edison
"If you do nice things for the world, the world will find a way to pay you back." - Jonathan Harris

24 November 2009

WordPress Users Map : http://wpworldmap.net/

Age-Maps : Two photographs of the same person from years apart, spliced together (to entirely unsettling, sometimes comedic, results).

WeKnowIt : http://www.weknowit.eu/ develops novel techniques for exploiting multiple layers of intelligence from user-contributed content...

Snippet Learning


(Secret?) copyright treaty

Vintage desert map necklace

(Example) "Ignite" style-presentations force us to refine our messages and get them across efficiently (20 slides in 5 minutes).

(Video) Robert Crumb talks about his illustrated Genesis

(Song) Map of the World (part II)

"The names of the cerros and the sierras and the deserts exist only on maps. We name them so that we do not lose our way. Yet it was because the way was lost to us already that we have made those names." - Cormac McCarthy
"Deal with yourself as an individual, worthy of respect and make everyone else deal with you the same way." -Nikki Giovanni
"It is a mysterious thing, in fact, how something which looks attractive may have a better chance of being true than something which looks ugly." - Penrose Via
"It is personalities not principles that move the age." - Oscar Wilde (via EduifyQuotes)
"We are all something, but none of us are everything." - Blaise Pascal Via

23 November 2009

(New) Country Cartograms

Refine your image search with visual similarity : http://similar-images.googlelabs.com/

Manufacturing universes in a fractal multiverse

Visualization Goes Mainstream

Ducks Migration Map

(Google Wave) Mindmap gadget which allows for collaborative editing of hierarchical data and ideas, including icons, import and export to freemind, ...

Perhaps the forest fire model is a plausible candidate for the spread of wars (?)


Kiva Lenders surpass $100,000,000!

Eno / Byrne : http://www.everythingthathappens.com/

"If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world it will come through the expression of your own personality, that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature." -Bruce Barton
"The only way we beat down evil ideas is by [exposing them to] sunlight." - Jerry Springer (on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs)
"Each of us can make a difference, and all of us must try." - oft-repeated Kennedy family saying
"How magnificent a good map is." - Samuel van Hoogstraten, painter (1627–1678) Via
"If you have 1 good idea in 100, have patience with the other 99." - mindmapdrawer (Note to self)

20 November 2009

http://image-swirl.googlelabs.com/ : organizes image search results based on their visual and semantic similarities and presents them in an intuitive (mind-mappish?) exploratory interface. (About)

Webpages As Graphs : (http://www.aharef.info/static/htmlgraph/ ) an interactive HTML DOM visualizer applet that will view any http:// website in a graphic form. Via

Mapsicle: Annotating Google Street View Panoramas

(Example) Word cloud generated from the bios of Twitter followers.


Crazy Signage

Crowdsourcing coming to iPhone apps

(Definition) 'rich content' : "Multiple massages rather than multiple messages" (Via bfchirpy)

Path to a Meaningful Existence

"Art is a lie that tells the truth." - Pablo Picasso Via
"An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to be satisfied to get it going." - Francis Crick
"I warn you not to be ordinary; I warn you not to be young; I warn you not to fall ill; I warn you not to get old." - Neil Kinnock (in a speech, 7 June 1983)
"Torture maps, and they'll confess to anything." - R.B.Wild (after G. Easterbrook)
"Let the World know why you're here, and do it with passion." - Wayne Dyer

19 November 2009

The Map Bar Has to Go

A new cartographic generation

Slitherlink : is played on a rectangular lattice of dots (the objective is to connect horizontally and vertically adjacent dots so that the lines form a single loop with no loose ends).

(Timeline) Web Development


(Online Book) "The physics of information technology" (by Neil A. Gershenfeld)

Graphic knowledge and comic strips (http://www.bitstrips.com/) are an essential literacy tool (especially for boys).

(Definition) Parkinson's Law : 'work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.'

(Video) Blank Spots on the Map

(Super Dave's) Learning Styles

"Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still." - Lou Erickso
"No matter where, no matter how tall, ALL WALLS FALL." - samuelnichols
"The artist begins to communicate before he is understood." - T.S. Eliot Via
"Don't think you have failed just because you have to change your plans or ideas." - John Bird ('How to Change Your Life in 7 Steps')
"A number of organizations shared plans to reduce the amount of formal content they are developing, and to design around discoverable content elements." - Elliott Masie

18 November 2009

(Definition) “Meshup” :the routes to data source URIs are explicitly exposed or discernable by the representation used for the presentation (otherwise we have a 'Mashup' ). Via

Steve Jobs' Presentation Secrets

Are You Headed in the Wrong Direction


"Creativity blossoms when we look with 'fresh eyes'." - Deepak_Chopra
"Triumph is just 'umph' added to try." - TheHappySelf
" Art still has truth, take refuge there." - Matthew Arnold (from “Memorial Verses”) Via
"All of the definable structuring of Universe is tetrahedrally coordinate in rational number increments of the tetrahedron." - R. Buckminster Fuller Via
"...we learning professionals have caves of our own to leave." - stickylearning

17 November 2009

Science, Art and Geometrical Imagination

Tool that allows easy comparison of OpenStreetMap and other web maps with a nice little slider bar (here).

Twirl Availability Map(in London)

The Genetic Map of Europe

(Bronze 3D) City Map

Contextual Architecture of Cyberspace

(List) https://twitter.com/rtkrum/cool-infographics-people

(Video) MindMap Promo

Album Cover Collage print ads (Via That's How)

Canada’s Arctic Strategy (playing to the strengths of others?)

"Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life." - John W. Gardner (1912-2002) Via
"Knowing HOW exactly natural selection leads to life's complexity is much MUCH more difficult than knowing THAT it does." - mchangizi
"When I’m reading about writing, I’m not writing." - Via
"... each journey, kind of like a haircut, should never be fully appraised until it's complete. Otherwise, one might mistaken a miracle-in-the-making for a setback, loss, or the 'wet-look'." - The Universe
"Man tries to make for himself in the fashion that suits him best, a simplified and intelligible picture of the world; he then tries to some extent to substitute this cosmos of his for the world of experience, and thus to overcome it." - Albert Einstein

16 November 2009

Cartagen a framework for dynamic mapping (http://www.cartagen.org )

Augmented Reality Concept Games

The Chemistry of Information Addiction (A new experiment reveals why we always want to know the answer). Via Twitter

600 free icons for markers on Google Maps Via : geocubes

An elementary way to generate a tiling with infinite detail.

(Book) "The Visual Miscellaneum : A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia"

(Examples) Typography In Logo Design

World's biggest Mona Lisa unveiled


Artists / Peace

"Life is not what you see, but what you've projected. It's not what you've felt, but what you've decided. It's not what you've experienced, but how you've remembered it. It's not what you've forged, but what you've allowed. And it's not who's appeared, but who you've summoned." - The Universe
"One man's nirvana is another man's map." - Brian Eno Via
"The unconscious, not quite articulate, belief of most Occidentals is that there is one map which adequately represents reality. By sheer good luck, every Occidental thinks he or she has the map that fits. Guerrilla ontology, to me, involves shaking up that certainty. I use what in modern physics is called the "multi-model" approach, which is the idea that there is more than one model to cover a given set of facts." - Robert Anton Wilson
"Fearful people do stupid things." - bumper sticker
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Jr. (Via

13 November 2009

http://www.toronto.ca/open/ : The City of Toronto's official data set catalogue

(Video) Information Visualization Talks

Giant Traveling Maps

Why Is It Called The Hague? (And why is it in the Netherlands?)

Panorama of Fractals and Their Uses

(Example) Twitter List : http://twitter.com/nytimesscience/general-science

Why teach the arts? Art inspires learning

(Definition) "Visual Collaboration" : the act of representing the normally invisible and intangible aspects of work into visual frameworks that establish shared contexts for team understanding and action. Via Tom Wujwc


New TomWaits album "Glitter and Doom Live" ( arriving November 24th). Check out the first 8 songs for free, including a roaring version of 'Get Behind the Mule'...

"Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations." - Paramahansa Yogananda
"Who teaches, learns." - John Amos Comenius
"In your dealings with others, if you haven't already noticed: hoping for, expecting, or even asking for a simple "Thank You" is often way out of the question. And quite frankly, bad form." - TU
"Form floating on formlessness takes on more form." - Robert Genn
"Topography displays no favorites; North's as near as West. More delicate than the historians' are the map-makers' colors." - Elizabeth Bishop

12 November 2009

OpenAerialMap Project : will store Free and Open georeferenced photographic imagery for the entire world.

(ManyEyes) Visualization of Layoffs (in the US)

(TEDTalk) Visualizing Our World


(xkcd) – Movie Narrative Charts

Giant Crack Will Create a New Ocean

Visual notes from the Playful 09 conference.

(Book) Cartography 2.0 - Online Guide/Textbook for Animated and Interactive Maps : http://cartography2.org/Chapters/Chapters.html Via @geoparadigm

Pixel Face(Paint)

He gave peace a chant

"Yes, science relies on facts, but also on speculation and inspiration." - License to Wonder
"Hailin' from the bottom of the map, But standin' at the top of the game..." - Tweet
". . . [E]verything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." - Viktor E. Frankl (Psychiatrist, who suffered unspeakable horrors in Nazi death camps), from his 1946 book Man's Search for Meaning
"To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act." - Anatole France
"Research doesn’t have to be good, but it has to be new.” - Via

11 November 2009

Landscapes of GIS Knowledge : http://geoblogwm.blogspot.com/ (Maps about geoblogs)

Cellular Zoom

Revealing Infographics about the Web

Apophysis - powerful program leverages user-input scripts to crank out amazing fractals (resources to help). Via

Timeline of 20th Century Art & New Media

Idling Mind Is Mother of Invention

(Video) "Collaboration Between Art & Science" (Aled Edwards and Sara Diamond)

MaRS Discovery District events


Hedgehog bonding : http://bit.ly/Ggblw

"The most exotic journey would not be to see a thousand different places, but to see a single place through a thousand person's eyes." - Via
"Be calmly active and actively calm." - Via
"People who live only for dessert very rarely enjoy the main course. And sometimes a meal is like life. Bon appétit." - The Universe
"If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone." - Alfred Korzybski
"Wealth, after all, is a relative thing, since he that has little, and wants less, is richer than he that has much, and wants more." - Colton

10 November 2009

Make a Google Map from a GPS file

Wow, is this really what a knowledge map looks like?

Vedea: new language for creating interactive data-driven visualizations

Interactive map of Beijing : showing which sections of Beijing's old city have been demolished and which have been designated as historic conservation areas.

(Infographic Timeline) Movie Box Office Sales

(648 MegaPixel) Image of the Sky

You Can Get There From Here 'a good website enables learning through the thrill of discoverability' (via @KathySierra) If such visual, interactive maps could become part of a website’s wayfinding framework, they could dramatically change the way learners find information online.

Mind-blowing music video using autotuned clips from science videos (first video here).

http://democamp.com/about/: monthly gathering for designers, developers and entrepreneurs to get together and demonstrate the cool stuff they had been working on.

The National Post interviews Katharine Harmon (Author of The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography )

"At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time." - Friedrich Nietzsche
"If one thing matters, everything matters." - Wolfgang Tillmans
"The relentless focus on the known gave him the impression that almost everything had already been discovered." - Via
"He who carries a light burden can dance." - Ancient Sumerian Proverb
"The thing that's totally different between children and adults, is that children have the ability to spontaneously use their imagination to forget what's bothering them and be inspired by every pony, feather, or bug that crosses their path." - The Universe

09 November 2009

Algorithm that processes images (on Flickr for a specific geographical area) and builds a colormap, similar to a heatmap, of the various colors found in that area. Via

(Canadian) The Stimulus Map

Visualizing MLB hit locations on a Google Map


JAVA Geometry Explorer

(Reflective Response to) 10 facts about learning

Canada’s Top Research Universities

(Unrealart) Computer Generated Art Via

(Book) Lives of the Artists

smART Maps cause/affect(?) amazing geometrical hallucinations (like those experienced under the influence of DMT?)

"Can I Interest You In Some Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Discussion?" - Jon Stewart
"It may not matter how many universes exist - just how many a single observer can tell apart." - Via
"More of everything is on the way.... " - TU
"When the whole and the parts are seen at once, as mutually producing and explaining each other, as unity in multeity, there results shapeliness." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Ideas have a better chance of coming true if you say them." - #poptech takeaway (Via AllysonHewitt)

06 November 2009

The Once and Future Map: The Destiny of GIS

Bir Tawil is the only piece of land on Earth that is not claimed by any country.

Political Speech Mapping

Privacy is dead

100 Years of Movie Visual SFX (Special Effects) in 5 Minutes

Playing with the unexpected – the creativity of Brian Eno

The Automatiste Revolution (Montreal 1941-1960)

Windows 7: Review roundup

Friendships on Facebook : http://peace.facebook.com/ (connections created each day between people of different countries, religions, and political affiliations).


"Come, my friends,‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars, until I die." - Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892), “Ulysses”
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?" - Vincent Van Gogh (Via MildlyCreative)
"Peace is not only in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace is in the midst of things as they are, when there is calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace." - Via
"Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want." - James Redfern Via
"When you create a work of art, you create a world." - Vasily Kandinsky (Via mindmapdrawer)

05 November 2009

The Hierarchy Of Digital Distractions (image)

Results for "map" in All Creative Fields

(Lecture)- Mathematical Art and Artistic Mathematicians

Non-Euclidean Geometry

Urban exploration tips

Chernoff Faces

Rubik's Cube Solver Robot

(Links) http://math.alltop.com/


(Definition) "True self esteem" : Immune to criticism and flattery. Beneath no one, superior to none. Fearless (ViaDeepak_Chopra)

"I think of being an artist as being a researcher. Art is research and development for humanity." - Zach Lieberman (at #poptech) Via AllysonHewitt
"Journey over all the universe in a map, without the expense and fatigue of traveling, without suffering the inconveniences of heat, cold, hunger, and thirst." - Miguel de Cervantes
"It must exist," he said, "look carefully. Otherwise," he says, "your books and maps are of no use if there's no land of righteousness." - Maxim Gorky
I've been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it.” - Steven Wright
"Success depends on using your talents, not just having them." - Via

04 November 2009

Benefits of data visualization are self-evident

Maps that change with time (Centennia Software)

(8ft wide by 4½ ft high) drawn 15 years after Columbus first sailed across the Atlantic, introduced Europeans to a fundamentally new understanding of the make-up of the earth.

Lens tools and fisheye map browsing

Best system for reviewing imagery contained in technical papers

(Book) TV Sets: Fantasy Blueprints of Classic TV Homes

David Hockney's iPhone Passion

Innovation relies on synthesis

Artwork encouraged by DMT ( Via)

(Video) Eric Schmidt, Google : "Five years from now the internet will be dominated by Chinese-language content."

"If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased. - Katharine Hepburn (Via mgimena )
"Pa's best paintings were spontaneous ideas. A concept needs the juice, the essence of the thing, more than all the theory or more knowledge." - Andrew Wyeth
"I do believe that if people would just start by saying "it's fun," when it seems hard; "I'm happy," when they seem sad; and "I know," when it seems as if they don't, they'd finally discover that it really is, they really are, and they always have." - The Universe
"The streets of London have their map; but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?" - Virginia Woolf
"If you start with a bang, you won't end with a whimper." - T.S. Eliot (via @EduifyQuotes)