22 December 2010

Google Maps & Label Readability

The History of Apple’s iPod (Infographic)

Should You Worry About Data Rot?

Assembling A Free And Universal Visual Shorthand

Remix Video (With Museum of the Moving Image)

"Paintings given away, and perhaps just starting their rounds already, have more going for them than a lot of those that have merely been sold." - Robert Genn
"Appropriation of visual culture has always been part of human history, of the way humans progress and learn, and art is no exception. It would be more useful to look for references in a work of art instead of originality." Eva Mattes
"Be careful of what you wish for, not just because you might get it, but because in the wishing, you may reinforce its absence in your life." - TU
"It is best to either be the first to try a marketing gimmick, or the last to hold out against it.' - Veeck Via
"Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money."- William J. Cameron Via

20 December 2010

(Zooming-In on Maps) Why The Magnifying Glass Metaphor Is Broken

Map It or Scrap It: The Real Secret to Success


DataStore : http://www.guardian.co.uk/data Via

(Realtime DIY low-cost) 3D scanning installation

“Many [medical practitioners] have abandoned “keeping up with the literature”. They are paralysed by the sheer enormity of the task: more than 20,000 journals in biomedicine are published each year and a consultant in a single medical sub-speciality may need to read fifteen to twenty publications a month to keep up to date." - Commentator on medical information in 1986
"The more one has seen of the good, the more one asks for the better." - John Mason Brown
"(There are only miracles, and to one degree or another they all soothe, pamper, and enrich.) However, to avoid blowing too many minds at once, some are disguised as unpleasant surprises, botched circumstances, and twisted acquaintances that can rarely be seen for who or what they truly are until the pendulum has fully swung." - The Universe
"If one synchronised swimmer drowns, do all the rest have to drown too?" - Steven Wright
"The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught." - Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues

17 December 2010

Geometric kirigami

Next Big Thing: “Contextual Discovery” (Google Results Without Search)

Pummelvision grabs every photo long buried in your Flickr, Facebook, or Tumblr, and gives you a breathtakingly beautiful, simple video summary of your life.

(Definition) "mudita"- taking joy in the good fortune of another. (Buddhists)


“The less they understand, the more they admire it." - Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
“Torrents and rivers of current literature pour themselves into libraries, adding, without cease, to what is already there … The scientist’s time and power of attention are precious things which need to be husbanded; to do this we need techniques of controlled selectiveness in supplying his needs.” - Participant at Royal Society’s influential Scientific Information Conference held in 1948
"The best things in life are often best kept secret." - McLean Greaves
"We are not only what we read, we are how we read." - Maryann Wolf, developmental psychologist, Tufts University
"The best things in life are indeed free, but eventually, so is everything else for those who are happy first." - TU

15 December 2010

Origami Text Pattern Generator

Bing Maps is introducing mall directory maps

Thirty Thousand Portraits

(Definition) "Satisficing" ; a popular heuristic way of coping, taking just enough information to meet a need, rather than being overwhelmed by all the information available: just enough information is good enough. This form of behaviour, also known as “bounded rationality”.

Digital Art - why is it not accepted in most art exhibitions?

"World War III will be a global information war with no division between civilian and military participation." - Marshall McLuhan
"There's nothing that a glad heart can't eventually have, do, or become." - The Universe
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science." - Einstein
"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Via : @motivational
"To be content with little is hard; to be content with much, impossible." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

13 December 2010

Wireless Toronto Deployed HotSpots map

Telling stories using visualizations vs. Analyzing data using visualizations

Images of early maps on the web

(Out of the) Way-finding

(Workshop) Handling Information Overload

"... of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh." - Ecclesiastes (ch 12, v 6), was the first of a long line of commentators who saw the proliferation of information as a detriment to effectiveness and efficiency. Via
"To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to get old." - R.B.Wild after Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues
"It's not as if one day you'll just look down, and discover that you're on the yellow brick road, living the life of your dreams. But that one day you'll look back and discover you always have been." - The Universe
"Some say: 'walk the line'; I say: 'tango down that crooked path'!" - @kristlect Via
"God is only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He just goes on trying other things." - Picasso show at the Seattle Art Museum

10 December 2010

Should Information Have an Expiration Date?

Animatronic statue that reacts to and imitates the people around it

Android Tablets Will Beat Apple iPad,

(MaRS) Information technology, communications and entertainment practice (ICE)

In this project, the curators expose these two artists’ interdisciplinary approach to experimentation in art and science.

Wordle: OnePAger : Word Cloud of first OnePager

"Every act of creation is, first of all, an act of destruction.” – Pablo Picasso
"It's the "things" you love most, the "things" that are dearest to you, that you often allow to define who you are. Which explains the sometimes insufferable pain caused by their loss. (A wholly avoidable pain.)" - The Universe
"What part of the butterfly effect will you be?" - R.B. Wild
"There are deserts in every life, and the desert must be depicted if we are to give a fair and complete idea of the country." - André Maurois
"The need for something better, something perfect is hard wired into our DNA. Unfortunately, some people think perfection can be achieved by simply continuing." - Robert Genn

08 December 2010

Google Earth Unwitting Star of International Relations, Again

Mystery Tours Travels on the Knowledge Web

Too much information”, and the paradox of choice

(Special Issue) Steampunk, Science, and (Neo)Victorian Technologies

Fold Photos into Origami-like Ornaments

"When an outcome is unknown, there's a tendency to continue to work toward an unsatisfactory one." - Robert Genn
"Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production." - Joseph Brodsky
"Life is God’s novel. Let him write it." - Isaac Bashevis Singer
"No matter how hard you work, prepare, or calculate, the final ingredient necessary to leap hurdles and manifest dreams will always come down to a little spark of magic (that no amount of physical maneuvering can ensure)." - The Universe
"Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow." - Oscar Wilde

06 December 2010

Time for Google to Extend Geographic Targeting in Webmaster Central?

(Search engine that returns narrated slide shows) http://www.qwiki.com/q/#Pablo_Picasso

(Slideshow) Industrial Evolution: Steampunk’s Predecessors and Present

Tim Burton exhibition reveals the inspirations behind the filmmaker's artistry


"The mere presence of cleverness does not obligate its use." - Robert Genn
"Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand." - André Maurois
"You are among friends. Everyone, always, everywhere." - The Universe
"Any revolutionary project today, whether utopian or realistic, must if it is to avoid banality, make the re-appropriation of the body, in association with the re-appropriation of space into a negotiable part of its agenda." - Henri Lefebvre, 1974 - (Production of Space) Via
"To be a painter you need to know how to paint, and when to stop." - Picasso

02 December 2010

(Exhibition Catalogue) Mapping a Practice

Map of the World's Countries Rearranged by Population

Suggestions of places/items in Toronto that represent the 21 countries that Odyssey 77 drove through 30 years ago

[Slideshow] Experiments in Data-Driven Art

(Short film)based entirely on Gauguin's letters from the late 1900s, explores the artist's transition from conventional family man to avant-garde pioneer and maverick leader of the post-impressionist movement

Twitter widget visitor history

"Well, actually you were different. You didn't want a perfect life, a typical life, or even a normal life. You wanted a one-of-a-kind. How we doing?" - The Universe
"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered." - G. K. Chesterton
"God gives us the nuts, but he does not crack them." - Franz Kafka
"Spontaneous, wandering thought is now viewed by brain scientists as a critical aspect of healthy functioning." - Mark Fenske (co-author of The Winner's Brain: 8 Strategies Great Minds Use to Achieve Success)
"Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form." - André Maurois

30 November 2010

Microsoft's MSN Virtual Earth: The Map is the Search Platform

(Influxinsights) thinking differently about game development Via

Wonderful hand-drawn maps

Particle physics 'pornographer' gets God excited

The Art of Compression: Comic Conversations

[Book] Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage

"Surviving means being born over and over again." - Erica Jong
"What if it was your downtime, your walkabout time, and your blow-Friday-off time that made possible your greatest achievements? Would they still make you feel guilty; or would you allow yourself to enjoy them?" - The Universe
"When a pile of cups is tottering on the edge of the table and you warn that they will crash to the ground, in South Africa you are blamed when that happens." - Desmond Tutu
"... for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue." - Sir Francis Bacon
"Keep a keen eye open for something different, and then go, if only for a while, in that direction. Don't be afraid of change or surprise." - Robert Genn

26 November 2010

(The Agnostic Cartographer) How Google’s open-ended maps are embroiling the company in some of the world’s touchiest geopolitical disputes.

Still Much Fog as Cloud Technology Sweeps into GIS Arena

Knowledge Games (talk from the Interaction 10 conference)

Gamestorming : A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers,and Changemakers

SparkNotes : Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)

Is genius a simple matter of hard work? Not a chance


"Who'd have thunk?" - The Universe
"The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself." - James Thurber (in Edward R. Murrow television interview)
"Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable." - Sir Francis Bacon
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal." - Hannah More
"A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life." - Charles Darwin

24 November 2010

(Fusion Tables) : another set of GIS capabilities is now accessible to Google Maps developers

AR DevCamp wiki

Social Media Helps Writers to Develop an Online Following

New AdSense interface in beta

List of Online Math Resources

(Definition) "polemic" : literary offensive prosecuted with the goal not only of winning your point but of demolishing your opponent's entire case.

AR DevCamp wiki!"I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum." -Desmond Tutu
"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work." - Richard Bach
"If you stop short you'll never get to where you're going." - R.B. Wild
"Every compliment, criticism, promotion, setback, good vibe, cough or really long line you have to wait in, is a gift that was meticulously designed to make possible your becoming more than who you were, and ultimately, happier than ever before, as we dance into forever." - TU
"If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties." - Sir Francis Bacon

19 November 2010

(Extreme Zoom) Scale of the Universe

Beyond treasure hunt: locative games 2010 and the near future

Crowdsourcing can help solve scientific problems

Disney Copyright Video: Another Fair Use Provocateur Par Excellence

http://deaddrops.com/: Bizarre new artwork embeds USB sticks in buildings for filesharing


People have "right to be forgotten" online

(Definition) "cognitive dissonance" - defined (roughly) as the discomfort that comes from holding conflicting views simultaneously.

"The great end of life is not knowledge but action." - T.H. Huxley Via
"The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out." - Franklin D. Roosevelt Via
"Gutenberg, Darwin, the Wright Brothers and even modern computer whiz-bangs show that innovation comes from accumulated knowledge, constructive errors and the magnificent happenstance of "information spillover" (information intended for one gets picked up, carried, and improved by another)." - Robert Genn
"Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless." - Thomas Edison
"The guy who takes a chance . . . who walks the line between the known and unknown . . . who is unafraid of failure, will succeed." - Gordon Parks

18 November 2010

(Photoshop Fakery) The Error Level Analyzer


Games are good, points are good, but games ≠ points.

David Hockney's instant iPad art

(Definition) Principle of Universality : "If it applies to one, it must apply to all. If an exception can be made for one, an exception must be made for all".

(Charlie Rose Brain Series Episode Twelve) Creative Brain

"Don’t get discouraged by no-sayers. Be confident enough to do what you love and keep trying. It’s your life not theirs." - DavidCantone
"You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward." - James Thurber, New Yorker, Apr. 29, 1939 "The Bear Who Let It Alone"
"If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself." - Rollo May
"The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself." - Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
"Deliberate living is very cool, but so is deliberate resting." - The Universe

16 November 2010

Android App of the Week


How Handwriting Trains the Brain

(Book Review) The common roots of Agile & Improv


The perception of art is shaped by its location, but art can be a location itself.

Use Photos to Create Mesmerizing “Re-Animation” Videos

Why Philosophy?

"If you paint from 35mm Kodachrome, you're likely to end up with a 4x5 foot Kodachrome!" - Sergei Bongart
"In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki
"Don't be afraid to go where you've never gone and do what you've never done, because both are necessary to have what you've never had and be who you've never been." - The Universe
"Passion should overwhelm reason time and again." - Alvaro Castagnet
"Paucity, while often appearing rough and unfinished, invites participation in the creative process." - Robert Genn

11 November 2010

"Trivialization of Augmented Reality"

MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research

idea mapper for iPad

The Art of Compression: Comic Conversations

Giant Lego Map of Europe

"Don't even try to understand the choices of others, especially when it comes to their friends and partners (it's impossible for anyone else to know of all the good they may do)." - The Universe
"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." - Henry Ford
"When you use graphics, you're able to keep your mind alive. Mapping is my way of reaffirming my own existence." - R.B.Wild (after Gao Xingjian)
"To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven." - Johannes A. Gaertner
"Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path leading wherever I choose." - Walt Whitman

08 November 2010

Crash course in learning theory


Art & Science Exhibition : http://artandsciencefair.ca/


(Forum) "fan art or copyright violation?"


2010 Alberta Biennial

"Ban censorship." - N. Wylie Jones
"Quality develops when an artist falls in love with an often complex and personal process on the way to a distinctive style and a unique vision." - Robert Genn
"True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by." - E.S. Bouton
"The path to enlightenment is not a path at all; it's actually a metaphor for the time it takes for you to allow yourself to be happy with who you already are, where you're already at, and what you already have - no matter what." - The Universe
"Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea." - Lou Dorfsman

03 November 2010

Google Goggles : http://www.google.com/mobile/goggles/#text (uses pictures to search the web)

The Importance of Localized Content

Game Maker For Mac allows you to make exciting computer games (without the need to write a single line of code).

Winner of the POWER TO THE PIXEL Cross Media Pitch (create, finance and distribute in a cross-media world)

(Definition) "akrasia" : Doing something against one's better judgment (Greek)

"If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Isaac Newton
"On life's vast ocean diversely we sail, Reason's the card, but passion's the gale." - Alexander Pope Via
"Genius is infinite painstaking." - Michelangelo
"If you're not now surrounded by laughing friends, taking amazing journeys, and constantly choosing between lots of fun things to do, it's just because you haven't gotten to that part yet." - TU
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

01 November 2010

TEXT-TO-MOVIE : http://www.xtranormal.com/makemovies/

Dropbox: File synching and sharing made easy

(Definition) "hyperbolic discounting" : the human tendency to plan practically anything as long as it's sometime well in the future and not now (psychologist George Ainslie).

Charge more - because you’re worth it

(Collaborative Artist) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Kostabi

"Answer this question with 'yes' or 'no'. Will your next word be 'no'?" - Cliff Pickover
"It is not possible to fight beyond your strength (even if you strive)." - Homer
"... dreaming for more, bigger, and zippier, doesn't mean you can't be happy today." - The Universe
"I don't want to join a club that will accept me as a member." - Groucho Marx
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Churchill

28 October 2010

Location-based augmented reality


MobileMonday Toronto

Yellow Pages Group going after online advertising (also developing a lab in Toronto, where it will develop and test out new marketing strategies, with a particular focus on location-based marketing).

The Misuse of Training in Safety

"There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start." - Charles Baudelaire
"In the end, everything is a gag."- Charlie Chaplin
"It's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with, and still be fascinated by their presence." - D. Byrne
"To realize the value of a friend or family member: LOSE ONE." - Yarn
"Although there are a few exceptions, the more you do, the more you'll get, by huge margins. HUGE. (So unless an exception applies to you, I say do more)." - The Universe

26 October 2010

Mobile Experience Innovation Centre : http://meic.ca/ supports design leadership, innovation and applied research in Canada's mobile and wireless industries.

Unusual Atlas

(Banff) Applications for 2011-2012 Creative Residencies

Eureka moments are very, very rare

(Interactive Documentary) http://interactive.nfb.ca/#/outmywindow/

"I begin my novels without ideas. I don't have a plot, or themes, or a sense of the book's form. Often I don't even have a specific character in mind." - Nicole Krauss
"Paradise ... it's a state of not having all you want, but knowing that it's near, that you can have it, and that you will." - TU
"Chaos in the midst of chaos is not funny, but chaos in the midst of order is." - Steve Martin
"Infinity is where things happen that don't." - S. Knight
"You are never too old to become younger." - Mae West

22 October 2010

(Updated for 2010) Map of Online Communities (Large)

Subtle Technologies Festival - Through symposia, exhibitions, workshops, screenings and performances we provide a forum to pose and explore questions and inspire work at the intersection of art, science and technology. (June 2 – 5, 2011 in Toronto)

(Video) Illusions (from Bill Nye)

The Photographic Comportment of Bernd and Hilla Becher (Form follows Function)

[Paperback] We Have Never Been Modern by Bruno Latour

"By the way, the world doesn't need fixing. Neither do you." - TU
"No one can go back and make a brand new start, but anyone can start now and make a brand new ending." - ?
"New media objects are rarely created completely from scratch; usually they are assembled from ready-made parts." - Lev Manovich
"Creativity means thinking on your feet, making adjustments and sorties as you go along, advancing commitment as well as erasure." - Robert Genn
"Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live." - Jacqueline Winspear

14 October 2010

Aesthetic Information Collages : considered how technology might be used to create displays that are first aesthetically interesting, and second able to convey information.

Map Marathon (Major names gather for two-day live event at Royal Geographical Society)

(Definition) "Experience Map" is a model of how people experience a product, service, environment, or computer system. (Like a good highway map, it organizes and abstracts complex reality to focus us on the important bits.)

Photoreceptors in bee's eyes used to navigate

Library of free animated films and movies : http://www.archive.org/details/animationandcartoons

Search-based keyword tool

(Book) Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design

"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues." - Cicero
"The record, not the remix, is the anomaly today. The remix is the very nature of the digital." - William Gibson, Novelist (Wired, July 2005)
"Start with a whisk and end with a broom." - John Singer Sargent
"O Captain, my Captain, our fearful trip is done. And now you're free at last; it's time to have some fun." - TU
".... it is only when you align yourself with your truest passions that success comes easily and joyfully ...." - ?

12 October 2010

The Power of Visual Thinking

What Comes After Convergence? Remix


The bee sees lots of little pictures (as each ommatidium sees only one intensity), contributing a 'pixel' to the overall image perceived by the compound eye.

(Definition)"sangen-shugi" (Japanese concept), which means "go to the spot."; expression meaning "the three reals":
* Gen-ba: the real place
* Gen-butsu: the real part
* Gen-jitsu: reality

(smART Mappish) Jen Stark, artist

(List of galleries at) Art Toronto: http://www.tiafair.com/pdf/tiaf10_brochure.pdf

"Loosen all attachments to the sure and certain." - Swarm master
"You're going to do all that for the machines? What are you going to do for the people? - ENGLEBART
"Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water." - Kurt Vonnegut (Rules for Writing a Poem)
"I can't even remember the last time I was this excited for you over all that you're on the verge of doing, being, and having." - The Universe
"The way to succeed is to double your failure rate." - Thomas Watson

07 October 2010

Computer Vision for Artists and Designer

You Are Here: Mapping The Pyschogeography of NYC

CloudCamp is an unconference where attendees can exchange ideas, knowledge and information in a creative and supporting environment, advancing the current state of cloud computing and related technologies

Ars Nova Arts will be bringing some of the world’s leading creators and commentators/speakers and their ideas to spark your imagination and to engage left brain (logic/rational) and right brain (inituitive, creative) thinking.

InterAccess (Canada) - an electronic arts centre


"The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another's observation, not overturning it." - Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
"The only way one can find their way is to first be lost. To make it big, start out small. To fall in love, first feel none. (Yet, when such wishes are granted and the dreamers suddenly find themselves lost, small, and alone, you should hear the "expletives"!) So, look at it like this: Any such feelings are simply a sign that you've made a really, really big and daring "wish," and that its manifestation has already begun." - The Universe
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got (and there is always more)." - Old Saw
"It’s like the joke about Sherlock Holmes and Watson on a camping trip. In the middle of the night, Holmes wakes Watson up and asks him: “Watson, what do you see?” Watson is used to these tests of his skills of observation and he starts to answer, “I see the twinkling stars, I see the rising moon, I see the passing clouds,” but Holmes interrupts him and says, “No Watson, you idiot! Someone stole our tent!”
"Don’t be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps." – David Lloyd George

04 October 2010

Amazon may be close to launching its own app store for Android

(Processing tutorial) : 2-D Transformations

Max/MS P/Jitter, a visual programming environment which is widely used by electronic musicians and VJs (marketed commercially by the California-based Cycling'74 company), often with http://www.processing.org/

Processing a Koch 'shoreline'

(Definition) "Non-locality"

(Artist) David Rokeby


"The only way to see it is to build it. Like every artist, every true artist, we create them for us." - Jeanne-Claude (2002 interview)
"Sit, walk, or run, but don’t wobble." - Zen proverb
"The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child." - Thomas Edison
"Experience IS the Product...and the only thing users care about." - Peter Merholz
"Simply put, the reason there are things you want that have not yet appeared in your life, is because you're just not used to thinking of yourself with them." -The Universe

28 September 2010

They call it crazy. We call it science.

(Book) Glut: Mastering Information Through The Ages


2 map details available at http://www.branksome.on.ca/alumnae/takepart/

Alberta recruits whistleblower to help find experts for oilsands water quality study

"... the "grain" of experimental future media (or, rather, the experimental reuse of existing media) will always start off "slightly awkward, incomplete, jittery, fizzing in and out of focus. And yet magical. (Coverage is patchy, positioning vague, interaction is compromised yet the capabilities of people, buildings and cities are extended nonetheless.)" - City of Sound writes Via
"Have you ever looked at something and it's crazy, and then you looked at it in another way and it's not crazy at all?" - Roy Neary
"Never force someone into a pose; it will never look natural." - Ted Smuskiewicz
"Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious." - Saint Thomas Aquinas
"You've been reaching, helping, and bridging; teaching, guiding, and comforting; lighting, showing, and paving; (reaching thousands upon thousands when you count the infinite ripple thing)." - TU

23 September 2010

Super-Metropolis Map

iPhone Grid System

Digital / Pixel Art+ - http://www.paperrad.org/info/art/

"Great trials seem to be a necessary preparation for great duties." - James Thomson
"People who give, are given to. People who care, are cared for. (And people who love... age slower, run faster, jump higher, eat healthier, tend to live in cottages, are as happy with friends as they are alone, climb more trees, skip when they could walk, kiss when they could talk, take the odd Friday off, experience faster manifestations, and are really popular with animals.) - The Universe
"Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." - Sir James Barrie
"... most genuinely challenging situations involve not choices but dilemmas: situations where we are faced with a need to work with two orthogonal forces at the same time. Power and love constitute not a choice but a dilemma." - Charles Hampden-Turner, Oxford professor of management
"A painting without a message is wallpaper." - Sam Adoquei

22 September 2010

http://atlasobscura.com/: cataloging all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist.

History of Photo-montage : http://www.d-log.info/timeline/index.html

Most Explosive Facebook Applications

Solar Road

How To Make Your Cell Phone Look Like Your Favorite Camera

"Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes destiny." - ?
"When I say, "let's," I mean you go first." - TU
"Power and love are not the same, but nor are they opposed to one another. They are orthogonal; they are forces that exist in two different dimensions." - Adam Kahane (speech to the 3rd SoL Global Forum)
"If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them, would ever be clever enough to be crows." - Henry Ward Beecher
"The guide should never show fear, should be courteous to all and should always give special attention to the weakest member of the party." - Konrad Kain, (1883-1934), Austrian-Canadian mountain guide and climbing pioneer

21 September 2010

Grids : http://betterposters.blogspot.com/search/label/grids

Why We Have Aha Moments

The I Ching talks about the masculine yang (the Creative), and also the feminine yin (the Receptive).

"Graphics with text create the highest impact learning because of the dual encoding phenomenon." - Via
"Painting was just another way of keeping a diary." Pablo Picasso
"Probably the most troublesome pair of opposites [that we can try] to reconcile is love and power. Our modern world is torn to shreds by this dichotomy and one finds many more failures than successes in the attempt to reconcile them.” - Robert Johnson, Jungian psychologist
"Attitudes are contagious, Is yours worth catching?" - ?
"Know that paintings need not be what is seen, but what will be seen." - Robert Genn

20 September 2010

nu-real : a timeline of fantastic photomontage and its possible influences, 1857 - 2007

Gallery showcases applications built upon the Yellow API

With Social comes Search

Visual Culture

Eclipse : http://www.eclipse.org/home/newcomers.php (integrated development environment) allows you to create and debug Android applications easier and faster.

Cloud Computing Hits Snag


The paradox of startups

(New Song from "The Suburbs") Arcade Fire - Suburban War

"Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political, and economic change." - Martin Luther King (last speech to the Southern Christina Leadership Convention)
"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." - @NietzscheQuotes
"Communism is like prohibition, it's a good idea but it won't work." - Will Rogers
"Expect miracles. Don't attach to unimportant details. Don't insist "how" your dreams will come true. Prepare to be amazed. Feel the joy when you daydream. Take baby steps in the dark. Every single day physically do something about your dreams. And most important, saunter." - TU

17 September 2010

(FITC ) Mobile Development Conference

Polymaps : http://polymaps.org/ is a free JavaScript library for image- and vector-tiled maps using SVG (for making dynamic, interactive maps in modern web browsers).

(Video) Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science

The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts : http://litsciarts.org/

Free Medical Icons Set

ClubCreate Music re-mixer

Next Game Changer in Digital Marketing?

... filmed the documentary and then turned the footage into a graphic novel.

Sony finds CCD problem with some of its digital cameras More

Sean Parker (Napster, Plaxo, Friendster, Facebook and Spotify)

"What [we need to realize is] that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anaemic…. It is precisely this collision of immoral power with powerless morality which constitutes the major crisis of our time.” - Martin Luther King
"Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples." - George Burns
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." - Richard Steele
"It's one trick to manifest exactly what you want. It's another to bring about something even better. Leave the door open." - The Universe
"The world's most dangerous idea is that there is nothing special about being human." - Margaret Somerville Via

16 September 2010

[APP] Explore Hip Hop History in Google Maps

(Voice-annotated) Physics Mind Maps

(Urban Forest Map) http://map.toronto.ca/imapit/iMapIt.jsp?app=TOMaps

The Heroes of Data Visualization

Android development environment : http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing.html

Classic Books Transformed Into Graphic Novels

Reclaiming the Imagination

Stop-motion, timelapse, pixilation, claymation ... ...

(Definition) 'terra nullius', a Roman legal term meaning “land belonging to no one” or “empty land.”

Most Viral Brands

"There was a joke at the time in South Africa, that faced with our overwhelmingly complex problems, we have two options: a practical option and a miraculous option. The practical option is that we all get out of our chairs and down on our knees and pray for a band of angels to come down and solve our problems for us. The miraculous option is that we stay in our chairs, talk with one another, and work our problems through together." - Via
"Where exactly *is* Suffragette City?" - R.B. Wild (after @DougCoupland)
"Nobody wanted to stay in one category, we all wanted to branch out into every creative thing we could." - Andy Warhol
"If you want better from others, be better yourself." - The Universe
"... I have heard it said that in risking self-awareness, at least we know that we are awake." - Chris Jordan

15 September 2010

(Timeline) Google Maps for Mobile

(TEDTalk) The Beauty of Data Visualization (David McCandless)

World Population by Latitude/Longitude

Ways to Integrate Stories Into Your Social Media Marketing

Salter's attempt to present history (not in a selective manner, focusing on what one might consider as art historical milestones, but) in a mapping of practices, movements, processes, developments, makers and thinkers that co-exist across times and disciplines, makes this book remarkable in that it allows for the whole image to emerge.

For Digital Artists, Apps Provide New Palette

Geometric Art Sculptures

(Interview author) "The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember"

Fraudsters Drain PayPal Accounts Through iTunes

(Update) "Juan Mann"

"You have no obligation other than to discover your real needs, to fulfill them, and to rejoice in doing so." - Francois Rabelais
"Shaping, shifting, molding, making... what people do when they discover their imagination." - TU
"Geography was often destiny in Canada’s first 100 years – but now demography is king." - Peter MacLeod, TEDxToronto 2009
" ... it will be almost as difficult to learn anything from books as from the direct study of the whole universe. It will be almost as convenient to search for some bit of truth concealed in nature as it will be to find it hidden away in an immense multitude of bound volumes." - Denis Diderot, French philosopher, 1755 Via
"Orderliness is the product of two orders strongly cooperating." - Via

14 September 2010

(App Watch) Museum Takes Mapping Indoors

(Vimeo) Mandelbox Zoom Via

The internet marketing guide to infographics

Momentum is building for mindmapping apps on the iPad

Fujifilm Real 3D Digital Camera

Why Meanings Must Be Fuzzy

The program accepts the name of a picture and uses it as a seed from which a picture is generated randomly.

(Definition) "Droit de suite" : affords artists a cut of the profits from secondary market sales.

Graphic-novel Textbook

(TED Talk) Scientific Sculptures

"In theory, quality prevails. In practice, a serious artist may be overshadowed and oversold by a drone who paints cute pussycats on barn boards." - Robert Genn
"Why has elegance found so little following?" - Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso
"You're the only person who knows what's right for you. The only one. And if you already know what this is, commit to it. If you don't, commit to nothing." - The Universe
"Learning never exhausts the mind." - Leonardo da Vinci

13 September 2010

Super-zooming old imagery

Cognitive Load Theory ( Is it just a Load? )

Fields Medals, Other Top Math Prizes, Awarded

Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts.

(Infographic) History of The Internet (From Concept To Napster and Facebook)

(Example) Mathematical Art Exhibits

Rewiring the brain

(Interview) Alex McLeod, artist

(Absurdist, educational-video-spoof show) "Look Around You"

What Does 'P vs. NP' Mean (for the Rest of Us?)

"Your happiness, abundance, health, and friendships are not dependent on how others behave." - TU
"I am following Nature without being able to grasp her." - Claude Monet, French Impressionist
"After enlightenment, the laundry." - Zen saying
"When you start to do something lousy, put it aside and start again. Tomorrow will be another day. You have all the time in the world. Life's a residency." - Robert Genn
"I'm not defensive. YOU'RE defensive!" - Mark_Changizi @page88

10 September 2010

Maps: Recipes for the Future

(Collaborators : http://fractal.co/ ) Animated Fractals

Maintaining Your Non-Text Content

(Mindjet launches) new Map Sharing Community

(Self-published) 'Map" books

Do multiple monitors boost productivity?

The Idea-Monger: No Genius Required

The Web Is Dead

The West is declining in relative power, Islam is exploding demographically, and Asian civilizations—especially China—are economically ascendant.

(DMT) Farther Away from Ordinary Reality

"My favorite thing is to go where I've never been." - Diane Arbus
"Every thought, every word, and every deed (whether they serve you or not), changes everything." - TU
"Theoretical breakthroughs can't be mapped out in advance. You can't know you've broken through until you're... through." - Via
"In Banff there is nothing to call you away from wherever you are." - Stephen Osborne
"You have to become somebody before you can become nobody." - Via

09 September 2010

(3D Fractal Zoom) Menger Sponge Cube :

Data Visualization Is Reinventing Online Storytelling

Why Course Navigation is Less Important Than You Might Think

(BBC series) 'The Beauty of Maps: Seeing Art in Cartography'

(Video) Information and Simulated Reality ("reality is a computed simulation")

http://www.gamedev.net/reference/ : Articles and resources library

(Data Visualization) Understanding Shakespeare


(How to write a) Treatment / Pitch

(Infographic) Why iPhone users have more sex

"When everything is finished in a world, the people go to look for what the artists leave. It’s the only thing that we have really in this world — is an ability to express ourselves and say, ‘I was here.’" – Abbey Lincoln, “a towering figure in American jazz (and the civil rights movement)
"Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames." - Rumi
"The goal is always to get people interested in philosophy by speaking first in terms that people are familiar with." - Professor William Irwin, Editor, Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series
"My work is always better when I am alone and follow my own impressions." - Claude Monet Via
"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us." - Marcel Proust

08 September 2010

Clever folds in a globe give new perspectives on Earth

How The World Spends Its Time Online

Ulysses as a graphic novel online.

(Table of Contents) Cartography and Art

(Podcast interview with) 'Maps Outside the Boundaries' editor

(IAEP prototype) 'Voicings" offering insights into the personalities driving innovation at MaRS.

A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Artist

(Animated parody chronicling) major upgrades in computer graphics software.

(Video Infographic) Social Media Revolution 2010

(Twitter Sources in) Art & Design

"If I'm not saying “HELL YEAH!” about something, then say no." - Via
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." - Saint Augustine
"Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens." - Jimi Hendrix
"What would you think about today, if you knew those very thoughts would command leagues in the unseen?" - TU
"When all is said and done, artists need to struggle on their own." - Robert Genn

07 September 2010

(Arcade Fire) 'Ready To Start'

Fractal parameters animated by sound

Magical Web Startup Founding Team

(As Attention Spans Drop) Pretty Pictures Made of Facts Look Like the Future of Communication

(Definition) 'mandelbox' : a fractal with a boxlike shape.

Advantages of hand-drawn mindmapping

(U.of A Show) Journeys beyond the neatline: expanding the boundaries of cartography

(Map Book) Reviews

Can artists really be considered to have made scientific breakthroughs?

(Definition) 'zwischenzug' (German) : an intermediate move--not the expected move or tactic but the insertion of another, unexpected one.

(Enactment of a funny scene from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail) A Dark Age of Camelot

"There is only one limit beyond which things can­not go, ... annihilation.” - Walter Benjamin, 1926
"We're in the business of showing people something that they may only partly understand, or not yet know at all." - Robert Genn
"Nothing in the world is yours to keep / You may have but not hold / In the end you receive only that which you have given." - Bradford Shank, 'Fragments'
"Be like a postage stamp, stick to one thing until you get there." - Josh Billings (Via GarinKilpatrick)
"We stumble upon ideas, and although we can sometimes recall how we got there, we could not have anticipated the discovery in advance." - Mark Changizi

26 August 2010

(Video) How The New York Times Creates Infographics

Stellations of the Dodecahedron

When Maps and Data Collide They Produce … Art?

Players log into the Foldit website, download the latest protein structure and then start moving the pieces of the 3-D swirls and bundles around (all the while watching their score). Via

(Example) Visual summary of a book

GoogleApp development company : http://www.sheepdoginc.ca/content/our_blog

(Definition) 'Janusian thinking' : (after the many-faced Roman god Janus) involves conceiving of multiple simultaneous opposites. Integrative ideas emerge from juxtapositions, which are usually not obvious in the final product, theory or artwork. Via

Society of Digital Artists : http://forums.cgsociety.org/

(Video) Portraits of the Fallen

"We cannot survive without a minimum of cultural expression." - Simon Brault
"While an artist's hand may naturally slip toward homeostasis and repetition, the human heart reaches for variety and novelty." - Robert Genn
"One needn't learn the mysteries of the wind, to sail effortlessly around the world." - TU
"Apparently, the line you take on Israel trumps everything else in life." - Tony Judt
"You’re a song A wished for song
Go through the ear to the center Where sky is, where wind, where silent knowing.
Put seeds and cover them. Blades will sprout where you do your work." - Rumi

25 August 2010

Geolocation is changing the world (Commentary)

(Video) Transliteracy Conference

A trajectory is a story... is a Map

(Video) “Where am I in relation to everything else?”

(Word Cloud) Most Common Crossword Answers

Twitlonger : http://www.twitlonger.com/about is a way to let you post to Twitter when 140 characters just isn't enough.

'The Web is Dead?'


(The Origin of) Twitter’s “Fail Whale

"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves." - Henry David Thoreau
"Don't delay!! This is the time to invite fate, tempt passion, and expect miracles by dreaming big and taking nonstop action!!" - TU
"An ounce of drawing is worth a ton of writing." - R.B.Wild (after Ralph Waldo Emerson)
"People will not remember what you did, they will not remember what you said, they will remember how you made them feel." - Dr. Maya Angelou
"Whoever neglects the arts when he is young, has lost the past and is dead to the future." - Sophocles

24 August 2010

Getting artists on the map

(App Example) How to Find Lobster on Your iPhone

(Interactive mind-map) http://conciselearning.com/

(Internet Archive's collection of) public domain animation and cartoons

(Video) The Making of MaRS (Dr. John Evans tribute)

Secrets of Art Appreciation (head, heart, gut)

(SL Discussion) Art/Sci Collaboration Shows


(Video) Extreme Painting

"To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence." - Mark Twain
"I'm not mapping for other artists." - R.B. Wild (after Nat King Cole)
"Origami May Be an Art, but Nature Got There First." - Via
"You can choose to go, do, be, and have, and in the end you'll exclaim, shocked and bewildered, that because of all the synchronicities of your life, all the "clicks" and "coincidences," and the many happy "accidents," your bounty and good fortune must have been your destiny." - TU
"An artist is no bigger than the size of his mind." - Jack Shadbolt, 1909-1998

23 August 2010

The Mathematical Universe

http://avmapping.blogspot.com/ : research platform organizing projects, examples, and thoughts surrounding the idea of an urban mapping which reads the city as a network of individual activities and relationships in time rather than as a static form.

Gliffy : web-based diagram editor plugin allows you to seamlessly create diagrams in your wiki pages.

What's all this 'Dimensions' stuff?

(Example) Fractal Architecture Via

People worry about over-sharing location from mobiles

The Beauty of E8

Mathematical doodles (created with PoV-Ray)

Artists In Residence: What Are They And When Are They Useful?

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." - Elizabeth Kubler Ross
"Maps ... can show the invisible, and communicate the unknowable." - R.B. Wild (after Leonard Bernstein)
"Be still. Stop thinking. Feel. Take action. Visualize. Repeat." - The Universe
"To be a voice is to be a different voice, set apart, unique. How to find it? Go to your island, put in long hours, fall in love with process--your voice will come out of your work." - Robert Genn
"No great explorer set out with a detailed set of explorer guidelines. They adjusted and discovered. No great inventor set out with a detailed set of inventor guidelines. They experimented and adapted." - Via

20 August 2010

Knowledge Visualization in Design Practice: Exploring the Power of Knowledge Visualization in Problem Solving Via

Platonic solid fractals

(Images) E8 structure

Tools for Visual Learning

(Example) Blog-embedded Google Zoom

How science has shaped culture (and how culture has shaped science).

U.S. Eases Visa Headaches for Artists

How to Attend An Art Opening

Visual Cartoons

"Why this hunger to map--I always ask myself--if not the longing to discover what I know? - R.B.Wild (after David Conover in "One Man's Island")
"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin." - Ivan Turgenev Via
"You may do as you like, but you also have to like what you do." - Winston Churchill
"Young souls learn to accept responsibility for their actions. Mature souls learn to accept responsibility for their thoughts. And old souls learn to accept responsibility for their happiness." - The Universe
"Not in the clamour of the crowded street, Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, But in ourselves, are triumph and defeat." - H.W. Longfellow

19 August 2010

Mapping Science with Places & Spaces

Findability needs a continuous-improvement approach

Why Mind Maps Are the Ultimate Creative Tool

Can Science Be Justified?

New Media Revolution

A "grid of streets" on the seabed at one of the proposed locations of the lost city of Atlantis has been spotted on Google Ocean.

Rebellion against the strictures imposed by the reigning academic-government-corporate research complex.

Why artists must be rivals

Steven Shearer to represent Canada at the 2011 Venice Biennale Via

"I have met alot of Zen Masters- all of them cats." - Eckart Tolle
"All experience is an arch to build on." - Henry Brooks Adams
"Everything is easy when you live in a dream world. As long as you know that you're dreaming (You do and you can)." - The Universe
"Angels, demons, fairies, creatures from heaven, hell, or Magonia: they inspire our strangest dreams, shape our destinies, steal our desires." - Jacques Vallée, “Passport to Magonia” Via
"Don't fear winking, blinking, teasing, humming humour." - Via

18 August 2010

Visually surf through the TED Talks Via

Interactive Tweetography Maps

The agency of Mapping: Speculation, Critique and Invention” (James Corner, in 'Mappings' edited by Denis Cosgrove)

How are design and architecture of the virtual space different from those of the real space?

Conformal Models of the Hyperbolic Geometry

Microsoft Research’s Terapixel Image

(MARS ATTACKS) WALL GRAPHICS : http://www.ltlprints.com/MarsAttacks

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) is looking for a Scientific IT specialist

Things You Should Know About DNA

"Wondering if you can do it gives you reason to try. Curiosity is the main juice of "ego-force" that keeps you keeping on." - Robert Genn
"To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination…" - ­Albert Einstein
"The shortest distance between you and your goal, is thinking that you already have it and acting the part. (New math)." - The Universe
"Twitter is just daycare for adults." - @funnyoneliners
"If your art contributes to society, or to the art enthusiasts around you, then you are rewarded honestly (and more so if you make yourself useful to the world around you)." - Samuel Adoquei

17 August 2010

The Map Metaphor as a Mentoring Tool:
+ Data organization- reporting numeric data in a way that facilitates story telling, self-orientation, and path finding.
+ ‘Journey’ language creates a framework and metaphoric language for change.
+ Change is movement (linear and cyclic).
+ Different locations (value scores) on the map represent different, conditions (fulfillment and meaning).
+ Different locations (values) on the map represent 'seeing differently'
+ Actions are self-propelled movement, (self is cause and initiator of action)
+ Purposes (goals and visions) are destinations (self as set of values)
+ Causes are physical forces (force-vector change model)
+ Paths are strategies (different choices, seeing differently)
+ Linear scales measure which step on a path your are standing-putting your weight (measuring location and progress)
+ Stories are gestalts that organize large quantities of information in to a unified whole.

(TED Talk) African Fractals

... drop bikes off almost anywhere there is a bike rack, locate them, and access them with an iPhone app.

A Non-Math Look at Math Shapes

(Highlight Reel) Animation Special Effects

The illustrated guide to a Ph.D.

(Video TALK) “Surviving the Art World Using the Art of Sorcery?”, William Powhida

"Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms"

(Fable) “We'll see.”

"Indeed, there are differences only you can make." - TU
"Because you're an artist, people will tend to think you're okay no matter what you do." - Robert Genn
"Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn." - Miguel de Cervantes
"Dear National Science Foundation: I plan on scrawling hundreds of pages of notes, mostly hitting dead ends, until, in Year 4, I hit pay-dirt." - Mark Changizi
"A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means." - William Hazlet

16 August 2010

Platonic solids : These are the only 3-dimensional solid shapes built from straight lines and flat faces which are are face-transitive (all the faces look the same), edge-transitive (all the edges look the same), and vertex-transitive (all the corners look the same), as well as being convex:

http://visualoop.tumblr.com/ : Links to Infographics, Maps, Charts and many other worldwide Visualization Designs

We can Sociogram our Way out of Anything

Cognitive Media, a UK based company specializing in Visual Synthesis Techniques

New50Up Map at http://silo.grou.ps.s3.amazonaws.com/userimages/visualthinkmap/20100712154449-omcouifnssawodsfq.jpg

Digital Art

Project Honey Pot is the first and only distributed system for identifying spammers and the spambots they use to scrape addresses from your website.

(TED video)"Theory of Everything"

Product sensitivity analysis

"Why this hunger to write--I always ask myself--if not the longing to discover what I believe? The pen divines my thoughts." - David Conover in "One Man's Island" Via
"A dream not followed by consistent action, however humble or small the actions may be, points to either a huge contradiction or a gigantic misunderstanding." - TU
"Thriving artists remain curious, experimental, joyful, self-critical and driven by a state of perpetual studenthood. ... Art is self-anointing, mainly self-taught and independent." - Robert Genn
"We're happier when busy but our instinct is for idleness." - Via
"My dad has a theory that the world will end when all the world’s un-popped popcorn kernels explode at the same time." - @anniecolbert

13 August 2010

'Watch anywhere' plan for digital content

TELUS IAEP Spring 2010 Prototypes

GE and partners have committed to invest $200 million to ideas that power the grid .

Avant-Garde Science: Toward Unconstrained Scientific Craziness

6-hypercube (hexeract) graph

Fractal Drum

(Sound) Loud Breaking Glass

C-prints fade into the light (An experimental process of the early 1990s is proving unstable)

Different elephant for blind men

"See their good. See nothing else." - The Universe
"When you live on the praries, you don't know where the edge is." - R.B. Wild
"Writers might blaze the trails, but editors maintain the roads." - Via
"Artists who put in regular working hours find their voice. Work itself generates clarity and direction. It's like invention--one thing leads to another." - Robert Genn
"Conclusions arrived at through reasoning have very little or no influence in altering the course of our lives." - Carlos Casteneda