31 March 2010

(Event) Microsoft’s Natural User Interface Camp

'Recombinant Art' - Where The Web And Mash-Up Culture Are Leading Us

(Flickr) Polyhedra Pool

Lowering fat intake is good for your brain...

Can artists really be considered to have made scientific breakthroughs?

(Definition)"Autodidact" : a mostly self-taught person. (While some may have been educated in a conventional manner in a particular field, they may choose to educate themselves in other, often unrelated areas.)

Unshowable? animated gif

Goodbye, Schedule. Hello, Flow.

10 Art Critics You Should Follow on Twitter

"When you do math, do you think in words? If yes, what language?" - Via
"Every time you make a PPT, Tufte kills a kitten." - Steve Cherches
"To live placidly and complacently is not to live at all." - Jack London, American author, 1876-1916
"The absurd is the essential concept of the first truth." - Albert Camus
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

30 March 2010

State Of The Map 2010 : http://stateofthemap.org/about/ (The 4th Annual International OpenStreetMap Conference)

The Periodic Table of Periodic Tables

Paris Map Linocut

One of the newest craters on the Moon

(Definition)"Synergetics" : the empirical study of systems in transformation, with an emphasis on total system behavior unpredicted by the behavior of any isolated components (including humanity’s role as both participant and observer).

Math Art

Where do great ideas come from?

(Lady Gaga's) Social Media Genius

...the fact that you are an artist should not be associated with making a living ...

"It's NEVER too late to try something new." - TU
"Men have the courage and inventiveness to try to explain the inexplicable." - Jane Campbell
"If you don’t decide which way to play with life, it always plays with you." - Merle Shain
"He had no intention to be mysterious; he just wanted to be clear." - about Bucky Fuller
"In the future, the importance of geography will be matched by the importance of values and ideas." - Alan Smith, Nationhood: The future of Nationalism

29 March 2010

Learner User Interface -LUI (Developing Themed Graphics to Enhance Your eLearning )

Visualization of the most popular boys and girls names

When you slice a Menger Sponge diagonally through the center, you get a very interesting pattern of stars and hexagons.

Aggregating blogs about Processing and related topics

Techniques for Squeezing Images for All They’re Worth

(Video) How do you talk about your innovation without killing the excitement?

Art Fair Criticism

(Book)"Reality Hunger": A Manifesto (Review)

PHOTOMONTAGE ARTISTS : http://www.collageart.org/photomontage/ O N . T H E . I N T E R N E T

"Resolving Land Use Disputes" course (offered by the Consensus Building Institute)

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells." - Dr. Seuss
"Done is better than perfect." - Scott Allen
"Time is the excuse for not being now." - Barry Long Via mindmapdrawer
"The unexamined life is not worth living…and the unlived life is not worth examining." - Anon.
"The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought." - Leon Blum

26 March 2010

Google App Engine

Computers are dumb – make smarter e-Learning

Left vs Right concept map

View Paris (in 26 Gigapixels)

Infographic : California vs The World


Stone Age Jottings Via

18 Stages I went through to go from a business man to an artist

Why We Dream

Drums of the Ancestors Via

"Today, when I told my 8 year old son that all of our dreams are within reach as long as we follow our heart and take action, he asked me if it was always my dream to be a waitress." - MMT
"Those who love us may well push us when we're ready to fly." - Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet & critic, 1880-1918
"The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite number, perhaps infinite, hexagonal galleries, with vast central air shaft lined by very low railings." - Jorge Luis Borges Via
"No matter where you travel, you will see mostly sky and clouds." - R.B. Wild
"(I've often thought how great it is to be part of the first generation of humans for which the world will be a radically different place toward the end of our life than toward the beginning.) The time-scale for change has suddenly become short compared to a human lifespan, which makes it an interesting (and in some ways fearful) time to live." - Dr. Clint Sprott Via

25 March 2010

(Dreamlike animation) illustrating Fibonacci sequence, Golden Ratio, and more

(Mind map) 100 awesome blog post ideas - organized visually

Instantly secure your brand across the social web : http://knowem.com/

A 3 Dimensional Map (of Hadrian's Wall )

(NYT article) 'Recombinant Art' (Where The Web And Mash-Up Culture Are Leading Us)

Infographic: International Tax Rate Comparison

Harness Your Subconscious Wisdom by Asking The Right Questions

(Five minute video) What an average college graduate knows five years from graduation

Governor General's Awards in Visual Arts

...spent the last 25 years of his life creating the pins.

"Given another chance, they'd take more risks. Not because they'd always succeed, but because from where they are now, the glory of knowing they at least tried, far exceeds any regrets of never knowing what might have been." - The Universe
"We will either find a way or make one." - Hannibal, Carthaginian general, 2nd century B.C. Via
"Is it a secret fantasy of Canadian artists to have their work discussed on TV by someone with a British accent?" - Via
"...absolutely nothing can be anything until it is first imagined. Thoughts become things, nothing else does." - TU
"We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers." - Seneca

24 March 2010

(An Online Discussion) Visual Culture and Evolution : http://vcande.blogspot.com/

"Symbolic Logic" by Lewis Carroll

Microsoft patent claim for "sparklines"

Quantum Mechanics : Science or philosophy?

Google finally found my Amazon Image Gallery

Design quotes (visualized)

(Definition)"Bricolage" : Creation of a work from a diverse range of whatever materials happen to be available; make creative and resourceful use of whatever materials are to hand (regardless of their original purpose); the sense of building by trial and error is often contrasted to engineering. "Bricoleur" : (a person who engages in bricolage): someone who invents his or her own strategies for using existing materials in a creative, resourceful, and original way.

Find out what your friends have been curating on Flickr

(Music video) 'Art vs Science'

"To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one's self." - Kierkegaard, Danish theologian, 19th century
"Those who achieve great things, defeat long odds, and become legends, didn't have anything you don't have. They just kept showing up, expecting a miracle, long after everyone else got practical." - The Universe
"Every day I get up and look through the list of the the most creative artists in the world. If my name isn't there, I go back into my studio and keep drawing." - R.B. Wild (after Robert Orben)
"Designers think sideways." - Via
"If you can think of something that is connected with something, without thinking of the something that it is connected to, then you have a legal mind." - Thomas Reed Powell

23 March 2010

Google aims for easier 3D Web

Higher diimensional manifolds are actuallly easier to work with than 3-dimensional ones

Learning Methodology - The Retention Mapping Process

"Map" in Geometric Beauty Pool

(TwitterTip) Each Tweet has it's own dedicated web page! To view it click the time stamp below the tweet.

Visual Culture

The Precise Importance Of Vagueness


(Paperback) "The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World"

Brain Hat

"… making sure that knowledge is not just ‘captured’ but that we do something with it." - Jamie Hatch
"The real performer doesn't need an audience." - R.B. Wild
"When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either." - Leo Burnett Via
"Great big, innovative, world changing ideas are plentiful. People who take tiny little baby steps towards them are rare." - TU
"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in a bed with a mosquito." - Bette Reese

22 March 2010

(Manifesto) The Future of Attention

Visual Computing Demo: TickerTape

20-20 Digital Hindsight

(Free antivirus) Avira AntiVir and SuperAntiSpySoftware

NanoArt exhibitions

Google Doodler (Sketch artist) achieves cult status

(Definition)"rackets": blind spots, self-fulfilling games, or internalized stories we keep repeating to avoid certain outcomes.

"Reliance"-related? pictures ('Business Plan and Progress ...')

(Music Video) "Let it go"

Ayahuasca Shaman Ceremony

"So many things worth wondering about, so few people actually taking the time to do it. Wondering around is the act of inquiring with generous spirit." - http://sethgodin.typepad.com/
"Alas, I've always been more a fan of phi." - Via
"I just want to be an artist, who serves..." - Via
"A metaphor provides a way of seeing how what we don’t understand is like something we do understand." - Anthony Robbins, Awaken The Giant Within
"What artists do is not a hobby, but professional research and development." - Via

19 March 2010

JavaScript: The Key to In-Browser Visualization

Color Theory (in Web Design)

(Infographic) All of human achievement

A Complex Puzzle Falls Thanks to Blog Comments

Brain is a lot like a scientist (creating and testing hypothesis)

Does contemporary art engage science in an intelligent way?

Mathematical Puzzles : http://www.qbyte.org/puzzles/

(How to) paint the MONA LISA (with MS PAINT)

Top ten myths about art exhibits

Electronic Recycling Association

"Writing is an even split between the part where the page is hopelessly vast, and the part where I'm hopelessly out of space." - ivortossell
"All great players know there are days when, no matter what they do, the game wins." - Dr. Richard Coop
"1000 gallery visitors is worth less than 1 established critic’s review (UNLESS the 1000 gallery visitors resulted from that critic’s review, in which case it is equal)." - Via
"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." - Jonathan Swift
"A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life." - Goethe

18 March 2010

(Google) Bike Directions

A Nested Model for Visualization Design and Validation (Tamara Munzner)

Computer learning makes your brain ‘redder’

(Infographic) DreamCatcher

What are search suggestions and Accelerator previews?

Bigger is better (Paula Scher’s D&AD talk)

(Product Overview) EchoSign Web

(Virus) Torpig Botnet

Simon Singh: goodbye

Monty Python - Art Gallery

"You don’t get to control any outcome, only every choice you make along the way." - Stephen Paul
"A map never has a 'visual entry point'." - R.B. Wild
"Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them (and the end of their world will have begun)." - Dr. Emanuel Tanya, psychiatrist
"Far better to understand how you can augment the message, rather than aiming for perfect clarity." - Via
"Things couldn't be any better than they now are. You couldn't have more reasons to celebrate. Now! Do it! The hardest work is done! Just show up, be present, open every door and let events unfold. Life is your stage. This is your parade." - TU

17 March 2010

Ushahidi : http://www.ushahidi.com/about (which means "testimony" in Swahili) maps based on reports submitted via the web and mobile phone.

Seeing the Future! A Guide to Visual Communication Via

KM is not just information delivery

http://aws.amazon.com/s3/ provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web (highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure).

(Mind map) Uplifting Ideas

(Animation) Google’s business strategy

Should your personal computer be quarantined?

Giza Pyramids from space

Insult Generator

New Brow Art movement. Via

"To shape a personal vision requires revisiting a subject over many images to create a more focused and particular view." - Sze Tsung Leong ('A Picture You Already Know', published in August 2008 by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
"The most important journey you will ever take is within yourself. You may venture off the main course and feel lost but you will always return to your journey. Look at the side courses as lessons you needed to learn, and not as straying from your path." - John Watts (Leading From Within, 5/04)
"Leaders Often Stand Out Before They Soar." - Investor's Business Daily
"We need a visionary who can bridge the two cultures in the 21st century. (Who cares if he died in 1519?)" - Jonathan Jones (about Leonardo da Vinci)
"Doing without trying to do." - Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, 2400 years ago)

16 March 2010

(International Working Conference) Advanced Visual Interfaces

Knots and geography (A psychologist challenges the Beck gospel of Underground octolinearity)

Interactive collecion of 3-d models : http://polyhedra.org/poly/

Fractal Dendrites on Ice

(We suddenly live in a vast universe of data, but most of) it is just piling up because we don't yet know how to "extract wisdom" from it

(Video) Tony Buzan on the BBC

Claude Tousignant (Quebecois abstract painter)

(TRICERA IMAGING) Mountng and Lamination (Via Lumir.ca)

Piano Spiral - Mozart's "Rondo Alla Turca"

(Video) Ayahuasca Shamans

"I bet you could do something for someone today, who'd remember it for the rest of their life (in a good way)." - The Universe
"The aim of mapping is to make learning superfluous." - R.B. Wild
"Everything can look like a failure in the middle." - Rosabeth Kanter
"Good Artists Copy Great Artists Steal." - Steve Jobs
"All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence, in order to reach forth to the enchanted place." - Pablo Nervda

15 March 2010

The Art & Science of Evidence-Based Design

The Year of InfoVis Theory : http://eagereyes.org/blog/2010/the-year-of-infovis-theory Via

Google Maps Celebrates Best Streets

Studies of social network structures and the nature of the connections between nodes. Via

How a creative idea develops

(Animation) Chat Roulette explained

Digital Art Styles

(Definition) 'Visual exploration of multidimensional data' : is a process of isolating and extracting relationships within and between dimensions.

Invest in Artists, Not Art

Mental Illness and Creativity

"Give me chastity and give me constancy, but do not give it yet." - St. Augustine
"Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment, and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey." - Harold V. Melchert Via
"You gave me the stone, gave me the chisel, didn't say how to hold 'em." - Via
"It has become difficult to trust ourselves and our actions without public affirmation. We must have strong self-confidence combined with deep humility." - Henri Nouwen
"In ways alternately explicit and subtle, her work reveals the miracle and the drudgery of art-making as well as the wonders of the human mind and its needs." - Via

12 March 2010

(Using a mindmap-style visual interface) WhatDoYouSuggest shows you the search results from Google in an easy-to-use interface. Via

Mapping scientific data visually (and sonically)

Finding digital roots in the Arts and Crafts Movement

Building a taxonomy

Cubed sphere

New Cartographies of the Borderlands

(TED Talk) "The paradox of choice"

(Example) "Dynamic Paintings" (San Base Image Animation)

Marketing Your Art in Today’s World

Toronto (digital?) Artist : Gordon JL Auld

"Right this very moment, there are beautiful souls on your beautiful planet, whom you do not even know, yet through your meanderings and theirs, paths will cross, love will be shared, and eternal friendships will be created." - TU
"An artist is an explorer. He has to begin by self-discovery and by observation of his own procedures. After that he must not feel under any constraint." - Henri Matisse
"Beware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation." - Via
"We have a habit in writing articles published in scientific journals to make the work as finished as possible, to cover up all the tracks, to not worry about the blind alleys or describe how you had the wrong idea first, and so on. So there isn't any place to publish, in a dignified manner, what you actually did in order to do the work." - Richard Feynman (1966 Nobel Lecture)
"The most interesting part of my life is of no concern to the public." - Winslow Homer

11 March 2010

Drawing is a Way of Thinking

Live Labs Pivot: A Massive Interactive Zoom on Data

The Toronto Museum Project

An Anthem for Science

Having Ideas Versus Having a Vision

Start3D: http://www.start3d.com/ (Turn Your 2D Photos 3D)

(Footage) from Toronto's first Ignite event.

(Definition) "hafrada" (Hebrew) means separation (just like Afrikaaner word "apartheid"). It's the word used to refer to the Wall, "disengagement,...

Art Exhibits, Venues, & Presentation

(Example) In the Studio

"... the task of the designer is to give visual access to the subtle and the difficult - that is, the revelation of the complex." - Edward Tufte
"Of all the things that matter, that really and truly matter, working more efficiently and getting more done is not among them." - The Universe
"Knowledge is a fluid mix of framed experience, values, contextual information, and expert insight that provides a framework for evaluating and incorporating new experiences and information." - Tom Davenport (Working Knowledge, 1998, p5) Via
"Fame is like a river that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid." - Sir Francis Bacon
"Today we are all closed in concentration camps we call nations." - William Burroughs Via

10 March 2010

(Free Webinar): Capturing Your Employees' Knowledge (Before They Walk out the Door)

(Google Maps) The Wall

Visual rhetoric (What we mean when we talk about form)

(Cory Doctorow) "Digital Rights Management"

How To Put Art And Brain Together

(Book) The Scientist as Rebel

Can Bad Fractals be Good Art?

How to Convert a Picture into a Cartoon


Symptoms of Inner Peace

"The more you find good in another, the more you'll find good in yourself (no matter who that 'other' is)." - TU
"Collage tells us not what just what cultures have produced, but what they've fostered." - Wangechi Mutu
"No one is bigger than the rest of us." - R.B. Wild
"Visual thinking is the language for anyone who wants to make a difference in the 21st century.” – David Sibbet Via rtkrum
"Some of the greatest works of art and the most important works of peace were created by people who had no need for the limelight. They knew that what they were doing was their call, and they did it with patience, perseverance, and love." - Henri Nouwen, priest/psychologist

09 March 2010

A Map of Thousands


(Infographic) When Sea Levels Attack

Insurgent Cartographies

Visual Meetings

Sacred Geometry and the Honey Bee

(Animation) 'PhotoMock Up'

Visualizing the Music of Chopin

(Definition) "“Maps" : are graphic representations that facilitate a spatial understanding of things, concepts, conditions, processes, or events in the human world. (Harley and Woodward, History of Cartography, Volume 1, 1987) Via

"Face the Critic"

"You can’t grow if you are focused on avoiding mistakes. Pick up the big brush, not the little one. Take a chance." - Eric Sparre
"When principles of design replicate principles of thought, the act of arranging data becomes an act of insight." - Edward Tufte (Visual Explanations, 1997, p9)
"People are strange when you’re a stranger." - Jim Morrison
"No one loses anything that doesn't eventually come back." - The Universe
"... real greatness is often hidden, humble, simple, and unobtrusive." - Henri Nouwen, priest/psychologist

08 March 2010

Visualization cube offers infinite educational possibilities. Via : VizWorld

Sacred Geometry Philosophy and Practice

Proximity, Location and Informal Knowledge Spillovers

Free Online Geography Games


(Time-lapsed) The Longest Way

Olympic Pictograms Through the Ages

(Semi-Photorealistic) 3D Cartoon Characters

(Definition) 'Taarradhin' (Arabic) : a way of resolving a problem without anyone losing face (not the same as our concept of a compromise – everyone wins)

(Virus info) Trojan:Win32/Vundo.KN

"I believe the process of denying the world we live in is our obligation." - Krysztof Wodiczko Via
"Sad people like the familiar, not happy people." - Mark Changizi
"Sometimes you have to let go, to stake your claim. Be still, to move forward. Give, to receive. Cry, to feel the joy. Pretend, to make it real. Fake it, before you make it." - TU
"The best runners leave no tracks." - Dao De Ching
"In vain we build the world, unless the builder grows." - The Outer Limits by Robert C. Denis

05 March 2010

New ‘browser’ bringing the SecondLife and Virtual Worlds experience to a wider audience via simpler access.

(Winners) International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge Via

(Podcast) Unintended Consequences of Sharing Your Location Online


Top Video Editing Software Programs (for Beginners)

A dozen Amazon Customer Images uploaded (so far).


The Bees' Knees

(Definition) 'Meraki' (Greek) : doing something with soul, creativity, or love Via

(V&A Art Show) Digital Reflections and Refractions

"If you want to reveal something, you need to hide it properly first." - Colin Greenland
"Just think what you know to think, say what you know to say, and do what you know to do. Every day, lots and lots." - TU
"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." - Buckminster Fuller
"Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine." - Buddha
"Becoming is superior to being." - Paul Klee

04 March 2010

E8 Polytope Sculpture (on Vimeo)

Mapping America's Eating Habits


(Flash) Visual Search example

Managing knowledge: an essential reader

(Documentary) Adobe Photoshop 'spawned a cultural paradigm shift unparalleled in our lifetime.' Via

VRay for Sketchup now Available

Boston Cyberarts Festival (http://www.bostoncyberarts.net/ ) : is the first and largest collaboration of artists working in new technologies in all media in North America.

E-Learning Myths

Share Free Sound Effects And Loops

"You need to look out for elements that change in front of your eyes, things that become something other than that which they just were." - Robert Genn
"It took me ten years to discover I had no talent for mapping, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous." - R.B.Wild (after Robert Benchley)
"What's the point of painting pictures if the public never gets to see them?" - Claude Monet (to his dealer Paul Durand-Ruel)
"Just because it's taking longer than you thought it would, doesn't mean stuff isn't happening." - TU
"There’s no such thing as originality anyway, just authenticity." - Helene Hegemann Via

03 March 2010

TED Talks Mindmapped

(Maps) Muslims / Jews / Church Bodies Via

Creating The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus Via

The Myth of DPI Via

(Book) The Geek Atlas

(Video) Trust Yourself When No One Else Does


(Definition) 'Pochemuchka' (Russian) : a person who asks a lot of questions Via

What's yer pirate name?

Picked up (in India) 'Reliance' theme

"Berlin is here to mix everything with everything." - Airen
"Making a distinction between professional and amateur in science is artificial: what matters is the 'what' of science not the 'who'. And amateurs have by their very nature something that professionals don't need to have: passion. Without the comfort of a tenured position, a subsidized bed in an ivory tower, or a well funded laboratory, the only thing keeping amateurs going is a love for their subject." - Daniel Mietchen Via
"Calling all. This is our last cry before our eternal silence." - French Navy, final Morse code message (1997)
"Sometimes you have to move away, to get closer." - TU
"All those who believe in telekinesis please raise my left hand." - Anonymous

02 March 2010

1:1 Mapping

(Google) Super Happy Fun NYC Map

Scientific Research in Virtual Worlds

Surreal Art Update

(Video mash-up) Winnie The Pooh and Apocalypse

(Online) http://mugtug.com/sketchpad/

25 Fascinating Lectures for the Modern-Day Philosopher

Students brains 'rewired' by the internet

Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years.

West Bank barrier

"Time has come for him to leave even more behind him, to forage on ahead, a true trailblazer—now no mere servant of the map." - "Servants of the Map" (Andrea Barrett)
"The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present." - Abraham Lincoln (second State of the Union address)
"Not much is still something." - R.B. Wild
"The good news is that really and truly there's never, ever been any such thing as bad news (and you'll see this one day, if you don't already)." - TU
"Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do." - Jean-Paul Sartre

01 March 2010

Maps of Olympic Medal Winners Via

TED talks Bing Maps

Mind Mapping During Virtual Brainstorms

The Periodic Table of Agile Learning

How to Gather and Use Twitter Metrics

(Video) A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything

Cultivate Wonder and Creativity


A digital artist

Why water is so weird

"All endings are happy endings (if you even believe in endings)." - The Universe
"The years teach much which the days never knew." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Good artists copy, great artists steal, regular dudes click." - Via
"Is the present war a struggle for a just and secure peace, or only for a new balance of power? ... There must be not only a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized common peace." - Woodrow Wilson (on World War I)
"People ask me where I live, and I say, "E6". -- Steven Wright