30 April 2010

Four Modes of Seeking Information

(Map) Processing tool that examines some of the similarities and differences between two articles. (Animation)

(Example) Prezi Zoom

(Pilot workshop) Introduction to Graphic Recording

Toward Unconstrained Scientific Craziness

(Book) Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline

(Video) Ambitious plans to transform the MaRS concourse area (into a Net Change world).

McAfee mistakenly identified a critical Windows file — svchost.exe — as a worm and quarantined it, crashing computers running Windows XP Service Pack 3 (More)

(Definition) "Late-life crisis" : occurs when, in the face of approaching death, a person realizes that his regrets greatly outweigh his achievements and there isn’t enough time left to do anything about them.

"A world without religeon would be the best thing to ever happen to the human race." - ?
"A definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Rita Mae Brown
"Appreciating what you already have is how to get more of what you don't." - The Universe
"Visualization offers far more than mere displays to brighten text. When used creatively, it may support existing knowledge in a positive manner, suggest related channels for research that were previously hidden, or even suggest directions for entirely new research projects." - Via
"Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility." -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

29 April 2010

Tips for Designing Infographics

Bible Cross References Visualization

(Examples) Tessellations - triangular grid

($49) Autodesk AutoCad Freestyle

Fair Use Contributes Trillions to U.S. Economy

(Definition) "spime" : n. A theoretical object that can be tracked precisely in space and time over the lifetime of the object. [Blend of space and time.]

Literary Quotes

(Example) Comprehensive Artist CV

Banning Street Hockey Endangers our Children's Healthy Development

"Dare not wish to change even the slightest thing about a loved one, without first understanding how it might change the rest of them." - The Universe
“I don’t often wait around to see how people react to my work. I prefer just to leave and not to see what happens to it." - Slinkachu
"Getting the answer wrong is a great way to learn." - Via
"Perhaps if experimental artists tried harder, all their work would be crazy." - Mark Changizi
"Science can assist us in becoming more skillful choosers, but at its core, choice remains an art." - Sheena Iyengar, psychologist

28 April 2010

AllTop 'Infographic' Summary Page

(Interactive) News Timeline

(Flickr) Tag Galaxy : you enter a tag and then drill down the solar systems of related tags until you get to the subset you want; then it displays them on a 3d globe.

Navigation Mesh represents the "walkable areas" of a map

(Stats) World of Warcraft Massive Multiplayer online game

Degenerate Art Database Goes Online


(TED video) Mike Rowe celebrates dirty jobs

(Some foreign?) Student seems to have searched me and MoonRiver (?)

"Every professional was first an amateur." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Everyone in your life was specially summoned to help you think and feel things you have never thought or felt before." - The Universe
"All you need now is a few ideas and a broadband connection. This is the first time the essentially bourgeois world of art has belonged to the people." - Banksy
"Teaching is impossible but learning is not." - Norman Ridenour
"Creative design is a two way process capturing the centuries old relationship between portrait painter and sitter." - Adrian Fisher

27 April 2010

(Analysis) Google Places

Collecting Visualization Success Stories

(Video) World’s Smallest 3D Map

To Learn Better, Take a Nap (and Don't Forget to Dream)

(InfoGraphic Designer) http://www.nigelholmes.com/work/maps1.htm

(Video) The Girl With a Pearl Earring Done With a Single Pen

(Definition) 'N.B.T.' : Next Big Thing

(LinkedIn Discussion) Art Shipping

"An individual without information can't take responsibility. An individual with information can't help but take responsibility." - J. Carlzon
"You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit." - Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." - Rachel Carson
"I just took a leaflet out of my mailbox, informing me that I can have sex at 82! I'm sooooo happy, because I live at 73..... so it's not far to walk home afterwards!" - Via Harvey
"Adults learn best if presented with a 'disorienting dilemma'." - Jack Mezirow, professor emeritus at Columbia Teachers College

26 April 2010

(Study) “Chart junk” may be useful in activating neural pathways improving recall (while not actually contributing to the information). Via


(Definition) "Exocentric Sim" : the player views an angled overhead view of the 3D world in which the learning takes place.


Library Map mashed-up into image here (available for purchase)

Amazing Paper Cut-Out Art

Toronto Knocks Itself Out Discussing Idea of Hogtown Biennial

So you want to be a Visual Artist (The Real Truth About a Life in the Arts )

"The supreme art of the teacher is to awaken joy." - Albert Einstein
"I have always wanted to make paintings that are impossible to walk past, paintings that grab and hold your attention. The more you look at them, the more satisfying they become for the viewer. The more time you give to the painting, the more you get back." - Cecily Brown
"If the big picture is rocking you, why make a fuss over a few splots?" - TU
"Every year, when you’re a child, you become a different person." - Alice Munro
"There is nothing to compare with a good analogy." - N. Wylie Jones

23 April 2010

(Brazilian) Info-Visualization

Categorisation vs Classification

(Video) Metatron's Cube (& Sacred Geometry)

(Amazon) used Textbook Buyback Program

(Video) The power of artistic engagement to stimulate and envision the necessary cultural shift to build a sustainable society.

(Banksy documentary) 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' about Mr. Brainwash (aka Thierry Guetta)

Still followed by http://mooonriver.blogspot.com/

"I like to take an idea out of the environment it was grown in." - R.B.Wild (after Tom Waits)
"What happens when an unstoppable force hits and immoveable object? (The answer is: the unstoppable force stops and the immoveable object moves.)" - Via
"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolour, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all." - Stanley Horowitz
"As our minds will attain the non-linear associative powers that will do away with the static mold of analog information we will finally break through the speed barrier of thought." - rene: Beyond the speed of thought
"Living at risk is jumping off a cliff and building your own wings on the way down." - Ray Bradbury

22 April 2010

(Thoughts on) Writing Within the Map

Decimal Classifications compared to Library of Congress Class headings

How to Train the Aging Brain - sims for old(ish) people

Possible UPmap video style

Periodic Table of Beer Styles

(Toronto) Artist Run Galleries and Centres

(Definition) 'Political Correctness' : a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

"Little is more impressive, inspirational, or sexy, than watching someone in the throes of action, driven by purpose, oblivious to all but their aim." - The Universe
"What's a meta for?" - R.B. Wild
"All education is self-education." - Robert Henri, art teacher
"Technology might be seen not just as a channel for communication and performance, but more radically as the environment in which subjects serve as conduits for experience." - Heather Raikes Via
"Dare to be naive." - R. Buckminster Fuller Via

21 April 2010


Inspiring Uses of Data Visualization : http://singlefunction.com/20-inspiring-uses-of-data-visualization/ Via

..the widely held belief that commercially available computerized brain-training programs improve general cognitive function in the wider population in our opinion lacks empirical support.

Mixed-handedness allowed him greater integration of the roles of his left and right hands in guitar playing (Hendrix).

Hyperspace Posters

Sobey Art Award (Canada’s preeminent award for contemporary Canadian art)

"Do What Moves You, Because Nobody Moves Like You Do." - Via
"The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them." - Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935
"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"The act of creation is first of all an act of destruction." - Picasso
"3 choices in life: Give up, Give in , or give it your all!" - @tonyrobbins

20 April 2010

Cut-out Maps

Einstein On Creative Thinking: Music and the Intuitive Art of Scientific Imagination

(World's Most Creative & Dangerous) Quote Book : http://www.knowords.com/ Left Brain (Logical) Quotes and Right Brain (Creative) Quotes

DMT is the only psychedelic known to occur naturally in the human body

Nothing like this yet seen in a NY gallery.

"It seems that truth is progressive approximation in which the relative fraction of our spontaneously tolerated residual error constantly diminishes." - Buckminster Fuller Reader
"..not to reproduce what we can already see, but to make visible what we cannot..." - Paul Klee
"Stoke it, stir it, wave your wand, and smile like you know a great secret." - TU
"Music starts with a single note, writing with a single word, art with a single stroke." - mindmapdrawer
"The radical of one century is the conservative of the next." - Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935

19 April 2010

Someone who is telling the truth already has a visual image of where they were and what happened : http://neuronarrative.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/if-you-want-to-catch-a-liar-make-him-draw/

(Book) "Different" : Escaping the Competitive Herd (shows how to succeed in a world where conformity reigns…but exceptions rule).

(Definition) 'pataphysics' : the science of imaginary solutions. Invented by the French playwright, Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) Via

(Freeman Dyson) The most ferociously original thinker in the world

(Bill Ralph) ʻVisions of a Mathematical Mindʼ

(Free) http://www.statcounter.com/ (alternative to Analytics)

"Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls." - Jeremiah
"Sometimes I see it and then paint it. Other times I paint it and then see it. Both are impure situations, and I prefer neither." - Jasper Johns
"There is no substitute for attentive repetition." - Daniel Coyle
"Life's magic isn't a substitute for networking, socializing, and 'working'. To the contrary, these are some of its greatest incubators." - The Universe
"What got you here, can't possibly take you anywhere else." - R.B. Wild

16 April 2010

Replay it: Google search across the Twitter archive


(Discussion) Reading War and Peace

¡Eye © græfIk Semiosis! (A Cognitive Approach to Graphic Signs and “Writing”)

U.S. Library of Congress will archive every public Tweet (from 2006 on).

(Edmonton) Public Art 'MAP '

(Documentary review) 'Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist' (stream for free here)

(Video) Bobby McFerrin

Israeli - Palestinian Conflict

"Dream it. Show up. Boom. (If boom delayed, repeat steps one and two as necessary.)" - The Universe
"Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way." - William James
"Make small paintings, make lots of 'em, make 'em often, and you'll be in the winning circle when you come to make the big ones." - Robert Genn
"...finding patterns is not just a lonely kid’s game, but a biological coping mechanism that we use to stabilize ourselves in a tumultuous sea." - David DiSalvo
"What you love you become gifted at, and what you're gifted at you need to share with the world." - @nickwilliams1

15 April 2010

(Google’s M&A of the Week): “Visual Search” Start-Up, Plink : http://www.plinkart.com/

Rate your Spatial Thinking abilities

A history of treemaps

(TED demo) Science-inspired design

(Tutorial) Animated Gifs (in emails)

NanoArt : http://nanoart21.org/ is a new art discipline at the art-science-technology intersections.

A Road Map to Success (Larger version)

"One of the confusing things about randomness is its apparent conflict with meaning." - David DiSalvo
"...And right now, you get to live that bit that you one day won't trade anything for!" - TU
"I don't think it matters what it evokes as long as it keeps your eyes and mind busy." - Jasper Johns
"The cruelest lies are often told in silence." - Louis Stevenson
"If you really covet creativity, then there's one rule you'd be well advised to follow: go it alone." - Via

14 April 2010

More than 14.000 domains on a Google Map clustered by geocubes

(In development) iMindMap for iPad

(TED talk) "We are the stories we tell ourselves"

I’m a Pattern, You’re a Pattern, (Wouldn’t You Like to be a Pattern Too?)

(Screen capture tool for Firefox) Screengrab! : http://www.screengrab.org/ (extension that makes it easy to save a web-page as an image)

(Twitter) #ilovequotes : #ihatequotes


(Ex-)Globe and Mail art critic Gary Michael Dault is known for his art reviews—not his art.

Still here : http://cominganarchy.com/links/#recentdiscussion (and occasionally found)

"Joining a Facebook group about creative productivity is like buying a chair about jogging." - Dave Ferguson (on "43 Folders")
"When we saw it all on the map, it was like a light came on." - Jim Parker
"Invariably, when big dreams come true, there is a total metamorphosis of one's life...(would you have guessed that these changes, invariably, come before, not after, their dream's manifestation?) - The Universe
"Oh, I prefer bohemianism… succes is for the loosers. :)" - Comment by Mateus
"The frontier, the borderland between what is known and what is unknown, the settled and the wild, the mapped and the unexplored, is as central to science fiction as it is to the mythology of the American West." - http://www.sfra.org/

13 April 2010

Indiemapper : to make thematic maps from digital data ( including unlimited online storage for your data and maps).

Cognitive Mapping (Definitions, Examples, and Resources)

(Large map) 800,000 published papers grouped into 776 scientific paradigms

First GigaPan 'snap-shot' (was taken by)

Expert Photoshop : http://photoshopninja.com/ tips and tricks for designers and photographers (since 2005)

Enter the matrix: the deep law that shapes our reality

Maps on the back of detective novels Via

A Journey Through the Occupied Territories

"Everything starts somewhere." - Terry Pratchett Via mindmapdrawer
"It is often the easiest move that completes the game." - Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
"For simply giving thanks when you lay down to sleep each night (or from time to time for no reason or rhyme), you'll begin to move with life instead of against it." - TU
"We can best express our care for all others by attending to our work well." - Philip Brooks
"Some artists and scientists share similar goals in that their vocations compel them to seek, and give voice to, order and pattern in the universe about them. Indeed, in the Rennaissance, the artist and scientist were often the same person." - Antony John

12 April 2010

MaRSmap Zoom : http://gigapan.org/gigapans/fullscreen/46747/

Spatial Thinking Lab (at the University of California, Santa Barbara)

Knowledge technologies in context

Conflict Cartography : http://www.viewcraft.com/pdfs/ViewCraft_ConflictCartographyMarch04.pdf

(Infographic) Internet Treemap

Computer Vision Face Camouflage


Why Some Artists Shouldn’t Have Blogs

(Definition) "encaustic" (en•kos•tik : from the greek enkaustikos which means "to heat" or "to burn"): is the name for both, a medium of pigmented wax, and the process involving heat, by which the medium is applied and secured.

Panel on Toronto Biennial has Folks Intrigued

"Content is King, but Context is the Kingdom." - Tony O’Driscoll
"Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it." - Eckhardt Tolle, Author (The Power of Now)
"Whatever you focus on, you will experience." - TU
"Don’t pay attention to how technology is changing, pay attention to how childhood is changing." - Via
"Anything that can be spatially conceived can be mapped- and probably has been." - Robinson and Petchenik, The Nature of Maps (?)

09 April 2010

National Geographic iPhone Atlas (Using Bing Maps)

(Infographic) Digital Lifestyle : http://www.infographicsshowcase.com/digital-lifestyle-infographic/

Don’t Just Map It, Manipulate It

[Slide Show] Children's Gizmos Inspire Scientific Breakthroughs

Log in to Blogger in draft to experiment with upcoming features.

20 Essential Infographics & Data Visualization Blogs

(Map) Artwork will be automatically displayed when users log in to their Wireless Toronto user account at designated hotspots : http://year01.com/insitetoronto/

Still found

(PR Release Service) http://www.artprwire.com/

Spiritual Meaning of Animals

"Choose every single thought as if nothing else mattered." - TU
"I like to get myself into trouble, and try to work my way out of it." - Robert Genn
"If you give a writer a choice between $10,000 and 10,000 readers, the writer will always choose the latter." - pickover
"Never invest on the base of a story on page one, you invest in a story on page 16 on its way to page one." - Don Coxe
"No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined." - Harry E. Fosdick

08 April 2010

(Games) Iterative Map Design

3D Learning Spaces

(Albert Einstein's) Life Lessons

Canada's Stonehenge

(Audio slideshow) Geometry in Art

Greater latitude for the claim of the new artwork being transformative

Make Remote-Control Art

Questions to Spark Your Creativity


"... just as the stark contrasts of time and space, and the illusions of 'have and have not' imprison you, so too can they make possible wings that will lift you higher." - TU
"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." - Joseph Chilton Pierce Via
"Change’ is scientific, ‘progress’ is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy." - Bertrand Russell
"Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
"What a profound significance small things assume when the map conceals them from us." - R.B.Wild (after Marcel Proust)

07 April 2010

Google Street View in Pseudo-3D

A Visual Language for Proteins Via

Maps make the best logos

Blogger Features Page (to see what you've been missing)

(Video) Beyond Science: Broadening the Reach of Collaborative Practice Via

Self-Promote (by Promoting Self-Promoters)

40 Creativity and Innovation Articles

(Definition) "nexialism" : trained in integrated science and thought, able to see the connection between many aspects of a problem that other specialists can not see because of their narrow training (coined in 1950 by A.E. Van Vogt in his science fiction novel, "The Voyage of the Space Beagle").

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
"A writer is someone for whom writing is harder than it is for other people." - Thomas Mann
"One of the greatest paradoxes of your physical senses, is that your eyes actually show you what you believe, not what you see." - The Universe
"When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money." - Oscar Wilde
"The most important decision we ever make is whether we believe we live in a friendly universe or a hostile universe." - Albert Einstein

06 April 2010

The World’s Fascination with the Infographic

Conversation Map interface


Tilings Enclyclopedia

(Audio) Edward Tufte White House appointment

(June 7-11) http://www.netchangeweek.ca/ Week Exploring Tech for Change

The “Haha” Moment

(Definition) "agro-glyphs" : landscape artwork of geometric patterns, often very intricate and complex (e.g. fractals), appearing in fields, usually corn and wheat fields (the design is viewable from the air).

"To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful." - Edward R. Murrow
"You know what's kind of wild, Ron? " - TU
"The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity. He doesn’t need problems solved immediately, and can afford to wait for the right ideas." - Abe Tannenbaum Via
"The artist is the antennae of the race." - Ezra Pound
"You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them." - Gandhi

05 April 2010

(Google, Waze and OSMF have partnered on) a common initiative to explore crowd-sourced mapping solutions; http://www.closedstreetmap.org/

(Video) : discuss the challenges of collaborating in the public domain and how new ground rules for generating and sharing knowledge are aiding scientific innovation.

Sparkmaps? : http://www.cartogrammar.com/blog/sparkmaps/

An aperiodic hexagonal tile

Blogs about: 'Map' (http://en.wordpress.com/tag/map/ )

Alicia Boole Stott (1860-1940),an Irish woman who considerably contributed to four-dimensional geometry. Although she never studied mathematics, she learned herself to ‘see’ the fourth dimension.operation of adding and subtracting simple forms to generate more complex ones.

A Wall Drawing Retrospective : http://www.massmoca.org/lewitt/grid.php

Orion’s Dreamy Stars

Staying Critical in the Digital Age

Science writer Simon Singh wins libel appeal

"The greatest scientists are artists as well." - Albert Einstein
"Read me carefully, doubt me not, I am the earth in the palm of your hand, Without me you are alone and lost." - Beryl Markham, West of the Night (1942)
"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing." - Emo Philips
"I've been always more interested in experiment than in accomplishment." - Orson Welles
"Do you know what your thoughts did last week?! ... They became the things and events of this week. (The things you thought would be difficult became difficult; easy became easy; boring became boring; and fun became fun.)" - TU

01 April 2010

(TED talk : Tim Berners-Lee) Open Data Movement

Honest Interfaces

People have solved the 4-dimensional and 5-dimensional cubes

(Book Review) "Data Flow 2" Via

SecondLife’s new Starter Experience

(Blog) The ArtInScience : http://artinscience.wordpress.com/ NETWORKING ARTISTS/SCIENTISTS

(Not really animation, but a) single sliding illustration

Advanced algorithms for natural painting

(TED Talk) Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi author of the book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

(Vancouver) http://thecheapershow.com/blog/

"The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge." - Bertrand Russell
"... since you never know when the right time is going to be, I figure the trick is to find the right place and just hang around." - Bill Watterson
"The great art is in being" ~ Barry Long Via
"I shall pass thru this world but once; any good thing therefore I can do, or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now, let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." - Stephen Grellet, 1773-1855, French Quaker Missionary
"You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note." - Doug Floyd