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

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"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