critical reading for the rude

aol taiwan

And Hong Kong.

And Sphere in play.

And the iPhone interface.

Despite Time-Warner’s wingeing and waffling, AOL seems to be getting less irrelevant.  I’m suddenly interested.


April 18, 2008 Posted by | info viz, search | 1 Comment

good mag: nuclear weapons

[Via Infosthetics]

February 13, 2008 Posted by | geo/pol, info viz | Leave a comment

bldgblog library




















buildings and books

books and people

people and machines

machines and buildings

and people


Some of these things go together, you know.

Spacetime, mind; meat and machines.

December 3, 2007 Posted by | info sci, info viz, libraries | 1 Comment

yahoo like seadragon

yahoo! design innovation team

Take a look at Bookscape, and the movie demo there… Reminds of Seadragon:


“The Open Library project (part of the Internet Archive) has scanned and digitized about 2,600 illustrated books for children, all full of about 250,000 illustrations total. It it hard to see all the pictures without paging through each book however, so this experimental interface uses dynamic resampling of image data to place all the images in one zoomable space, arranged alphabetically by title.”

(via infosthetics

via ishush)

November 28, 2007 Posted by | info viz, libraries | Leave a comment


note to self:

after Zaha Hadid, we need to take a close look at

Ali Rahim

Kostas Terzidis

Sophia Vyzoviti

and think, how arbitrary are Hadid’s lines, and why? ain’t it all a bit 90s? the Pritzker just now catching up with post- Spice Girls urban UK?

random spikes paradoxically lifeless. give me some organic purpose — or is this all a bit nihilistic, with an F-you to the good green earth… which is kind of tasty in its own way…  Hadid as rock-n-roll.  War torn.  Rogers as neat and nerdy, “likable”.

Any how. Vyzoviti’s Folding. Time Machine Go. The mean maths of large-scale feng shui boxing.

November 12, 2007 Posted by | info viz, making | Leave a comment

hello world, qr code

“Hello, world!” is a real installation for the virtual globe of
the software Google Earth. A Semacode measuring 160 x 160 meters was mown into a wheat field near the town of Ilmenau in the Land Thuringia. The code consists of 18 x 18 bright and dark squares producing decoded the phrase “Hello, world!”.
The project was realized in May 2006 and photographs were taken of it during a picture flight in the following month.

This here:

…is where your virtual and your ‘real’ get all tangled up and soupy.

October 3, 2007 Posted by | geo/pol, info sci, info viz, search | , , , , , | 2 Comments

dear liberal friends & conservative friends

UPDATE | I take issue with the way non-intervention is ‘ranked left’ in this little info schematic.  Anyways… |

Do bear in mind that this is in fact what “conservative” once meant:

‘”As president, one of my priorities will be restoring the 10th amendment and federalism. Decisions about issues like civil unions or right-to-die legislation should be made by the states, not the federal government. I will stop federal judges from imposing new definitions on the States. I will also return control over education to parents and local communities. Decisions about whether or not to fund vouchers, have merit pay for teachers or extend the school year should be made by parents and local school boards, not by D.C.-based bureaucrats.

“I will also pursue true free trade with low tariffs and less burdensome regulation. However, I reject the “managed trade” approach of the World Trade Organization, North American Free Trade Agreement and Central American Free Trade Agreement.”‘ (Paul @ Forbes)

You can’t hand-pick it, though. He’d ax No Child Left Behind… and he’d ax social welfare. He’d support a state’s right to legalize gay marriage… and its right to legalize full-auto machine guns for personal use. No WTO… and no federally mandated environmental regulations.

So most folks are too scared by the prospect to take him seriously. We’re scared to be without our federal safety net. Afraid we can’t do it on our own, and afraid we don’t trust our neighbors to help us put together a supple and vibrant local civic ethos… I reckon.

Me? I’m taking a chance on it — and him — at least in the primaries.

October 3, 2007 Posted by | geo/pol, info sci, info viz | , , , , , | 1 Comment

wrangle spime wand phone, yeah?

Heavy D sends:

Using image-matching algorithms the researchers have found a way to adorn the real world with digital content.

The technology has already been used to create a guide of Edinburgh that allows people to find virtual artworks placed around the city using their mobile.

Another related project uses the technology to automatically update a person’s blog with their location.

“It’s about using a camera phone as a magic wand,” said Dr Mark Wright of the Division of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh who came up with the idea.

At the heart of Spellbinder, as the project is known, is a database of all the places that participants have added data to. People query it by taking a snap of a location with their phone then using multimedia text messages to send it to Spellbinder.


Well hell, this isn’t taking long at all, is it?



August 9, 2007 Posted by | info sci, info viz, ubicomp | Leave a comment

hotmap views


When you increase the information level, once you’re good and zoomed in, you see the number of searches per smaller cells in much greater detail.  There are many many many cells that get least-viewed status all over the U.S., and all over the world.  A finer toothed comb.

My read: There’s a bald little spot a mile to the north-east of Agadem, Niger, which represents the least-viewed most westerly spot in Africa (and excluding one such similar spot in rural Argentina, and the North American tundra, the most westerly least-viewed on land in the hemisphere):


In Europe, the most westerly least-viewed is a few square miles to the immediate east of Rastimyarvi, Russia:


Hotmaps : popularity of views in MS’s virtual earth software.  Might be fun to compare popularity of views in Google Earth to MS.  Anyways,

What does it show?

Hotmap shows where people have looked at when using Virtual Earth, the engine that powers Live Search Maps: the darker a point, the more times it has been downloaded. Each square represents one unit of imagery, called a “tile”. When the program starts, it shows tiles at zoom level 11, which has tiles at a resolution of 74 meters-per-pixel. At the closest in, Virtual Earth has tiles at zoom level 19, 0.3 meters-per-pixel. You can look at higher- or lower-resolution points with the “select data level” indicator at the top.

A sample of imagery and a relative sense of what was in a given spot is available at each scale by right-clicking on the map. The “locator map” shows imagery at the specific point clicked.

This data is based on a sample of tile logs on servers from January through July of 2006; it is not live. It combines server hits from road, aerial, and hybrid imagery in one view.

July 19, 2007 Posted by | geo/pol, info viz | Leave a comment

please librarians i hope you will not

let architects do all your thinking for you please (yeah).

[Joshuah Prince-Ramus on abt Seattle’s public library design]

Joshua Prince-Ramus is architect of the Seattle Public Library and principal of REX (Ramus-Ella Architects). Previously, he was U.S. Director of Rem Koolhaas’s Office of Metropolitan Architecture. Through a series of beautiful visualizations, he deconstructs the collaborative process of building the Seattle Public Library, and also offers a sneak preview of his works in progress (The Wyly Theater in Dallas, Texas and Museum Plaza in Louisville, Kentucky). (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 20:43) – More TEDTalks at

July 18, 2007 Posted by | info sci, info viz, libraries, video | Leave a comment