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Minneapolis Memory
|| 2/27/2005 || 3:45 am || Comments Off on Minneapolis Memory || ||

So the domes in the center are the Minneapolis Convention Center. The domes give the rendering an interesting degree of symmetry (which I love). The first print of this rendering is going to my colleague from ESRI, Angie, who lives in Minneapolis and gave me the inspiration to make this rendering. I used the same template for this rendering as I used for the “Post 9/11 Reflection #3” rendering, yet since I used imagery from the USGS, I can sell this baby to the highest bidder. I wonder if my relatives in St. Paul would like a copy? Eh.

##update##
Hello visitors from The Dredwerkz. I definitely think GeoURL is one of the coolest websites out there. It gives the web an interesting spatial context which can show how people with various opinions and lifestyles can cohabitate within a neighborhood, and best of all blog about it!

FYI, this person also has a blog in my house. She just hasn’t been added to the database yet. I think you might find hers a little more fun to read than mine!



3 weeks of Brussels
|| 2/21/2005 || 12:40 pm || Comments Off on 3 weeks of Brussels || ||

So three weeks ago my oldest sister came from Brussels to DC, and then two weeks ago my friend JR had his friend in town from Brussels, and from Sunday until Tuesday president Bush has been in Brussels. Three weeks of Brussels in my life…more than any other time. I have to take note of something like this because it doesn’t happen often! I wonder if there if it will be 4 weeks of Brussels! If you want an extreme close-up of Brussels, check out this animation!

For the hell of it, I am going to repost my “Star of Brussels” rendering :-)

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Weekend Retreat!
|| 2/20/2005 || 12:40 pm || Comments Off on Weekend Retreat! || ||

I haven’t posted anything on here in a lil bit. As usual, I’ve been too bizzy too blog, but I hope that I have some more time this week to write up my thoughts.

I went with two groups of friends, the DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency and the Rhythm Workers Union, to an antique book store in southwestern Virginia for a poetry & drumming weekend retreat. While I love the form of music known as Drum & Bass, I am not a huge fan drumming on a djembe. As a dancer, I prefer the music to have more substance than a mere 4 count, which tribal drumming is based on. I like to have at least an 8 count to dance to. Tribal drumming in its essence is simply too primitive for my tastes, yet I still learned the basics of drumming over the weekend. I also wrote and performed some of my poetry. I felt I was able to practice performing my poetry with a very receptive audience. Although I don’t have my freestyle down yet, I really really want to work on that (along with breakdancing).

I had one major epiphany while in the antique bookstore over the weekend. It was that no matter how much time I spend learning, I would never reach a knowledge ceiling. I mean it was absolutely surreal partying around thousands of people’s life work. I felt like Dr. Faustus in an infinite library of knowledge. I went and snooped around for hours and hours discovering so much. Antique Roadshow would have a heyday in this place!

I ended up taking home a 1969 U.S. Air Force Manual on Survival. It shows what fruits, berries, and grasses one can eat as well as how to create a sextant to track your location. Since Bush was reselected, I’ve taken up an odd survivalist mentality, and I feel this book adds a nice dynamic to my emergency information resources.

In the end, I felt like I am closer to a lot of people I worked with in the planning of and execution of the counter-inaugural activities. I look forward to working with them all in future endeavors around the DC area, and hopefully go back to the bookstore for another retreat.



the world in 7200 seconds
|| 2/15/2005 || 9:55 pm || Comments Off on the world in 7200 seconds || ||

After watching 2 hours of international news on Mhz Networkand I change the channel to Fox News just in time to get Shepard Smith’s “the World in 80 Seconds.”

The difference in 7,200 seconds versus 80 seconds is amazing, absolutely amazing.

No mention of the high school students striking all over France…
#update# you can watch the footage here
No mention of the elections in Northern India. ( I saw some of that indelible ink! no purple revolution there!)

No mention of the fire at the Mosque in Tehran which killed 59.

No human viewpoint from the Lebanese who knew the former Prime Minister
(did you see the size of the crater that bomb left? I’ve seen a lot of footage of car bombs in the last few years, but that explosion left a m a s s i v e crater.)

Or about 7120 seconds of real information….

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gaia theory
|| 2/14/2005 || 7:10 pm || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

My friend Heather Fink nicely touches on Lovelock’s Gaia Theory:

All things in the world, nature, people, mountains and all- they are all amazing in themselves. Our universe, as one living, breathing, interacting thing, is so fucking amazing, that I believe that all things and all atoms share existence as something that we all have in common. Simply that we are alive and exist, we are all sharing time. This time right now together. And the sum of all things existing, as a whole, works together to create a sum greater than that of its parts. So the world is so amazing and phenomenal that things perceived as supernatural or miraculous are actually a part of this world, and not something else.

A theory that has affected my spirituality immensely. When you stand atop a majestic mountain or plant your feet in the cool ocean water or look down at the earth from a satellite, you can see how everything is interconnected while interdependent. I study geography, the science of space & place, and the understanding of the Gaia Theory, the notion that I am apart of one giant living organism means that my space and place within such a system is crucial. Am I a virus (think Matrix, consuming and destroying) or am I an organ (collection of cells doing a specfic task in balance)? Or maybe I’m some vestigial organ? For some reason I like think I am a cancerous organ, doing a specific task while my free radical cells rebel.



More Bush than you ever want to see…
|| 2/13/2005 || 8:00 pm || Comments Off on More Bush than you ever want to see… || ||

Interactive Quicktime Virtual Reality Animation

Happy Valentines Day Mr. President



Preamble to the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe
|| || 5:04 pm || Comments Off on Preamble to the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe || ||

MAJESTY THE KING OF THE BELGIANS, THE PRESIDENT OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC, HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF DENMARK, THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC, HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF SPAIN, THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC, THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND, THE PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LATVIA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE GRAND DUKE OF LUXEMBOURG, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF HUNGARY, THE PRESIDENT OF MALTA, HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF THE NETHERLANDS, THE FEDERAL PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF AUSTRIA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND, THE PRESIDENT OF THE PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF FINLAND, THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF SWEDEN, HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND,

DRAWING INSPIRATION from the cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe, from which have developed the universal values of the inviolable and inalienable rights of the human person, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law,

BELIEVING that Europe, reunited after bitter experiences, intends to continue along the path of civilisation, progress and prosperity, for the good of all its inhabitants, including the weakest and most deprived; that it wishes to remain a continent open to culture, learning and social progress; and that it wishes to deepen the democratic and transparent nature of its public life, and to strive for peace, justice and solidarity throughout the world,

CONVINCED that, while remaining proud of their own national identities and history, the peoples of Europe are determined to transcend their former divisions and, united ever more closely, to forge a common destiny,

CONVINCED that, thus ‘United in diversity’, Europe offers them the best chance of pursuing, with due regard for the rights of each individual and in awareness of their responsibilities towards future generations and the Earth, the great venture which makes of it a special area of human hope,

DETERMINED to continue the work accomplished within the framework of the Treaties establishing the European Communities and the Treaty on European Union, by ensuring the continuity of the Community acquis,

GRATEFUL to the members of the European Convention for having prepared the draft of this Constitution on behalf of the citizens and States of Europe,

I decided to learn about the E.U. today.



Two guests from Brussels in two weeks
|| || 3:57 pm || Comments Off on Two guests from Brussels in two weeks || ||

Last week my sister flew to DC last week from Brussels for an interview for a fellowship at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts (I gave her my “Brussels #5” rendering). This week’s guest from Brussels turned out to work for a German Green Party representative in the E.U. Parliament. I found out that in Germany, the Green Party got 13% of the popular vote! He ended up showing me the website and a few of the their ads they used in Berlin. I decided to rip off their design that I knew I could (multi)replicate. In German it says “YOU DECIDE !- GIVE CLONING A CHANCE” I think I can add a good slogan of my own. Nonetheless, big ups to a global political party.



September 3rd, 1967 – what have we learned?
|| 2/11/2005 || 12:55 am || Comments Off on September 3rd, 1967 – what have we learned? || ||

I just found this a few clicks away from the bible verse in my last post….

Iraq as another Vietnam? Compare election coverage then and now.
Consider the US government’s cheery assessment of Iraq’s recent election, and then read this article from the September 3, 1967 issue of the New York Times. Insert ‘Iraq’ for ‘Vietnam’ and ask: So what have we learned?

I think we’ve learned that people will believe anything they read or hear.
Oh yeah, and those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.



bible verse of the day
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I hope to get a good verse or two in from most religions… This one I found randomly in an Adbusters article:

Look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

Anyways I am rendering a custom image for someone. Its of the Pearl River Delta in China. For the first rendering, I altered the colors around in the source satellite image. Its a bit colorful, so I am not sure how well it will be liked.

Click here to view the final map: “Lady Liberty on a quilt of the Pearl River Delta”





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