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the Receipt Deceit
|| 3/19/2005 || 10:43 pm || Comments Off on the Receipt Deceit || ||

Last night I had an epiphany concerning sustainability & commerce. I stumbled upon a cache of receipts that I hadn’t placed in my recycle bin and realized that for every transaction we conduct in our lives in which a receipt is generated, somewhere, an unknown time ago, a tree was cut down to supply the paper for the transaction. Meaning that every time we buy, something had to die.

If our economic system is built upon a standard in which commerce must always be increasing, there will most likely be a point in which there are no more trees. Maybe in some Brave New World there will be a cashless & paperless society that wouldn’t be the problem.
Oh wait.

Now if I were to make something, and you were to make something or even have a service, and we exchanged our values & services then nothing had to die. –But that just sounds too perfect… How could that be applied to a large scale in such a specialized society? I’m open for answers…



Abstract Baltimore
|| || 4:31 pm || Comments Off on Abstract Baltimore || ||

Pretty Abstract! I still feel that it looks like a gas mask!

This rendering and the next (Baltimore Lenz) both contain a subtle change that makes them different from all of the other renderings. I decided to create a watermark of my “signed” name within the satellite imagery. So when you are looking at the print up close, you can see that I have embedded my signature. Call it visual meta-tagging.

I am debating on whether I should continue this practice or not. In doing so, I can theoretically remove the banner with my “signed” name that every image has and just render the images in 3:2 and save the step of post processing the rendering. Yet, the visual meta-tag is only visible when printed out an not on my standard web size of 800 X 1200. For now I just use both styles.



save RFK!
|| 3/18/2005 || 11:00 pm || Comments Off on save RFK! || ||

its too bad I don’t have newer imagery that shows the baseball field instead of the soccer field.

I really like RFK Stadium because it reminds me of a slightly squashed version of Busch Stadium in my hometown of Saint Louis, Missourah.
RFK just needs a good fixer-upper. Its also in a beautiful location which is geographically in line with the National Mall. The new stadium will definitely not be. :-(

Background aerial photography from the USGS. I believe the photograph was taken in the summer 2002.



Jesus, your house smells!
|| || 6:52 pm || Comments Off on Jesus, your house smells! || ||

from this weird news item:

You can find candles with just about every fragrance imaginable, from blueberry to ocean mist to hot apple pie. Now there’s a candle that lets you experience the scent of Jesus, and they’ve been selling out by the case.

“We see it as a ministry, ” says Bob Tosterud, who together with his wife came up with the idea for the candle.

Light up the candle called “His Essence” and its makers say you’ll experience the fragrance of Christ.

Bob Tosterud and wife Karen say the formula is all spelled out in Psalm 45.

“It’s a Messianic Psalm referring to when Christ returns and his garments will have the scent of myrrh, aloe and cassia,” says Karen Tosterud.

Wondering what that must smell like, Karen Tosterud ordered those oils, a combination that produces sort of a flowery, cinnamon aroma. Then she called on a friend who just happened to be a candle-maker.

“And in October, we got our first batch of 768 candles. We had no idea how it would go,” Karen Tosterud says.

But once word got out they went through 10,000 candles.

“It’s the only one on the market and everyone tells us it’s very unique and nothing like it,” says Karen Tosterud.

“We wanted people to be able to experience Christ in new ways and to be able to read a bible and have that scent and that candle as a reminder that he is with us all the time.”

“You can’t see him and you can’t touch him,” says Bob Tosterud. “This is a situation where you may be able to sense him by smelling. And it provides a really new dimension to one’s experience with Jesus.”

The candles never stay on the shelves for long. The Tosteruds say each one that goes out is like a ministry in itself.

The candles sell for about $18. They are sold in about 150 stores around the country. Or you can order them online at www.hisessence.com.

You can also call this phone number: 877-psalm-45.

Next up, cologne of Jesus called “Holy Eau,”– “Give me a spritz of his holiness!”

What I think will be funny is when a church burns down from His Essence getting out of control. The headline will read, “His Essence ravaged the church and while it spewed forth burning embers. One parishioner said he saw someone walking in the flames!”

Take me back 500 years ago, and I bet I could not only sell His Essence, but his shoes, his shroud, and even his teeth. So what if they are fake right? So long as you believe…..right?



new visitors
|| || 10:39 am || Comments Off on new visitors || ||

I was doing my daily check of my website logs this morning, and I am very pleased my colleague Joseph Kerski recieved my print in the mail! I can tell he liked it because he sent my link to some of his friends. In the end, I recieved 10 hits from various USGS employees. That’s definitely the most hits I’ve recieved from one government agency in one day! I wonder who else will check out my work today? I’ll definitely find out tomorrow. Last night I added some content to my design & video pages, and most importantly I included a link to my most recent project, www.GeoSpatialArt.com.

##UPDATE##
Well tomorrow has come and there have been 23 more USGS visits :-) Including someone from NORAD & someone from DHS. I hope you have enjoyed your visit!

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A Very Green Saint Patrick’s Day
|| 3/17/2005 || 11:38 pm || Comments Off on A Very Green Saint Patrick’s Day || ||

On Valentines day I made an interactive 3D tesselation of George Bush’s bust, and on the day you are supposed to wear green, Saint Patrick’s Day, I decided to make the above image.

My coincidental inspiration was the letter I received today in the mail from the Green Party of the United States politely asking for money. As a proud member of the DC Statehood Green Party, I’ll definitely send some, but above is my in-kind donation. Is it worth $2,001?



GITA in Denver
|| 3/14/2005 || 10:58 am || Comments Off on GITA in Denver || ||

From the Denver Post

In the future, changes will be mapped in space and time so changes in data on a map can be seen in “real time,” Dangermond said.

“The thought is that we as human beings will be more conscious,” Dangermond said. “We’ll be able to think like a society because we’ll be able to see what we’re doing to the planet.”

Jack Dangermond is the president of ESRI and one of my heroes. I randomly ran into him about a month ago at a National Geographic Society event. I was hoping to meet him at a different event, but right when I walked into the building he greeted me and told me that the presentation was about to begin. I had no clue that it was him! It wasn’t until I sat down that I realized that I had been greeted by the Bill Gates of GIS. I plan on sending him one of my renderings in the near future as a token of my appreciation. Maybe I should make him one called the “Star of Redlands” :-)



Baltimore World Trade Center…
|| 3/13/2005 || 5:56 pm || Comments Off on Baltimore World Trade Center… || ||

I downloaded an aerial photograph of the entire downtown Baltimore area. I noticed that the Baltimore World Trade Center showed up perfectly geographically aligned in the orthorectified image (as in I didn’t rotate it). I cut out the building, reflected it:

I ended up making my first piece of Geospatial Art using only photoshop. I signed this one “created” rather than “rendered” to lexically differenciate the two methods of synthesizing the imagery. I think I might end up using the image below as a background for the next Baltimore rendering. I thinking of going “Abstract“.



The D.C. Colonist in the Washington Post
|| || 4:54 pm || Comments Off on The D.C. Colonist in the Washington Post || ||

I just pasted the content of the article that I cared to read…


The result:


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The Colonist in the Post
|| || 11:11 am || Comments Off on The Colonist in the Post || ||

From this morning’s Washington Post:

Another capital pastime — politics — was also on display. Adam Eidinger, a frequent D.C. Statehood Green candidate who protested taxpayer financing for the Nationals’ future ballpark in the city, wore an 18th-century-style frock coat, ruffled shirt, knee breeches and white stockings, modeling what he said should be the team’s new mascot, a colonist — a nod to D.C. residents’ status as taxpaying U.S. citizens without a vote in Congress.

Eidinger, a publicist and protest organizer, said he planned to buy 20 tickets for supporters to attend games with flip cards carrying his “Strike-4-Statehood” slogan, hoping to snare television time.

Once I have the approval from a few others, I’ll post the picture / flyer I made using a picture of Adam dressed up as a colonist! I think its great- we beat Major League Baseball and selected a mascot first!





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