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Cheyenne Quilt
|| 8/31/2006 || 2:48 am || Comments Off on Cheyenne Quilt || ||

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It appears that I beat Google to another Capital.

Cheyenne, Wyoming, home of our Vice President, and a state with less population than Washington, DC. This .16m imagery of Cheyenne was released the same day as .60m imagery of NYC. I only downloaded the area around the state capital because the source spatial resolution was so high (.16m = bigger file), maybe they can integrate a feature that allows the dataset to be deciminated in different spatial resolutions. Just think if they would have released NYC at .16m! Since NYC was released at .60m (almost 4X more space per download) I was able to download a few large datasets of the Chelsea, Tribeca, Central Park, and Willamsburg. I am looking forward to the next set of maps.

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University of South Florida Quilt with Clouds
|| 8/27/2006 || 11:16 pm || Comments Off on University of South Florida Quilt with Clouds || ||

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I’ve only made one other map with clouds. Yet in that map the clouds did not take on any extra meaning beyond the subtle religious commentary on behalf of the Mormon Church. Yet this map relates to a conversation I had with my sister when she moved to Tampa Florida to teach at the University of South Florida. I asked “Are you prepared for a hurricane?” and her answer was what I expected, “Not yet.” The synthetic clouds in this map represent her likelihood of her experiencing a hurricane while living in Florida. I was unable to make the clouds look like a hurricane per se, but I was able to make them symmetrical, which aesthetically I like better. Regardless, I am worried about a major hurricane hitting Tampa and my sister being in the middle of it. Ironically, my two sisters & I all live in geographic locations that have some level of risk to them: one sister lives in San Francisco (earthquake), the other sister lives in Tampa (hurricane), and I live in Washington, DC (terrorism). Good thing my mom still lives in the midwest…

This rendering took 27 hours to complete, and it’s only half the normal size I usually make my maps. I originally tried to make it at the normal size(216 megapixels), but after 5 minutes and only 5 lines rendered, I decided to cancel the rendering and make it only half size. The reason for the extra rendering time is the nature of how the clouds are made. The depth of each ray of light that hits the clouds has to be determined, which slows down the entire rendering considerably.

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University of South Florida Quilt
|| 8/26/2006 || 11:07 pm || Comments Off on University of South Florida Quilt || ||

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This map was made for my sister. She recently joined the faculty at the University of South Florida and will be teaching art history. I am so proud of her! I hope to print this out for her and give it to her for Christmas. I’d love to have it hanging in her office…

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Donations to the Library of Congress Geography & Mapping Division
|| 8/25/2006 || 3:40 pm || Comments Off on Donations to the Library of Congress Geography & Mapping Division || ||

Today I donated the 8 maps I was commissioned to produce to the Library of Congress’ Geography & Mapping Division. I must say for the first time in my life I feel that my work, my existence, now has longevity to it. As in when I die, my work will live on. While the cartographic collection of over 5 million maps now has only 8 more maps, there is something truly special about knowing that the work I did in my short life will be remembered forever. After I left the Library of Congress I took a long walk to the Archives metro to take in the beauty of it all.

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An Interchange in Omaha
|| 8/23/2006 || 3:03 pm || Comments Off on An Interchange in Omaha || ||

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Well not just some random interchange, it’s the confluence of Highway 75 and Interstate 480 – aka the Gerald Ford Freeway. There are two main comments about this map. One is about design and the other is about the subject. To start, the design is slightly flawed! Well it looks perfect from a 1:15 scale, but it’s one pixel off! When I was tessellating the photograph, I accidentally left one extra pixel on the seams of the tile. So when you zoom into the map, you see this small white line on the seams. It looks cool, but it’s not perfectly seamless like the rest. As for the subject, I didn’t know it when I was making the tile, but Gerald Ford has been in the hospital recently and the interstate that makes up half of this map is named after him.

View the Google Map of the interchange of Highway 75 & the Gerald Ford Freeway (I-480).

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8 Wards on the Wall
|| 8/21/2006 || 2:00 pm || Comments Off on 8 Wards on the Wall || ||

Image from Inspiration Information:

As someone noted, there is an interesting spider reflection in the background. This is from my choice to not dry mount the prints. I want them to wrinkle a wee bit :)



Hospital for Horses & Dogs
|| 8/20/2006 || 4:11 pm || Comments Off on Hospital for Horses & Dogs || ||

I am exhbiting my maps at this:



Portsmouth Quilt #3
|| 8/18/2006 || 12:45 am || Comments Off on Portsmouth Quilt #3 || ||

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I am happy with how this fractal came out.

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Portsmouth Quilt #2
|| 8/16/2006 || 8:42 am || Comments Off on Portsmouth Quilt #2 || ||

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Portsmouth Quilt
|| 8/15/2006 || 12:34 am || Comments Off on Portsmouth Quilt || ||

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I beat Google again…

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