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The Masked Mapmaker
|| 3/31/2007 || 10:54 am || Comments Off on The Masked Mapmaker || ||

David Montgomery’s story about me was syndicated in Hong Kong’s The Standard, Weekend Edition.

I am quite surprised the story made it so far!



Home Quilt #6
|| 3/30/2007 || 3:23 pm || Comments Off on Home Quilt #6 || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :

This is the 10th map of my neighborhood and I think it’s the 3rd fractal. It turned out perfectly- minus the fact that I acciddentally yanked the power plug to my external hard drive and had to start the rendering all over again… My next map should be of Charleston, South Carolina.

View the Google Map of the Shaw neighborhood in Washington, DC.

Related Maps:
Home Quilt
– Home Quilt #2
– Home Quilt #3
– Home Quilt #4
– Home Quilt #5
– U Street, NW
– U Street, NE
– U Street, SW
– U Street, SE

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Home Quilt #5
|| 3/29/2007 || 3:22 pm || Comments Off on Home Quilt #5 || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :

It’s been well over a year since I’ve made any maps of my neighborhood and with this installment I’ll have 9 maps that feature the rowhouse I live in.

This is the first quilt projection using the 2005 imagery of Washington, DC and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. Sadly, the “NO WAR” brickwork on my rooftop is not present, but at .16 meters per pixel it’s rich with detail. Up next will be #6 based off of a derivative tessellation created from this map. Like the White House and the U.S. Capitol, I can now say that I beat google maps to my house :)

View the Google Map of the Shaw neighborhood in Washington, DC.

Related Maps:
• Home Quilt
• Home Quilt #2
• Home Quilt #3
• Home Quilt #4
• U Street, NW
• U Street, NE
• U Street, SW
• U Street, SE

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Comparative Meta-Data of the USGS Orthoimagery of Washington, DC – 2002 / 2005
|| 3/28/2007 || 9:50 am || Comments Off on Comparative Meta-Data of the USGS Orthoimagery of Washington, DC – 2002 / 2005 || ||

With the recent acquisition of the 2005 aerial photography of the White House, I decided to look over the computer generated meta-data that came bundled with the .tif file from the USGS. What I found was somewhat surprising in that the USGS makes note that “No metadata were received with this data.

This essentially means that not only is the White House itself redacted, but the agency/corporation that took the pictures has been redacted as well. In the 2002 meta-data, it explicitly states the name of the corporation that was contracted to take the aerial photography, EarthData International of Maryland, LLC. Yet in the 2005 meta-data this information is suspiciously absent.

I must ask why? Was it done using government planes or was it contracted out? Moreover, why should this fact be removed from the meta-data?

To say the aerial photography magically arrived on the USGS servers is one thing, but to say that it was acquired by EarthData International of Maryland, LLC then processed at a USGS facility gives a better picture of the process involved in the creation of this imagery.

After the fold are the two meta-data files from the 2002 and 2005 USGS orthphotography. Of note is that there is more detailed information about the process invoved to create the 2005 orthoimagery, yet the source of it is withheld.

Daniel Denk at RemoteSensingTools has an interesting take on this issue.

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OSCE Finds US Government Violates Human Rights
|| 3/27/2007 || 4:21 pm || Comments Off on OSCE Finds US Government Violates Human Rights || ||

Posted on Sunday to theMail by my friend Timothy Cooper:

On March 9, the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe’s Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) issued a major report on the 2006 mid-term US congressional elections(PDF), and concluded that the US government violates DC citizens’ basic political rights, as well as those of US citizens living in the territories, by denying them full representation in Congress. The OSCE report states, among other things, that “US citizens who are not citizens of one of the fifty states are not able to vote for members of Congress who have the right to vote on the floor. . . . These restrictions exist even though such US citizens are subject to US federal law and pay federal taxes. . . . It is . . . estimated that in Washington, DC, alone, without including US citizens of US territories, up to half a million US citizens are not permitted to vote in federal elections for full congressional representation. As these citizens are subject to US laws, including taxation, the denial of full representation, as underscored by the Constitution and Supreme Court decisions, would appear to be a limitation of voting rights.” The OSCE recommends that “US authorities should consider all possibilities to provide full representation rights for all US citizens.”

The OSCE is Europe’s largest human rights monitoring body. It is composed of 56 countries, spans the globe from Russia to Canada, and is the world’s preeminent democratic election monitoring body, which regularly observes elections in all OSCE countries. The US is a founding member of the organization, and is bound by all of its human rights commitment. The right to participate equally in one’s own national legislature is a key OSCE democratic election standard under the 1990 Copenhagen Act. In 2002, Worldrights launched a campaign to win the OSCE’s endorsement of full Congressional voting rights for DC residents. Since then, Worldrights has appeared at the OSCE’s annual Human Dimension Implementation meetings in Warsaw, Poland, pressing for the OSCE to address the DC issue and make recommendations. The complete report may be found at: http://www.world-rights.org.

Worldrights has also requested that the US Helsinki Commission, under the new leadership of Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), hold hearings on US noncompliance. The Helsinki Commission regularly monitors the human rights compliance of other OSCE countries.

On July 1st, 2005 I greeted the OSCE parliamentarians when they met in Washington, DC for the first time. Alongside Tim, Statehood Green Party members, and DC Vote, we organized a street meet & greet, where I said hello to the parliamentarians dressed in my colonial costume as they entered the hotel for the day’s meetings.

That afternoon we had a press conference in Freedom Plaza (you can watch the video here, scroll down to OSCE) next to a ballot box enclosed in a barbed wire fence. The following day, we conducted the first even naval lobbying effort in the history of D.C.! As the OSCE parliamentarians took a yatch ride to the historic home of George Washington, we followed them on D.C. Shadow Senator’s Paul Strauss’ boat with a banner that read “OSCE Equal Voting Rights for D.C.”

Seeing this continued postition of the OSCE is great news and shows that our efforts have had a lasting impact. Alas, we still are denied representation in both chambers of Congress….

Read my OSCE related blog entries…
Text of the OSCE Report(PDF) after the fold.

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The White House is Off-Limits to the Public: An Exploration of Censorship’s Perimeter
|| 3/26/2007 || 3:32 pm || Comments Off on The White House is Off-Limits to the Public: An Exploration of Censorship’s Perimeter || ||

click the image above to view my latest installment in the Lost Series

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Changing the World
|| || 5:38 am || Comments Off on Changing the World || ||

David Montgomery’s story about me was syndicated in the Philadelphia Inquirer today.

To those visiting from Philadelphia, I welcome you and your comments. If you are interested in obtaining a map of Philadelphia, I currently have Philly Quilt #1 and Philly Quilt #2 available for purchase. I should have the two mandalas available shortly.

My most recent cartographic activities (below) involve using a php script to randomly display details of the maps I made last year. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making these creations!



The U.S. Capitol is Off-Limits to the Public: An Exploration of Censorship’s Perimeter
|| 3/25/2007 || 9:46 am || Comments Off on The U.S. Capitol is Off-Limits to the Public: An Exploration of Censorship’s Perimeter || ||

click image above to view my latest installment to the Lost Series

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On the map, off the wall
|| 3/24/2007 || 8:31 am || Comments Off on On the map, off the wall || ||

David Montgomery’s Here Be Dragons was syndicated this morning in Fort Wayne, Indiana’s The Journal Gazette as “On the map, off the wall – Shadow blogger manipulates geographic images.”

Of note is that it’s been slightly edited like the rest of syndicated stories and like the original there are hyperlinks in the on-line version. Yet, while the original contained links to all of the maps that were mentioned in the story, this syndicated version contains only two links: one to my website and the other to the Secret Service!



Map proves Portuguese discovered Australia
|| 3/23/2007 || 5:39 pm || Comments Off on Map proves Portuguese discovered Australia || ||

If Trickett is right, Mendonca’s map shows he sailed past Fraser Island off Australia’s northeast coast, into Botany Bay in Sydney, and south to Kangaroo Island off southern Australia, before returning to Malacca via New Zealand’s north island.

Mendonca’s discovery was kept secret to prevent other European powers reaching the new land, said Trickett, who believes his theory is supported by discoveries of 16th century Portuguese artifacts on the Australian and New Zealand coasts.

Read the rest of the Reuters report here.





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