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Jacksonville Quilt #2
|| 7/31/2007 || 8:42 am || Comments Off on Jacksonville Quilt #2 || ||

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Read my comments concerning the Jacksonville maps here

View the Google Map of Jacksonville, Florida.

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Jacksonville Quilt
|| 7/30/2007 || 5:37 pm || Comments Off on Jacksonville Quilt || ||

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In an effort to cover more areas that have available imagery that I haven’t mapped yet, I decided to make a couple maps of Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to downloading the Jacksonville imagery I made an attempt to get some imagery of Connecticut because I have yet to map the Constitution State. However, there was only black & white imagery and false color imagery, both of which I don’t like to use.

When preparing to download the Jacksonville imagery I had the choice to download .3 meter imagery from 2004 and 1 foot imagery from 2005. Both equal roughly the same spatial resolution (.3 meters = about 1 foot), but what I discovered after viewing the imagery was that Google is currently using the 2004 imagery. Thus I chose to use the 2005 imagery so that I can add another city where I beat Google to the map.

View the Google Map of Jacksonville, Florida.

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MyGoogleMaps : Google’s Censorship Perimeter
|| 7/29/2007 || 4:42 pm || Comments Off on MyGoogleMaps : Google’s Censorship Perimeter || ||

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Links to the MyGoogleMap:

Download the KML file

I previously made a few static maps of the area but today I decided to make a MyGoogleMap so that others may interactively explore the area of Google’s censorship. I tried my best to be within 50ft of the line throughout the roughly 12 mile perimeter. As I stated yesterday, the area matches up with Google’s 3D buildings and I still feel that Google should update the entire downtown area with the most recent imagery.



3D Buildings at the expense of newer imagery?
|| 7/28/2007 || 3:59 pm || Comments Off on 3D Buildings at the expense of newer imagery? || ||

After conducting some more analysis concerning Google’s censorship of Washington, DC, I discovered a possible reason as to why the older imagery is being used….. 3D Buildings

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Racine Quilt #2
|| 7/27/2007 || 7:17 pm || Comments Off on Racine Quilt #2 || ||

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I really like the way the color of the water shows up. The buildings are slightly bleached out, but its because the source imagery arrived that way. I want to make Madison next but its only available in black & white. bleh.

View the Google Map of Racine, Wisconsin.

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submitted today
|| 7/25/2007 || 8:10 pm || Comments Off on submitted today || ||

I submitted my book proposal that I’ve been working on for the last 15 months.  I will post updates as they come.



Racine Quilt
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After years of waiting I finally have color aerial photography of Wisconsin available to use. Green Bay is still not available to download and Milwaulkee’s imagery is a bit colorless (but not black & white), so I doubt I’ll be making anymore from this state for a little bit. Regardless, I am happy to have made a map for the state of Wisconsin.

View the Google Map of Racine, Wisconsin.

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710 & 405 Quilt
|| 7/24/2007 || 10:09 am || Comments Off on 710 & 405 Quilt || ||

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Click here to read more about the series “Los Angeles Interchanges”

View the Google Map of the intersection of I-105 & I-405 in Los Angeles.

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Enrico Fermi Nuclear Reactor Quilt
|| 7/23/2007 || 8:01 am || Comments Off on Enrico Fermi Nuclear Reactor Quilt || ||

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In November of 2005 I went to Ann Arbor, Michigan for Thanksgiving. While riding in a bus from Toledo to Detroit I saw the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Reactor off in the distance. When I was making the maps of Detroit last year I tried to download the imagery of the reactor, but was unable to because the USGS coverage of Detroit did not reach far enough south. And now it does :-)

This map uses the same cloud motif that Baton Rogue Quilt uses, but there is a larger issue I am expoliting in this map. No, it’s not Homer Simpson job, but national security. In my opinion, nuclear power plants are some of the most dangerous places on earth and should be guarded heavily, even through redaction. Yet while Google is censoring downtown Washington, DC, anyone in the world can download high resolution imagery of a nuclear power plant in rural Michigan. Where is the security? Well at least I see beauty.
View the Google Map of the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Reactor outside of Detroit, Michigan.

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Google’s View of D.C. Melds New and Sharp, Old and Fuzzy – Washington Post
|| 7/22/2007 || 4:39 pm || Comments Off on Google’s View of D.C. Melds New and Sharp, Old and Fuzzy – Washington Post || ||


Today my analysis concerning Google’s censorship of downtown Washington, DC made it into a story on the front page of the Metro section of the Washington Post.

Here are two snippets from the article by Jenna Johnson titled, “Google’s View of D.C. Melds New and Sharp, Old and Fuzzy”

The older images frustrate cartographer Nikolas Schiller, 26, who takes an artistic approach to mapmaking and is working on an atlas. Schiller, who lives in the U Street area, said that too much of the District is represented using the older photos, diminishing the amount of information — and thrill — that aerial photos can provide.

“Maps are about power,” he said. “Maps decide what gets developed, who lives where, how people get around.”

Schiller said he thinks Google should just use the 2002 map for the small spots the government has censored rather than the whole downtown area.

And he said he’s puzzled that any level of blurriness is needed by anyone — even the government — especially because he recently took a detailed tour of a nuclear reactor south of Detroit via Google Earth.

“Where is the concept of national security in this?” he asked.

By random chance, tomorrow’s map is the nuclear reactor mentioned in the article.

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