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The Astro-Theological Overlays for Google Earth
|| 8/12/2007 || 12:14 pm || Comments Off on The Astro-Theological Overlays for Google Earth || ||

Click on the image below to download the .kmz file [888 Kb] for Google Earth:

Instead of just wrapping the Astrological Calendar from 1544 around the earth, today I decided to place the calendar alongside the 3 holy locations of Catholicism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. This geographic juxtaposition of pagan symbolism with established religion makes this series of overlays one of the more interesting cartographic creations I’ve ever made.

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An Interactive Astrological Calendar from 1544 for Google Earth
|| 8/11/2007 || 11:49 pm || Comments Off on An Interactive Astrological Calendar from 1544 for Google Earth || ||

Right click on the image below to download the .kmz file [3 mb] for Google Earth:

The other day when I was developing the Eastern Hemisphere version, I thought it would be neat to see what the calendar would look like in Google Earth. By using the image overlay function I was able to wrap the entire calendar over the surface of the earth. The result is a very unique way to interactively view the calendar in 3D.

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An Updated Astrological Calendar from 1544 – Eastern Hemisphere
|| 8/10/2007 || 10:31 pm || Comments Off on An Updated Astrological Calendar from 1544 – Eastern Hemisphere || ||

About a month ago I made the first version of the map using the Western Hemisphere. At the time I didn’t even think about making a secondary map for the Eastern Hemisphere.

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Backing up :: a status update
|| 8/9/2007 || 8:34 pm || Comments Off on Backing up :: a status update || ||

Periodically I have to take a break to let the past catch up to the present, or in another words, back up my most recently made maps.

This process is a lengthy one that I’ve got down to a somewhat sophisticated science:

1) Take the source imagery, the source tessellation(s), the full map (usually 18,000 x 12,000 pixels), reduced map (9,000 x 6,000 pixels), and the on-line maps (2 zooms, 2 cuts, and the scaled map) and burn them on to a CD
2) Burn a duplicate copy of the CD
3) Write the CD # on both CDs
4) Enter CD # and map details into a master excel file

Thats it….
…oh wait, no theres

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Des Moines Quilt
|| 8/8/2007 || 12:16 pm || Comments Off on Des Moines Quilt || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :

Finally I have a map for Iowa! The only states left to map are Vermont, Connecticut, and New Jersey….

Since the source imagery was .4 ft per pixel, which is extremely high resolution, I was able to only use the area around the capitol dome. This means there are only a couple of features of the area’s geography that come through.

View the Google Map of Des Moines, Iowa.

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Dupont Lenz Quilt Animation
|| 8/7/2007 || 9:46 pm || Comments Off on Dupont Lenz Quilt Animation || ||

Click on the screenshot above to watch the 30 second animation of Dupont Circle. [12 mb download]



upcoming: Lenz Quilt Animation
|| 8/6/2007 || 1:33 pm || Comments Off on upcoming: Lenz Quilt Animation || ||

Currently working on an animation. It should be finished in a day or two. Above is a screenshot from the first 15 seconds.



My first YouTube Mash-up : Scratch Slavery
|| 8/5/2007 || 2:11 am || Comments Off on My first YouTube Mash-up : Scratch Slavery || ||

Political Activism + Turntablism

Taking congressional testimony stating that your country is still engaged in slavery and mashing it up with a scratch demo video by DJ Loomy showing off the new Vestax Controller One.

Press the play button on both videos:

The scratch video ends first, but you know it deserves a rewind, because history is repeating.

(sometimes the videos do not show up in Firefox!)


Click here to view the updated version of this mashup created using YouTube Doubler



I-35W Bridge Quilt #2
|| 8/4/2007 || 10:32 am || Comments Off on I-35W Bridge Quilt #2 || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :

On August 1st the bridge in this map unexpected collapsed killing and injuring scores of people. Having family living in the Twin City area, I took notice of this bridge’s collapse and decided to make a map.

View the Google Map of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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“Ghost Cars” on the I-35W Bridge
|| 8/3/2007 || 12:11 pm || 2 Comments Rendered || ||

When preparing the imagery for the previous map, I zoomed into the bridge and discovered that there are some “ghost cars” on the bridge.

There is really nothing supernatural about these cars, rather I believe they were created by one of two processes. The photographic artifacts were created by the cars driving at high speeds across the bridge when the photograph was taken. Or they could also be artifcats created by the blending of two different aerial photographs taken at different times. My best guess goes with the first, but I wouldn’t doubt if it were a combination of both. Regardless, they give the map a unique quaity that I wasn’t expecting. I am going to make a fractal version for tomorrow.

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