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The Brandeis Brief
|| 9/30/2007 || 8:43 pm || Comments Off on The Brandeis Brief || ||

Sometimes I find juicy bits of historic text that I like. The other day I found “Right to Privacy” by Samuel D. Warren and Louis D. Brandeis published in the Harvard Law Review in 1890. I must say that I am quite interested in how much the notion of privacy has changed in the last 117 years.

Even gossip apparently harmless, when widely and persistently circulated, is potent for evil. It both belittles and perverts. It belittles by inverting the relative importance of things, thus dwarfing the thoughts and aspirations of a people. When personal gossip attains the dignity of print, and crowds the space available for matters of real interest to the community, what wonder that the ignorant and thoughtless mistake its relative importance. Easy of comprehension, appealing to that weak side of human nature which is never wholly cast down by the misfortunes and frailties of our neighbors, no one can be surprised that it usurps the place of interest in brains capable of other things.

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An updated Armillary Sphere
|| 9/28/2007 || 8:54 pm || Comments Off on An updated Armillary Sphere || ||

Above is an Armillary Sphere, which was used in ancient times as a celestial calendar. Created prior to the orrey, which is a helio-centric model, the Armillary Sphere allowed it’s user to know where the moon was in relation to the earth. It also featured a zodiac, which I’ve been playing with earlier this year.

To make the above image, I edited the public domain engraving on the Wikipedia page and added a very tiny NASA Blue Marble satellite image of the western hemisphere of the earth. I am probably going to add this image to this website’s splash page, which will knock the total number of visual combinations to over 3,000! I’d like to make a few more first. The U.S. Naval Observatory’s logo gave me some ideas :-).

Since May I’ve been very interested in old maps and the scientific instruments that were used. When I discovered Julius Schiller, who published Coelum Stellatum Christianum (which replaced pagan constellations with biblical and early Christian figures), I began to take quite an interest in celestial cartography.

Around that same time my next door neighbor, thinking that my cartographic expertise had to do with astronomy, offered to let me borrow his children’s telescope. Since then (about mid-August) I’ve been looking to the night sky about once a week; much to my enjoyment. Last week was a highlight because we met on the rooftop and set up the telescope. I showed him and his kids how to use the telescope and was able to show them the moon for the first time. DC has quite a bit of light pollution which makes celestial observances quite tough. The neighborhood watch was even in effect because my housemate said people from the street over knocked on our door warning her about people on the roof.

My favorite night sites are Venus and the Moon, simply because they are the easiest to find. I really want to see Mars, Saturn, or Jupiter. But I’ll just have to wait until the night’s right (or I have ample patience). Ironically, a week after my neighbor brought over the telescope, the new version of Google Earth came out with an integrated celestial viewer.

I have more to write about my nightly observations and research I’ve been dabbling in at a later date.

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rejection #1
|| 9/27/2007 || 8:31 pm || Comments Off on rejection #1 || ||

Back in July I submitted my first book proposal. I spent over a year crafting that magnum opus of a proposal– an 800 page atlas of urban America that contains about a half mile of maps and when bound, would be the world’s largest atlas in physical size. Sadly, the proposal was rejected. What I will do next is make a smaller proposal; both in size and length. I am actually excited about the rejetion because it frees me up to send the proposal off again to more people. I’ve been able to spin it in such a way that I know the second round will be better. Multiple submissions with a smaller geographic scope. I’ll save that magnus opus for later!

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Pentagon Quilt #4
|| 9/24/2007 || 8:27 pm || Comments Off on Pentagon Quilt #4 || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :

View the Google Map of the Pentagon

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Pentagon Quilt #3
|| 9/22/2007 || 8:24 pm || Comments Off on Pentagon Quilt #3 || ||

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In light of the album cover, I decided to make a few more maps of the Pentagon. Using new imagery taken in September of 2005 by Aerial Express and released by the USGS at 0.5 meters (approximately 1.6-foot). The first rendered was a botch. Somehow when I was changing the design around I messed up and created an imperfect map, which I prefer not to publish. Howerver, I was able to sample it to make a derivative tessellation that I used for this map.

View the Google Map of the Pentagon

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My first album cover: Thievery Corporation – “Supreme Illusion”
|| 9/17/2007 || 1:06 pm || Comments Off on My first album cover: Thievery Corporation – “Supreme Illusion” || ||

I am very honored to have my first album cover be from DC-based, international recording artist, Thievery Corporation. They have been nominated twice for a Grammy Award for best package design and I personally feel that this album cover uniquely showcases their “outernational” style. Record cover features Lower Manhattan Quilt and Pentagon Quilt


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Los Alamitos Circle Quilt #3
|| 9/15/2007 || 4:09 pm || Comments Off on Los Alamitos Circle Quilt #3 || ||

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Los Alamitos Circle Quilt no.3 by Nikolas Schiller

Using this portion of the Los Alamitos Quilt #2, I created a derivative tessellation to create this map.

View the Google Map Los Alamitos Circle in Long Beach, California.

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1880 Street Railway Map of the City of Washington
|| 9/14/2007 || 4:28 pm || Comments Off on 1880 Street Railway Map of the City of Washington || ||

Using map #10 from 1880 Statistical Map of the City of Washington, I was able to make this unique, interactive, antique map mashup.

View the Google Maplet

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Los Alamitos Circle Quilt #2
|| 9/12/2007 || 4:03 pm || Comments Off on Los Alamitos Circle Quilt #2 || ||

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Using this portion of the Los Alamitos Quilt, I created a derivative tessellation to create this map.

View the Google Map Los Alamitos Circle in Long Beach, California.

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Los Alamitos Circle Quilt
|| 9/11/2007 || 3:42 pm || Comments Off on Los Alamitos Circle Quilt || ||

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From the Wikipedia entry:

The Los Alamitos Traffic Circle, informally known as the Long Beach Traffic Circle (or just the Traffic Circle, since there are no other high volume traffic circles in Southern California), is a roundabout at the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard (former California State Route 19), Pacific Coast Highway (California State Route 1/former US Highway 101 Alternate) and Los Coyotes Diagonal in Long Beach, California.

In the coming weeks, I am going to go through my maps and tag all the maps that feature traffic circles. I’ve made quite a few now. I would like to find more traffic circles in the Los Angeles area that are similar to the Los Alamitos Circle. Please contact me if you know of any.

View the Google Map Los Alamitos Circle in Long Beach, California.

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