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Federal Triangle Quilt #4
|| 1/21/2008 || 10:40 pm || Comments Off on Federal Triangle Quilt #4 || ||

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Federal Triangle Quilt #4

Using this portion of Federal Triangle Quilt #3, I created this derivative map. Unlike the other maps in this series, I decided to *not count* the total number of Freedom Plazas located with in the map. I place my guess at somewhere around 200…

View my previous entry about Federal Triangle.

View the Google Map of Federal Triangle in downtown Washington, DC.


This map is/was on display at Artomatic 2008. It’s printed on canvas at 60″ x 40″ in size.

Alfonso & Farrah @ my Artomatic exhibit space
Photo by Alex from There Were Ten Tigers


This map was also shown in Philadelphia at the Gershman Y:

Photograph of Federal Triangle from the exhibit Mapping: Outside-Inside at the Gershman Y

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Federal Triangle Quilt #3
|| 1/20/2008 || 8:02 pm || Comments Off on Federal Triangle Quilt #3 || ||

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Federal Triangle Quilt #3

Using this portion of Federal Triangle Quilt #2, I created this derivative map. Again, I found myself counting up the total number of Freedom Plazas located with in the map. After spending a few minutes, I counted a total of 124 complete maps within my map!

View my previous entry about Federal Triangle.

View the Google Map of Federal Triangle in downtown Washington, DC.

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syndicated in Taiwan, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Austin, Little Rock, and Lincoln, Nebraska
|| 1/19/2008 || 4:35 pm || Comments Off on syndicated in Taiwan, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Austin, Little Rock, and Lincoln, Nebraska || ||

Screen grab from the 90.3 KWMU

A little over a week ago I noticed that Teresa Mendez article from the Christian Science Monitor had been syndicated in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ABC News.

Today I found that the article was syndicated again on December 30th, 2007 on quite a few NPR affiliates, including the one I used to listen to when I was young (KWMU 90.3) and, curiously, even in Taiwan.

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ESL Music website upgrade
|| 1/18/2008 || 11:17 pm || Comments Off on ESL Music website upgrade || ||

Screen Grab from the Supreme Illusion product page

Yesterday I was at The Consulate picking up copies of the record and I found that ESL Music has a new website up. Designed by Lightmaker, the website looks incredible. The intro banner animation is top notch! It makes me want to upgrade this website.



The first glimpse of Mercury’s horizon
|| 1/17/2008 || 5:55 pm || Comments Off on The first glimpse of Mercury’s horizon || ||

As the MESSENGER spacecraft drew closer to Mercury for its historic first flyby, the spacecraft’s Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) on the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) acquired an image mosaic of the sunlit portion of the planet. This image is one of those mosaic frames and was acquired on January 14, 2008, 18:10 UTC, when the spacecraft was about 18,000 kilometers (11,000 miles) from the surface of Mercury, about 55 minutes before MESSENGER’s closest approach to the planet.

The image shows a variety of surface textures, including smooth plains at the center of the image, many impact craters (some with central peaks), and rough material that appears to have been ejected from the large crater to the lower right. This large 200-kilometer-wide (about 120 miles) crater was seen in less detail by Mariner 10 more than three decades ago and was named Sholem Aleichem for the Yiddish writer. In this MESSENGER image, it can be seen that the plains deposits filling the crater’s interior have been deformed by linear ridges. The shadowed area on the right of the image is the day-night boundary, known as the terminator. Altogether, MESSENGER acquired over 1200 images of Mercury, which the science team members are now examining in detail to learn about the history and evolution of the innermost planet.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

As I mentioned the other day, the MESSENGER spacecraft started to document the planet Mercury. Since this is the first time in my entire life that contact has been made with the planet, I find these pictures quite intriguing.



Queremos Paz – Gotan Project
|| 1/16/2008 || 10:00 am || Comments Off on Queremos Paz – Gotan Project || ||

Been a fan of Gotan Project for a few years and last night I found this video. It really captures the specific time (December 19, 2001), place (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and sound of the city (Tango). If my memory serves me correctly, a good friend of mine was there when that took place. I’ll have to ask him about his recollections. I was in Saint Louis in December of 2001 at home with my old girlfriend on Christmas break from school.


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2008 Green Party Debate [tonight on KPFA]
|| 1/15/2008 || 4:00 pm || Comments Off on 2008 Green Party Debate [tonight on KPFA] || ||

I am going to make every attempt to call in.

I haven’t posted much Green Party information in a long time. In December I stepped down from the steering committee of the DC Statehood Green Party. For the last two years I helped run Washington, DC’s official third political party (about 5,000 registered voters). My biggest accomplishment was helping the DC Statehood Green Party candidates receive more votes than the Republican Party’s canidates in the 2006 election by almost 2 to 1.

Lately, however, I’ve become completely disillusioned by the dog & pony show that is American corporate politics. The Washington Post has not even written one story this election cycle on my favorite Green Party candidate, Cynthia McKinney, instead they’ve run only one AP story, and it has already been removed (less than one month old!). By not mentioning other candidates or entire political parties it ensures that debate is silenced and alternative viewpoints do not become a threat to the electoral plutocracy. Frankly, I am quite sickened by it all. The American electoral process is controlled to the point where it’s become meaningless. However, I must remain hopeful.



Federal Triangle Quilt #2
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Federal Triangle Quilt

Using this portion of Federal Triangle Quilt, I created this derivative map. I found myself counting up the total number of Freedom Plazas located with in the map. After spending a few minutes, I counted a total of 80 complete maps within my map– 48 in the map’s center, and 16 along the top and 16 along the bottom. I look forward to seeing this one printed out!

View my previous entry about Federal Triangle.

View the Google Map of Federal Triangle in downtown Washington, DC.

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Staring at the Sun in Stellarium
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Screen grab of Stellarium with the constellations art layer turned on

Two screen grabs below with the azimuthal & equatorial grids turned on:

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In the classroom #3 – University of California, Santa Barbara & the FBI’s public website in 2001
|| 1/14/2008 || 5:45 pm || Comments Off on In the classroom #3 – University of California, Santa Barbara & the FBI’s public website in 2001 || ||

Screen Grab from Jan Ekenberg’s “Zulu History Petrol” project

Last week I noticed that a professor named Lisa Jevbratt at the University of California, Santa Barbara had her classroom lesson plan linking to my website. Her class “Art 122 – Advanced Digital Projects – Mapmaking as Art: using Google Maps/Earth and other online tools and data to create artistic maps,” had my website listed in the section “Map Related Art.” Flattered, I decided to look through some of her artwork, and found an interesting project called “Mapping the Web Infome.”

Mapping the Web Infome’ is a net art endeavor developed in conjunction with the exhibition LifeLike at New Langton Arts gallery in San Francisco. A group of artists were invited to use software developed for the exhibition. The Infome software enables the creation of web crawlers – automatic processes that access web sites and collect data from them – and the creation of visualizations/mappings of the collected data.

After looking through some of the results, I found this listing of the FBI’s web pages as they existed in 2001. I wonder how much has changed in the last 7 years?





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