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Maps of where DC residents voted Statehood Green
|| 8/3/2005 || 7:39 am || Comments Off on Maps of where DC residents voted Statehood Green || ||

: click image below to see the map in full size :

Last Friday night I used the DC Board of Elections & Ethics 2004 election precinct totals to construct maps of where all the votes for Green Party candidates were located. I created a map for Adam Eidinger(above – U.S. Shadow Representative), Laurent Ross(DC City Council At-Large), David Cobb & Pat LaMarche (Green Party President & Vice President), Michelle Tingling-Clemmons & Jay Marx (DC City Council Ward 7 & 2 respectively), and the aggregate DC Statehood Green Party total. I did notice that there are a couple totaling errors, because some precincts have a total that is different than the sum of the rest of the candidates, but I am not about to remake those maps! I haven’t made a “real map” in a long time and even with the slight errors, I am very proud of these. I chose to use Adam’s map above because I was actively involved in his campaign (although he lost, he got more votes than the President Bush did in DC) and feel that I am directly responsible in some way for the turnout above. I wish we would have plotted the locations of where we placed campaign signs! It would have been really nifty to see if there was a spatial correlation between high numbers of green votes and the location of the campaign posters. Regardless, I am looking forward to 2006 :)

==/== updated 8/10/05 ==/==
After thinking and looking at the maps for a bit, I realized that I didn’t explicitly put the position the candidate was seeking! Oh well…no one paid me to make this map…

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wow …its really finished… for now
|| 8/11/2004 || 6:33 am || Comments Off on wow …its really finished… for now || ||

I have spent entirely too much time working on my website! But DAMN, I am really proud of how it looks now. I added a whole slew of new pages. First off, I created a services page, which I hope will drum up some new business. I feel that I will be updating this page with some more explicit information shortly. I also added a bunch of new renderings which I’ve been waiting for some time to put on-line. The whole “Lenz Project” has really churned out some amazing images! And they keep getting bigger too! The last few designs have rendered at 10,000 X 7,500 pixels (about 300 megabyte TIFFs!)- which means they’ll make some amazing posters someday. When I first started rendering designs I’d make them 1600X1200, and after the 9 day rendering of the “recycling room,” I have become a lot more patient and now the graphics are just getting larger & larger. Now the only drawback is obtaining free satellite imagery that is large enough so that I can render the XXL sizes without massive pixilation.

I am now experimenting with taking the whole Lenz template and elongating the sphere to create an eye. It looks like the next series will be the “Eye in the Sky Project” :) After compiling all the images together for the design page, I opted to make the new design page four pages instead of one. I didn’t know that I had that many graphics, but at the same time I realize there are a few that aren’t even listed on the page itself! (I like the way that page looks with the “earth,” Baghdad, the Pentagon, the Vatican, and Mecca- but I don’t really care for the moon rendering there, but oh well) I also split up the video page into two sections. Doing all of this made me realize that I beginning to build up a decent body of work. Next up is redoing the “site map,” because the XML portion that I toiled away for hours working on last year has been replaced by this blog. I think I am going to make the White House the link to the services page. I’ll post updates when they are completed.

In reference the last post, after checking my website logs (rather excitedly) I ended up getting 5 hits from the U.S. Capitol Police. Nothing from the Department of Homeland Security or the State Department. The U.S. Capitol Police didn’t look at anything on the website except for my animation, my blog, and of course they downloaded my resume. Judging by the speed at which they ran through the pages, it was more of an investigation of Nikolas Schiller than an analysis of my animation. However, I was glad to see that during one of the 5 hits, someone actually looked through the complete analysis. Nonetheless, my encounter with the U.S. Capitol Police Investigations Division Task Force was a lot better than the two reporters with the Common Denominator who were detained! The whole irony is that even the Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police sees no specific threat to Hill. Its 3 year old intelligence! What was that? Did you hear a boy crying wolf in the distance?

The political hardball I’ve been the most privy to as of late has been with Adam’s campaign. This week we are contesting the fact that Adam’s challenger is using the DC government website for his reelection campaign website. I got to be quoted in the press release, but judging by the few hits I received today it wasn’t sent out to many people or the reporters chose not to cover the story. [update: this was not written to insinuate that anyone did not do their job properly] Nonetheless, its my first time appearing in a press release. Next up for the campaign is to make a nice looking promotional campaign video. I have all the footage to make something now, I just don’t have the creative drive at the moment- or more like the framework for which I want to make it. I’d like to work with someone on it rather than going at it alone. Anyways, this Friday I am going to be out in Ward 7 again campaigning without Adam for Michele Tingling-Clemmons (candidate for DC City Council WARD 7). I’ve enjoyed going to Ward 7 & 8 this last month because its shown me a lot more DC than I ever have seen in the last 5 years…errr, well the east side of DC that is. I want to do another event in Adam’s Morgan though! Next month we’ll probably have another one :)

Well the sun is coming up and the vampire must go to sleep. Or should I just stay up? Eh, there is a drum & bass event tonight at Club 5, but I don’t think I’m going to go. I should, I need the exercise, but I’m just kinda bored seeing the same folks every time I go out. We’ll see about it…





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