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Baltimore Mandala Animated
|| 6/22/2005 || 12:09 am || Comments Off on Baltimore Mandala Animated || ||

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Its nice to take a good healthy spin & zoom….

This is my first animated mandala, and I am quite pleased with the results.
…I wonder what tomorrow will bring!

Baltimore Mandala
|| 6/21/2005 || 2:25 pm || Comments Off on Baltimore Mandala || ||

The way the inner harbor is reflected makes this rendering all the more beautiful. There is a small artifact in the center of this image that creates a found focal point that, when printed out, will draw the viewer’s eyes directly to the center of the rendering. This rendering is also the first rendering that I actually made too big! When looking at it’s full 9,000 X 9,000 size, the ground looks slightly fuzzy, yet this is not really a problem! The way I look at it is that I might as well make it as big as possible because I can always shrink it without any degradation. I wonder what I’ll make next!

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Reasons to be a vegetarian
|| 6/20/2005 || 8:18 pm || Comments Off on Reasons to be a vegetarian || ||

Now I like these lists as much as the next person does, but I really wish the “facts” were cited somewhere or had some authorative author…. Nonetheless, I’m glad I’m a veggie :)

Here’s why you shouldn’t eat meat. Pick one argument and read it. If you’re not satisfied, read another… maybe you will all be able to get the point.

The Hunger Argument

Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of malnutrition this year: 20 million
Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by people: 20
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 80
Percentage of oats grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 95
Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 90
How frequently a child dies as a result of malnutrition: every 2.3 seconds
Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on an acre: 40,000
Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 250
Percentage of U.S. farmland devoted to beef production: 56
Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of edible flesh from feedlot beef: 16

The Environmental Argument

Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect
Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels
Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more
Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75
Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85
Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million
Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and South America: 300,000,000 pounds
Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75
Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 square feet
Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per year

The Cancer Argument

Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8 times
For women who eat eggs daily compared to once a week: 2.8 times
For women who eat butter and cheese 2-4 times a week: 3.25 times
Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times
Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times.

The Cholesterol Argument

Number of U.S. medical schools: 125
Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30
Nutrition training received by average U.S. physician during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours
Most common cause of death in the U.S.: heart attack
How frequently a heart attack kills in the U.S.: every 45 seconds
Average U.S. man’s risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat: 15 percent
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat, dairy or eggs: 4 percent
Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy and eggs by 10 percent: 9 percent
Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption by 50 percent: 45 percent
Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from your diet: 90 percent
Average cholesterol level of people eating meat-centered-diet: 210 mg/dl
Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol level is 210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent

The Natural Resources Argument

User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the U.S.: livestock production
Amount of water used in production of the average cow: sufficient to float a destroyer
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 25
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of California beef: 5,000
Years the world’s known oil reserves would last if every human ate a meat-centered diet: 13
Years they would last if human beings no longer ate meat: 260
Calories of fossil fuel expended to get 1 calorie of protein from beef: 78
To get 1 calorie of protein from soybeans: 2
Percentage of all raw materials (base products of farming, forestry and mining, including fossil fuels) consumed by U.S. that is devoted to the production of livestock: 33
Percentage of all raw materials consumed by the U.S. needed to produce a complete vegetarian diet: 2
Percentage of all raw materials consumed by the U.S. needed to produce a complete vegetarian diet: 2

The Antibiotic Argument

Percentage of U.S. antibiotics fed to livestock: 55
Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13
Percentage resistant in 1988: 91
Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: ban
Response of U.S. meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete support

The Pesticide Argument

Common belief: U.S. Department of Agriculture protects our health through meat inspection
Reality: fewer than 1 out of every 250,000 slaughtered animals is tested for toxic chemical residues
Percentage of U.S. mother’s milk containing significant levels of DDT: 99
Percentage of U.S. vegetarian mother’s milk containing significant levels of DDT: 8
Contamination of breast milk, due to chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides in animal products, found in meat-eating mothers vs. non-meat eating mothers: 35 times higher
Amount of Dieldrin ingested by the average breast-fed American infant: 9 times the permissible level

Here’s to your health!

Ganges Mandala
|| || 6:32 pm || Comments Off on Ganges Mandala || ||

Not too shabby :) I like the way the rivers intertwine and form braided streams. This manipulated satellite image is probably the most famous of all the “Earth As Art” collection. It was used for the cover of the Library of Congress flyer as well as the UNEP 2004 Environment Report. I have already sold a print of this one. Its the purple & green!

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Lights Out~!
|| || 6:01 pm || Comments Off on Lights Out~! || ||

Via Mhz visually & via Japan Today digitally:

25,000 facilities join lights-out event to save energy

Monday, June 20, 2005 at 07:05 JST
TOKYO — Some 25,000 facilities nationwide, including Tokyo Tower, had their lights turned off on Sunday evening in an event to help preserve energy.

The Environment Ministry and a nongovernmental environmental organization launched the event two years ago to urge people to turn off their lights for energy conservation. This year, the event will run until Tuesday, during which participants will turn off the lights for two hours from 8 p.m. (Kyodo News)

I’d like to try this in DC :)

accelerated Administration planning for the Iraq War
|| || 12:15 am || Comments Off on accelerated Administration planning for the Iraq War || ||

I am in the process of cleaning up my room and archiving the documents I’ve amassed in the last few months. I was looking over some of the documents from my formerly elected officials (now that I’ve transfered residences to DC) and I found a timely document from Kit Bond. Timely because on Thursday I went to the White House for a rally concerning the Downing Street Memo. Finding this document makes me wonder about what was discussed in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting…

you can download the entire PDF here or as a GIF

I found the text to the meeting on-line. Its about 279 pages, but I bet there is some gold buried in there!
read it via TXT or PDF

Blog Update
|| 6/19/2005 || 11:46 am || Comments Off on Blog Update || ||

So this weekend I decided to reorganize my website and made it more dynamic. The problem was with static versus dynamic pages on website, and for the amount of content I make I was months over due recoding the static gis, design, and video pages. I realized that could add each of my creations as categorized blog entries and after adding 30 or so entries, I’ve finally updated my website sufficiently. I also added a nice plugin that allows me to setup the number of blog entries shown per page. The main reason why I hadn’t done this yet was because there is a flaw in WordPress that limited the number of posts shown in my archives. I didn’t want to restructure everything just to not have my old entries shown. After finding a nice plugin, all is fixed. So check out ALL of my GIS, Design, and Video entries. Services, which isn’t much of a page, and the Photos & Posters are the same static pages, but the links have been updated accordingly. Enjoy :)

Jefferson Mandala – 2nd derivative
|| 6/16/2005 || 10:37 pm || Comments Off on Jefferson Mandala – 2nd derivative || ||

I can’t go much further, or can I?
–probably to about 360X and then it will look like a vinyl record :)

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|| 6/15/2005 || 11:51 am || Comments Off on || ||

Today a certain someone got a call from an irate parliamentarian because I spoofed the website. My rationale for the spoof was to draw media attention to the website, but instead of saying that I can do what I damn well please, I opted to “work well with other’s” and spent the entire night reworking the website. check


I found a great article by one of my DC democracy colleagues, Bill Mosley for the DC based, independent newspaper, the Common Denominator:


favorite rendering yet!
|| 6/14/2005 || 5:33 pm || Comments Off on favorite rendering yet! || ||

favorite rendering yet!

So I’ve been looking back at some of my blog archives and I realized that phrase way too much. I will refrain from doing so from now on. Naw, not possible What I also realized was that I sincerely enjoy making these geographic images. What began as an innocent hobby, has turned into activity that I love. Each rendering is my favorite yet because each rendering embodies a higher level of sophistication and complexity- it shows progress. While I might be living in a progressively backwards country, at least I am able to reproject a world in symmetrical harmony. It’s my geospatial progression session, fostered by making reflections of the world I seek to change, rearrange, and be changed by.

Now, on that “render radio” graphic —>
click next 17 times to “progression sessions”
then click play, it will start to download,
and scroll down…

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