Ladd’s Addition Quilt
|| 4/15/2007 || 10:53 pm || Comments Off on Ladd’s Addition Quilt || ||
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I couldn’t resist it. I wanted to see how fast my new computer could churn out a map. My old iMac would process a map in about 6 hours if left alone, but it usually ended up being about 10 hours per map. My new MacBook made this map in 3 hours flat. This is great news! I can now make multiple maps per day! I doubt I will, but it’s the fact that from imagery acquisition, tessellation, rendering, and post processing the entire process to make a map is now down to about 5 hours or less. Compared to the 10-15 hours of yesteryear, this is a huge leap forward, and I’m excited about what will be next.
A few weeks ago my friend Lynda was over at my house and we were sharing our formative geographies. As she was scrolling over to her family’s house in Portland, Oregon, she passed by Ladd’s Addition and I stopped her to find out more about that location. Like Park La Brea, the layout is geometric and I couldn’t help but make a mental note that I was going to revisit that locale again.
After doing some cursory research, I found that the layout was created by nineteenth century Mayor of Portland, William Sargent Ladd, and modelled after, of all places, Washington, DC. This will be the 3rd map that was inspired by L’Enfant- the other two are the ones of Indianapolis, Indiana (which were designed by his apprentice Alexander Ralston). I might make a derivative map, not sure yet. I just got Oakland’s central business district…..
View the Google Map of Ladd’s Addition in Portland, Oregon.
notes on the experiment one month in..
|| 4/14/2007 || 4:32 pm || Comments Off on notes on the experiment one month in.. || ||
Below are a few observations I’ve made in the month since the story ran….
1) Misspellings on my name
2) Lack of context
3) Lack of citation
Read my thoughts after the fold….
|| 4/13/2007 || 1:40 pm || Comments Off on MacBook…. || ||
Yesterday I purchased a MacBook and I am now in the process of retiring my iMac (aptly called “the most beautiful computer ever created”). This involves moving a lot (and I do mean a lot) of files & emails, and basically, deciding what should be deleted and what should be ported over. I expect the process to take some time! With the firewire ports on my iMac not working correctly, I am really happy that I was able to figure out how to connect them via Ethernet to transfer files. But there are so many files, errr, memories, that I have to purge.
I have not tried to make a new map on my new computer yet, but I expect to do so once I get everything squared away. Moreover, I had reduced the amount of new maps I’d been making because I didn’t have the ability to backup (aka burn CDs) the maps I had made in the later half of 2006. I have about 50 to go and once I’ve caught up with the past I expect to start churning them out again a frenzied pace. Of note is at this time last year I was making the most maps and it was because I had two computers to process all the data.
Capitol Hill Mandala, first draft
|| 4/9/2007 || 3:27 pm || Comments Off on Capitol Hill Mandala, first draft || ||
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A couple weeks ago a visitor contacted me about places where she could see my maps printed out. After finding that she ived here in DC, I invited her & her husband over to look at some of the maps I have in my house. After viewing the lot, they really liked the one I made of Park City, Utah and asked if I would make one of their house that looked similar. This is the first draft. I will post the subsequent drafts as they are made….
The development of the tile I used to for this draft is actually something akin to an advancement in my own artistic endeavors. I originally made two tiles to be used- one that featured a diamond and the other featured a 16 sided polygon. I ended up using the 16-sided polygon to surround the house because it looked similar to the centers of the maps I’ve created using the Octagon Quilt Projection. The advancement I speak of is that by using an 16 sided polygon shape and having octagonal symmetry, I, for the first time, have created a unique geometric illusion.
In the Park City map I used a hexagon to outline the house and as one moves their eyes around the map they can see the hexagon rotates in conjunction with the symmetry used in the map. The illusion is that the houses rotate inside of the polygon but the polygon itself does not!
For example, along 45 degree line of symmetry, a hexagon or diamond would be rotated 45 degrees (while still being a hexagon or diamond in shape), however, in this map the polygon does not rotate because the polygon has exactly twice the number of lines of symmetry being employed in the map. Only upon closer inspection can one see that the contents of the polygon rotate along the lines of symmetry, while the polygon itself does not.
taking a few days off…
|| 4/6/2007 || 3:17 pm || Comments Off on taking a few days off… || ||
My trusty first generation flat panel iMac g4 is starting to show her age. She’s coming up on 5 years of nearly continuous operation and for the first time I’m seeing that she is starting to show age (beyond the fact that 800 mhz feels as slow as molasses). The issue is that she will not recognize my external hard drives. Affectionately called Big Brother & Big Sister, they house my maps, source imagery, projection templates, and, gasp, my mp3s. I am going to buy a new computer soon so that I can continue my mapping activities…. hold tight
Fun with MyGoogleMaps…
|| 4/5/2007 || 9:51 pm || Comments Off on Fun with MyGoogleMaps… || ||
Yesterday I noticed that Google had added a new feature to Google Maps which allows users to create their own mash-ups. After already learning the basics of the API to create a couple political mash-ups and a couple geospatial art mash-ups, I wasn’t too overtly excited at the prospect of what took me hours of learning now being released so that anyone can make them. But as with all innovations, I’ve learned to have fun with it.
Tonight I made my first two mash-ups using their new interface and as usual I decided to get slightly creative with it. Above is a reference to the fact that DC residents are denied representation in Congress and after the fold is a map that features the number 51, as in D.C. being the 51st state.
Featured today in Directions Magazine’s Newsletter
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When I worked at the AAG I always looked forward to receiving mail and magazines from the Geospatial Industry trade magazine called “Directions Magazine.” Last month I contacted the magazine after the story was published, and today I am featured in the “Off the beaten path” section of the newsletter. To those visiting from the listing, I welcome you. Please feel free to look around my website, and if you like what you see, the best compliment you can give me is obtaining the one that you can hang on your wall.
What a difference a year (and an internationally syndicated story) makes!
|| 4/3/2007 || 2:20 pm || Comments Off on What a difference a year (and an internationally syndicated story) makes! || ||
Over a half million hits last month! Check the stats for the month of March 2006 & 2005 after the fold…
Quilt of Charleston South Carolina
|| 4/1/2007 || 4:18 pm || Comments Off on Quilt of Charleston South Carolina || ||
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I’ve waited for some time for this imagery to be released and I am somewhat disappointed that it was released at .6 meters per pixel (roughly 2 feet per pixel). This spatial resolution allows for more area to be covered, so the benefit was that I able to get most of the southern portion of the city covered.
On a different note, I’ve found a slight limitation with WordPress’ category naming system. For each map I’ve made a category for both the city and state, with the state being the parent category. Months ago I made a couple quilts of Charleston, West Virginia and I found that I could not add another category named Charleston because it technically already existed even though it was nested with West Virginia. I was thinking of naming the category “Charleston2” or “CharlestonSC,” but I haven’t yet. I will figure something out….
View the Google Map of Charleston, South Carolina.