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From Here to There in Google Maps
|| 2/10/2008 || 3:02 pm || Comments Off on From Here to There in Google Maps || ||

Screen grab of Google Map’s directions

Technically it’s the directions from Héré to Théré, but lets just forget about the four accent égues as they are lost in translation. —via Haha.nu



Spinvision.TV
|| 2/9/2008 || 5:51 pm || Comments Off on Spinvision.TV || ||

Screen grab of SpinvisionTV

A few months ago I mentioned my fondness for Flickrvision. Today’s update is called Spinvision.TV and it shows geolocated Youtube videos. It’s pretty fun to watch.



ordered today: Superdome Quilt #2 & Charlotte Spheres
|| 2/8/2008 || 9:13 pm || Comments Off on ordered today: Superdome Quilt #2 & Charlotte Spheres || ||


Superdome Quilt - 1st Derivative #2

After praising the canvas prints I recently received, I decided to order two more maps. The way I see it is that these maps will be paid off using the grant money because they are not cheap!! They should arrive in a couple weeks and with their arrival I am going to shuffle the artwork on the walls of my house around. I now have more work ready to hang than wall space available in my house!

I chose the Superdome Quilt – 1st Derivative #2 (or just Superdome Quilt #2) because it’s been Imagekind Curator’s Pick for awhile and because I think it fits the “Mars Gravior Sub Pace Latet” concept I’ve been playing with recently. I also chose Charlotte Spheres simply because I really want to see what it looks like printed out. The optical experimentation on that map should show up very nicely. Both will printed at 32″ x 48″ on Epson Piezo Pro Matte Canvas. This is the largest size that Imagekind has for stretched canvas.

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The Mount Pleasant Cross
|| 2/7/2008 || 7:57 pm || Comments Off on The Mount Pleasant Cross || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :
Charlotte Spheres 2

I’ve known about the way to use an offset square quilt projection to create the cross design, but never made a full map until now. I can theoretically use this projection style on any future map— quite cool. I wonder what geography should be crucified next? {chuckle}

The street that creates the cross’s frame is 16th Street, which up until 1884 was the prime meridian on American maps.
###update– actually I found that this is not correct– not ALL maps, just some maps

View the Google Map of the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood in Washington, DC.

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Before there was Google Earth, there was Keyhole
|| 2/6/2008 || 3:46 pm || Comments Off on Before there was Google Earth, there was Keyhole || ||

Scan of a document promoting the Keyhole software

In May of 2004, the Association of American Geographers organized an event called “Mapping the News.” It was my first professional association meeting and I had quite a fun time. One of the items I picked up from the vendors was this Keyhole flyer. It was written for journalists who might use Keyhole’s mapping capabilities for their stories. Back then you could get one free week of Keyhole before you had to start paying for it.

I have a knack for saving random documents I think are interesting and last week I rediscovered the flyer when I was disposing of old papers. Shortly after this flyer was produced (I don’t know the exact date) Google bought Keyhole and released it one year later as Google Earth. The rest is history….



Poorly Plagiarized Biography
|| 2/5/2008 || 3:12 pm || Comments Off on Poorly Plagiarized Biography || ||

Screen grab from a poorly written biography

By reading this article and using the Wikipedia listing of cartographers, this company decided to include me on their website. What is interesting is that they don’t sell my maps or link to my website. Worse is that the bio is poorly written and their maps look like they were made ten years ago. Their red/green/blue/yellow coloring reminds me of an old ESRI logo that I have on one of my old bags (not to mention Google’s colors). I am going to be contacting the company to see if I can buy one of my maps from them. {grin}

The text below briefly describes who was listed on Wikipedia last summer:

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PHOTO: Thursday night at Napoleon
|| 2/4/2008 || 4:29 pm || Comments Off on PHOTO: Thursday night at Napoleon || ||

Photo by Joel Didriksen

This photo was taken last Thursday night in the basement of Napoleon Bistro & Lounge. I have my hand placed similar to how Napoleon would have had his. I definitely need a new jacket and a new scarf now. I generally try to avoid the camera these days. BTW, the button says, “No War” in old english script.



Charlotte Spheres #2
|| 2/3/2008 || 7:52 pm || Comments Off on Charlotte Spheres #2 || ||

: rendered at 9,000 X 6,000 :
Charlotte Spheres 2

Using a portion of Charlotte Spheres #1, I created this derivative map. I noticed that there was over-projection in some parts of the first map, so I under-projected this map to reduce further pixilation. The result is one of the most exquisite quilt projection maps yet! It has a nice assortment of aerial photography at multiple scales and the geometric designs of the original buildings standout quite nicely. I look forward to getting this printed eventually because it’s quite fun to look at.

Speaking of printing, I spent some of my hard-earned funds on a 60″ x 40″ canvas print of Federal Triangle Quilt #4. This is the largest printing I’ve ordered for myself. I joined Imagekind exactly one year ago and not once did I ever get around to purchasing one of my maps at it’s largest size and on the most expensive media. It’s not like I didn’t want to, but I just wasn’t sure which one to purchase. I have a $2,500 check arriving shortly from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and I intend on purchasing quite a few more! Very excited.

One disappointment was how the canvas hangs using Poster Hangers. I hung it vertically and the sides of the canvas bend inward. I knew this was going to happen somewhat, but I was expecting so much bend– like a full two inches curving inward. Another interesting observation is how the texture of the canvas adds to the quilted nature of the projection technique. When it comes to quality and longevity of media, I think I’m going to do most of my future printing on canvas. It costs more, but I think it’s worth it.

Also arriving last week was Imagekind’s Sample Media Kit, which contains samples of all of the company’s media that my maps are printed on. It costs $15, but you get $15 off your next purchase, so it’s kind of worth it. My evaluation of the kit was rather simple: does it reflect too much light or does the paper/canvas tear? The winner, and what I printed Federal Triangle Quilt #4 and Israel / Palestine 1993 on, was the Epson Piezo Pro Matte Canvas.

View the Google Map of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Charlotte Spheres
|| 2/2/2008 || 4:59 pm || Comments Off on Charlotte Spheres || ||

: rendered at 15,000 X 10,000 :
Charlotte Spheres by Nikolas Schiller

About a week ago I noticed someone from Charlotte, North Carolina looked at my website multiple times. One time while they were exploring my website the person did a search for “Charlotte” and since I had not made a map of Charlotte yet, they didn’t find anything….

Using the same Lenz Projection elements used in Pentagon Spheres and Dupont Circle Lenz Quilt, I developed this unique map. However, unlike the Pentagon Spheres map, I arranged the height of the spheres in a different pattern and I used a diamond quilt projection for the background.

I am quite pleased with the results. Specifically, I like how the magnification varies perfectly on the left and right-hand side of the map. Below you can see a close up detail of two identical locations that were magnified differently. The magnification process is quite processor intensive which made this map take over 10 hours to render– the longest render time since I purchased my MacBook last year and I didn’t even render it at my standard size.

View the Google Map of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina.

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L (A) T T I T U D E S – February 21st, 2008
|| 2/1/2008 || 2:20 pm || Comments Off on L (A) T T I T U D E S – February 21st, 2008 || ||

As I mentioned before, I have one of my maps going up at a local gallery. I am offering ten signed prints of ISRAEL / PALESTINE 1993 for sale at the gallery. Printed at 48″ x 32″ with archival inks on stretched canvas, the map is printed large enough so that you can read the tiny print on the original map.

If you are interested in attending the opening night reception, I have added an event invitation on Facebook where you can RSVP.

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BLARGH! I was looking over the e-mail I sent to everyone and noticed a few typos! File that e-mail under lexical regret. Next time I’ll spend 45 more minutes proofreading….





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