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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.



a not-so-daily render year predicted
|| 1/23/2008 || 2:11 pm || Comments Off on a not-so-daily render year predicted || ||

I am not sure if I’ll maintain a daily pace this year. My interests & my muses are pointing me in varied directions. I tried to make predictions last year and they hold true still, for the most part. The past is not holding me hostage, rather the past gave me quite a bit of inspiration in 2007. What I want this year is a new website redesign. I liked it in 2004, but now I’m kinda bored with it. Anyone reading this and would like a couple free maps in exchange for your services, please send me some layouts.



The Alphabet of Nations by They Might Be Giants
|| 1/22/2008 || 2:36 am || Comments Off on The Alphabet of Nations by They Might Be Giants || ||



[Sunday Selections] Nickodemus DJ set from Power to the Peaceful Festival {9.8.07}
|| 1/13/2008 || 1:21 pm || Comments Off on [Sunday Selections] Nickodemus DJ set from Power to the Peaceful Festival {9.8.07} || ||

photo from the Power to the Peaceful Festival website

••••Nickodemus of Wonderwheel Recordings: Live at Power to the Peaceful Festival (2007) [right click to download] More information from Art Radio.

The flip side of the ESL110 (graphic on right) has a very good remix of Supreme Illusion by Nickodemus. He and Quantic produced the tune on Apple’s summer iTunes commercial “Mi Swing Es Tropical.” This DJ set is from Michael Franti‘s Power to the Peaceful Festival in San Francisco. After listening to it, I found that I really enjoyed the closing track the most [80 second clip mp3]. I’ll post the track ID when I get it. Enjoy dem riddems.



Carte du Telegraphe Optique [dans l’hexagone]
|| 1/10/2008 || 10:21 pm || Comments Off on Carte du Telegraphe Optique [dans l’hexagone] || ||

Undated Map of Optical Telegraph Stations in France
Courtesy of Low-Tech Magazine via Ecole Centrale de Lyon

E-mail in the 18th Century

Centuries of slow long-distance communications came to an end with the arrival of the telegraph. Most history books start this chapter with the appearance of the electrical telegraph, midway the nineteenth century. However, they skip an important intermediate step. Fifty years earlier (in 1791) the Frenchman Claude Chappe developed the optical telegraph. Thanks to this technology, messages could be transferred very quickly over long distances, without the need for postmen, horses, wires or electricity.

The optical telegraph network consisted of a chain of towers, each placed 5 to 20 kilometres apart from each other. On each of these towers a wooden semaphore and two telescopes were mounted (the telescope was invented in 1600). The semaphore had two signalling arms which each could be placed in seven positions. The wooden post itself could also be turned in 4 positions, so that 196 different positions were possible. Every one of these arrangements corresponded with a code for a letter, a number, a word or (a part of) a sentence.

The other day I found this tremendously enlightening article about optical telegraphs on Low-Tech Magazine. Prior to reading this article I had no idea about this arcane method of communication. The authors supplied a map (above) to really drive home how extensive this system was.

Something that I think few people do when surfing through Wikipedia is to check the articles in other languages. It’s really easy to do and the results tend to be very useful. For words that have equivalent spellings, all one has to do is change the URL’s prefix (fr to en). For words that have different spellings (telegraph vs télégraph) you will have to correct this spelling in order for the entry to show up.

For example, the French entry on telegraphe yields quite a bit more information related to the use of semaphores (the object used to construct the optical telegraphic code) than the English entry on telegraphs.

Below is a carte of the semaphoric number system and an engraving of Mont St. Michel with a semaphore at the top. Both images obtained from the French wikipedia.

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It’s been a nice break
|| 1/1/2008 || 10:36 pm || Comments Off on It’s been a nice break || ||

I ended up taking a longer break than I originally intended so I’m going to do add a few entries that I missed in the last week or so.

Before the year ended I sent out a mass e-mail with some these 2007 stats:

2007 QUILT PROJECTION BY THE NUMBERS:
288 = total number of blog entries in 2007
115 = total Quilt Projection maps made in 2007
505 = average size in megabytes for each map
2,070,000 = total number of pixels wide
1,752 = feet long, if printed at 100 DPI
3 = the number of Washington Monuments (555 ft tall) in length

I don’t have any Quilt Projection maps in the pipeline at the moment, but I’ve been working on a few other projects.

__updates forthcoming__



taking a break until the new year
|| 12/27/2007 || 12:07 am || Comments Off on taking a break until the new year || ||

After making over 300 maps this year, I’ve decided to take a short break. Expect 2008 to be one interesting year!



you are not here – splash page update #2
|| 12/24/2007 || 5:19 pm || Comments Off on you are not here – splash page update #2 || ||

screen grab featuring a detail of Bangkok Mandala

The other week I added 6 new graphics to the splash page and today I added two new graphics. They are two oversized .gifs that force the viewer to scroll over & down (respectively) to click on the X. With 8 different foreground graphics and 1,927 background graphics, the splash page now has 15,416 different visual combinations.



an accidentally dissected map
|| 12/2/2007 || 10:04 pm || Comments Off on an accidentally dissected map || ||

From Monday, November 19th to Tuesday, November 28th I was in Tampa, Florida visiting family for Thanksgiving. On Monday November 27th, I visited the University of South Florida Libraries Special Collections and had a chance to look over their collection of roughly 150 antique maps. My favorite map, by far, was the Temperance Map by C. Wiltberger (Maui, 1843) [more about that map later!], but I also got to see some rare maps of Florida and of America. An all-around valuable learning experience to say the least!

When I arrived at the library, I was given a small promotional packet that contained postcards of items in the Special Collections Department along with a catalog of the maps in their collection. After looking through the postcards, I found one postcard that I really liked right off the bat. It was called “Dissected Map” and its a puzzle box cover featuring the Goddess Columbia showing a native an atlas of America. The puzzle pieces contained with the box create a “dissected map.”

I decided to scan the postcard yesterday, and while I was still working on getting the colors right, I decided to continue looking for more information regarding the Temperance Map on-line. I found a page on Google Book’s website of Lonely Planet’s guide to Maui and I decided to do a screen capture so I didn’t have to transcribe the text. The above image is the result.

Somehow the Dissected Map graphic made it’s way into the garbled screen shot!! I instantly thought that Google had some how figured out a way to prevent screen shots from being taken! After rebooting my computer (hadn’t been done in a month or so) I found that there was some latent error that caused the screen shot to be garbled. Of all the graphics to be accidentally ‘dissected,’ why was it the ‘Dissected Map?’ ??!?

I will have the scanned postcard on-line short so you can see the dissection…..





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