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“NO” – Found Cartographic Typography
|| 8/28/2009 || 4:44 pm || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

Photograph of two framed maps spelling out the word NO in my hallway

I have a quite a few framed maps hanging in my house just waiting to be purchased. In fact, I have more framed maps than I have available wall space. Usually before we have a big party I go around the house and rearrange the framed maps so our guests see different maps each time they visit. The other night when I was walking up the stairs I noticed that the two maps that I’ve had up for a months actually spelled something. The N from N Prague and the torus around Georgetown Lenz #2 kind of spell out the word NO. I wonder if guests saw this? Or if it could have been construed as a subliminal message?

Below are the maps as they appeared in their original blog entries:

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Text of the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871
|| 1/30/2009 || 5:23 pm || Comments Off on Text of the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871 || ||

The District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871 aka “An Act to provide a Government for the District of Columbia (41st Congress, 3d Sess., ch. 62, 16 Stat. 419, enacted 1871-02-21) is an Act of Congress, which revoked the individual charters of the City of Washington, the City of Georgetown, and the County of Washington and created a new city government for the entire District of Columbia. The legislation effectively merged what had been separate municipalities within the federal territory into a single entity. It is for this reason that the city, while legally named the District of Columbia, is still commonly known as Washington, D.C. However, this act was abolished in 1874, and while the name did not change, the territorial Governor was replaced with a three-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the President. This system existed until 1974 when the District of Columbia Home Rule Act allowed for District residents to elect their own mayor.

Below is the text of the bill:

Continue reading the bill:

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YouTube videos from the DC Manifest Hope Gallery Party
|| 1/19/2009 || 11:59 pm || Comments Off on YouTube videos from the DC Manifest Hope Gallery Party || ||

Near the end of Moby’s DJ set at the Manifest Hope DC gallery Inauguration party, I spotted the security guard first tell another security guard to tell a dancer to calm down, then she starts getting jiggy wid it.



I saw that the crowd was having a good time dancing to De La Soul at the DC Manifest Hope gallery and decided to record the crowd participation.



Photos from the DC Manifest Hope Gallery Party
|| || 11:44 pm || Comments Off on Photos from the DC Manifest Hope Gallery Party || ||

My friend from Los Angeles who was in town for the inaugural festivities invited to attend the Manifest Hope Gallery party this evening. After hearing that Moby, De La Soul, and Santogold were performing and it was an invite-only party, I was quite excited. It turns out that although she had tickets, she opted to volunteer for the event, so as her guest I also volunteered for most of the party. All I did was stand next to a wall and guard the artwork and tell people not lean on the wall. It was pretty easy and I took quite a few breaks to dance, look at the art, and say hello to my friends who were also at the party. I think the highlight of the party was when one of my friends gave me an extra ticket to the swearing in ceremony tomorrow at the Capitol.

Below are a couple pictures I took of the party:

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Georgetown Quilt #5
|| 1/14/2009 || 11:07 pm || Comments Off on Georgetown Quilt #5 || ||

: rendered at 9,000 X 6,000 :
Georgetown Quilt Number 5 by Nikolas R. Schiller

Its been awhile since I’ve made a map, so I decided to revisit Georgetown. When making this map, I tried to center the focus on the intersection of M Street & Wisconsin Ave. I was able to do this more easily because I started with a smaller piece of aerial photography than I normally work with.

View the Google Map of the Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, DC

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The Adidas World Map and the Adidas Map of the Western Hemisphere
|| 9/6/2008 || 11:44 pm || Comments Off on The Adidas World Map and the Adidas Map of the Western Hemisphere || ||

As I mentioned in my last entry I went to the Adidas store in Georgetown last night. While I was looking through the clothing on the various racks, I spotted these two map related t-shirts. They use the Adidas logo as the texture of the surface of the earth. Unlike Express clothing’s cartographic t-shirts, this time around I actually looked at where the shirts were made. The location and the Adidas map of the Western Hemisphere are below the fold:

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QR Code on display at the Ralph Lauren store in Georgetown
|| 9/5/2008 || 11:51 pm || Comments Off on QR Code on display at the Ralph Lauren store in Georgetown || ||

Tonight I went to the Adidas store in Georgetown because my friend DECOY was celebrating her birthday and another friend was DJing. After parking my bicycle down the street (Georgetown doesn’t have many bicycle locks), I noticed the sign outside of the Ralph Lauren store. This sighting marks the first time I’ve seen a QR Code in Washington, DC. I decided to snap a picture of it to see if I could decode on my computer and below the fold you can see the results:

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Dupont Circle Quilt
|| 11/17/2005 || 7:32 am || Comments Off on Dupont Circle Quilt || ||

: rendered at 12,000 X 8,000 :
Dupont Circle Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

I used one of the smallest tessellations yet to make this. The source imagery of the tiled Dupont Circle was only 2,600 pixels, but I made the right calculations to keep spatial resolution very similar the final product the same as the source (I counted how many times I saw the full tiled go across and multipled by 2,600). I like how it turned out, but I wish there was more merging of the circle itself, as in the circle itself would become a larger circle around the center. Up next, I am going to make one using nothing but imagery of GWU.

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Georgetown Quilt #4
|| 8/29/2005 || 7:58 am || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :
Georgetown Quilt No. 4 by Nikolas R. Schiller

Wow! Who would have thought that I could make something so different, yet so similar with the EXACT same source imagery as Georgetown Quilt #3? As mentioned before, the only difference between the two is the location of the reflected seam in the source imagery. Instead of placing centeral seam of the modified imagery on Key Bridge, I inversed the location by placing the Key Bridge on the outside.

When preparing the imagery for a rendering there are four tiles that comprise the geographic tessellation, but only one of the tiles retains the proper orthographic characteristics (ie, its how it should look when looking at a map, the other three are flipped horizontally & vertically). By moving the orthographically correct tile to one of the different parts of the 4 tiled mosaic I am able to create to 4 completely different outcomes. I sincerely feel that this “discovery” theoretically allows me to have 4 different tessellations for each geographically specific area.

That is definitely my next project, albeit one that will take 4 times as long to prepare & render, but I think it’s worth it. I’d love to see 4 different renderings of the exact same geographic area placed side by side!!! I wonder what location I’ll use? I want to make a rendering of DuPont Circle….hmmmm…..

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