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Random Banners Now Greet You – continued
|| 7/20/2007 || 2:35 pm || Comments Off on Random Banners Now Greet You – continued || ||

Banner created from Star of Guinea-Bissau

In March of this year I created 15 banners that are displayed randomly each time the website loads. Earlier this week a friend of mine in Shanghai, China sent me my name in Simplified Chinese. She also sent me some useful words I plan on adding to some future maps. I’ve decided to make another batch of banners using this text. There are now a total of 34 different banners.

View the new banners after the fold…


U.S. Department of State Quilt
|| 7/16/2007 || 1:20 pm || Comments Off on U.S. Department of State Quilt || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :
U.S. Department of State Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

Following up on my discovery of Google’s censorship, I’ve decided to make my next maps be in the area in Washington, DC that is currently censored. By mapping this area, I can easily claim that I’ve beat Google to the map for each location.

The area around the State Department is one that is quite familiar to me. The dorm that I lived in for 2 different years at GWU is located in this map. Alongside the State Department Building (the largest building in the map), there is the Federal Reserve Building, Office of Personnel Management, National Academy of Sciences, and a few other of buildings of note, like the Red Cross HQ and the World Health Organization.

View the Google Map of the area around the State Department in Washington, DC.

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America as a Cloverleaf
|| 6/18/2007 || 8:09 pm || Comments Off on America as a Cloverleaf || ||

America as a Cloverleaf by Nikolas Schiller

View the original, interactive version, and legend:

This historic map mashup is courtesy of Heinrich Bunting (1545-1606) by way of the Yale University Map Library.

Originally the three cloverleaves were of Africa (South/Middle) , Europe (West/Left), and Asia (East/Right) and at the center was Jerusalem. You can read more about this map at the website Strange Maps.

My rendition is San Francisco’s Financial District (West/Left), the Saint Louis Arch (South), and Lower Manhattan (East/Right) and at the center is the rowhouse in Washington, DC where I reside at.


Half Mile O’ Maps
|| 6/5/2007 || 3:10 pm || Comments Off on Half Mile O’ Maps || ||

I haven’t posted anything in a few days because I’ve been working on backing up all the maps I made in 2006 (and the few I’ve made thus far in 2007). I mentioned before that I had over 50 maps to back up from 2006 and I’m proud to say that I have now caught up with the past and I’m 99% up to date!

A few years ago when I first started to back up my maps I created a special excel file to document each map’s respective CD number (currently at CD #356 ) as well as specific meta-data I thought was useful. Each map was backed up twice on two CDs and I would add the corresponding CD number to the excel file. When I started adding the quilt projection maps to the excel file I also began to include the dimensions of the map as well as the shape of the quilt. I recently started to back up on each CD the source aerial photography, the tessellation(s), the on-line imagery (what you see on this website), the 9,000 Xx 6,000 reduced .jpg (what you’d purchase from my on-line store), and the full-size TIFF (18,000 x 12,000 in size and usually between 400 to 600 megabytes each).

One of the nice aspects of using a spreadsheet to catalog my maps is that I am able to tally up various aspects of what I have backed up thus far. This morning I decided to see how large the quilt project would be if each map was printed out at 150 DPI and lined up end to end. The result was nearly a half mile of maps:

the 262 Quilts are 4,576,597 pixels wide
at 150 dots per inch (DPI) that equals:
4,576,597 / 150 = 30,511 inches
30,511in / 12in = 2,542 feet (a lil under a half mile)
(And that is just the quilt projection!!!)

I still need to go back add start adding the dimensions of the rest of the maps I’ve backed up. I wouldn’t doubt that I’m approaching almost a mile of maps…. or at least be close.

As for what’s next; I’m not sure at the moment. I waiting on correspondence from a few libraries concerning the use of their historic maps. I’m attempting to find out if they can be legally sampled for new maps. Moreover, if they can be sold as special editions or if they can only be used for educational purposes. I’ll find out soon enough.

Downloaded Boulder, Colorado in honor of an old camp friend who came to visit me recently.

|| 5/24/2007 || 9:42 am || Comments Off on LOLmaps || ||

So last week I mentioned I was working on a new project and after working on it for the last 4 days or so I have nearly completed my latest cartographic creation: LOLmaps

There is still some work to do on the project, but I am quite pleased with how it has turned out thus far. It currently uses the same design as the Lost Series, and I’d ultimately like to code a sequential version, but for now I am enjoying the randomness. After the first revision of the project, I now have a handy-dandy legend for the maps (aka I added numbers to corresponding maps) which explains the background of the project, gives the translations, and locates the maps I have created thus far. But there is still a few more tasks to do before I’d say it’s a completed project (like a Google Map Mashup). Regardless, I am curious as to how the project will be received.

View the Legend for LOLmaps

San Antonio Quilt
|| 5/4/2007 || 8:38 am || Comments Off on San Antonio Quilt || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :
San Antonio Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

The other day I realized I hadn’t made any quilts of San Antonio, Texas yet….

View the Google Map of downtown San Antonio, Texas.

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THE GEOCOLONIAL SLOTS – Match 3 for Statehood!
|| 3/22/2007 || 9:36 am || Comments Off on THE GEOCOLONIAL SLOTS – Match 3 for Statehood! || ||

Screen shot below features 2/3 – American University Quilt & 1/3 Meridian Hill Park

I mentioned that I was thinking about doing some sort of gambling themed lost project. And after about 7 different random image generator scripts I settled on this one. On Firefox & Safari it doesn’t appear to work as I intended. When attempting to gamble for representation I found that the images were not randomly loading. So you will probably have to manually hit reload for equality. I tried a few different javascripts to directly reload the page, but none worked. So I am stuck with this slightly substandard geographic casino. Casinos are substandard anyways; just like taxation without representation.

This interactive geographic environment consists of the 2 types of map details from my Washington, DC map collection. The folder consists of the {name}-zoom.jpg, {name}-zoom2.jpg, {name}-cut.jpg, {name}-cut2.jpg– related to each map. The Zooms represent central details that geographic tessellations at two different scales. The Cuts are details of places and spaces around the map. The 144 different Zooms & Cuts were placed into 3 folders: right, middle, left. Each time the page reloads there is a 1 out of a 2,865,984 chance of winning statehood!


Here Be Dragons by David Montgomery
|| 3/14/2007 || 1:25 pm || Comments Off on Here Be Dragons by David Montgomery || ||

Front page of today’s Washington Post Style Section:

Here Be Dragons
Through Nikolas Schiller’s Eye, Aerial Maps of Familiar Places Become Terra Incognita
By David Montgomery

He is sly, this rebel cartographer. He makes maps that look like quilts, masks, feathers, acid trips. You can find America in these maps — you can probably find your house in these maps — if you can find the maps at all, since their creator has posted them to an online underground.

Nikolas Schiller, 26, is the god of this alternative reality. Making maps at a frenzied pace of one every two days for the past 1,000 days, he has done everything he could to keep himself off the map of the World Wide Web.


Interactive Inequality
|| 3/11/2007 || 10:23 pm || Comments Off on Interactive Inequality || ||

This interactive map is pretty simple. On the left are places around America and on the right are places in Washington, DC. Above each image I have written “CITIZENS” and “COLONISTS” to denote the fact that DC residents are second-class citizens who currently suffer taxation without representation.  Each time you click, you get two new locations in America, but because of geography, the people living in the respective locations are not equal.  Interactive Inequality.

Censored today in theMail…
|| 2/15/2007 || 6:05 am || Comments Off on Censored today in theMail… || ||

On Sunday I e-mailed Gary Imhoff who moderates the bi-weekly discussion list called theMail. This is the second time I have posted to the theMail, with the first being an e-flyer for “North South East Westminster,” and to be honest I am quite disappointed in the slight censorship Gary employed in my original entry. Specifically, he opted to not include what I feel to be the best piece of media: the Taxation Without Representation Google Map!

Here is what I sent to theMail:

The New DC Flag (if HR 328 passes) and other fractional media
Nikolas R. Schiller, DC [at] NikolasSchiller [dot] com
Co-Chair, DC Statehood Green Party

Fellow friends & enemies of fractional representation,

Last Thursday I received a phone call from the executive director of an organization that is promoting fractional democracy on behalf the disenfranchised residents of Washington, DC. I was kindly asked to refrain from using Photoshop to alter copyrighted images, even when done as a parody (see below). However, when an injustice is currently being promoted in the name of democracy, I cannot in good conscience be silent, or even 1/3 silent.

So to complete my fractional trilogy, I have redesigned the DC flag to represent the 1/3 representation DC residents will get with the passage of the unconstitutional DC Fair and Equal Voting Rights Act of 2007 (hr 328). I also created an animated version to accentuate the stupidity of claiming 1/3 representation as progress.

The flag is based on this proposed design:

The new DC Flag (if HR 328 passes):

Fractionally Related (if HR 328 passes):

Marginally 1/3 Related:
– Look at both and ask yourself, “Who is still getting screwed?”)

Interactive Google Map:
– This Google Map Mashup randomly plots 51 DC Flags around the U.S. Capitol and when clicked reveal 51 different messages about Washington, DC.

Don’t forget, if you have the time, take one-third of a day off work on Thursday and go to Capitol Hill and tell Congress what it’s like to be forced to take the backseat on the bus of democracy.

After the flap is what was actually distributed:


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