OpenGeofiction is a map of an imaginary world, created by a community of worldbuilders. You can take part in this project too.
This looks like it’ll be brilliant! Nat is running a prototyping workshop the day before Responsive Day Out:
This workshop is for designers with no coding experience — if you’re an absolute beginner who wants to find out whether coding can help you with your job, this is for you!
This is such a simple little adjustment, but I think it’s kinda brilliant: tweaking the display of your site’s maps to match the season.
Tim Maughan reports on the same container ship trip that Dan W. is sending his postcards from.
I like the idea of there being an Apollo-sized project all around us, if you just know where to look.
First, towering above and over the ship, are the loading cranes. Vast structures mounted on huge, four-legged frames, they resemble the naked scaffolding of unbuilt skyscrapers, and trigger nostalgic reminders of Saturn V rocket launch towers from the 1960s.
Once in port at night I saw one suddenly fire into life next to the ship in a stroboscopic explosion of lights, before it tracked slowly above my high vantage point, bathing me in the orange glow of a dozen small halogen suns.
A cheap’n’cheerful way of monitoring uptime for domains.
Stuart has implemented webmentions on his site, which is great. It’s also fitting, as he is the inventor of pingback (of which webmention is a simpler reformulation).
A lovely hack from Science Hack Day San Francisco: get an idea of the size of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider by seeing it superimposed over your town.
The GPS system is a monumental network that provides a permanent “YouAreHere” sign hanging in the sky, its signal a constant, synchronised timecode.
A nice stroll around Marseilles at night without any of the traditional danger.
This tool for building ScrAPIs is an interesting development—the current trend for not providing a simple API (or even a simple RSS feed) is being interpreted as damage and routed around.
I’m with Frank. He’s going Indie Web for 2014:
I’m returning to a personal site, which flips everything on its head. Rather than teasing things apart into silos, I can fuse different kinds of content together.
Homesteading instead of sharecropping:
So, I’m doubling down on my personal site in 2014.
James re-imagines the Barbican as an airship drifting free of central London.
Dan’s blog is rapidly turning into one of my favourite destinations on the web.
I hope he comes to an Indie Web Camp.
A good article on Medium on Medium.
This is what Medium is for.
If you want to read some of Dan Catt’s lesser thoughts, he has his own blog.
A lovely way of demonstrating the differences between map projections. Drag for extra fun.
A wonderful rallying cry from Drew.
Ever since the halcyon days of Web 2.0, we’ve been netting our butterflies and pinning them to someone else’s board.
Hope that what you’ve created never has to die. Make sure that if something has to die, it’s you that makes that decision. Own your own data, friends, and keep it safe.
This year’s TeleGeography map of the undersea network looks beautiful—inspired by old maps. I love the way that latency between countries is shown as inset constellations.
Communal satellite eyes. A Mac screensaver is also available.
This is fun. Drag the red country outlines around and slot them into place on the map. Sounds easy, right? But the distorting effect of the Mercator projection makes it a lot tougher than it looks.
A fascinating discussion on sharecropping vs. homesteading. Josh Miller from Branch freely admits that he’s only ever known a web where your content is held by somone else. Gina Trapani’s response is spot-on:
For me, publishing on a platform I have some ownership and control over is a matter of future-proofing my work. If I’m going to spend time making something I really care about on the web—even if it’s a tweet, brevity doesn’t mean it’s not meaningful—I don’t want to do it somewhere that will make it inaccessible after a certain amount of time, or somewhere that might go away, get acquired, or change unrecognizably.
When you get old and your memory is long and you lose parents and start having kids, you value your own and others’ personal archive much more.
A fascinating piece by James on trap streets, those fictitious places on maps that have no corresponding territory.
A handy step-by-step guide to scraping HTML to get data out. Useful for services (—cough—Twitter—cough—) that keep changing the rules of their API use.
Less wireframing, more prototyping.
Amen, Scott, A-MEN:
You are not blogging enough. You are pouring your words into increasingly closed and often walled gardens. You are giving control - and sometimes ownership - of your content to social media companies that will SURELY fail.
Stamen have extended Walking Papers into Field Papers: a virtuous cycle of mapping in the real world and online.
A nifty example of responsive tables. View source to see how it’s done.
I had a chat with the guys from Pingdom about performance’n’stuff. If I sound incoherent, that’s because this is a direct transcription of a Skype call, where, like, apparently I don’t, y’know, talk in complete sentences and yeah.
Mark has put together this rather excellent prototyping tool. It’s basically the V from an MVC system. You can easily move stuff around, change data …all the good stuff you want to do quickly and easily when you’re prototyping in the browser.
A handy performance testing tool from Pingdom, similar to Google’s offering.
A thoughtful—and beautifully illustrated—piece by Geri on memory and digital preservation, prompted by the shut-down of Gowalla.
Beautiful 19th century maps of Mars.
Fred touches on the same issues that Frank highlighted in his dConstruct talk last year: what do we do with all of this wealth of material we’ve been collecting/ffffinding/scrobbling/liking/favouriting/plus-one-ing.
To quote Jessica: “Seems stupid but it’s kind of a good idea.”
A truly excellent article outlining the difference between share-cropping and self-hosting. It may seem that the convenience of using a third-party service outweighs the hassle of owning your own URLs but this puts everything into perspective.
A superb post by David that ties together multiple strands of personal digital preservation through homesteading instead of sharecropping.
Another beautiful piece of work from James: a kaleidoscope made from Google maps.
This looks like it might be worth investigating as one potential solution to the sharecropping problem: code for decentralising your data; you allow apps to access your data but you get to decide where that data lives. Intriguing.
Yet another reason to host your own content instead of sharecropping; danah boyd wakes up one morning to find her Tumblr account has been moved to a different URL.
A browser-based tool for creating HTML prototypes.
Timo Arnall has some fun mapping WiFi signal strength with long exposure photos.
I wish I had a teacher like David when I was in school.
URLs, permalinks, archives … preservation. It all matters so very much.
A site dedicated to the principle of homesteading your data.
An examination into the legibility of labels on online mapping services.
I like this idea: stencils for common interface elements to be used with good ol' pen and paper.
A low-tech version of Flickr's shapefiles: stopping people and asking "excuse me, what area is this?"
A nifty interactive video for Arcade Fire's "We Used To Wait." It claims to be built in HTML5 but actually uses XHTML 1.0 and HTML 4.01 doctypes throughout. *sigh*
New from BERG: superimposing historical events onto familiar landscapes.
Beautiful map visualisations by Aaron Straup-Cope.
Aaron's lovely visualisation of Flickr's shapetiles.
Old photos placed on a map. Quite engrossing.
Well: this is an odd one: the entire duration of the trans-siberian railway on video and simultaneous map.
Brian documents his beautiful Geonames SVG maps.
Beautiful mapping visualisations of crime data.
Nifty old-school 8-bit tiles superimposed on OpenStreetMap data.
The geography of musicians.
Taking shopping lists and setting them in a more typographically pleasing way.
Unbelievable 3D visualisation created by extracting common points from millions of pictures on Flickr of Rome, Venice and Dubrovnik. As Matt Haughey would say, "Holy shitballs!"
Lovely representation of OpenStreetMap data using canvas.
Anil Dash writes about the realtime web, calling it Pushbutton.
This is wonderful: maps that travel from the internet to the papernet and back to the internet again. Print out from OpenStreetMap, annotate in the real world, and scan the annotated map.
Jack Schulze goes into detail on the genesis of the wonderful Here & There map/visualisation.
This is the best location visualisation I have ever seen.
A set of APIs built on top of OpenStreetMap data.
Vint Cerf announces M-Lab: an excellent resource which will allow people to find out if and how their internet access is being throttled. Viva l'internet!
There are, apparently, entire subcategories of cuteness.
Flickr has amassed tons of geotagging data and Aaron has been playing with it.
A wonderful example of why the patent system is so totally b0rked and completely unsuited to software. Someone patent Ajax (or Remote Scripting, if you prefer) back in 2001. Un. Bel. Eeeevable.
Interface elements as fridge magnets. Make prototyping fun!
A real time satellite tracking web application. Over 8000 satellites are tracked and can be displayed on the familiar Google Maps interface.
A handy little RESTful ping service to answer the eternal question: "is it just me or is my site really down?"
The first of the We Tell Stories series is online. It's a clever piece of storytelling using Google Maps to full effect.
Gorgeous visualisation from Dopplr of all the places visited in 2007.
Duncan Watts works at Yahoo Research? I had no idea! Ironically, it was Gladwell's Tipping Point that first led me to Watts' work.
Make your own 3D printer (you know, like the replicator in Star Trek) using sugar and an air pump. The results are astoundingly cool.
A Flash interface that allows you to interact with lingerie models when shopping for knickers. I point this out purely for reasons of interaction research, of course.
The new "you are here" feature on the mobile version of Google Maps looks, as Matt Jones said, "indistinguishable from magic." But it doesn't work on my phone. Grrr...
Flickr Places. This is what George announced at dConstruct. It's enthralling: interestingness mashed up with geotagging.
A handy tool for grabbing the geocoordinates for a location.
Put a sheet over someone and then photograph them jumping into the air. The result is startling.
Very very cool and addictive cross between Tetris and geography knowledge. It took me 19:45 to get all of Europe on a medium setting. That's pathetic.
W00t! This is a biggie! Google Maps now returns its listing results in hCard. Now you can do one-click export to your address book (or phone).
Watch the adventures of Derek and Kathryn Featherstone in the run up to IronMan Lake Placid 2007. Check out the route maps: very slick.
This blog devoted entirely to maps is far more interesting than it sounds. It's a treasure trove of weird and wacky stuff. Fascinating... and a complete time sink.
This is a brilliant idea by Aaron: printing QOOP books of Flickr pics where each picture is accompanied by a map. It's all about the context, baby!
Multimap's API is now open and free as in beer (as long as the traffic is within reasonable bounds). This is good stuff. And they're all in with the Open Street Map guys too.
Google gets behind GeoRSS. This is good. Somewhere, Mikel Maron is doing a little dance.
I need to get some noise-cancelling headphones for the flight to Vancouver. Those Sennheisers are looking good for the price.
A great hands-on article on the benefits of playing with paper.
That partnership between Google and Nasa is beginning to bear some fruit.
Another trains/maps mashup... real time positioning of the Dart in Dublin.
This is an astoundingly brilliant mashup: Overheard in New York meets Google Maps. It's fan-bloody-tastic and remarkably fast for all the data it contains.
Google Earth is now available for the Mac. Get downloading.
Hilarious account of a cross-cultural mix-up in a Brighton supermarket.