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Beautiful Maps

Cartography porn.

LHC Map

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.

James Bridle — Where You Are

The GPS system is a monumental network that provides a permanent “YouAreHere” sign hanging in the sky, its signal a constant, synchronised timecode.

Google Night Walk

A nice stroll around Marseilles at night without any of the traditional danger.

kimono : Turn websites into structured APIs from your browser in seconds

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.

Frank Chimero × Blog × Homesteading 2014

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.

Unmoored

James re-imagines the Barbican as an airship drifting free of central London.

‘Kitten kitten kitten kittens’, Medium & TED(x) and RSSing since 2003.

Dan’s blog is rapidly turning into one of my favourite destinations on the web.

I hope he comes to an Indie Web Camp.

The Problem With Medium

A good article on Medium on Medium.

‘Kitten kitten kitten kittens’ — I.M.H.O. — Medium

This is what Medium is for.

If you want to read some of Dan Catt’s lesser thoughts, he has his own blog.

Own your turf - Austin Kleon

Prescient.

Map Projection Transitions

A lovely way of demonstrating the differences between map projections. Drag for extra fun.

Ideas of March — All in the head

A wonderful rallying cry from Drew.

The problem:

Ever since the halcyon days of Web 2.0, we’ve been netting our butterflies and pinning them to someone else’s board.

The solution:

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.

Submarine Cable Map

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.

Stratocam

Communal satellite eyes. A Mac screensaver is also available.

Mercator Puzzle!

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.

Owning your own words – is it important?

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.

CABINET // Trap Streets

A fascinating piece by James on trap streets, those fictitious places on maps that have no corresponding territory.

I Don’t Need No Stinking API: Web Scraping For Fun and Profit | Hartley Brody

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.

» 23 October 2012, baked by Leisa Reichelt @ The Pastry Box Project

Less wireframing, more prototyping.

—Leisa

Your words are wasted - Scott Hanselman

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.

Home - fieldpapers.org

Stamen have extended Walking Papers into Field Papers: a virtuous cycle of mapping in the real world and online.

Shopping Cart example

A nifty example of responsive tables. View source to see how it’s done.

10 questions about web performance – Jeremy Keith at Clearleft

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.

Prontotype :: Data-driven interactive prototyping framework

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.

Pingdom Tools

A handy performance testing tool from Pingdom, similar to Google’s offering.

What Goes Up, Doesn’t Have To Come Down

A thoughtful—and beautifully illustrated—piece by Geri on memory and digital preservation, prompted by the shut-down of Gowalla.

BibliOdyssey: Channelling Martian Maps

Beautiful 19th century maps of Mars.

Dark data, and how frustrating it is that we can’t see the forest from the trees – Helloform

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.

This Is Why I’m Broke

To quote Jessica: “Seems stupid but it’s kind of a good idea.”

It’s the end of the web as we know it « Adrian Short

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.

History, our future - Preoccupations

A superb post by David that ties together multiple strands of personal digital preservation through homesteading instead of sharecropping.

#rorschmap

Another beautiful piece of work from James: a kaleidoscope made from Google maps.

Unhosted - Imagine personal data freedom…

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.

danah boyd | apophenia » Tumblr disappeared me…

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.

Web-based prototyping software for interaction designers: Handcraft (formerly known as quplo)

A browser-based tool for creating HTML prototypes.

Immaterials: Light painting WiFi on Vimeo

Timo Arnall has some fun mapping WiFi signal strength with long exposure photos.

Safe-keeping - Preoccupations

I wish I had a teacher like David when I was in school.

URLs, permalinks, archives … preservation. It all matters so very much.

No More Sharecropping!

A site dedicated to the principle of homesteading your data.

41Latitude - Google Maps & Label Readability

An examination into the legibility of labels on online mapping services.

UI Stencils - Welcome

I like this idea: stencils for common interface elements to be used with good ol' pen and paper.

thisisntfuckingdalston.co.uk

A low-tech version of Flickr's shapefiles: stopping people and asking "excuse me, what area is this?"

The Wilderness Downtown

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*

Polymaps

A JavaScript/SVG library for displaying maps in a variety of interesting ways.

BBC - Dimensions - Index

New from BERG: superimposing historical events onto familiar landscapes.

prettymaps

Beautiful map visualisations by Aaron Straup-Cope.

flickr shapetiles / july 2010

Aaron's lovely visualisation of Flickr's shapetiles.

Historypin | Home

Old photos placed on a map. Quite engrossing.

Google - Москва-Владивосток: виртуальное путешествие на Картах Google

Well: this is an odd one: the entire duration of the trans-siberian railway on video and simultaneous map.

Geonames Maps « optional.is/required

Brian documents his beautiful Geonames SVG maps.

If San Francisco Crime was Elevation | Doug McCune

Beautiful mapping visualisations of crime data.

8-Bit NYC

Nifty old-school 8-bit tiles superimposed on OpenStreetMap data.

The Landscape of Music

The geography of musicians.

shopping losts

Taking shopping lists and setting them in a more typographically pleasing way.

Building Rome in a Day

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!"

Cartagen

Lovely representation of OpenStreetMap data using canvas.

The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real - Anil Dash

Anil Dash writes about the realtime web, calling it Pushbutton.

Walking Papers

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.

Pulse Laser: Here & There influences

Jack Schulze goes into detail on the genesis of the wonderful Here & There map/visualisation.

http://schulzeandwebb.com/hat/

This is the best location visualisation I have ever seen.

CloudMade - Make Maps Differently

A set of APIs built on top of OpenStreetMap data.

Official Google Blog: Introducing Measurement Lab

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!

CUTE THINGS FALLING ASLEEP

There are, apparently, entire subcategories of cuteness.

Code: Flickr Developer Blog » The Shape of Alpha

Flickr has amassed tons of geotagging data and Aaron has been playing with it.

United States Patent: 6941562

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.

GUIMagnets - Prototyping made sticky

Interface elements as fridge magnets. Make prototyping fun!

LIVE REAL TIME SATELLITE AND SPACE SHUTTLE TRACKING

A real time satellite tracking web application. Over 8000 satellites are tracked and can be displayed on the familiar Google Maps interface.

It's just you.

A handy little RESTful ping service to answer the eternal question: "is it just me or is my site really down?"

We Tell Stories - 'The 21 Steps', by Charles Cumming

The first of the We Tell Stories series is online. It's a clever piece of storytelling using Google Maps to full effect.

Google Static Maps API - Google Code

Google Maps now provides static (IMG-based) alternatives to the JavaScript API.

Dopplr Blog » Dopplr Raumzeitgeist 2007: Where we went last year

Gorgeous visualisation from Dopplr of all the places visited in 2007.

Is the Tipping Point Toast? -- Duncan Watts -- Trendsetting

Duncan Watts works at Yahoo Research? I had no idea! Ironically, it was Gladwell's Tipping Point that first led me to Watts' work.

The CandyFab Project - The Revolution will be Caramelized.

Make your own 3D printer (you know, like the replicator in Star Trek) using sugar and an air pump. The results are astoundingly cool.

KnickerPicker - online dressing room

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.

Google Maps

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...

Photos taken in Brighton on Flickr!

Flickr Places. This is what George announced at dConstruct. It's enthralling: interestingness mashed up with geotagging.

Get Lat Lon - find the latitude and longitude of a point on a map

A handy tool for grabbing the geocoordinates for a location.

Entoptic Phenomena - a photoset on Flickr

Put a sheet over someone and then photograph them jumping into the air. The result is startling.

MapMSG.com - Statetris

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.

Official Google Maps API Blog: Microformats in Google Maps

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).

[this is aaronland] Trying not to cut down the trees for an inability to see the forest

Aaron weighs in with his thoughts on JavaScript, web apps, the iPhone, dashboard, the papernet and more. Oh, and he's built a machine-tag mashup.

ironfeathers.ca » Home

Watch the adventures of Derek and Kathryn Featherstone in the run up to IronMan Lake Placid 2007. Check out the route maps: very slick.

strange maps

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 aaronland] Mining for Pynchonite

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 :: Open API

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 Maps API Official Blog: KML and GeoRSS Support Added to the Google Maps API

Google gets behind GeoRSS. This is good. Somewhere, Mikel Maron is doing a little dance.

Editors' top noise cancellation headphones - CNET Reviews

I need to get some noise-cancelling headphones for the flight to Vancouver. Those Sennheisers are looking good for the price.

A List Apart: Articles: Paper Prototyping

A great hands-on article on the benefits of playing with paper.

Google Mars

That partnership between Google and Nasa is beginning to bear some fruit.

dartmaps

Another trains/maps mashup... real time positioning of the Dart in Dublin.

overplot

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 for Mac

Google Earth is now available for the Mac. Get downloading.

Cleanup on aisle 5

Hilarious account of a cross-cultural mix-up in a Brighton supermarket.

How to Use Google Maps EZ

A handy guide to using a wrapper for the Google Maps API.

HYDESim: High-Yield Detonation Effects Simulator

This is cool and frightening in equal measures. Eric uses the Google API to demonstrate the effect of nuclear detonations on American cities.

Google Maps API Documentation

Documentation for the new Google Maps API. Unlike most web services, this one is run entirely over JavaScript.