Author: Ralph Straumann

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Evolution of NYC

Interesting for history/urbanism/New York buffs: The evolution of the New York skyline and The evolution of the New York street grid (review of a book): The Commissioner’s Plan of 1811, the map and surveying scheme that set the blocks at 200 by 800 feet all the...

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Earth’s water supply visualised

This depiction from Popsci article Strategies for a Changing Planet: Water caught my eye: The sphere on the right shows all the water available on Earth, to scale. Astonishing! Click trough to Popsci to read about the challenges climate change poses to us through shifting the...

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Skobbler’s OSM map

Skobbler produces apps and maps based on OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. Under http://maps.skobbler.com they’ve released an OSM-based map. I’ve always had mixed feelings about how OSM presented their map online. While I like the project very much and on and off use OSM data in my projects, I...

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Miscellaneous news of 2012-06-07

Today in miscellaneous news: Open government data Zurich briefing: Today I’ve been at a preliminary open government data briefing by eZurich, an initiative to promote the IT industry in the city of Zurich, Switzerland. Zurich will be the first Swiss city (actually the first Swiss...

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Enclaves, Swiss-made

I’ve highlighted the NY Times’ Opinionator blog before. Back then, Franc Jacobs wrote a piece about the delimitation of the rather fuzzy geographic entity called “Europe”. Today, there’s a new blog post about Enclave Hunting in Switzerland. After the mandatory clichées (the relevance of the...

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How to work with Excel XLS files outside of Excel

I’ve previously talked very briefly about scraping tabular data from the web. That post pointed to a nice shortcut by Tony Hirst of OUseful.Info to import a HTML table into a Google Spreadsheet. In one of his most recent posts Tony Hirst goes into some detail with...

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Creativity

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. Steve Jobs, 1996 Compare to Everything is a...

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“Everything is a remix”, presumably also this title

If you’re into creativity, you may have heard about Everything is a Remix. Its premise is that many things we consider original ideas are rather derivatives or combinations of existing ideas. It all comes down to COPY — TRANSFORM — COMBINE  Everything is a Remix is a...

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Where was I?

I acknowledge, it’s been rather quiet in these regions of the web. Why, you ask? I have been rather busy with a sort-of spinoff project I pursue with two friends. After having published about the Twitter network of journalists here, here and here, I directed...

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Tweeting Journalists: Aftermath

A bit more than a week ago I published the Twitter network of (mostly Switzerland-based) journalists and a post about the mechanics behind the visualization. Here is what happened after that: In the first six hours after posting, the tweeting journalists’ network post has seen 800+...

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Geo-Cosmos: Huge globe of OLEDs

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo presents the “world’s first large-scale spherical OLED” and what do you think they display on it? Right! Cool! As soon as they can do that with bendable OLED panels and thus do away with the gaps...