Author: Ralph Straumann

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When a comment spamming script loses it

Some meta talk: When you start a blog, you soon realise how much comment spam is out there to try and sneak into your comment sections. Thankfully in the case of this blog, Akismet does a rather good job hunting these “comments” down. Some of...

Computer generative art 0

Computer generative art

After the last post I have to report about a movie again already: Part of the Off Book series by PBS Arts, the short documentary gives a glimpse into computer generative art. Computer generative art in the words of Luke Dubois (starring in the documentary) is [art]...

Address Is Approximate 1

Address Is Approximate

A sweet piece of art, wonderfully executed (and using Street View) – enjoy it in full screen:   (Head over to Vimeo, if the embedded version doesn’t work for you. It often doesn’t for me.) The film was made by Tom Jenkins at The Theory film production...

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ZIPScribble Map Germany

“Einigkeit und Recht und Frei-ei-heit…!” But before we get to that, as explained earlier, there are different levels in my ZIPScribble Maps: Level 1 ZIPScribble Map: Only the first digit of the postcode is compared. Thus, a discontinuity is detected, for example, between postal codes 8679 and...

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ZIPScribble Map France

“Allons enfants de la patrie…!” But before we get to that, as explained earlier, there are different levels in my ZIPScribble Maps: Level 1 ZIPScribble Map: Only the first digit of the postcode is compared. Thus, a discontinuity is detected, for example, between postal codes 8679 and...

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ZIPScribble Map Italy

Earlier I’ve blogged a two-parts tutorial on how to create ZIPScribble Maps using the Processing visualization framework. The map uses a background I made with TileMill and CC-BY-licensed postcode data from the Geonames gazetteer portal. (By the way, here’s an informative short TileMill tutorial by...

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What your map projection says about you

Today’s xkcd features a sociology of map projections. Hilarious! :) Mercator? You’re not really into maps. Take that, Google, Bing, Yahoo, Mapquest, …! PS if you’re not an xkcd regular: Don’t miss the mouseover caption.

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Scraping tabular data from the web

I’ve been looking for a quick and easy solution to scrape an HTML table into a usable format. Of course, there are numerous solutions to do that in some small Perl/PHP/Python programme, but I found another path especially elegant. It turns out, Google Docs has...

Map of the Universe 1

Map of the Universe

For once for a slightly different map: PopSci has a geo-centric map of the visible universe as it was acquired over time, from 1950 (top) to 2011 (bottom), precisely: Different object categories are coloured differently in the map. For example, the inner green ring above...

Visualizing the growth to 7 billion 0

Visualizing the growth to 7 billion

NPR has a nice video on their website with a playful visualization of how humanity grew to count 7 billion living people. Using more or less leaky glasses as a metaphor, the video visualizes the population growth which has been taking place in different regions...

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ZIPScribble Map: Switzerland – Part II

Having seen a visualization by Robert Kosara of EagerEyes a loooong time ago, I wanted to try to reproduce it for Switzerland using Processing. This is the second installment of a two-parts post covering this project, in which I will describe how to arrive at the final result, the ZIPScribble Map....