Tagged: fun

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Swiss population density versus that of cities

The Swiss population has grown more or less steadily over the last decades: With a current growth of about 1%, the Federal Statistics Office has forecast that Switzerland should have welcomed the 8 millionth inhabitant at some point this summer (jeez, I remember learning at...

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Eric Fischer: Mapmaker, artist and programmer

The Atlantic Cities has a nice portrait of Eric Fischer: Mapmaker, artist, or programmer?. If you have been following information visualization and geovisualization news online over the recent years, I bet you have come across Fischer’s work. A few examples: “Ultimately, almost everything I have...

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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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“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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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...

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Interactive ZIPScribble Maps

I have made various ZIPScribble Maps – Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy – as well as a two-part tutorial on how to produce them using Geonames data, TileMill basemaps and Processing as visualization environment. Those were inspired by the original ZIPScribble Maps by Robert Kosara. He’s back...

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On poorly designed infographics

This: made me chuckle. There is indeed a plethora of badly designed infographics out there (often these bad specimens are images 300 px wide and 3000 px high). Honestly, I have my doubts about this format anyway: e.g. I think infographics often don’t give enough...

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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...

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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...