Archive for February, 2006

Google Maps/Earth mashup with real-time location data of planes, trains and automobiles

February 17, 2006

Cool mashups!

  • Trains: DartMaps is a very cool mashup of Google Maps and real-time rail times. You can really see the trains moving!

Other (near) real-time stuff: Arctic and Antarctic ice flow vectors on Google Earth, Seattle 911 calls on Google Maps, …

Update: a blog with more cool google maps.

Update: Google Earth as a platform for OA geospatial data, scientific data mapped to Google Earth facilitates science reaching the public.


principles of Web 2.0

February 11, 2006

If you want your site to have a Web 2.0 look: Building your own Web 2.0 layout

And just to remind myself: Architectural and behavioral principles of the Web 2.0 era (From superpatron‘s blog):

• Provide services, not packaged software

• Seek to own unique data for competitive advantage

• Design for user participation, e.g. let users add value by supplementing library-created metadata with user-created metadata

• Design for remixability. Encourage “mashups” and service recombination

• Adopt perpetual test model and release new features as soon as they are available

• Trust users as co-developers, i.e. release new features on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis, and remove features that are not being adopted by users

Update: Just don’t overdo it 😉

Update: I just did a small Web 2.0 makeover of my Astrotest website, but I’m still in doubt on the link colors… blueish? or greenish? or reddish?

Update: A web 2.0 generator! Funny and even useful.

Update: A howto of web 2.0 design features.

Precognition proven?

February 10, 2006

Precognition, or maybe better presentiment, may have been proven.
There is a study that presents proof for intuitively feeling future events: Study Proves that the Heart Responds to Future Events.

It presents an overview of the study but unfortunately also has a bit of an advertisement feel. Also the HeartMath website itself makes me think more of new age than of a serious scientific institution… I don’t really know what to think about this, but it’s interesting anyway.

The original published articles:

R McCRATY, M ATKINSON, RT BRADLEY. 2004. Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition: Part 1. The Surprising Role of the Heart. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 10(1), pp. 133–143. (Intuition_Part1.pdf)

R McCRATY, M ATKINSON, RT BRADLEY. 2004. Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition: Part 2. A System-Wide Process? The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 10(2), pp. 325–336. (Intuition_Part2.pdf)

Update: Maurits’s analysis makes it clear that the study doesn’t prove anything!

Reading and writing will become obsolete skills

February 7, 2006

A quote from a very interesting read “Thoughteracy for All”, M.O. Thirunarayanan:

Practically all segments of society values the skills of reading and writing.
This is because no other alternatives to learning have existed since the invention of alphabet systems.

Now technology offers an alternative, a viable, cost-effective, sensible, inclusive, and achievable alternative.
Based on advances in technology, it can be argued that it is no longer necessary to speculate if reading and writing will become obsolete skills. The question that remains to be answered is ‘when will reading and writing become obsolete skills’?

From Tom Keays Blog

Update: Of course let’s not forget that life and society, luckily, is not technology driven.

Face recognition is hot !

February 4, 2006

After finding Riya Photo Search I also found MyHeritage, two sites that use face recognition technology to find people in your pictures.

Riya‘s goal is to help you find every photo of yourself on the web through face recognition, they will have a public beta this month.
MyHeritage wants to make it easier for people to discover their heritage through face recognition, they already have a public demo.

I’m very eager to try them out, automatically recognizing and tagging faces on all my pictures would be very interesting. I will report my findings after trying them out.

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