“A picture is worth a thousand words”

~ Fred R. Barnard

Dabbles in data visualization – GIS, 3D Modeling, Data Formatting, Graphic Design, Cartography, Geovisualization, Remote sensing, infographics, graphic design, web design...

Creating Cartograms with ArcGIS Desktop

Creating Cartograms with ArcGIS Desktop

Cartograms offer an interesting way of displaying data. In a since the map adopts a customized projection based on the values of the data being represented. The following link below provides instructions and a script to get you started. http://blogs.esri.com/esri/gisedcom/2009/10/16/exploring-data-using-cartograms-within-arcgis-desktop/ If your looking for ideas, check out this 1960 map on freight...
ArcGIS Online Map with Slider

ArcGIS Online Map with Slider

Obesity and diabetes have become an epidemic problem in US and its almost certain that someone you know is/has been effected by these two issues. This ESRI Storytelling with Maps blog is hosting a map that shows the correlation between the two using a swipe tool. View the live map...
Government Releases New Online Data Tools

Government Releases New Online Data Tools

Last week in an initiative to be more transparent with spending the Obama administration released a new website, performance.gov.  The website is filled with maps, tables, graphs and data available to the to public for free.  There are also links to other initiatives to help the public understand where our...
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Beautiful Wind Map Animation

Beautiful Wind Map Animation

Two of my favorite twitter feeds come from Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg. They do an incredible job of visualizing data and collaborate a site called hint.fm. They have recently released an animated map that displays wind patterns based on the National Digital Forecast Database. Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/
New Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta - Free

New Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta – Free

I’m not a big fan of updating when ever a new version comes out, but the new Adobe has made their last two Photoshop versions (CS5 and CS6) very worth while. The new features in the Photoshop CS6 bring more RAW and Video editing tools to the package (Check out the top 6 videos). Check...
Perpetual Ocean [HD Video]

Perpetual Ocean [HD Video]

(Make sure to turn on the full screen!) This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007. This visualization was produced using NASA/JPL’s computational model called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II or ECCO2.. ECCO2 is high resolution model of the global...
ArcGIS for the Android Platform [update]

ArcGIS for the Android Platform [update]

[update 3/28/2012] Now available in the Amazon Appstore The ArcGIS Android app has bee available as a beta version from the ESRI developers resource center for about a year, but there has been Iphone and Windows Mobile versions available for some time now. On Monday  (Octobe 25, 2011) Android finally revived an official version. From my initial thoughts, it seems to...
Steve Jobs dies at 56

Steve Jobs dies at 56

One of the most known names in the tech, entertainment and fashion world has past at 56. Steve Paul Jobs died on October 5, 2011. http://www.wired.com/ http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/10/jobs/
Raster to XYZ in ArcMap

Raster to XYZ in ArcMap

The other day I need to convert multibeam and lidar data to and ASCII format for a colleague.  I have a python script that acquired several years ago for doing this, but I needed a method that people unfamiliar with python could use.  So here’s the method I came up with… Note: This method was...
Using Microsoft's Kinect to map a 3D enviroment

Using Microsoft’s Kinect to map a 3D enviroment

There has been some very interesting experiments done using Nintendo’s WII and Microsoft’s Kinect (Kinectfusion), but this project with partners from Microsoft Research Cambridge, Imperial College London, Newcastle University, Lancaster University, and the University of Toronto has done some really impressive work. Using a Kinect, the team has created a way to quickly map an...
1100 years to travel around biggest star

1100 years to travel around biggest star

Ever wonder how small earth is compared to the biggest known star? Me neither until I saw this animation.  
3ds Max - Commonly Used Modifiers

3ds Max – Commonly Used Modifiers

Taper Lets you have large section at the top and small section at the bottom or vice versa. FFD 2-2-2 to 4-4-4 (free form deformation) Put a mesh in a cage that can be push and full to deform the model very useful for deformity. It uses various control points in the cage. Bend As...
Neutons that shaped our civilian

Neutons that shaped our civilian

Ramachandran offers an interesting idea of how the connections we are share has shaped our civilization http://blog.ted.com/2010/01/04/the_neurons_tha/    
Hydrokinetic Tech. in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers

Hydrokinetic Tech. in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers

Update 8/01/2011 Free Flow Power post updates about current testing sites. http://free-flow-power.co/news__and__events#mp1 This is a huge step for Louisiana in joining the the efforts to create an alternative source of energy. in reference to: “Hydrokinetics” – Free Flow Power Corporation – Hydrokinetics (view on Google Sidewiki) 
ColorBrewer Version 2.0 (New)

ColorBrewer Version 2.0 (New)

Some of you may already know about this – Recently a new version of ColorBrewer called ColorBrewer 2.0 (colorbrewer2.org ) was released by Axis Maps . ColorBrewer is a web tool for selecting colors for maps. The original ColorBrewer was released in 2002. Here are some of the new features: * In the original version...