March 2004 Archives

a map of the news media

just finished killing the last bug I had in my list before releasing this new project.
newsmap is an application that visualizes the totality of the GoogleNews aggregator.
The GoogleNews aggregator is an amazing piece of software, not only aggregates almost every single online newspaper, but it also combines news stories into clusters so that when the same story is repeated among several news sites, it files and displays only one to you - no mater how different the actual text that makes the article is. Even the same story, told from completely different points of view, get's filed as one single entry.

Google news aggreagates stories in several languages and customizes it's content for 10 particular countries. I've loved googlenews for this particular reason since the first day, and it was then when I started thinking about visualizing the totality of it, since it could be a very close approach to getting a picture on how news media attention differs from country to country.

Newsmap utilizes a treemap algorithm to dynamically create each view, and the size of each cell is determined by the amount of related articles that exist inside each news cluster.

this could have never been finished without the invaluable help of Dan and Gus - thanks a lot guys!

launch the project over here

finalist at Flash in the Can!

Social Circles was nominated finalist at this year's FitC Awards under the Experimental category. Cast your vote for the people's choice Award over here

Remote Driver 2


Ready for some hot rod action?
remote driver 2
(Only experienced drivers shall apply)
I guess this will be online for around 1 hour. Not sure how many users this can support, so don't get surprised if the whole thing suddenly shuts down.
Everyone please line up behind the yellow line, and patiently wait for your turn!
No banging against the walls, this is expensive equipment!

[update one hour later]
oookay, that's it for today. thanks everyone for coming in. we'll be back online again next friday:) Same day, Same channel, same time. - check on the application for your local time.


...comming soon:)

did I ever mention how much I loooove XML?

Habitat Perspectives goes to Siggraph 2004

I just got notified that Habitat Perspectives was accepted for the SIGGRAPH 2004 Art Gallery.
I guess I'll try to make it there this year again. Last year was my first one and it was an amazing experience - this is the kind of event you don't want to miss.
If anyone out there is planning to go, please drop me a line!
Of course, biggest thanks goes to Paul, Tetsuya, Harayoki, Nori, and Mayumi, who took their time to participate there :)