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By Hass :: March 02, 2005 @ 11:01 PM

Topographical (Chris Pirillo)

I had't heard about this satellite imagery tool, it must have slipped under the radar(ba dum pum). I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds wicked cool. Sounds like the boys at NASA have had their thinking caps on again.

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Renewed interest in cartography

By Hass :: January 07, 2005 @ 05:26 AM

It's 5:30 ( in the a.m) and I've been up thinking about maps for 90 minutes. There's nothing like an unmitigated cataclysmic event to make you enjoy making maps again. Journalistic cartography certainly is a cruel mistress. 150,00 people dead and I've got all of the space I want to create beuatiful (hopefully) maps. With news like this, you really can't make a map that's too big.

What a hectic two weeks it's been, large daily maps for the first week, a double truck for tuesday of the second week, a little break (used to reflect on the double truck's vastness and experiment with Natural-Color maps), and now back in the fray for another run at it with some new arrows in my quiver.

Remember mapping the war in Afhganistan? I was so reckless and oversaturated about hypsometric tints. Now that I'm all a tingle about Natural-Color, hypsometric seems so 2001. At SND in 2002, BIll McNulty let me in on a little prediction, that raster GIS would be the next big thing in newspaper mapping. I didn't have the courage to disagree(in hopes of finding employment), but I did internally scoff at his liberal use of population density data. He might have been right, but the data to OOooo and ah about is not Landscan, but possibly well used MODIS VCF (Vegetation Continuous Fields)

Using preemptive hindsight I can say my maps this week SUCK EGGS! (although I think they are pretty cool right now- and yes I will post some soon)

Recommended reading A wonderful set of tutorials. Once things calm down, I'd like to expand on some of Tom Patterson's techniques and how I use them. note: I don't expect things to ever calm down.

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What days is it?

By Hass :: January 03, 2005 @ 10:27 PM

More than a hundred thousand people dead in Asia, I wonder what Hass has been up to? yes that's right folks, I've been at work. I've done at least five 3 colum plus maps of the disaster in the last week, culminating in a double truck. It's been a blur of a lot of work, not much sleep not much quiet and not much eating. I reached a new low today by arriving at work while it was dark, and leaving whence the earth had rotated back put Newark in darkness again.

We seem to have kicked the NY Times' girlie little cartographic ass. I haven't seen any other pubs though so I don't know what anybody else did, like I said a blur. Not sure if the Times had much of staff last week, we certainly didn't but we still kicked geology.

I'm in the hardest part of the doubel truck, the worrying and waiting. will it print well? did I spell my name correctly? did I put my social security number in accidentally? we'll fin out tomorrow.

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Edible Electoral College

By Hass :: November 08, 2004 @ 09:46 AM

edible This was my prediction for the Electoral College vote. It proved radically wrong. I got a couple of easy to call states and regions right though. I've considered doing a final result map, but it's much too depressing. A county by county map would be cool do too, but I'd need to find smaller fruit.

I've been thinking about adding a whole section of edible Cartography. It'll take some work though.

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The Irony does not escape me

By Hass :: October 25, 2004 @ 09:32 AM

Yes, yes we made a website called and we haven't a single map on the site. You'd think that with three degrees in Geography between the two of us, and something like 10 years of professional cartographic experience, we'd be able to come up with something.

For now, feel free to check out Hass's old and hopelessly outdated website

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