Software, Digital Content, Geopolitics, Economics & More from of a Libertarian Serial Expat and Entrepreneur
As I hinted this (northern hemisphere) summer, we decided a few months ago to relocate to Chile, the most stable, secure and less corrupt country in Latin America (see for instance recent coverage in The Economist). Well, now it’s done as of last Sunday. We’re in Renaca on the Pacific coast, 90 minutes from Santiago [...]
Direction Maps: "But the challenge was to combine the data in such a way to make not only good looking maps, but ones that made sense. Mr. Tait said, “We always started with the data and often had two interesting variables or two variations of a single variable (density and number of or per capita [...]
Douwe Osinga keeps playing with Google News and a world map. Now he maps how many references to each country are made at a given time. Douwe also points out this would be interesting to track and animate over time to see the moving hotspots and cold zones. Time is the data axis missing from [...]
What Flickr does for pictures, TuneCircle wants to do for music libraries. I’d be more interested in seeing that kind of functionality embedded into file sharing apps than having to go to a separate environment, and the site is rather sparse at this point (at least the part you can read without creating an account). [...]
NYT: "When the 40,000 subscribers to Reason, the monthly libertarian magazine, receive a copy of the June issue, they will see on the cover a satellite photo of a neighborhood – their own neighborhood. And their house will be graphically circled. [...] Rodger Cosgrove, president of Entremedia, a direct marketing firm and a member of [...]
Here’s an interesting Flash app that maps news to rectangles of various sizes, a la Smartmoney. It’s not very legible even at 1600*1200, but that’s a limitation of the treemap format anyway. It’s fun to see the local obsessions in each country, but syndication of news agency articles hugely distorts the whole picture (which is [...]
Directions Mag: "All MapQuest Advantage Enterprise and API customers can use custom SQL WHERE clauses to limit database queries. Use database connectivity to: Find and/or display locations within a specified radius. Find and/or display locations within a specified rectangle. Find and/or display locations within a specified polygon. Find and/or display locations around a path, such [...]
IDG News Service: "The offering lets users view local points of interest such as hotels, restaurants, movie theaters and ATM locations on a map. Users can then click on icons to access expanded information, including phone numbers, user ratings for hotels, driving directions and Web site addresses." Here’s for example a map with indian restaurants [...]
I'm CEO of an online/mobile trade publishing firm in the marketing and defense verticals. We strive to make news and data digestible and useful in an environment that is noisier by the day.
This personal blog mixes my thoughts and interests on politics, business, publishing, software, and more. Over the years I have posted items that turned out spectacularly wrong, and a few posts that better stood the test of time.