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562 - Biked Any Good Maps Lately?
GPS technology is opening up exciting new hybrid forms of mapping and art. Or in this case: cycling, mapping and art. The maps on this page are the product of Michael Wallace, a Baltimore-based artist who uses his bike as a paintbrush, and the city as his canvas.
As Wallace traces shapes and forms across Baltimore’s street grid, the GPS technology that tracks this movements fixes the fluid pattern of his pedalstrokes onto a map. The results are what Wallace calls GPX images, or ‘virtual geoglyphs’ .
These massive images, created over by now three riding seasons, “continue to generate happiness, fitness and imagination through planning the physical activity of ‘digital spray-painting’ my ‘local canvas’ with the help of tracking satellites 12,500 miles above.”
Wallace’s portfolio by now is filled with dozens of GPX images, ranging from pictures of a toilet to the Titanic. They even include a map of the US - traced on the map of Baltimore. How’s that for self-reference? Or for Bawlmer  hubris?
Mr Wallace’s project is not entirely unrelated to an analog, non-GPS project discussed earlier on this blog. The Norwegian Cartozoological Society  stares at city maps long enough until they find the contours of animals, which are then highlighted on their website . It is also reminiscent of a post about a globe-spanning, GPS-powered self-portrait .
But neither of those projects possess the satisfying three-stage combination of mental planning, physical exercise and artistic joy that Mr Wallace’s project holds. Each map is accompanied not just by the artwork’s name, but also by the meticulous annotations of the fitness aficionado: ‘Blue Note’, 5.94 miles --> 57 minutes 47 seconds; or ‘Pagoda!’, 11.43 miles --> 1 hour 52 minutes 53 seconds.
The patterns of Wallace’s work are unlike anything you would normally choose for a bike ride. It must be a very interesting feeling, doubling back on busy roads in the knowledge that you’re constructing a giant basketball hoop; or circling the roads around Patterson park to trace the wheels on a big rig.
As some commenters to Mr Wallace’s website noted, tracing shapes across maps is not a new concept; in Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy, a character traces letters across New York in a similar fashion (but without GPS).
Wallace invites the visitors to his website to “jump in and contribute to this fledgling concept”, an invitation we’re very happy to amplify with our own request for your own ‘virtual geoglyphs’. If you have a bike, mastery of GPS technology and are curious to see how far your geoglyphing will take you, don’t hesitate to send in the results; the best examples will be published in a future post...
Many thanks to Danielle Gielen for sending in this story; original context at Mr Wallace's website, WallyGPX.
 ‘Actual’ geoglyphs are images with artistic and/or ritual significance that are permanently traced across landscapes. Famous examples include the Nazca Lines in the desert of Peru and some of the (many) figures carved into English hillsides, such as the Uffington White Horse and the Cerne Abbas Giant.
 Baltimore pronounced by Baltimoreans (or is that Baltimorese?)
 The site has been dormant for some time - the last post was in early June of last year. Considering that cartozoology was conceived in 1974 but the NCS only founded in 2003, maybe its founders are merely slow rather than expired.
 The ‘world’s biggest portrait’ was an art project of such high-concept calibre that it never really happened. See #277.
The team caught a glimpse of a process that takes 18,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years.
- In Italy, a team of scientists is using a highly sophisticated detector to hunt for dark matter.
- The team observed an ultra-rare particle interaction that reveals the half-life of a xenon-124 atom to be 18 sextillion years.
- The half-life of a process is how long it takes for half of the radioactive nuclei present in a sample to decay.
Humans are particularly prone to shiver when a group does or thinks the same thing at the same time.
A few years ago, I proposed that the feeling of cold in one's spine, while for example watching a film or listening to music, corresponds to an event when our vital need for cognition is satisfied.
Certain colors are globally linked to certain feelings, the study reveals.
- Color psychology is often used in marketing to alter your perception of products and services.
- Various studies and experiments across multiple years have given us more insight into the link between personality and color.
- The results of a new study spanning 6 continents (30 nations) shows universal correlations between colors and emotions around the globe.
The root of color psychology<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9e40cf62fa8922fcca6c57e2fcb215b6"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OM4fXB23pCQ?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>There is a very likely chance you've even been "fooled" by color marketing in the past, or you've chosen one product over another subconsciously due to colors that were designed to influence your emotions.<br></p><p>Companies that want to be known for being dependable often use blue in their logos, for example (Dell, HP, IBM). Companies that want to be perceived as fun and exciting go for a splash of orange (Fanta, Nickelodeon, even Amazon). Green is associated with natural, peaceful emotions and is often used by companies like Whole Foods and Tropicana. </p><p><strong>Your favorite color says a lot about your personality. </strong></p><p>Various studies and experiments across multiple years (<a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/49595886_Personality_Traits_and_Colour_Preferences" target="_blank">2010</a>, <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jopy.12087" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2014</a>, <a href="http://oaji.net/articles/2015/1170-1448038739.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2015</a>, and more recently in <a href="https://www.verywellmind.com/color-psychology-2795824#modern-research-on-color-psychology" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2019</a>) have given us more insight into the link between your personality and your favorite color.</p><p>Red, for example, is considered a bold color and is associated with feelings such as excitement, passion, anger, danger, energy, and love. The personality traits of this color might be someone who is bold, a little impulsive, and who loves adventure. </p><p>Orange, on the other hand, is considered representative of creativity, happiness, and freedom. The personality traits of this color can be fun, playful, cheerful, nurturing, and productive. Read more about color psychology and personalities <a href="https://bigthink.com/mind-brain/color-personality-psychology?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2" target="_self">here</a>.</p>
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Certain colors are globally ties to certain emotions, the study reveals.
Image by agsandrew on Shutterstock<p>In this particular survey, participants were asked to fill out an online questionnaire which involved assigning 20 emotions to 12 different color terms. They were also asked to specify the intensity with which they associated the color term with the emotion.</p><p><strong>Certain colors are globally linked to certain emotions, the study reveals.</strong></p><p>The results of this study showed a few definite correlations between colors and emotions throughout the globe. Red, for example, is the only color that is strongly associated with both negative (anger) and positive (love) feelings. Brown, on the other end of the spectrum, is the color that triggers the fewest emotions globally.<br></p><p>The color white is closely associated with sadness in China, while purple is what is closely associated with sadness in Greece. This can be traced back to the roots of each culture, with white being worn at funerals in China and dark purple being the Greek Orthodox Church's color of mourning. </p><p>Yellow is more associated with joy, specifically in countries that see less sunshine. Meanwhile, its association with joy is weaker in areas that have greater exposure to sunshine. </p><p><a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200910150247.htm" target="_blank">According to Dr. Oberfeld-Twistel</a>, it is difficult to say exactly what the causes for global similarities and differences are. "There is a range of possible influencing factors: language, culture, religion, climate, the history of human development, the human perceptual system."</p>