Dartmaps to Appear in MOMA

Posted: February 22nd, 2008 | Tags: , | 14 Comments »

Dartmaps is a Google Maps real-time DART mashup and has appeared in print in The National Geographic, on the radio on NPR and even on television.

All of these were as part of “tech” articles or programmes, appealing mainly to geeks and GIS types. However, now Dartmaps has entered the world of the arty farty. From February 24th 2008, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City are running an exhibition titled “Design and the Elastic Mind“, which features Dartmaps as one of its exhibits. From the blurb:

The exhibition will highlight examples of successful translation of disruptive innovation, examples based on ongoing research, as well as reflections on the future responsibilities of design. Of particular interest will be the exploration of the relationship between design and science and the approach to scale. The exhibition will include objects, projects, and concepts offered by teams of designers, scientists, and engineers from all over the world, ranging from the nanoscale to the cosmological scale.

I’m not sure how Dartmaps fits into all that, but someone somewhere must have decided it does. The exhibit takes the form of a video recording of the site in action and a short descriptive text.

I couldn’t make the opening party and I probably won’t make it there to see it at all. But if anyone is in the city between then and May 12th, then be sure to pop in and take a gander :)

Edit March 9th, 2010: the installation is no longer live.

Edit Jan 15th, 2016: Source Code


You What?

Posted: February 11th, 2008 | Tags: | 4 Comments »

In Spanish, there are at least 48 ways of saying what would suffice in English with the phrase “you were”. Depending on who was, when it was and if it wasn’t really, we have:

Tense Ser Indicative Ser Subjunctive Estar Indicative Estar Subjunctive
Singular, Informal
Indefinite fuiste N/A estuviste N/A
Imperfect eras fueras/fueses estabas estuvieras/estuvieses
Perfect* has sido hayas sido has estado hays estado
Singular, Formal
Indefinite fue N/A estuvo N/A
Imperfect era fuera/fuese estaba estuviera/estuviese
Perfect ha sido haya sido ha estado haya estado
Plural, Informal
Indefinite fuisteis N/A estuvisteis N/A
Imperfect erais fuerais/fueseis estabais estuvierais/estuvieseis
Perfect habeis sido hayais sido habeis estado hayais estado
Plural, Formal
Indefinite fueron N/A estuvieron N/A
Imperfect eran fueran/fuesen estaban estuvieran/estuviesen
Perfect han sido hayan sido han estado hayan estado

* They sometimes use the perfect like we would the imperfect, so I’m including it for the sake of argument.

Some of these are probably never actually used. However, it does show the kind of mental jiggery needed to actually have a conversation about anything that happened before today.

[Updated with some corrections]