Here’s an interview in Feed with Sims creator Will Wright. He’s working on an even more addictive online version of the runaway hit game. It must be fun to be in his position: a creator of worlds that other people get absolutely lost in.
GlobeXplorer Java Viewer is a nice map/satellite image viewing package: just type in the address and you see an aerial or satellite image of the desired location. It similar to Microsoft’s Terraserver, but has the advantage of a MapQuest view alongside the photo for easy reading. The next step will be to overlay the two. I keep wondering: how come none of these map servers still don’t serve up anti-aliased maps? They would look so much better and it can’t be that difficult to do…
I’m amazed at what the folks at GIFWorks can do with a web application. Load, modify, and save images all in the privacy of your very own web browser. It’s not Photoshop, but it goes a long way in a pinch, and it’s free. But I do wonder how they make money. GIFWorks is just one of the things going on at Andover.net. They’re the same folks who bought up Slashdot.
Novica sells art from artists around the Third World with as little middleman markup as possible. It’s a good example of what the web can do for people; I hope it succeeds.
I enjoy reading Po Bronson’s newletter from time to time. He’s a little high on himself, but the prose is entertaining.
Very nicely done site talking about Netscape as it descends into the slough of despond: code_rush
Does anybody know what the dang deal is with Mappa.Mundi Magazine? The latest issue seems to be April 2000. It has extremely high production values and has lots of cool stuff about Internet maps and the history of old maps. Learn about Abraham Ortelius, inspiration for our own author Ortelius. The whole thing made me think of John Quarterman’s MIDS organization, though it clearly has a different focus.
Picking up on the Scott McCloud theme from a few posts ago, here is another interview: FEED | RE: Scott McCloud.
This one is nice for geography geeks: USGS Mapping Information: GNIS United States and Territories Data Base Query Form. As an added bonus, many of the places link into Microsoft’s Terraserver image database. Speaking of geography geeks, I’m remembering a game I used to play with my housemate Stefan called Three Cities. Anybody can name ONE city in a given country, but can you name three? Quick: name three cities in Poland.