ArtLung [Joe Crawford]

Web developer & user interface engineer
Tinkering with the web since 1996

email: joe@artlung.com · twitter: @artlung · (photo from instagram)
San Diego, California, USA


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3 ArtLung posts from September, 2012

September 20th, 2012

Seven Recent Drawings

I’ve said before I’m drawing more. And boy am I!

So just this morning, I got a notion to draw Wonder Woman while I was on the bus. And there she is. No-photo blue & 2B pencil and not long after, there’s Wonder Woman with a sword and shield.

Wonder Woman: time to draw on the bus.

Or I had 10 minutes free waiting for Leah to wash grapes for preserves. Where was I waiting? Where a good friend’s dog, Baxter, was being lazy. Voila:

Time to draw from life again. This is Baxter who belongs to M+M.

And last weekend, Saturday, I went to Dr Sketchy’s San Diego. Boom! Drawing from life.

From Dr. Sketchy's yesterday. The blue was a 5 minute pose. 2B Pencil this morning.

More Sketchy's Spam. Blue pencil then 2B.

Someone in the morning stand-up meeting makes a reference to Evil Spock? Boom, an inky doodly Spock.

I did this Evil Spock in a morning scrum a few weeks ago.

Or even when I’m rebooting my work computer:

Sometimes while rebooting I'll draw.

Or having lunch and a beer in downtown San Diego:

Beer and sunglasses + drawing of beer and sunglasses

Clearly, I’ve entered a drawing renaissance. I’ve been drawing my whole life. Why it was I quit drawing is a fascinating topic I think, though I think I’ll keep at it.

September 21st, 2012

The Failures of the iOS6 Maps Application

The hard lesson of the failures of the new iOS6 Maps Application – painfully and hilariously observed in theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com — is the subject of this post from a GIS professional: Google Maps announces a 400 year advantage over Apple Maps:

TL;DR:

Perhaps the most egregious error is that Apple’s team relied on quality control by algorithm and not a process partially vetted by informed human analysis. You cannot read about the errors in Apple Maps without realizing that these maps were being visually examined and used for the first time by Apple’s customers and not by Apple’s QC teams.

When you assemble a mapping and POI database from suppliers who operate with markedly different data models, it is unwise to assume that simple measures of homogenization will remedy the problems with disparate data. Apple’s data team seems to have munged together data from a large set of sources and assumed that somehow they would magically “fit”. Sorry, but that often does not happen in the world of cartography. Poor Apple has no one to blame but themselves.

If you go back over this blog and follow my recounting of the history of Google’s attempts at developing a quality mapping service, you will notice that they initially tried to automate the entire process and failed miserably, as has Apple. Google learned that you cannot take the human out of the equation. While the mathematics of mapping appear relatively straight forward, I can assure you that if you take the informed human observer who possesses local and cartographic knowledge out of the equation that you will produce exactly what Apple has produced–A failed system.

Selfishly, I used the “Transit Directions” function of the old Maps app quite a bit. In Los Angeles, in San Diego, and I miss it dearly. There are apps for Transit directions, but most are not very good or don’t yet cover San Diego.

I’m hopeful that Lumatic will fit the bill soon:

Or maybe Bing or Google will fill in with native apps. I have used both for transit on Mobile Safari with not great results.

Update Read the Counternotions take as well.

September 25th, 2012

Up From The Depths: on DVD

This is the movie on which basis I put myself into the IMDB. And I’ve included it on my bio for quite a while.

Up From The Depths. The Jaws-ripoff I'm in along with mom, is now on DVD. Terrible.

You can purchase it, though really, you shouldn’t, on Amazon.