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Recently I listened to something I haven’t heard in quite a few years, namely the album “Whiskey”, by Swedish crooner Jay-Jay Johanson. I remember I listened to it all the time when it was released some time in the mid 90’s. It was then described as a trip-hop Scott Walker. I was surprised I still enjoyed the music as much. Have I changed that little?

So tell the girls that I am back in town – Jay-Jay Johanson

Over – Alpha

Over – Portishead

Google has just released an API to include static maps on a website. No need for JavaScript or server-side programming, using it merely means including on a page a simple img tag, with the source set to a specific URL, depending on what you want to display. For example, for my place near Parc Montsouris, in Paris, with a red G icon (“redg” in the string below) on it, the src string would be :,2.341465& markers=48.823825,2.341465,redg&zoom=15&size=500×300

(I have excluded the key parameter for conciseness)

And here is the resulting image :

My place

It is limited currently to 1000 requests per day and per user (that would refer to a reader of the page I think). A special version of maps, specifically for mobile users can be obtained as well. It seems to have more contrast, especially on toponyms :

My place mobile

It does not do much then but it is still nice. I really think they should add some simple form of thematic mapping to it (chloropleth, proportional icons…), which would nicely complement their Chart API released a few months ago, for all-around simple data visualization needs.


A few songs by Vinicius :

Chorando pra Pixinguinha


This is so cool it made my head explode :

The Reactable was made by Spanish researchers and is currently used by Björk in her live performances.



EYE Fimmuseum @ Amsterdam Noord

I amsterdam sign @ Amsterdam Noord

A'DAM Tower @ Amsterdam Noord

EYE Fimmuseum @ Amsterdam Noord

EYE Fimmuseum @ Amsterdam Noord

Fog @ IJ River @ Amsterdam

EYE Fimmuseum @ Amsterdam Noord

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Name: Guilhem Vellut Location: Amsterdam

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