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Roel Roscam Abbing, Trimester II, 2012

Traceroute maps II


A continuation of Trim1's prototyping project where I try to visualize all the countries my data travels through while I surf the web. At the beginning of the trimester I managed to produce a map of a week's worth of browsing history. This map was huge, completely illegible and chaotic. It seems that graphviz's layout algorithms have a lot of trouble handling that amount of data. So to make the data more legible and better to visualize I started making daily records of my browsing history. With these daily records I could make daily maps that are more structured and legible.

First attempt

One week of browsing, one of the first visualizations.

1 week browsing detail.png

Later attempts

Browsing on 5th of march 2013

Browsing on 2013-03-05 detail.png


A Dotcom Index


As part of the work on the EMO's Web Exploration and Cartography I wrote a script that would generate all possible '.com' domain names. A clickable interface of all these combinations creates a different way of navigating and exploring the web. Like here:


Screen shot 2013-04-02 at 11.52.28 AM.png



from itertools import product
chars = "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890-"
for n in xrange(253):
    for comb in product(chars, repeat=n):
        i = ''.join(comb)
        print 'http://www.'+i+'.com'

Other random stuff

Collatz Pattern script
scripted counting video