Archive for the ‘Mind Maps’ Category

MOOGI – The Film Discovery Engine

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

MOOGI – The Film Discovery Engine

Not the most recent movie I have seen but under genre I entered:

movies about B.C.

Thinking that it would return (rather quickly):

One Million Years B.C. (1966)

Possibly just load on this alpha site but after a couple of minutes, I just reloaded the homepage.

Using “keyword,” just typing “B.C.” brought up a pick list where One Million Years B.C. (1966) was eight in the list. Without any visible delay.

The keyword categories are interesting and many.

Learned a new word, canuxploitation! There is an entire site devoted to Canadian B-movies, i.e., Canuxploitation! – Your Complete Guide to Canadian B-Film.

You will recognize most of the other keywords.

If not, check the New York Times or the Washington Post and include the term plus “member of congress.” You will get several stories that will flesh out the meaning of “erotic,” “female nudity,” “drugs,” “prostitution,” “monster,” “hotel,” “adultery” and the like.

If search isn’t your strong point, try the “explore” option. You can search for movies “similar to” some named movie.

Just for grins, I typed in:

The Dirty Dozen. When I saw it during its first release, it had been given a “condemned” rating by Catholic movie rating service. Had no redeeming qualities at all. No one should see it.

I miss those lists because they were great guides to what movies to go see! 😉

One of five (5) results was The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987).

When I chose that movie, the system failed so I closed out the window and tried again. Previous quick response is taking a good bit of time, suspect load/alpha quality. (I will revisit fairly soon and update this report.)

In terms of aesthetics, they really should lose the hand in the background moving around with a remote control. Adds nothing to the experience other than annoyance.

The site is powered by Mindmaps. Which means you are going to find Apache Tinkerpop under the hood.


My Mind

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

My Mind by Ondřej Žára.

From the webpage:

My Mind is a web application for creating and managing Mind maps. It is free to use and you can fork its source code. It is distributed under the terms of the MIT license.

Be sure to check out the Mind map features version. (Check out the documentation for basic commands.)

I first saw this in Nat Torkington’s Four short links: 22 January 2014.

MindMup MapJs

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

MindMup MapJs

From the webpage:

MindMup is a zero-friction mind map canvas. Our aim is to create the most productive mind mapping environment out there, removing all the distractions and providing powerful editing shortcuts.

This git project is the JavaScript visualisation portion of MindMup. It provides a canvas for users to create and edit mind maps in a browser. You can see an example of this live on

This project is relatively stand alone and you can use it to create a nice mind map visualisation separate from the MindMup Server.

Do see the live demo at:

It may not fit your needs but it is a great demo of thoughful UI design. (At least to me.)

Could be quite useful if you like The Back of the Napkin : Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam.

I recently started reading “The Back of the Napkin,” and will have more to report on it in a future post. So far, it has been quite a delight to read.

I first saw this at JQuery Rain under: MindMup MapJs : Zero Friction Mind Map Canvas with jQuery.

Grow up, use Mindmaps [Or, Grow confident and use what works for you.]

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Grow up, use Mindmaps by Anne Balke.

From the post:

No matter what the industry, there is one thing that all business owners have in common. We need to find ways to best utilize our time and to stay organized. Whether you’re just starting out or have had a successful business for years, in order to grow you need to plan for the future. The trick is finding a way to organize all the information that you gather along the way so that you can effectively develop a plan of action. You also need to be able to share your ideas and vision with others in a way that is concise and easy to follow.

The Solution – Mind Mapping

For small-business owners, mind maps are a useful tool for everything from brainstorming to strategic planning. Mind mapping is a way to visualize what you need to do and helps to organize information the same way that your brain does. NovaMind explains it quite well:

Our brains like thinking in pictures…The left half thinks linearly following direct linkages to related ideas. Our right brain likes to see the whole picture with colors and flow. A Mind Map caters to both sides of the brain… [making] it a very good way of storing and recalling information, presenting things to other people, and brainstorming new ideas.

I wasn’t aware the mind map folks had solved the problem of how brains work. Someone needs to call MIT to let them in on the news. 😉

Mind maps can be useful and may even be an authoring step prior to creation of a topic map. But a universal panacea, their not.

I won’t ever make a very good software zealot. What software is best for you depends on your requirements and resources.

It is dishonest, intellectually and morally to pretend otherwise.

If you are organizing a Christmas play for the approaching holidays, a topic map would do the job. But a spiral notebook and #2 pencil (with a pennalet for storage) has a shallower learning curve.

I would rephrase the title just a bit: Grow confident, use software that meets your needs, not what’s “hot” or popular.

Clojure Mindmap

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Clojure Mindmap by Siva Jagadeesan.

Impressive graphic but I suspect the task of building it was more instructive than the result.

Something about slowing down enough to write information down and to plot its relationship(s) to other information that makes it “sticky.”

Or it is not so much a question of speed as it is of the effort required to write it down and plot?

Do you remember information you have to look up and then type in a text longer/better than grabbing a quote for a quick cut-n-paste?

I first saw this at DZone.

Mind maps just begging for RDF triples…. [human understanding = computer interpretation?]

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Mind maps just begging for RDF triples and formal models by Kerstin Forsberg.

From the post:

Earlier this week CDISC English Speaking User Group (ESUG) Committee arranged a webinar: “CDISC SHARE – How SHARE is developing as a project/standard” with Simon Bishop, Standards and Operations Director, GSK. I did find the comprehensive presentation from Simon, and his colleuage Diana Wold, very interesting.

Interesting as the presentation in an excellent way exemplifies how “Current standards (company standards, SDTM standards, other standards) do not current deliver the capability we require” Also, I do find the presentation interesting as it exemplifies mind maps as a way forward as “Diagrams help us understand clinical processes and how this translates into datasets and variables.” (Quotes from slide 20 in the presentation: Conclusions.)

Below a couple of examples of mind maps from the presentation. And also, the background to my thinking that they are Mind maps just begging for RDF triples and formal models of the clinical and biomedical reality to make them fully ready “both for human understanding and for computer interpretation“.

Interesting post but the:

both for human understanding and for computer interpretation

is what caught my attention.

Always a good thing to improve the ability of computer’s to find things for us. To the extent RDF can do that, great!

But human understanding is far deeper and more complex than any computer, by RDF or other means, can achieve.

I think we need to keep the distinction between human understanding and computer interpretation firmly in mind.

I first saw this at the

10 Productivity Tips for Working with Large Mind Maps

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

10 Productivity Tips for Working with Large Mind Maps by Roger C. Parker.

From the post:

A while ago, I wrote a series of posts helping individuals get the most out of their mapping efforts. Today, I’d like share 10 productivity tips and best practices for working with large mind maps.


As illustrated by the image above, mind maps can become substantially difficult to work with when the number of topics exceeds 60. At this size should you try and use MindManager’s Fit Map view, the type size decreases so much so that it becomes difficult to read. If you Zoom In to increase the type size, however, you lose context, or the “big picture” ability to view each topic in relation to all the other topics. So, what do you do?

A number of useful tips while constructing graphical views of topic maps. Or even for construction of topic maps per se.

Except for suggestion #7:

7. Search for duplicates before entering new topics

Inserting a duplicate topic is always a problem. Instead of manually searching through various topics looking for duplicates try using MindManager’s Search In All Open Maps command – it will certainly save you some time.

You should not need that one with good topic map software. 😉