[Off topic] good blues from a good man

SlimAs you may have noted from the podcast music, I am determined to support my musician friends…this time I bring you the wonderful SlimFatz.  As with most of my music contacts, I met Slim playing at a coffee shop in undergrad in Boone, NC.  Sad to say the coffee shop is gone, but Slim is still playing a great blues guitar and growling his way through some great vocals.  I have always kind of thought of him as a mix between Robert Johnson and Tom Waits for some reason.

There are some great downloads at his site, both audio and video.  Head over and check it out at http://www.slimfatz.net/

Google Earth Changing the Way Scientists Collaborate

A pretty interesting article in Nature.com talks about how free tools like Google Earth are changing the way scientists collaborate on projects. The best quote comes from Michael Goodchild when he says, “‘It’s like the effect of the personal computer in the 1970s, where previously there was quite an élite population of computer users,’ Goodchild enthuses. ‘Just as the PC democratized computing, so systems like Google Earth will democratize GIS.'”

Real Time Mapping with Google maps

This is one of the cooler uses of Google Maps. The DARTmaps Project shows the real time movement of trains on train tracks in Dublin. While you can watch the trains move around in the default view, for more dramatic effect, click on one of the trains to zoom in. It’s a pretty interesting use of AJAX and utilization of real time data. Hopefully it’ll inspire others to start toying with real time data and mapping!

Identifying Ancient Maya sites with Remote Sensing

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire, in conjunction with scientists at NASA, have been using remote sensing techniques to identify prehistoric Maya sites in Central America. The dense tropical rain forests in the region make the identification of sites from the air or on the ground very difficult. By analyzing high-resolution imagery and NASA’s Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar, the researchers were able to identify a specific  reflectivity in the vegetation around known archaeological sites in the area, and used that “signature” to identify areas where  previously unrecorded sites might be located. Field-testing in 2004 demonstrated the utility of this technique, when the archaeologists identified a number of Mayan sites. More details can be found in this article from Newswise.com
Via Archaeology Magazine