LAPD Get their Spidey Tracer!

If you read the blog regularly, you’ll know my facination with the “Spidey Tracer”. (in truth, I’m facinated with all super gadgets… Batman is my hero!) Now the LAPD will jump on the spidey tracer fun bandwagon with Virginia-based company StarChase’s new laser homing dart GPS. The dart can be launched by chase vehicles onto a suspects car. Rather than chase through LA’s busy streets and breakneck speeds, the police can catch the alleged criminal in a safer manner. Apparently this is a huge issue because the article linked above states that police chase, on average, kill on Californian every week! Hopefully this new device will help lower that scary statistic.

Texas Redistricting Decision – Legislators can redraw maps whenever they like

Well, the Supreme Court decision on the case of the Texas congressional re-districting map is in and, while there was a small victory for Democrats and minority voters, the real long-term impact is that the court ruled that “state legislators may draw new maps as often as they like – not just once a decade as Texas Democrats claimed. That means Democratic and Republican state lawmakers can push through new maps anytime there is a power shift at a state capital.”

So, let’s think about this. Now, the explosion of web mapping and new ways to link demographic data to location have placed vast amounts of information at the disposal of politicians, if they really want to use it. I think it’s only a matter of time before all of that information starts being used in addition to, or even instead of, traditional census data for re-drawing congressional district boundaries.

Via MSNBC

Major calendar update

Update: I have found how to make WebCalendar allow subscriptions. If you are using an iCalendar based software use http://www.veryspatial.com/calendar/publish.php/?user=public as the subscription address and you should receive all updates to the calendar as we publish them.

We have just added over 20 new events to the calendar, so be sure to check those out to figure out where you want to take your vacation this year 😉

We are primarily pulling from the AAG, GITA, and URISA calendars to fill out our calendar. If you know of any other organizations or companies that keep lists of upcoming events please let us know so we can include their announcements in our calendar.