In SF for AAG

So we Sue and I are in San Francisco attending the AAG. I have already hit a session but we got in during the afternoon so we missed some of the earlier sessions. We are staying at the Parc 55 right across the street from the Hilton, but I hadn’t paid attention to where the Location Intelligence conference was taking place until we checked in and saw that it just downstairs…kind of cool, though we haven’t bumped into any of the Directions folks so far.

We may have a daily wrap up later tonight, but more likely it will wait until Wednesday after we have had a full day of presenting and partaking.

Map of Virgnia Tech Shooting Sites

For those who may not have heard, Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg Virginia has suffered a great tragedy on its campus. Thirty-two people were shot and killed yesterday by what now looks to be a single gunman. I grew up roughly an hour drive from that campus and I spent a lot of time there in high school, so I’m fairly familiar with its layout. However, for those who aren’t as familiar and would like to have some idea of the physical layout of the shootings, the Baltimore Sun has put up a google map detailing the source of the shootings. It’s unfortunate the satellite imagery isn’t very good for the area, so you could easily see how this could happen with the building layout. The campus is extremely beautiful. The oval section between the two shooting sites houses a lovely green quad area that is almost stunning in the fall. Most of the class room buildings face the quad and many of the dorms are behind those row of buildings. Unfortunately it seems what partially makes the campus so beautiful is just the thing that allowed the gunman to do so much damage.

We here at Very Spatial send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the victims.