Visualizations are beautiful

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The second edition of ‘The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide To The World’s Most Consequential Trivia” by David McCandless is out soon. He also has a website called “Information is Beautiful” for anyone wanting to check out his awe inspiring visualizations of seemingly everyday data. The is also an interactive visualization of health supplements that […]

Making Copies

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Think back to when you needed to share maps before the Internet. Did that give you the heebie jeebies? Now think back to when you needed to share maps before the invention of the copier. It has been 50 years since the invention of the Xerox copier in 1960. Back then academics were still debating […]

Where’s Sindy

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So I was online last night trying to locate bulk orders of Altoids tins (Don’t Ask) and stumbled across the Where’s Sindy game on the Altoid’s website a game they launched in 2007 that involves using Google Earth to follow a trail of clues to locate Sindy the Altoid’s Cinnamon girl. If you remember, Where […]

Solid Waste Management Careers

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I recently attended the The 25th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management held in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. If you are a geospatial professional looking for an interesting and challenging career, solid waste management is a growing industry with world wide appeal. Some of the interesting topics discussed were policy issues such as municipal […]

Live in a Movie Set

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Oscar time is here and several news sources have stories about vacationing in your favorite movie setting. The Telegraph UK article “Oscars 2010: film location holidays” explores locations of this year’s Oscar-nominated films such as Avatar,District 9, Precious, and Crazy Heart. Film induced tourism is a growing tourism draw according to books such as “Film-induced […]

Should Orienteering Be An Olympic Sport?

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Spring is a great time to start a new hobby or practice a very old one – walking. A Telegraph UK’s article on old-fashioned map reading skills discusses orienteering versus GPS. The U.S. Orienteering Federation calls orienteering the sport of a lifetime because it is both challenging and a lifetime sport. They believe it isn’t […]

Great Backyard Bird Count

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It’s that time of year again. If you are in North America are you ready to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count February 12 – 15th? Each year “citizen scientists” helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,the National Audubon Society , and Bird Studies Canada learn more about bird population and migration creating […]

Victorian 3-D

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Before there was Avatar and even before Fisher-Price Viewmaster, there was stereoscopy or stereo photographs that presented scenes in life-like three dimensions similar to a Viewmaster. A recent book on one set of Stereoscopic photos of 1850’s village life titled “A Village Lost and Found”. It is a picture book that evokes the Victorian times […]

65 Years of View-Master

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It’s hard to believe that Fisher-Price View-Master reels are over 65 years old and kids are still playing with them. Even with the advent of hi-tech toys for kids, the View-Finder still produces inexpensive reels ($4.00) of Dora the Explorer, Sponge Bob, and old Disney Classics. The red classic model is around $15.00. Accoding to […]

Cloudy with a Chance of Graphics

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I found an interesting RFP today from NOAA that asks for research into “the effectiveness of current operational products, including graphics and uncertainty information”. Essentially it is asking a geospatial question, do our graphics work and do they tell you what you need to know. The geospatial compenent of weather forecasting is more involved than […]