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WWII Escape Maps, Monopoly, and Ebay

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ABC News has a revisited the story of escape maps and tools hidden inside Monopoly games during WWII. According to the article, “The British secret service conspired with the U.K. manufacturer to stuff a compass, small metal tools, such as files, and, most importantly, a map, into cut-out compartments in the Monopoly board itself.” A […]

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Halloween Mapping Action

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There are several sites on-line where people have set up controllable Halloween decorations for various causes. Alek’s Halloween site is a little crowded but that’s part of its charm. He’s been doing it since 2005, has a Google map of the people who have participated, and all the decorations are wind-powered. Halloween Addict has a […]

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Candy O Vision

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Whenever Holloween starts to come around, I always think about geography and candy. The world in a candy bar map , such as the one from Indiana and Purdue, is one of the staples of social study teacher’s everywhere. Candy Critic blog has a great discussion of candy from around the world, a map of […]

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The home of the tomorrow…. today.

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Whenever I see articles like the one about a smart IBM guy who uses Twitter to control his house functions, it makes me think of those old Tex Avery cartoons about the home of tommorw or the clip about the future house. I can imagine it being used to prove that no matter where I […]

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GIS in Disneyworld

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The Disney Universe is a pretty elaborate one and one of the ways they keep it running is GIS. Some of the current job openings include is a civil engineering intern with a knowledge of GIS, several GIS and remote sensing related Animal Program internships, and many actual GIS related jobs around the U.S. with […]

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Walking in Circles again

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An article in the U.K. Dailymail covers current research about why people walk in circles when they get lost. Although I am sure that it was written with tongue in cheek about the usefulness of this type of study, the actual results are geospatial. According to a researcher quoted in the article, ‘People cannot walk […]

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Subway Maps: How Do I Love Thee?

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TreeHugger has linked to a slideshow of what they consider the world’s most interesting subway maps. It provides a good visual history of the development of the subway map and its many incarnations and interpretations. Having lived in DC, I can agree with the statement that their map is easy to use but distances are […]

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Social & Environmental Sustainability

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I just went to a great ESRI session on social & environmental sustainability where researchers in areas as diverse as homelessness and toxic waste, asked the age old question of cause and effect. The interesting part was that they sought to gain depth of knowledge using GIS. As the last speaker, Dr. bossard from San […]