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Livable Streets Initiative

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Digg had an interesting link to a pretty cool visualization technique.  I like the addition of actual people into the “livable” street, as well as the architectural improvements.  I think the use of a real world place transformed in easily identifiable ways is incrediblly powerful to the public.  You can really see what they’re talking […]

Education

K-12 In West Virginia to get ESRI licenses

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Just got a bit of news that’s not been officially announced but kicking around the state – the K-12 schools in West Virginia are getting a 3 year license for ESRI software, donated from ESRI itself!  I’m a little unclear exactly how much of the software they’re getting (does it include server for example?), but […]

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The Miniature Earth

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Something most people (especially in the US) don’t spend a lot of time thinking about is world demographics.  I’m sure everyone has heard some variation of the “if there were only 100 people on the planet”, but most might have heard it from second or third hand sources.  The website minature-earth.com features a neat video […]

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The World’s Eyes Project

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Gizmodo has a pretty cool post about MIT’s Word’s Eyes Project.  The idea behind the project is to look at the world through the photos posted on Flickr.  What they’re trying to capture are the ways we – mostly as tourists – capture the world around us.  Of course there are lots of projects and […]

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Time for Nuclear Power… again?

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Ars Technica has a nice discussion about nuclear power discussions that took place at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.  The short of it is that several prominate scientists are arguing that nuclear power has a place in our future power needs.  Coming from a coal state, I’ve often wondered […]

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Geography of a Recession

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The New York Times has a nice interactive map (flash based) of unemployement rates by county.  It shows that areas with housing booms, lots of manufacturing, and high existing unemployment got hit the hardest this last year, which isn’t a huge suprise.  However, you can use the map to see some regionalization to this stuff.

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California Bill to Blur Schools and Churches

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Ars Technica is reporting about a bill introduced by a California legislator about a month ago making it a crime to not blur out government buildings, including schools and churches.  The bill would make the punishment for non-compliance $250,000 per day and a minimum of a year of jail time for the company’s executive officers.  […]

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60 TB Of Everquest 2 Data for Science

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Sony released around 60 terrabytes of raw log data to a group of researchers for analysis.  Lots of different disciplines appear to have mined the data looking for interesting patterns.  The data spans four years and 40,000 players.  What strikes me as particularly noteworthy is none of them seem to be geographers even though some […]

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Google Says They’re Not the Bad Guys

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The Sydney Morning Herald has an interesting article heavily quoting Google Earth’s project head John Hanke, “We’re not the bad guys.”  The article goes on to heavily quote Hanke concerning the issue, but the gist of it is that technology is morally neutral.  You can use it for good and bad things and it’s up […]

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Google Ocean…?

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PCPro in the UK is reporting that Google may unveil a new product in its family of mapping tools – Google Ocean!  The application would feature topographic layers of the ocean floor, underwater photos, and even points of interest like famous ship wrecks.  For those intreguied by the inner space, this should be great!  Now […]