A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 410
May 26, 2013
Main Topic: Catching up on some geo news
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A quick, and last minute, reminder that the 2013 National Geographic Bee finals will be televised tonight. Head over to NatGeo at 7:00PM EDT to watch live or catch one of the replays later.
This year’s 10 finalists are:
Tuvya Bergson-Michelson, California
Pranit Nanda, Colorado
Ricky Uppaluri, Georgia
Conrad Oberhaus, Illinois
Sathwik Karnik, Massachusetts
Neha Middela, Michigan
Neelam Sandhu, New Hampshire
Harish Palani, Oregon
Akhil Rekulapelli, Virginia
Asha Jain, Wisconsin
As we have said before, any of the state and territorial finalists generally know way more than we do and should know that they are amazing for having made it to DC.
In case you missed this episode of Minute Earth when it first made the rounds last week.
There is a wealth of ways to get imagery today from buying or downloading satellite imagery to hiring a company to fly your project, but it is the low cost, low effort DIY imagery that is the most exciting and fun. The picture to the right is one of many that is available from Flickr, and other photo sites, that was taken with one of these methods (in this case a kite). With that in mind, the new poll wants to know what technology you prefer to use or are interested in using to capture low altitude imagery. Head over and share your thoughts. If you have a method that isn’t listed leave a comment on this post and I will add it to the list.
As you can see from the image we already have a Surface Pro in the company with Sue’s preorder and first day acquisition. I like it, but while I want something portable I have decided that a 10″ desktop area is too small. It is great for apps, but I am not comfortable with traditional Windows applications at that size. On the other hand 12-13 inches seems doable and I want to cut down from my 15″ laptop from the last 6 years, especially since I have have access to brawny, large (multi)monitored desktops for when I need the power.
Clearly the top two votes are out and the low vote, XPS 12, is currently in the lead. However, if something else comes out before I have the cash to upgrade this summer, my decision making will restart. On a side note, hopefully Sue will take a minute to share her thoughts on the Surface Pro in the near future.
In a day I thought would focus on new sensors (LDCM) I end up thinking about old sensors and the piles of hard copy historic aerial photos that are going unutilized in our digital lives (insert standard reference to Peter Morville’s Ambient Findability here). Head over to check out what looks to be a great tool for digital historians, cultural landscape folks, historic archaeologists, and others.
As you might imagine from our previous conversations on the podcast, we are just a little excited about the LDCM. NASA/USGS have released the first scene from the new sensor focusing on the Fort Collins area. Head over the NASA site to take a look at the scene and associated information. Hopefully we will hear more next week as the ASPRS annual conference hits Boston.
In a time when we have become jaded by something as awe inspiring as the time, technology, and $$$ behind creating 3D city models, it is nice to see something that reminds us how cool and realistic imagery and models can be. The above video was made using Nokia’s Here Maps as a personal project by Paul Wex Films.