I am updating the feeds on VerySpatial for the blog and podcasts. There seems to be some issues for those who have proceeded me in this endeavor so I will apologize for any inconvenience this will cause (for instance, I am fairly confident this will reset everyone’s download counts for the podcast in your RSS reader/podcatcher). I figure if I am going to break one thing I should go ahead and break ‘em all in the same week (before Google breaks it for me).
After three years of threatening to update the look of VerySpatial, we have finally made good on the threat. We plan to create more featured content to take advantage of the new design, keep an eye out for more columns and screencasts in the near future.
We will be fixing a few issues in the new update over the course of the week, but if you run across any problems please contact us.
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With the New Year almost upon us I thought it might be interesting to ask whether folks have resolutions this year that relate to Geography or geospatial technologies, and if so, what those resolutions are. Two of mine are 1) that I want to scratch out time to do more hands-on again with products I don’t use very often and 2) to finish up all of the analysis and writing for my dissertation. Yeah, I know these are pretty straight forward, but I like to aim low so that I can be happy that I actually succeeded in my resolutions at the end of the year.
So what are your resolutions? We may read a few on next week’s episode so leave a comment or send them to us directly.
Ho ho ho and all of that
Hopefully the Sue elf brought you all the podcasts you asked for this year! We here at VerySpatial plan to do a little updating over the next month as we head toward our 3.5 year anniversary in January. Keep an eye out for a new site design, a new contest, and for our live shows at the AAG, ESRI UC, and other locations throughout the year.
Happy Holidays one and all!
(reposted from Sue’s original on Dec 25, 07)
Twas Christmas eve twilight, when all through the lab
Not a creature was stirring, not even a tech;
The maps and routes were all planned out with care,
To help St. Nicholas get from here to there;
The mapmakers were huddled all snug at their desks,
While visions of flight plans danced in their heads;
Santa’s cartographer in his ‘kerchief, his aide in a cap,
Had just settled down for a well-deserved nap,
When out from the printer there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from their desks to see what was the matter.
Away to the monitors they flew like a flash,
And hurriedly checked out the North Pole weathersat.
The swirling cloudmass and new-fallen snow
I am trying out Instamapper’s GPS Tracking app for the iPhone on my trip across the state today. So once I hit the road the dot should follow me along every minute or so. It isn’t quite like following Santa’s progress tomorrow, but it may amuse a few of you
UPDATE: The app seems to work as suggested. The web back end took a couple of minutes to work my way through to download the results (available as KML, GPX, CSV…) but it all worked well. As with any iPhone app it has to be running in the foreground to work, but you can still use the iPod functionality in the background (which will also keep the iPhone from going to sleep). If you have a Blackberry or Android device you may want to check out their clients.
GPS tracking powered by InstaMapper.com
For a while now I have been trying to find a better quality mp3 encoder, one that would sound closer to the AAC version of the weekly podcast. I think I have succeeded, however if you have any problems playing this week’s podcast (Episode 178) please let us know.
I have been clicking pictures with the iPhone since we arrived in Las Vegas for Autodesk University 2008. Facebook has been the receptacle for the images so far but if you aren’t a member of the VerySpatial group then you can just check them out here. We will be adding more pictures through Wednesday night.