GAW Contest – Details

Update: The winner of the GAW and VSTV anniversary contest was Dee! Thanks for entering and be sure to check back in December when we start our 2.5 year anniversary contest.

The Geography Awareness Week contest is broken into 5 weeks. Each week we will post a question that must be answered in the online form provided with the question. Each week that you answer the question correctly you will receive an entry, and while you can only enter oncer per week, that means you can still get up to 5 entries overall for the grand prize, a new iPod Nano. All entries must be in by November 7, 2007.

Week 1 Entry – Oct 1
Week 2 Entry – Oct 8
Week 3 Entry – Oct 15
Week 4 Entry – Oct 22
Week 5 Entry – Oct 29

In addition to the 5 entries from answering questions you can also get 2 entries by emailing us a copy of your promotion/flyer for your GAW or GIS day events. You can get 5 entries by emailing us a 30 second audio or video promotion for you GAW or GIS day event. Feel free to email for more details. The contest is open world wide. That is a total of 12 entries giving you more chances to win.

The winner of the Grand Prize and runner up prizes will be announced on Episode 121 of A VerySpatial Podcast, November 11, 2007. Please remember, only one entry per person per week. Good luck and let us know if you have any questions.

New Poll: Industry

We are kind of interested in who is visiting the blog and listening to the podcast and what your day-to-day consists of. To get at this bit of info we are asking “where do you sit?” on our new poll, meaning what industry do you call your home. I know that some of you straddle the fence between 2 or more, but at the end of the day you usually feel that you sit in one group more than the others. We went fairly straight-forward with your options of:

  • Federal/State Government
  • Local Government
  • Private (aka Commercial)
  • Academia
  • Non-profit
  • Let us know which group you think you fit in.

    As for our last poll, it is clear that most folks feel they are at least giving this whole “green” thing a try, though only a few rank up there with Ed Beagley, Jr. Just a reminder to all of you who attend conferences where they give out tote bags…they make great grocery bags.

    In the presence of greatness

    nullJust before we spoke with Jack Dangermond at the SAG awards session at the ESRI UC, we got the chance to meet Dr. Roger Tomlinson, commonly referred to as the ‘father of GIS’. He was a good chat, and informed us that West Virginia played an early role in wine made in the US. Click on the image to see it at full size.

    New Media Panel: AAG ’08

    We are beginning to plan the third New Media panel for the upcoming AAG in Boston (in April). We have had great panels and very interested audiences (if not always the largest). I would like to include 2 or 3 geobloggers/podcasters who plan to attend AAG or live near Boston and we will try to find a local blogger and someone with a reader’s perspective to kind of explain the pros and cons of keeping up with our deluge of content.

    If you are interested in participating in the panel please email me. There are a couple of folks I have been trying to entice for the last couple of years that hopefully will be able to join us this year.

    On a side note, I am also going to try to put together something for the ESRI Ed UC next August as well, so email if you are interested in talking about education, communication, and the internet.

    iPod Touch in action

    While I ordered an iPod Touch the day it was announced, I made a trip up to Pittsburgh this afternoon since they are hitting the Apple Stores before they ship from the online store. While I wouldn’t usually make the trip just for a new toy, I have been waiting for this toy for about 2 years. My first reaction is definitely fanboyish…but I hope to have more time to play with it before we record tomorrow to get a better description than “frickin’ sweet”.

    Are we linking to you

    I am taking my procrastination from writing as a chance to get the site back up to date including our links page (finally got around to fixing what WP2.1 broke). If you aren’t on our links page or would like to be removed, please email us with the details (link, site name).

    Almost there

    This relates to 2 things:

    1) As we draw near the end of summer and the beginning of classes, it looks as if things are beginning to calm down in the VerySpatial-verse which means blog posts and podcast planning should be on the rise in a week or so (along with a rise in the watching of movies missed this summer)

    2) We will be mailing out all of the contest winnings early next week after we dig the contest shelf contents out of the box that went from the apartment to the VS office/studio.

    Special Episode 23…the correction

    The great and powerful Dave pointed out a couple of oversights in the post for SE 23 (thanks Dave!). I misspelled Aileen Buckley’s name (apologies Aileen) and I completely forgot to post the second half of the interview which was a discussion with Craig Gilgrass about how folks are taking to some of the Geodatabase features in 9.2. An insightful little discussion if I do say so.

    In my defense, I am…well, I am a person who needs to be edited. Check out SE 23 and keep an eye on the conference feed for the final ESRI UC vendor coverage coming soon. Also, now that we have moved the department it is almost time to move apartments as well.