Maker Faire 2006

If you love to tinker with stuff, especially tech stuff, or find yourself strangely fascinated by the MythBusters, then the Maker Faire this weekend (April 22-23) in San Mateo, California is right up your alley. Organized by the creators of MAKE magazine, a popular tech DIY publication, Maker Faire is a chance to get together with thousands of other liked-minded types and watch people make stuff out of other stuff. In addition to all the techies, there are also students and educators who will be presenting their projects.

avsp EarthDay Contests

We were sitting there, recording the podcast, the next thing Sue and I knew Frank had thrown out two challenges/contests to see what you are doing for EarthDay! When the dust had settled here is what was left.

EarthDay Contest #1

  • Submit a photo of you at an EarthDay activity…Subject line should say EarthDay Picture with a description of the photo
  • EarthDay Contest #2

  • Submit your top ideas for what to do to make EarthDay everyday. Subject line should say EarthDay Everyday with a description of the photo
  • All entries for both contests should go to contest at by May 4, 2006.

    Check out Episode 39 for details, and Episode 42 for the results. There are at least t-shirts on the line as prizes and probably more once I check our shelves (OK so it just one shelf, but still…)

    MapOFF! panel at SDForum

    This month’s SDForum Search SIG, taking place at Yahoo! Headquarters in California on April 11th, is called MapOFF! and will feature panelists Jeremy Kreitler from Yahoo!Maps. Thai Tran from Google Maps, Alex Daley from MSN Virtual Earth, and Andy Yang from This could be really interesting, but unfortunately, I’m pretty sure our boss won’t let us hop on a plane for a 2 hour and 45 minute panel. Oh well. Maybe they will do a videocast or even a podcast of the discussion. For those of you in the Sunnyvale, California area, it only costs $15 to register and you probably won’t get a better opportunity to see some of the big names behind web mapping all on the same panel.

    Via SearchEngineWatch

    National Geographic Bee state winners

    The state finals of the National Geographic Bee were completed last Friday, and each state winner will now travel to Washington, DC for the national finals. The winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, the second place finisher a $15,000 scholarship and third place a $10,000 scholarship. The winner for each state is listed at the end of the National Geographic News announcement.

    Good Luck to all the winners!

    Good couple of days

    As Sue mentioned a couple of days ago, we have spent Monday and Tuesday in DC touring a few geospatial shops with a group of students to show them a glimpse into the ‘real-world’. I missed our visit to the Census due to the need for gas to get back to WV, but Sue said they showed off some of their plans for data collection in 2010. At the USGS we heard a little about their history, current efforts, and the NGTOC and the A76 outsourcing. Nothing new, but it is always interesting to hear news from those being impacted. We also hit EarthData and Montgomery County, MD.

    See a total solar eclipse “live” on your computer

    Tomorrow (Wednesday) there will be a total or near-total solar eclipse that will be visible in parts of Europe, Africa, and South America (see this guide from MSNBC). For the rest of us, however, NASA and the Exploratorium will be offering a live satellite broadcast of the eclipse from Side, Turkey, starting at 5am Eastern US Standard Time Wednesday. Over 90 museums, planetariums and other sites around the world will be broadcasting the eclipse, and the video will be streamed live over the Internet via, NASA, and other outlets. will also be offering their own coverage.

    In a cool twist, the Exploratorium will be streaming the total eclipse into the virtual world of Second Life, the online virtual world game, where a developer has created a virtual version of the Roman-era ampitheatre where NASA will be broadcasting from.

    So, if you can get up at that hour, or for those of you in Europe and Asia where it will be much later in the day, check out the eclipse without the danger of damaging your eyes!


    First Annual Virtual Globes Scientific Users Conference

    We had a session devoted to Virtual Globes at the AAG Annual Meeting, and now there is going to be an entire conference sponsored by research centers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Arctic Region Supercomputing Center and the University of Colorado Boulder. The 2-day Virtual Globes Scientific Users Conference will focus specifically on the use of online Virtual Globes in earth sciences, and will be held in Boulder, Colorado from July 10-12, 2006.

    Registration is free, but limited, and registration closes on June 9, 2006. They are looking for presenters, so if you are interested, check out the conference registration page for details.

    EDS06 – The return

    We have returned and as you might imagine the podcast won’t be up until Monday Tuesday morning. We ended up with more interviews in two days at the EDS than the five days of the AAG. Needless to say, be prepared for another onslaught of audio this week.

    We definitely enjoyed the Dev Summit, but didn’t get to all of the sessions we would have liked because of scheduling, but it was suggested that audio and video from the keynotes and sessions might be available on EDN in the near future. As for the EDS in general, there are a few posts on the ESRI Dev Summit out on the geospatial blogs.