Wired has an interesting article/commentary about how online maps are changing the way we interface our entire lives. I think the next to the last sentance sums up the concerns nicely… “That’s the SimCity trap, emphasizing spatial relationships over more intimate, human considerations.”
I have gone back and forth between using an aggregator (currently SharpReader) and just going to the web sites of my various sites. The great thing about an aggregator is that you don’t have to worry about wandering from page to page, folks can send you RSS links or OPMLs for you to import and check out, and you can group your different areas of interest into groups. The problem I have is that I don’t connect as well with the information that I am looking at. I am just as likely to delete a post in the aggregator that I would read every word of on the web page. I am not sure if this is a case of experience or what.
To bring it back to something we talked about on the podcast, I see the aggregator as a space, whether it is SharpReader or MyYahoo, which I have little connection to and therefore seem to have little connection to the content that I view there. The individual websites then are analogous to cyber-places where I have had interactions with the site design, the content creators, and, heaven forbid, the advertisers. I think this has a little to do with the story that each site or cyber-place sets up from post to post. An odd comparison, but one that I am sure a geographer of cyberspace has mentioned. In the end I will keep using my aggregator, but I will pop into a site every now and then just to look around even though I have probably read all of the posts on the site…
On the lighter side today, there is finally vindication for anyone jealous over physical geography getting all the good movie plots (The Day After Tomorrow anyone?)…
It’s GPS! The Movie!.
Plot (no pun intended) summary: A group of adventure seeking college kids embark on a GPS treasure hunt in the Northwest wilderness. They are led to believe they will find two million dollars in cash. When they arrive at the treasure location they find what appears to be a grave.
Once again, something cool for people in the UK. ViewRanger 1.0 is a mapping application for mobile phones that gives you a 3D landscape display as an interface for accessing local information, using downloadable Ordnance Survey maps. Right now, it only works with certain phones, but if I lived in Britain, I would definitely be checking this out.
Even if you don’t live there, take a look at the ViewRanger website here
via Press Release at SpatialNews.com
OK, after almost hitting our 7GB/month transfer limit in August we upped our plan to a 21GB/month transfer plan which is the high end plan for our provider. As of the end of September we had 3GB left! We are probably going over 21Gb in October. We are ecstatic with the response to both the podcast and blog!
The point? We have moved the storage of the podcast to libsyn (liberated syndication) which is designed for podcasters and allows for unlimited traffic. The same day we started using libsyn for episode 11, however, libsyn conducted a server move. So if you have had any problems accessing episode 11 please let me know. Also, my test download seemed to go as fast this week as it has in the past, but if you notice the download taking significantly longer email me and let me know. Generally, any problem, including any coming out of my updates to the blog sidebars, should be pointed out so I can try to get it fixed.
Reader Leszek emailed reguarding my previous post of open/free software to point out DigitalGrove. I hate to admit when I forget about things, but I did…I had completely forgotten about this great resource. This site has an extensive list of free data and software along with descriptions and comparisons of different geospatial technologies.
First you were questioned about milk, then the geeks were asked about root, but the question that has been around for millinea from back seat drivers…got map? Head over to the VerySpatial Store and check out our new ‘got map?’ products. Since this is a Cafe Press shop there are tons of product options, so if you don’t see an item that you want with the logo on it email us and we will add it to the site.
This is a series of follow up conversations that Sue and I had during the Podcast Symposium held at Duke University.
So the conference is over and it turned out to be a great blend of academic and applied perspectives. The morning session was on the legal issues surrounding copyright issues that impact podcasting and the lunch session was a single presenter who dissected the word broadcast and then touched on podcasting. We skipped out on the last session, podcasting and journalism, to start the long drive back. The folks at Duke were nice enough to show us their immersive environment/6-sided cave. Apparently if we had been good and stayed for the meet and greet on Tuesday we would have seen it. Again, check out the conference info and recordings at http://isis.duke.edu/events/podcasting.
Chris Ayres of the London Times has written a pretty funny article about the irresistible lure of in-car navigation devices and other digital navigation aids, and the chaos that ensues
Check out the article at the London Times Online