Cool Stuff

Corn Mazes – Fun for all!

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Even though it’s a little late in the season, I couldn’t resist posting about a fun harvest time adventure for all ages – corn mazes! You can find people making them in lots of places where corn is grown (or maize for some of our readers), and of course they are often combined with those […]

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Geography Action 2008

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Folks, it is getting close! We are mere weeks from the 2008 Geography Awareness Week. Beginning November 16th and continuing through the 22nd it will be time to step up the evangelizing. For those of you who are focused on geospatial technologies don’t forget that GIS Day sits in the middle of week. For details […]

Environmental

Where have all the ladybugs gone?

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I love cool projects that really show science at work, especially when they include education for kids and the general public, and the Lost Ladybug Project is one that I really like. It seems that researchers noticed that native species of ladybugs are disappearing (largely being replaced by Asian ladybugs that were introduced into North […]

Environmental

Planet Green – Green TV

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We often talk about our ever greening ways in our daily lives at the VerySpatial office, but we are still pretty much light weights. Our lack of weightiness is reinforced when I watch Discovery’s newish channel, Planet Green. Topics cover the gamut from greening your home, your meals, and to your general lifestyle. If you […]

Education

CoolGlobes: greening the globe

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Another great art as education/activism has apparently been going on this summer and will be continuing through the fall and into next year. The project, CoolGlobes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, is an exhibit that began in Chicago last summer (’07) that features sculpted globes, each about 5 feet in diameter which were intended […]

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RGS Guide to Publishing in Geography

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The RGS-IBG along with Wiley-Blackwell have released Publishing in Geography: A Guide for New Researchers. The 64 page guide is available for free both through an online viewer and a handy downloadable PDF version. The publisher suggests that their “aim was to create an accessible guide to showcase the best ways to publish, and to […]

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Where does your name live?

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If you have any mild interest in genealogy, then check out this name checker application. You enter in your surname and it reports back to you the places in the world where your last name is most popular. Mine showed some surprising results – for a French last name, there aren’t any listed in any […]

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Plaidcast up and kicking for the new semester

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For those of you interested in modern Cultural/Political Geography goings on I would like to remind you of a podcast I pointed out last Spring…The Plaid Avenger Plaidcast. After a summer hiatus, class is back in session and the PlaidAvenger has once again donned his mask to provide his unique take on Geography. This podcast, […]