Ran across this interesting post: the best government blogs and why they’re the best. With the exception of NASA, none of these have a direct geospatial tie. In fact, all but one of them are CIO’s of their respective organizations. It sorta makes sense it would start there, but I’d like to challenge anybody in local, state, or federal government who has any stake in geospatial information to start blogging. The points on what makes each of these blogs work are excellent starting points to use in your own blog. I’d love to see more geospatial government blogs out there!
Dan at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore emailed to let us know that GPS Adventures, a traveling exhibit all about GPS and geocaching, will be opening tomorrow, February 20th and will be running until April 18th.
GPS Adventures gives visitors an introduction to GPS technology and the basics of navigation in general, and offers some cool hands on experience. The exhibit is set up like a small maze, which the idea of simulating a geocaching event by having visitors explore 4 different environments, find a hidden cache and solve a puzzle in each area, and then use the code to enter each of 4 Satellite Rooms.
GPS Adventures is a great way to get kids introduced to GPS and the role it plays in our world, so if you can get to Baltimore, definitely check it out. For those of you on the West Coast, GPS Adventures will be heading to Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California after it leaves the Maryland Science Center in April.
According to the BBC, Eric Gordon Douglas from Edinburgh left nearly £11,000 for 20 towns around the world that share his surname. The Herald Scotland states that no one knows anything about their benefactor other than his name and home city. On the Rampant Scotland site you can find out “Is Your Home Town Named After Somewhere in Scotland?” I tried to find a MacLennan town on Rootweb but all I found was Mc Lennan Co. Texas. When I googled my surname I found that there is a book series character called Brodie MacLennan. “The start of a thrilling Edinburgh-based series starring rebellious young lawyer Brodie McLennan.”
National Geographic has a really cool geography awareness week challenge for US Senators – can you draw your home state and give three points of interest within it? Thus far, only a few Senators have replied with their drawings. It should be no surprise that Al Franken is one of them, since he can draw all 50 states pretty dang well. The other Senators’ drawings are at the link. If you click on the highlighted states on the map, you’ll see the submissions by each participant. To me, the most interesting pieces are the “points of personal interest”. Everyone seems to go for “I live here”. Personally, I want to know what’s taking the other Wyoming Senator so long. Senator Enzi seemed to have no trouble with the boundary at all!
Who would have thought a Dennis Quaid movie could be right? (well, except for Enemy Mine, which I maintain is simply to awesome to not come true some day) Geology researchers are now saying that the last ice age could have happened in an extremely short period of time, not the previously thought decade or so. This is based upon some research done in Ireland on lake bed. I’m not going to pretend I know the first thing about this stuff, but it is interesting to think that our climate is much more fragile than we thought. Plus, anything that allows me to reference Enemy Mine I’m gonna post toot-sweet.
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