General

CAFE Standards for Cars in the US

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We all know greenhouse gases are all in the news the last decade or so. On top of that, fuel dependency gets a lot of airplay. Those two things drive a lot of the decision making for car fuel economy standards. In the US, that’s translated into a rather arcane system called the CAFE (Corporate […]

General

The $6,000 Car for Africa

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Cars + Geography = Frank in heaven. The car company Mobius Motors has created what is for gearheads like me might be darn near perfect car. The founders of Mobius recognized that access to transportation is critical to modern existence. Anybody doing, say, site location work will tell you one of the biggest factors is […]

GeographyAwareness

We Give Directions Differently Depending on Where We Live

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Europeans and Americans just give directions differently. Who knew? Researchers conducted an experiment to see if people gave directions differently if they thought the person was driving verses looking at a map. Turns out that while that does have an impact, where you’re from has a larger impact on how you describe directions. Americans tend […]

General

NPR Laments the Death of Paper Road Maps

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Paper road maps are becoming obsolete, claims a NPR report. Well, not completely obsolete, but less and less used by daily drivers as GPS and SatNav have taken over. A spokesperson for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials believes map printing may be one place state transportation departments cut to ease budgetary […]

General

The Most Popular Street Names in the US

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Cars and geography go hand in hand if you ask me. After all, transportation is one of our fundamental layers in GIS, right? So Jalopnik’s post detailing the most popular street names in the US really struck my interest. I guess its no surprise that numbers are the most popular names, nor that trees are […]

Education

Spatial role-playing and virtual immersion

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It is interesting to find that there are many types of spatial immersion projects going on this summer. They provide a good contrast of how creative people can be with spatial immersion as an educational tool and the importance of experiencing an environment to understanding it in a new way. The original Virtual Trillium Trail […]

Cartography

Zombies and Geospatial Analysis

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If you have met me, you know that I would love to teach a geography class using ¬†the book ¬†World War Z¬†by Max Brooks, a journalist who uses a zombie apocalypse¬†to discuss current events and world geography.¬†David Hunter, a middle school teacher in Seattle, Washington beat me to the punch. He is asking for help […]

Human Geography

Geography on the Big Think channel

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The Big Think channel on YouTube (and of course connected to the Big Think website) highlights ideas from a range of individuals on a number of topics…as would be expected from a channel with the name. This video is one of a group that focus on how individuals perceive how Geography shaped them.