Why you should clearly mark your geocache!

This story on CNN demostrates why you need to clearly mark a geocache as such. From the article, “In June, a bomb squad in De Pere, Wisconsin, used a robot-mounted shotgun to blast the lid off a suspicious-looking military ammunition box found in a park. It also turned out to be a geocache.” It’s a little bit funny, but also a tad scary. So paint a big red ‘geocache’ on your geocache boxes!

Via Digg

GeoEye now world’s largest commercial satellite imagery company

Orbimage, Inc. recently finalized its acquisition of Denver-based Space Imaging, Inc., and the two companies will now combine to do business as GeoEye. In early 2007, the company is still planning to launch OrbView-5, a new satellite which will be able to capture panchromatic and multispectral imagery with a ground resolution of 0.41 meters, which they claim will be the highest commercial resolution in the world. GeoEye will now also provide imagery from Space Imaging’s main satellite sensors, IKONOS and the Indian Remote Sensing satellite sensors, along with their own OrbView satellites.

Via Directions Magazine

IP Address to Location

The Link has been corrected now!  Sorry for any confusion. 

While there are a few tools out there to do this sort of thing, I thought this one was a nice, clean, simple interface for it. It features AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) as its base technology, which helps make it faster than most implementations. It’s a pretty usefull tool for those interested in doing IP lookups to find geographic coordinates.

Usted habla espanol? … dos

I came across another spanish speaking geospatial blog that is interesting.  Their description suggests they focus on Virtual Earth and Google Local, but they have some good links to interesting sites that haven’t made the rounds in most of the english speaking blogs (I will be changing that in the next couple of days 🙂 ).

TecnoMAPS.com

Peter Morville on “Spatiosemantic”

Peter Morville, our guest on this week’s episode, maintains his own blog, Findability.org, where he discusses the ideas behind the technologies that are making findability an increasingly important part of our digital lifestyles. In a post yesterday (where he also gave us a nod!), he coins the term ‘spatiosemantic’ and defines it as “a mashup that describes the impending collision of space and meaning on the geospatial web.” It will be interesting to see how he further defines this notion, and whether it catches on elsewhere.

Usted habla espanol?

If so you may be interested in the spanish speaking blog La Cartoteca. From the entries that I have ‘read’ (my spanish teacher would be sad) so far La Cartoteca seems to focus on cartography with some general geography and miscellaneous content for good measure. Alejandro Polanco Masa, the blog author also has another interesting blog called Technologia Obsoleta. Check them out if you speak spanish, or you can try a Babelfish translation if you are truly curious.

Updated links – did I miss your blog?

I have spent the evening re-merging the links page and blogs&podcast page into links which will keep me a little less confused and make it more likely for me to update the list more than once evey three months.  That said, I used Planet Geospatial to pick up the few I didn’t already have in my bookmarks, but this is primarily a geospatial tech list, so I am sure that I missed some of the physical and human geography blogs out there.  If you have a blog, podcast or other interesting link you would like to suggest then make sure to contact us.

HopStop.com

HopStop.com is a city transit guide site that features maps and directions from place to place using public transit, or a combination of public transit and walking. In addition, the site adds in a feature that we’re going to be seeing more and more of: local ads tailored to your route. It’s like Google’s Transit Trip Planner and, right now, New York is available as well as Boston and Washington, DC in beta versions.

Via Online Media Daily

Stardust capsule lands safely

Early this morning, NASA’s Stardust capsule containing samples of comet dust successfully landed in the Utah desert. There are links and information on all the major media outlets, but it is exciting news and all of you who signed up to be volunteer analysts will now have plenty to analyze!

Via CNN.com