The NGA issued a press release today announcing the availability of the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) Statement of Strategic Intent, a document that gives a vision for the future of geospatial intelligence. If you are interested the full press release is available from your favorite geospatial news sites. Here is a link to the full document on the NGA site (PDF).
It is small…
it is small…
oh and it is a GPS receiver.Ã‚Â Ubiquitous computing requires truly portable electronics…I think this might help keep your device slim.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory website has a webcam located on Augustine Island in Alaska, monitoring Augustine Volcano, which had a small ash eruption yesterday and continues to show signs of unrest. The images are updated every 30 minutes, and show a pretty good image of the ash plume and several small lahars (volcanic mudflows). The USGS posts daily status reports on the volcano on the website. So, if you’re interested in physical geography, geology, or just curious about volcanoes, check out the webcam and maybe you’ll get to see an actual volcanic eruption!
“Ask anyone for directions and you will see the strengths and weaknesses of the human species…” (NPR Morning Edition, Jan 10, 2006) Sometimes I am a little frightened that I will start a story off that way, big intro…small return.Ã‚Â While the story brought out good points for the general public to be mindful of, they didn’t spend much time on the data which all of the direction finding services mentioned rely on third party data and instead focused on the network analysis (never called that though).Ã‚Â Overall, good information for folks not familiar with the way it works…humorous (or sad) if you are a professional.
Ok, so I admit, I’m probably more excited about this than most people, but whenever I order something, I obsessively track its progress via the handy tracking feature on most carriers websites. Now, I can obsessively track my packages as they move across space and time with Packagemapper.com, which uses Google Maps to display the progress of US Postal Service, UPS and FedEx packages right to your door. The site has been featured on Digg.com and other places, so it’s getting hit pretty hard.
Adena over at the AllPoints blog posted a link yesterday to the USGS site, where the final report on the review of the decision process that led to the selection of Denver as the site for the NGTOC was posted. There doesn’t seem to be an associated press release and the results, which upheld the earlier decision, are not surprising. This also clears the way for the competitivie sourcing process to get underway.
Jesse’s 2 cents: I agree that this isn’t really surprising. Still,
I am we are not a proponent for centralizing in such a manner. I work with (not for) the NRCS and I have seen what impact multiple offices, centers, structures, etc have on an organization, and while at times it causes redundancy it also creates important feedback. This feedback is a blend of positives and negatives that usually work out in the end to create a better product for their customers, the US citizens. While the decision to centralize isn’t surprising since funding is tight throughout the government, the customers (all of us) are clamoring for more products. Perhaps the onus should be on the government to stay abreast of their customers needs and remain technological savvy to supply ever improving products as opposed to closing doors on some opportunities and important jobs.
We received a press release on Matrox’s new Parhelia Precision SDT which is intended for specific applications and hardware such as the Planar SD1710.Ã‚Â While I am a fan of stereo, I am not as convinced that a passive system this complex is necessary or even cost effective.Ã‚Â Active stereo using a CRT is my preferred option for the desktop.
For projection I still say that the new InFocus projectors are the way to go instead of passive systems.Ã‚Â While active glasses are more expensive I would argue that it is still the better option for anything under 15 people when circular passive systems become a good option.
As for Matrox, I prefer their Parhelia 3 monitor line.Ã‚Â We have two of these cards and I hope to get one of the new PCI Express versions if they ever release one or the QID LP PCIe.Ã‚Â Two monitors are ever enough 🙂
According to OgleEarth it should run on any G3 or higher with at least 600 Mhz.Ã‚Â I will be loading it on my Mini tonight to see how it does.Ã‚Â Also of note in the Mac world is the announcement of the first round of Intel-based machines.Ã‚Â I am still holding out for a Mac Mini DVR, or for ESRI to port their Unix build to run on Mac’s FreeBSD innards, in which case I might just switch back to Macs completely.Ã‚Â Of course if they are still planning to port it to Linux, I may just switch that way too…
Here’s an interesting article about the effects of sleep deprivation. The interesting note is that sleep deprivation appears to most aversely affect spatial learning and spatial tasks! So if you’re having trouble with any of your GIS projects, maybe you need more sleep….?
on Sunday at approximately 1:56am Pacific Standard Time, the Stardust capsule will be re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere on its way back from space with its precious load of comet dust collected from the comet Wild 2. Researchers need volunteers to observe the Stardust capsule’s re-entry (although obviously you would be to be in the western US to actually see it) on its way to a landing in Utah.
In addition, researchers from UC-Berkeley are asking for 30,000 volunteers to use web-based ‘virtual microscopes’ on their own PCs to look for particles in images taken of the samples. You will have to pass a test before being allowed to participate.
So, if you want to be a part of science history, check out the Starsdust@Home website for information.