Month: April 2006


CloudSat and Calipso satellites successfully launched

I didn’t get a chance to blog this earlier because of our slow internet connection in San Juan, but NASA’s 2 new cloud monitoring satellites, CloudSat and Calipso, were successfully launched Friday morning after some difficulties they delayed their originial launch date. What’s cool about these satellites is that they are carrying instruments that can view clouds in 3D, which will hopefully give scientists new perspectives on how clouds and airborne particles like aerosols impact weather and climate.


Trackback spam is evil

Trackback’s are being disabled until I can find a better solution to stop trackback spam. So if you link to us it won’t show up for the time being.

Follow the money!

This is a nice mashup for the politically minded out there. You input your zipcode and it spits back a map showing political contrabutions to either of the two major parties during the 2004 Presidential election. It’s rather interesting to see how much was garnered by each party in your area. We warned, it looks to be a beta and it has been Dug, so it may be slow to respond!

Hola! Como esta ustedes?

We just finished up our session (3 papers all ended up in the same general session) here at the SAA conference in San Juan. Sue kicked things off with geovisualization and historic archaeology. I kidnapped a presentation that our professor/co-author couldn’t make it to present and talked about the ‘googlization of archaeology’ which I will write up for the site soon. Finally, I presented by own paper about linking Higuchi viewsheds to phenomenological landscape archaeology through the use of geospatial technologies. Overall it was kind of quiet since it was an evening session, but it was 3 hours of good papers none the less.

We have been grabbing short interviews where possible, but we aren’t going to be able to get as many as I had hoped due to various issues. Either way look for some cool uses of geospatial tech from archaeologists in this week’s episode.

US Senate Inquiry concludes FEMA should be abolished

CNN is now reporting that a US Senate inquiry has concluded that FEMA cannot be fixed, and should be abolished in its current form. A report will be released on Thursday detailing the inqiry’s findings and recommendations. Of course, this will most likely touch off a lengthly debate, and nothing’s probably going to happen in the near future, but it seems clear that something drastic is needed to improve the US government’s disaster response.

Off to San Juan to mingle with some Archaeologists and talk about GIS

The next stop on this spring’s whirlwind tour is sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico, where we will be attending the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology and presenting papers on GIS and geospatial technologies in archaeology.

We hope to have some updates for you from the conference, and a wrap-up at the end of the week.

Google Summer of Code 2006

Google’s Summer of Code 2006 is program that gives “student developers stipends to create new open source programs or to help currently established projects. Google will be working with a variety of open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several hundred projects over a three-month period.” It’s the 2nd year for the program, which last year had 400 students and 40 mentoring organizations in 49 countries.

You can find complete details at the Summer of Code website, but here’s the gist: organizations participate by offering to mentor students on particular projects. If Google accepts the organization’s ideas, then the organization and its project ideas are posted on the Summer of Code site. Students apply to Google with proposals to work with specific mentoring organizations. If the students are selected, they work with that organization for a 3-month period.

So, if you are part of an organization that could use some coding help on a cool project this summer or you are a graduate or undergraduate student that would like to get some real-world coding experience, definitely check out the Summer of Code project.

**Update: Mentoring organization applications are due by 8pm Pacific Time today, April 24th**

Mapping gas prices across the US has put together an interactive map of gas prices by county around the US. Just right click on the county you want to check out. Of course, it might just make you sad……

Via Digg

New t-shirt in store…Map you

map youIt is all Frank’s fault. We were sitting around, recording an episode of the podcast, and the next thing you know a Queen reference was tossed out leading to me contemplating “We are the champions”…next thing you know the idea for our new t-shirt that declares to all that “We will, We will, Map you!”

Head over to our store and take a look at this and other items.

Happy Earth Day!

Just thought I’d do a quick post on Earth Day. Hope some of you are out there enjoying events that are going on all over the US and other countries. There are tons of different events, but here are a couple that are a little out of ordinary: In upstate New York, state biologists celebrated Earth Day by releasing 20,000 trout into a stream and in Yakima, Washington Solid Waste officials are holding a free mercury-collection turn-in. That’s right, everyone can bring in their old thermometers and protect themselves and the environment from deadly mercury exposure.

So, there’s no limit on what you can do to honor Earth Day, so get out there and do something for the planet!

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