Month: March 2009
On Monday night one @geobabbler made a seemingly innocent comment about acquiring a copy of ArcView 1.0. From this innocuous tweet grew a storm of conversation leading to the setting up of a Windows 3.1 virtual machine in order to run ArcView 1 by a certain @druidsmith…the resulting blog post may not be for the faint of heart (no data files were harmed in the making of the associated screenshots).
Not to be missed by those looking for nostalgia or looking to see what is meant by ‘the old days’. Oh, and Tuesday night’s tweets moved on to PC/ArcInfo…though since it is still running in some places, I doubt there will be screenshots.
A friend told me about this musician, Frankmusik, who has challenged himself to travel to his final gig using nothing but myspace and his cell phone. It is a pretty neat viral idea that uses all types of social media including Google Earth and blogs. Even if it’s a PR stunt its hard not to get caught up in the shared experience of it. I think because the time frame is short and it is easy to follow. On a whim I typed in Rick Astley too and can only say, you have to see it to believe it. Maybe one of the most bubble gum uses of social media, but cute.
Digital Urban has an overview of a few of the sessions from last week’s Association of American Geographers conference in Las Vegas. One of the sessions was the Virtual Learning Environments session that I presented in. While I will be posting my presentation later in the week you can get a great overview of the four papers (Mike DeMers, Merrill Johnson, me, and Nick Hedley) along with some of Andy’s thoughts on the papers. I think that next year we will try to organize a multisession group that will look at 3D viz at different levels (edu, viz, analysis) so be sure to check back in the fall if you would like to take part in such a session at the AAG next year.
It is great to hear that Catholicgauze has returned from a few months in Iraq. I would definitely recommend checking out the Geographic Travels with Catholicgauze blog if you are not already a reader for the great content is already up on the site and whatever he has planned now that he is back in the states.
I am a bit late for those on the other side of the world, but at 8:30 PM local time Saturday March 28 you should turn of your lights for an hour in recognition of Earth Hour. Earth Hour is about increasing awareness of global energy issues. Share your participation on Twitter, blogs, etc, visit the Earth Hour site to learn how.
Gizmodo has a pretty cool post about MIT’s Word’s Eyes Project. The idea behind the project is to look at the world through the photos posted on Flickr. What they’re trying to capture are the ways we – mostly as tourists – capture the world around us. Of course there are lots of projects and products out there to do this sort of thing, but I’m attracted to the rather “unauthorized” nature of this project. In some ways, it seems like those that put their pictures up for purposes other than documenting a place might, completely inadvertantly, show us things about that place we might otherwise miss.
Somehow the whole VerySpatial crew ended up being scheduled on the same day (Wednesday) at the AAG this year. Barb presents first this morning in about 10 minutes, Sue and Jesse both present in the 3:10 timeslot in different buildings and Frank presents in the second half of the session Sue is in at the 5:20 time slot.
Don’t forget that early registration for Where 2.0 (this May 19-21) ends on March 31. Early registration saves you a significant amount off of the cost, AND I have been misleading you about our coupon code whr09vsp saying it would save you an extra 10%…it will actually save you an extra 20% off of registration (early or regular).
I am giving the new Whrrl 2.0 a spin this week. I am building a story around my time in Vegas and you can view it or add to it via the Whirl website. You can join the event by commenting and posting photos if you have a (free) Whrrl account (can also use your facebook account) or you can just check up on what is going on at the Whrrl page for my story. Oh, and if you have an iPhone/iPod Touch you can grab the Whrrl app for free from the iTunes App store.