A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 202
May 31, 2009
Main Topic: Our conversation on neogeographers
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We are all bouncing around between social media these days to keep up with friends, make new connections, and generally expand our personal network. VerySpatial has become a Twitter and Facebook house (office?), but we want to know what sites you prefer. As always, we are asking you for your favorite, and since some of you flit between sites or apps like dragonflies I am sure it will be a tough decision, but you can do it.
Your choices are Facebook, Twitter, TheGISForum, Linked In, Ning, MySpace (admit it, some of you still use it), and other. If you choose other please email us the other social networking site.
As for the old poll, we are sticking with the featured content on the front page since there was a pretty wide margin (65% vs 35%) to stick with the current interface.
My dissertation proposal defense is finally over and, since I passed, it’s time to get back to work and really get the functionality on the Spatial Experience Engine ramped up. During my presentation and in the Q-and-A with my committee afterward, I kept coming back to the issue of interaction in the virtual world. I’ve been ruminating on this quite a bit over the last few months, once I got the basic terrain and model drawing stuff out of the way. I think the key to making all of this work and be compelling for users is of course the UI (User Interface).
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For the last few years Wall Street Journal columnists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher have been putting on the D Conference. In past year impressive tech have been demonstrated and a few hardware and software announces have been made. If you are interested in finding out what your tech future may hold check out the conference highlights over the next couple of days or follow engadget or other tech blogs as they live blog some of the presentations at D7.
With the Sue and I traveling this weekend to look for housing in NC and with the holiday we are holding off episode 201 until Monday evening. This week’s interview is with Ron Lake about the upcoming GeoWeb Conference. Come back Monday for that and more.
Once again it’s time for the annual National Geographic Bee. Eric Yang has won this year’s contest with a perfect score. Pretty impressive! Congratulations to Eric and let’s hope he keeps his love of geography into his adulthood!
Engadget has a pretty cool article on Teleatla’s new “Advanced City Models”. This is a direct result of all the consolidation happening in the imagery market. A bit from TomTom, a bit from Navteq, mix liberally and you get these new 3D maps for end users to use in navigation and terrorism. Check out the video to get an idea of the action: