Month: July 2011
Today (July 20th) marks the 42nd anniversary of landing the first man on the moon. I think most people are fairly familiar with the amount of engineering work it took to get three men to the moon (and two landing on it). What many of us might be a little less aware of is exactly how much training all the astronauts did to prepare. You’d expect them to do all sorts of stuff with the equipment and collecting samples, but did you know they got jungle survival training in case the return module landed in the jungle? Or that they had to go to geology field camp to learn about geology? Weird Magazine online has a pretty cool photo collection detailing some of the training exercises they all practiced. I think we have to owe no small amount of the success of each of these missions to the clearly extensive training each of these men received in preparation.
Here’s hoping today’s anniversary will spur further space exploration!
In today’s world of spatial driven technologies we talk from a lot of directions and about a range of technologies. Over the next couple of months I am going to try to break out some of the concepts that have become interwoven over the years through the mixing of technologies, the increase of computing capabilities, and marketing hype. I am not going to try to do a history of the industry by any means, but I will often dig back into that history to figure out where today’s notions of concepts merged or separated.
The goal will be, by September or October, to be able to wrap things up with a lucid (as much as I generally get in a post) take on the aspects of the industry that are the drivers. Yeah, you probably know what I will talk about when we get there, but as they say, ‘it isn’t the destination, but the journey’. On that…let’s start the journey.
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One of the great things about the Esri UC is that it ends on Friday giving you a weekend to recover. I know this is fairly common for conferences that cater to companies or government agencies, but my many years of conference attendance have been heavily academic oriented leaning toward Geography and archaeology conferences. Academic conferences ‘take advantage’ of the weekends so that you don’t miss as many days of class, can escape from work, etc to help you attend. Getting home Sunday afternoon or, better yet, late Sunday after a cross country flight (e.g. AAG in Seattle this April) means that you connect two weeks with a very tiring long weekend (and not in the good way). It rarely leaves you with any kind of post conference euphoria.
Any way, I wish everyone we interviewed, chatted with, presented to, saw in the hall ways…a great recovery weekend. However, if you stuck around in SD to attend Comic-con, I resend the good wishes and wish you little-toe cramp (the appendage not the severity) during your time at the SDCC next weekend…just kidding…or am I…just kidding!
If you are at the Esri UC in San Diego, swing by Room 30E of the SDCC at 5:30PDT for our 6th anniversary celebration. Elvin Slavik of the ArcPad Team will once again join us at the mics to share wisdom on geospatial in general.
I forgot the webcam, so we probably won’t be able to stream the live show, but if I can pull something together we will try to stream at http://www.ustream.tv/user/VerySpatial.
We stopped by the NACIS booth to find out what is happening at the NACIS conference October 11-14 and what resources are available to the community.
Among those resources are travel grants to the NACIS conference and free student memberships which are only open until Friday, 15 July 2011, so get your application in soon!.