Month: July 2013

 

A Review of Apps and Maps

We downloaded several apps for our Very Spatial Road Trip that were recommended by friends, online reviews, and VerySpatial podcasts. Since she was acting as navigator, Barbara insisted on stopping at AAA and picking up a stack of paper maps for back up.  We found that there is no better crucible for  road testing a travel app than a lengthy trip into the unknown under sometimes stressful and time imperative conditions. We felt like the explorers in Dava Sobel‘s book “Longitude” who were sent to sea with new technologies that we hoped would live up to their claims. It wasn’t until after our trip that we heard more honest opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of the apps we packed.  A friend, who is a global traveler, told us that it is good travel etiquette to leave our own input on any crowd-sourced apps as our “payment” for using it and to “pass it on” to other travelers. In that spirit, we have written a review of the apps that we used on our road trip from WV to CA.

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A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 419

A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 419
July 28, 2013

Main Topic: Our Esri UC conversation with Jaye Lampe from Exelis VIS.

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    A Very Spatial Road Trip: Day 5

    Sorry for the long delay between the post for day 4 and day 5.  Like most travelogues, not everything goes as smoothly as anticipated and documentation gets overridden by circumstances. Then, we got distracted by the ESRI User’s Conference and then by all the stuff we didn’t get done back home because of the Road Trip and the User’s Conference.  But we’re back at it and have lots more to report!

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    Location Shoes

    A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 418

    A VerySpatial Podcast
    Shownotes – Episode 418
    July 22, 2013

    Main Topic: Our Esri UC conversations with exhibitors at the User Software Applications Fair.

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    Awesome student projects

    Students do some great projects. This one uses Windows Phone to do a little Geospatial Augmented Reality for a 4th year project. Awesome!

    With a little nod to Sue’s Windows Phone obsession to boot.

    A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 417

    A VerySpatial Podcast
    Shownotes – Episode 417
    July 14, 2013

    Main Topic: Anthony Robinson of Penn State about online education and his upcoming MOOC

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    A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 416

    A VerySpatial Podcast
    Shownotes – Episode 416
    July 07, 2013

    Main Topic: What to expect when you are thinking of grad school

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    ESRI User’s Conference Plenary: Live Blog!

    We’re about to start the 2013 Live Blog for this year’s ESRI User’s Conference.  Keep posted as I’ll make updates as long as the WiFi stays clean 🙂  This year I’m trying something new.  I’m up in the Geolounge relaxing with a nice cup of coffee and my very own power outlet 🙂  T-33 minutes until start and counting until kickoff!

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    A Very Spatial Road Trip: Day 4

    One of the really interesting things about driving across the US is that distances seem to get longer when you go West.  They’re not any longer, obviously, but there does seem to be more ‘openness’ between places.  As a colleague of Frank’s said, “After Kansas City, there’s a whole lot of nothin”.  Luckily, we found that axiom to be deceptively both true and false.

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