Yep, I said Pac Man! Here’s a little kickback to the 1980s as Google has added the ability for users to play a little Pac Man via the Google Maps service. Simply visit maps.google.com and click on the little PacMan box found in the lower left corner – PacMan is also available to users of Google Maps on Mobile – have fun!
Archives for March 2015
An interesting request from the Cincinnati City Manager… City Manager Harry Black is asking Cincinnati drivers to join the campaign to “Be a Pothole Spotter.” from the news post – “We’re in primetime pothole season. The ground’s thawing up, and cars are hitting potholes all over town. We need everyone to tell us about these potholes so that we can fix them as quickly as possible,” Black said.
According to the USGS, their maps have been downloaded by the millions since converting to digital delivery. The U.S. Geological Survey, through the National Geospatial Program, has delivered more than 18 million US Topoquadrangles and Historic Topographic Maps in the past six years. A download is counted when a user select the desired map(s) from the USGS Storeor The National Map Viewer and places that file on their computer or mobile device for further manipulation.
Some great questions have been answered in a recent blog post from the OpenGeo crew. The meaty article takes a close look at the OpenGeo Suite as well as a look at the individual, OpenGeo Components. For the non-developer type like yours truly, this is an excellent and must read if you think there’s any chance you might be considering a move to open source solutions in your mapping workflows.
A little shout out to all of our colleagues, friends and others who are enjoying the Irish spirit today. Here’s a fun visualization sourced from my favorite local Craft Brewery (here on Vancouver Island) to enlighten you a little on our favorite Irish refreshment – enjoy!
Click to enlarge image – Happy Saint Patrick’s Day All – Cheers!
And if the poster isn’t enough, you can learn everything there is to know about Guinness in this fine documentary… its kinda long, you might need 2 beers to get through it!
With the new year we saw gas prices dip to a level not seen in a number of years. Hold on though because the prices are now quickly rebounding. So how to find the cheapest cheap gas? (unless of course you happen to be in Canada where the prices are fixed by what is essentially a monopoly!)
From GasBuddy… Now you can see what gas prices are around the country at a glance. Areas are color coded according to their price for the average price for regular unleaded gasoline. Click here for the Canada National Gas Price Heat Map.
Ever wonder when will commercial drone activity become a reality in the US and also at the same time wonder why Canada is so much further ahead? According to this fine read from Popular Science it really is simple, “The regulatory process is admirably simple, usually requiring only 20 days to process an application for an exemption, known as a Special Flight Operations Certificate”.
A challenge to developers from Esri designed to encourage Geo devs to build a great mapping app – enter the Esri DataViz App Challenge. From Esri… Esri challenges any and all geo developers to make brilliant, interactive, meaningful mapping applications that showcase the data visualization power of ArcGIS.
Competition closes April 27, 2015
Yes indeed, we love social media just as much as the other guy and you can find us on most of the popular “must have” social channels. Images are a huge part of our social strategy, particularly as it is well known that a good image can really drive engagement. So how to optimize images (or maps) for a good social media strategy? Thanks to the good people at HootSuite, here’s a pretty handy list of the optimal dimensions for an image shared on top social networks:
Those glancing moments that you have every hour or so are really adding up! Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smart phones – more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world – according to a new monthly report from Informate Mobile Intelligence that tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries.