Like many of you, I’m watching CES news and updates from home and wishing I was there. Today I want to share one of the coolest things I’ve seen come out of CES for the day, the Steam CC Coffee Ripples App! This Latest printing technology and app allows any photo or image from phones to be shared instantly on a cappuccino or latte – awesome!!
We all love Ted talks right? If you haven’ watched one lately I urge you to give it a go, particularly a Ted talk from your local area. You never really know what kind of amazing things and people are right in your own backyard. Case in point, a guy in my town here in Victoria, BC, Canada who’s an avid cyclist turned GPS enthusiast, turned artist. [Read more…] about TEDx Talks – Cyclist creates GPS Doodles with Garmin GPS + Strava
Today at a special event in New York, HP (yes, part of the new HP Inc.) introduced the next generation of the popular Z family of mobile workstations, including the new, ZBook Studio which turned my head! From HP… “The ZBook Studio represents the expertise developed over the past 30 years of HP workstation engineering excellence, HP Z DNA, and the extensive testing that went into the development of the system.”
“As the world’s first quad core workstation Ultrabook, the ZBook Studio is a perfect combination of brains and beauty with the engineering toughness of a HP Z Workstation,”said Jim Zafarana (above, left), vice president and general manager, HP Workstations and Thin Clients [Read more…] about HP Unveils New Line of Powerful, Mobile Z Workstations #Zbooks
Here we are again with hurricane season upon us and just in time to monitor the extreme weather, Esri has shared a story map to help monitor Tropical Storm Erika. This interactive map features live data from NOAA showing Erika’s projected path, as well as storm watches, warnings, and storm surge information. You can also explore geotagged social media from Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube related to the storm.
Stay safe this season to all of our friends who live and work in hurricane prone parts of the country!
With the sudden downpours to which we’re prone at this time of year, and in preparation for storms in the next few months, this is a great time to get educated and prepare for if a flood disaster should strike. The following are just a few of the useful resources available to anyone who lives in or near flood prone areas – stay safe out there!
Find Lost Bags Faster with Interactive Esri Map – A handy summer travel resource for those of you who get jacked around by the airlines! Worried you’ll lose something while traveling over the long holiday weekend? Use Esri’s TSA Lost & Found Map to easily find contact information for Lost & Found departments at each passenger airport in the US. Click any icon to access contact information, or search for an airport using the three-digit airport code. [Read more…] about Summer Travel Tip – Find Lost Bags Faster with the TSA Lost & Found Map
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.
I have to thank Twitter colleague, Craig Williams (@williamscraigm) for some tips and insight on this one! Those of you who are baseball fans may be aware that the 2016 MLB All Star game was recently awarded to the San Diego Padres! WAY COOL you might think, but sit back and think of years past and ask yourself, isn’t the All Star game usually the same week as the Annual ESRIUC which is also in San Diego? Bingo!! Indeed it is.
Cartographers take pride in their work, typically applying all the rules and principles of good cartographic design to their work, all in an effort to make people want to look at and appreciate their work (See Esri, Make Maps People Want to Look at). However, in this new era of social sharing it seems that the map has been replaced by the Infographic and the data visualization, a mashup of data, graphics, and maps presented in an effort to tell a story. Now us geographers are well aware of story telling via map, however, to this new breed of data visualists the focus has sadly been on quantity rather than quality. Bloggers, publishers, newspapers, etc… run to the web, download data and mashup the results in creative and not so creative ways, the end result is often a map but sadly, the product is also something your GEOG 101 Prof would likely slap you if you called it a map!
Yep, gone are the days of cartographic principles, map design standards, scale, composition, and elements of good map design.