Emojis for the GeoGeek!

Here’s a little fun from the Esri GeoGeeks as they’ve asked the @esrigram followers for thoughts on some cool Emojis for the ArcGIS user. The result is an impressive, fun list of some 20 cool emojis… have fun!


Arcnap Emoji

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Top Mobile Apps for Local Governance and Planners

A recent survey of planners by Planetizen looked at mobile app that enhance public participation in local governance and planning to improve efficiency and data collection for planners. A number of fine productivity tools were mentioned in the findings, many of them can possibly be useful to some of you I’m sure! From the results…  common apps mentioned include such apps as Todoist, Constant Contact, Mediafire, GoogleMapsDropboxArcGISGoToMeeting, and SlideShark, among others. Planners report regularly using Trulia and Zillow, which are helpful in finding information about properties.

social cyclist

Social Cyclist app for improving your community

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The Ultimate Drone Selfie! Wearable Taking Flight at CES with Nixie

More cool tech at CES 2015! Even where mind-blowing innovations are found at every turn, the flying wearable camera known as Nixie pulled off a dazzling snapshot of the future during Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote to kick off the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show.


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Mapping #JeSuisCharlie Tweets in Real Time

An interesting data visualization reveals the trending #JeSuisCharlie on a World map as the updates light up in real time – great stuff using CartoDB

Mapping #JeSuisCharlie Tweets in Real Time

Mapping #JeSuisCharlie Tweets in Real Time

See the #JesuisCharlie Twitter map HERE

See also real time images and #JesuisCharlie media on the Echosec Social map

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#JeSuisCharlie – Cartoonists show solidarity after Charlie Hebdo attack

An impressive showing of solidarity by journalists and cartoonists around the World in the wake of the latest, cowardly terrorist attack in Paris, France – Indeed a tragedy but these acts will never deter people from enjoying their freedoms and liberties… Great to see that journalists will not be silenced by this latest act.


Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

See the telegraph for an impressive gallery


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iRig Mic Field – compact audio/video stereo field mic for iPhone, iPad

Here we are with another new year underway and once again CES has kicked off – sadly I’m not there again ;0) However, I am keeping tabs on the news coming out of Vegas and as usual there’s plenty of cool mobile technology, gadgets, and geeky goodies to love on. Case in point, this new recording solution for the iOS fanatics from IK Multimedia – enter the iRig Mic Field.

The first ultra-compact audio/video stereo field mic for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The first ultra-compact audio/video stereo field mic for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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10 GeoTech Blogs and Features Worth A Read

I love the year end because we get treated to all those wonderful, interesting Best of the year, Top stories, and Top 100 lists – I can’t get enough of them myself. So with the news trickling in at a snail pace and relatively little activity coming our of the business World what else are we to read? I’ve been catching up a little bit over the past day or so and found some great material to satisfy my craving for geotech news and substance of interest. The following are just 10 things (no particular order)  that I’ve read lately and would offer up to you as some suggested reading while you sip your coffee… enjoy!

year end reading

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The top 10 worst reasons to call 911 – no WiFi??

Some fun stuff coming out at year end, case in point, how about a Top 10 style list of the worst reasons to dial 911. From BC, Canada, the annual post that revisits the worst reported calls that the E-911 operators received during the year – hard to believe really!

Worst reasons to dial 911

Worst reasons to dial 911 (Image Credit: CBC news)

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Google Dev Video – Women Techmakers

This via the Google Developers Youtube… Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments. Google’s Steph Hannon chats about the future of Code for America and how to get involved.

Women Techmakers presents Jennifer Pahlka interviewed by Steph Hannon

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The Best Time to Post to Social Media During the Holidays

AddThis has shared an interesting post that reveals some of the best times for social sharing over the Holiday Season – Tips for best day and time to post to Twitter, facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest are provided

Best Times For Social Meia Sharing during the Holidays

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EDU Tip – Introduction to QGIS via Self Paced Learning

Here’s a fabulous New Year E-learning opportunity for the young GeoGeek, or anyone looking to polish up their programming skills. QGIS, much like Python, is a skill all the cool kids are learning, and employers are craving! Enter this MOOC from Delmar that enables you to learn valuable QGIS skills in a self paced, online environment – Oh, and it’s free!

Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS

Self paced. February, 23 2015 – March 27, 2015

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NASA Explains Holiday Lights from Space

Great stuff from NASA… remember Buddy in the Holiday movie trying to light up his house to be seen from space?? From NASA… It’s official — our holiday lights are so bright we can see them from space. Thanks to the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite, a joint mission between NASA and NOAA, scientists are presenting a new way of studying satellite data that can illustrate patterns in holiday lights, both during Christmas and the Holy Month of Ramadan. These new tools can provide new insights into how energy consumption behaviors vary across different cultural settings – Read More


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