Thursday, December 15, 2005

The GIS War Finally Begins!

Way to go James. There you go again, blurting out the obvious. Now I have to stop the Herculoids from blogging. Well, it has officially begun, the GIS War that was bound to happen at some point between the ESRI and OGC user bases. James just happens to point out the obvious, and all y'all start the sh!tstorm that we knew was going to explode when it came down to open GIS and proprietary systems. We have the ESRI faithfull versus the open source fanatics, with the Google wonderboys in there somewhere, along with the ignorant. Although ESRI won the last low key battle against Intergraph and others, this time the GeoBlogosphere is involved where blogs and opinion are free as OGC standards. Sorry, Jack. You better dig deep and hit them where it hurts. Otherwise, those comments you made at Where 2.0 are really going to do you in financially. Now every ESRI rep is going to be walking with the fear of GOD in them. [GOD = GIS Open Design] Then again, I think of the comments by Google and Microsoft where they say ArcGIS is the shiz when it comes to building and managing data. . . I think ESRI need not fear.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Official Blogging Holiday Break

With the holidays upon us, no real good news—anywhere—and corporate blogging suckin' the life out any writing ideas; I've declared a planetary holiday on FANTOM PLANET. In my stead, I'm leaving posting up to the Herculoids. When I get back I'm sure we'll all be awaiting the release of ArcWeb and ArcGIS Explorer, along with the usual amazement of Google mashups. I suggest you keep reading your top geography blogs while I'm a way too. I have to go, Gleep wants to write about balkanization of geo-gulags. (Not geog-u-lags. Geog-u-lags are who the Herculoids have to fight next week in a cage match with the Mole Men.) Best Holiday Wishes, GeoMullah

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Signage: Geographers Make A Difference

Blogging With Victorian Exuberance On Global Politics And Geography

It's not often that we find blogs about geography that are not buried in technical GIS jargon. Well, we found one: Coming Anarchy. Don't let the title put you off. This blog is written by two Americans and a Canadian who are experienced travelers. They visit countries just for the sake to visit them and then write about it, or follow geopolitical issues regarding various spots around the globe. The best part is they add an eye-catching flavor of Victorian style to their blog. Writing under pen names of Victorian-era British officers of the likes of Lord George Nathaniel Curzon, Sir Francis Edward Younghusband, and Sir Ignatius Valentine Chirol, they add an air of stuffy enthusiasm for travel and global issues. In addition to the topics they write about, they provide an interesting blogroll that includes links to blogs that cover specific geographic areas and topics—other than GIS and mapping. The blog does include maps and geographic histories of countries and places to help tell stories of their travels. Yesterday's post by Curzon outlines Ethiopia's geography through history and leads into the present situation of the country. There can also be some pointed humor at comments and public figures. Most times, when it comes to geographic topics, they tend to comment on boundary disputes and demarcation. Posts from travelers such as these three gentlemen can, at times, provide great insight and resources for geographers trying to follow international events.