Thursday, August 31, 2006

I Told You The End is Near: Intergraph Bought

I told you earlier this month what's going to happen with Intergraph!

"BTW: The world must be ending soon, Brian Goldin's last day is Friday. The National Geographic Travelall is for sale, and now we find out about this scheduling snaffu. Plus, my prediction about a pending absorbsion of Intergraph into Sony that will happen in February 2007. . . It's shear madness."

Friday, August 25, 2006

Manifold Discussion: Re-Visiting the First Rule of Cartography

After thinking about what Bull and James have been posting about Manifold, I came to this conclusion about accessing data that is accessible. Flashback to your first cartography course. . . First rule of cartography: "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't trying." . . . Flashback to now. . . There. Just remember how maps used to be made: everyone copied from one another! The business world has hosed our global cartographic art while also making it better. i.e. USGS vs. Ordinance Survey. (Sorry, had to do it.) Then again which is more important: good maps? Or, more money?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Not Really a Blunder; Still Strange

Red Ground commented in my previous post that the ESRI International User Conference is planned WAY in advance.

  • 2007 June 18–22
  • 2008 August 4–8
  • 2009 July 13–17
  • 2010 July 12–16
So mark your Google Calendar. Glenn from GISUser said something about renting a bus to head up to San Jose from the UC next year. I don't know if taking a bus on I-5 is a cool idea. I mean, Los Angeles is in the way, plus there's that smelly stockyard on the way. If you're going to try the San Diego to San Jose trek, I would recommend taking the train. Sure, a little longer maybe, but the scene would be better along the coast.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Guess Who I Saw on the Way Home?

So, I'm sitting in LAX waiting for my plane yesterday. Guess who I see in front of me hoggin' down on McDonald's cheese burgers? Paris Hilton. Seriously, though, if you're a celebrity, why would you want to walk throught he airport with a blanket over your head with electric green sweatpants that obviously clash? Also, sitting next to me in the waiting area was the blonde girl from The Office. At first I didn't notice, but my wife did. Anyway, that's my Hollywood experience. I wonder if they knew who they were sitting next to?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Thought I'd Try Embedding My Flagr Tags

GIS Social Coordinator: The Biggest Geo-Blunder Yet

Looking ahead to potential shindigs for 2007 to attend and plan for, the GIS Social Coordinator has stumbled upon some serious overlapping events:

June 2007 18 to 22: ESRI International Users Conference, San Diego 19 & 20: Where 2.0, San Jose
Uh-oh! Someone has really screwed the pooch on this one. I mean, what gives Tim & Jack? Decide to tear apart the geospatial community into two parts during the same week in June in California? Ok, granted the common person at the UC wouldn't know what the Where group is doing, and the Where group doesn't want to be associated too much with the ESRI group, but c'mon! I talked about ships passing in the night and this is a blatanly an attempt in both camps to trump one another out. BTW: The world must be ending soon, Brian Goldin's last day is Friday. The National Geographic Travelall is for sale, and now we find out about this scheduling snaffu. Plus, my prediction about a pending absorbsion of Intergraph into Sony that will happen in February 2007. . . It's shear madness. Anyway, it looks like the GIS Social Coordinator is going to have to schedule a meetup for the first Monday after the Planary. Then I hope Rob and Company are willing to take the show up to San Jose the next night with me. I just may have to buy that Travelall afterall. [Sigh.] See, this is why you need a GIS Social Coordinator. I wonder if I need to defend my Pixie Hunt title? Wouldn't be cool to make it a two day event at two different events?

1967 Travelall w/ Nat'l Geographic Society Signage

See it on a map! Los Angeles is a pretty amazing place. Just check out this 1967 International Travelall for sale. Big deal, it's a piece of junk. Right? Yes, but what caught my eye was the sticker on the side of this thing. "National Geographic Society." I'm not sure why or how it has that on the side, but I thought it would be interesting to photograph. Who knows, some old geographer reading this stuff may realize that this the vehicle that may have saved their butt in the Congo or something. Anyway, something to think about.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Don't Ask, Appologize Later

I really need to professionalize my services and change my name to Julie. I'd like to thank everyone who has emailed or written to me to tell me that the GeoBlogger Meetup was a sweet deal. With those praises floating around on the Internet, I've received some emails asking if I could set up GeoBlogger meetups at other events like, the Kinky Friedman Inaugeration Party, the International Symposium of SPAM Production, and the 2007 AAG Conference in San Francisco. Do you know what I have to say to that? Do it yourself. GIS Social Coordination isn't a $900 class from ESRI's Virtual Campus or something that you're appointed the UN to do. It's knowing who to talk to and who may be there. So, for our new friend Catholicgauze who emailed me about setting one up in San Francisco: You have a good base, you know a lot of people, and tell James Fee. I can only do so much with Doug Richardson at AAG. I know you'll get a different set of geobloggers than you would at ESRI, but that doesn't matter. What matters is geography. I bet you'll also have a great time.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Comparing the GeoBlogging Community to the Crew of the Love Boat

I was just chatting with Steve Scitron-Pousty, and he asked me, "how does it feel to be Julie on the Love Boat?" Well, Steve, it's good to be the GIS social coordinator. Now if they just had a skirt in a size 38. Further on during our chat, Steve called himself Gopher. . . Does that mean that James Fee is Captain Steuben and Brian Flood is the Doctor?

Finally. . . A Summary!

Believe it or not, I think this is one of the better UC's that I've been to. Even though I've heard Jack's schpiel all year-long since the FedUC, I think there were a number of new things that I have learned and people who I got to meet. Plus, this was the first year that I got to present on a panel and my 8:30 session was packed. Feedback was in the four-and-a-half (out of five) region and people who attended said they reeeeaallly enjoyed the session. Hard to believe I was a part of that, but what the heck? My boss was in the crowd. Well, I ran into a number of people who work on geospatial analysis and data generation like myself. At times finding out that we have similar or overlapping projects and studies going on. So, the plan is when we get back is to pass notes back and forth and start collaborating via that GeoWeb Jack mentioned in the Planary. As for technology this year on the exhibit floor, I have one comment: "Where was the innovation this year?" Everyone who was on the floor was hocking the same stuff as last year with no big changes. It seemed like the only one who had something interesting to demo or show was ESRI with ArcGIS Server and ArcWeb Explorer and the 9.2 server-based programs. In many of my discussion with others, the number one topic that came up was about the findability of data. I work with other analysts and GIS professionals, and largely in a poorly constructed production system. . . Which is "anything goes." Anyway, now people are getting ticked off because they waste time finding data that others produce or have. Plus, the fact that so much of their resources are spent on trying to find information, would probably be my number one concern too. The only complaint I'm going to have about the UC is that a number of the presenters and session members never showed. What kind of crap is that? If any of you ditched your sessions, shame on you. Now for the important stuff. . . I'm going to write a thank you to Rob Painter and Noah Doyle of Google Earth a thank you letter, but I would like to say to them here, "Thank you, guys. You're awesome for sponsoring the GeoBlogger meetup. I think everyone who attended appreciated your generosity, your interest in us, and just your presence at the conference." Actually, while talking to Rob yesterday, he said that I need to look no further than him as a sponsor for next year too. So, once again, "Rob you're the man!" Also, a shout out to Rebbeca, Damien, and Erika at Mister Tiki's Mai Tai Lounge. Rebecca and Damien helped with the reservations and Erika did a great job of serving us. The one thing that really amazed me was the turn out for the GeoBlogger meetup. We had bloggers, but we had about four or five readers too. Totally awesome! I realized after the readers showed up and I was concerned with party crashers, that I need not worry. So, I appologize if I came across as tough when I asked, "Who the heck are you?" Otherwise, you guys are great! Thank you for coming, and I hope to see you at the next shindig. Best acronym of the conference. . . U.S. Army General Honre, who was in charge of the Katrina response last year, had the best quote of the UC. "TOPS: Take Other People's Shit." Because that's what he did to respond to Katrina, especially using GIS as a decision support tool to search and move people to safety. Good job, sir. Now it's time to end this trash. I hope you all get home safely and don't have any problems traveling.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Note to Self: Don't Work on Templates When Using WiFi

Notice any changes? While jackin' around and embedding the scripts into the Blogger template that I used to have, my WiFi connection died mid-reload. Sunnofa. . .

Monday, August 07, 2006

Rhetorical Question: What if ESRI Open Sourced ArcGIS?

This question popped into my head today. I don't know why or what prompted it, but it may be something UC-goers start asking this week while they're drinking the Kool-Aid.

Can't Chat During the UC? Try Meebo

URL: Since all the ports except for port 80 are closed down, disabling most IM chat clients. I recommend Meebo for those of you using GTalk, Yahoo, MSN, and AIM.

The Newest UC Drinking Game

Lot's of us already know what Jack Dangermond is going to talk about this morning at the ESRI UC Planary session: "Services." Well, a number of us have talked about making the Planary session today a drinking game. Everytime Jack says "service" or "services," take a drink. I recommend 3/2 beer. Otherwise, you'll end up wasted in the first fifteen minutes. Why? Remember at Where 2.0? Jack had fifteen minutes and said "services" fifteen times. Is there an IRC channel for the UC?