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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The folks at MAKE, a big fact how-to-build geeky stuff magazine that appears at my house regularly, found what they call the best of Macworld 2006. Among them, SketchUp for Mac and its newly released beta of a connector to Google Earth. SketchUp is a tool to turn a sketch into a 3D model. (The company made a big splash at the ESRI UC a few years ago with tools to integrate its models into ArcGIS.) The plug-in allows those models to populate Google Earth (Mac support for which was announced yesterday).

I have no arguements; that’s cool stuff - on Mac or otherwise. But, can anyone explain this statement? “Google Earth is really the best location based RSS reader in the world.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/11 at 09:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It seems my former colleague from ESRI was voted (Press Enterprise) Mayor of Redlands, CA by the city council in early December. He’s profiled in the local paper. Jon was active in local politics when I regularly visited Redlands some ten years ago, so this shouldn’t be any great shock. Moreover, he was then and is now well respected within ESRI. I’ll offer that working at ESRI is a great training ground for learning how to bring disparate ideas and people together.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/11 at 08:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Associated Press covered the USGS report upholding the process used to select Denver as NGTOC. The article quotes Missouri Representative Jo Ann Emerson, who’s been vocal on the matter since the decision was made against Rolla, which falls in her district, as calling yesterday’s report “nothing less than incompetence.” She committed herself to continuing to try to reverse it.

An investigation by the inspector general is ongoing, but will not interfere with plans to move forward announced yesterday.

The Rolla Daily News, which has been following this story with teeth for some time, and named it local story of the year, has further input from Senators Bond and Talent as well as this clear summary from Emerson, “Rolla hasn’t gotten a fair deal yet, that I can see.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/11 at 07:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Someday, I may have to rely on a French satellite to convict an American citizen.”

Richard Edwards, the assistant U.S. Attorney in North Carolina on the failure of two Landsat satellites. Edwards uses data from them to prosecute farm insurance fraud. He was quoted in an AP article at

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/11 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

That’s means Denver stands as the location of the NGTOC and the A-76 competitive sourcing process, in time, revs back up.

The letter of transmittal (a nice summary of the longer report) from Acting Director of USGS Patrick Leahy to the Secretary of Water and Science is online as a PDF. In the letter, Leahy admits some communications weaknesses caused some concern for employees during the research work, but is confident these didn’t impact the process.

The final report (2 Mb pdf) is also available.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/10 at 04:42 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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