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Monday, July 03, 2006

Two weeks ago we asked about your biggst complaint regading the conferences you attend. Of the 34 respondents, 44% found the events too expensive, 32% didn’t find enough new material, 9% complained of too much marketing, 6% found it didn’t meet their needs, while another 6% found them too long. Just 3% pointed to unprepared speakers.

This week we explore how much time readers of this blog spend in a 3D virtual environment. Vote on the lower right hand side of the homepage.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/03 at 09:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I saw Al Gore’s movie over the weekend, An Inconvenient Truth, and enjoyed it immensely. Regardless of your political leanings, most readers of this blog will enjoy it for its cool maps and use of geospatial technologies to analyze and portray the points he’s making.  The movie description makes it sound a little boring, but even my ten-year-old found it fascinating.  See it if you can!

by Nora Parker on 07/03 at 08:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This from an e-mail from a reader:

Can you please tell me where in the world is the deepest gorge in the world. I am looking for the correct answerer to this question. Some web sites say that it is Tibet and others say in North America. If you can not answerer maybe you can point me in the right directions. I am looking for hard data.

Anyone?

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/03 at 07:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Per an article in the UK Daily Mail, there is in fact a self-driving Golf out there. It uses a variety of technologies including radar and laser sensors to find its way around changing cone strewn courses. Amazingly:

A sat-nav system tracks its exact position with pin-point precision to within an inch.

Off course, that doesn’t help with the cones. I’m most pleased a comment on the article notes the size and complexity of GPS needed for that sort of resolution.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/03 at 07:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In the “You haven’t lived here until” column in the Detroit Free Press today comes the story of how to use your hand as a map of Michigan. (It sort of looks like a mitten.) I grew up with that; my Dad spent some time in Ann Arbor. The article goes on to note that the only other state known to use “hand map” trick is Oklahoma. I can’t speak to that, but here in Massachusetts, the entire bent arm is routinely used as a handy map of Cape Cod.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/03 at 06:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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