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Hot Cross Buns
My 6-year old daughter asked me this week why we have hot cross buns. Before I had a chance to look at Wikipedia and explain that they are symbolic of Jesus dying on the cross and are typically made without dairy products during Lent, she promptly informed me that Jesus died on a hot cross bun!! If only all things in life were so simple!

posted on: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Autoresponders, email and alias'
I contacted a well known GI company this week, sending an email to what (obviously) was an alias. My expectation was that this would get routed through to the person dealing with queries related to this alias and respond appropriately....

posted on: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

What do PIN and GIS have in common?
Well not much really, except I can't stand people saying PIN number. IT'S NOT A BLOODY "PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER NUMBER"!!!! Just as it isn't a geographic information system system. It's PI number, PIN, GI system or GIS. Definitely NOT PIN number.

posted on: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Smashing Headline
Definitely my favourite news story of the week, titled: Mashed potato causes road smash I don't know who came up with the title, but its great!

posted on: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Personal Geodatabases in ArcMap 9.2
As many have discovered, personal geodatabases in ArcMap 9.2 are not backwards compatable. Ho hum, thats nice and helpful....

posted on: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Toilets of the World
I saw this in my local bookshop and had to buy it. This obsession with toilet books harks back to 1997 and Adam Harts quite fantastic Thunder, Flush and Thomas Crapper: An Encycloopedia....

posted on: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Google Maps support for GeoRSS
Ed Parsons gave the heads up on the Google Maps blog news that support has finally been extended to GeoRSS....

posted on: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Viewing Map Projections
Ever wondered what a Raisz Half Ellipsoidal projection of the Earth look like? Well you do know because its shown on the right! The Map Room points to the Global Map Projector over at NASA which allows you to transform any equirectangular map image into another projection. Really is an easy (and fun!) way to explore the effects of different map projections. Also a very good way of generating bespoke world images for presentations; The Map Room suggests a visit to flatplanet to grab some JPG files from their vast archive of interesting world images to play with.

posted on: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Area is a standard geometrical property right?
Well you would have thought so wouldn't you? We have the following simple geometry: <br points: they have a location (x,y) lines: they have a location based upon a start and end point, in addition the have the properties of length and orientation polygon: they have a location based upon coordinates of the points making up the feature, and also have properties that include a centroid, area and perimeter....

posted on: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

More GPS Data Logging
A solar powered GPS data logger has been doing the rounds, from Vector One and Free GeoTools (who links to the specs page)....

posted on: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Copyright or database right... Does it matter?
One of the follow-on outputs to the GRADE Project from my report on the Use Case Compendium of Derived Geospatial Data deals with the legal aspects relaing to geospatial respositories....

posted on: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

GPS Data Logger
I've finally caved in and bought a GPS. Being not remotely interested in satnav, I have had limited need for a GPS, however it was Neogeography that finally got me interested in some of the potential uses....

posted on: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

PosiPix Vision
Tim Woolford, MD of Trek Wireless was down in Kingston talking about the rationale behind their Posipix product....

posted on: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

geo URI: the way forward?
What the hell is a URI you say? Well if you just clicked on that link, you will have seen that a URI is the underlying protocol behind a hyperlink that generates a network request when you click on it....

posted on: Sun, 04 Mar 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Editing audio
I regularly record either lectures I give in the university or at conferences (see my homepage), as well as by guest speakers....

posted on: Fri, 02 Mar 2007 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Even my Aunt has ArcGIS 9.2!
OK, well not strictly true. Well, its not true at all, but it might as well be. ArcGIS 9.2 shipped mid-November to....

posted on: Thu, 01 Mar 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry