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Public Speaking
I've just finished a two-day training course on public speaking with SkillStudio. Some might think a lecturer going on a course in speaking is a strange thing to do!...

posted on: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

More on database right and spatial data...
Clearly the GRADE report on whether geodata should come under copyright or database right (in Europe) is a topical issue, with this article recently published.

posted on: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Geography is a flavour
I recently came across the somewhat dated (well 2006) Starbucks advertising, Geography is a flavour (why the Americans can spell flavour correctly, but not colour is beyond me). Its interesting that the ad campaign focuses on the "where" and "why" of geographical thinking for understanding coffee tastes. It also moves away from the more recent trend in categorising purely by taste, as per many modern wines (e.g. Sauvignon Blanc). However I think the last word has to go to the YouthBlog (you need to scroll down for the entry) which read the tag line slightly differently. And Ken, the last line was almost written just for you!!!

posted on: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

Rights of Way Surveying
I've just returned from a weeks field course to Swansea with the first year geography students. Yet again, the weather was fantastic and offered some memorable days at Oxwich Bay....

posted on: Sat, 21 Apr 2007 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Shrek Just Snorted in My Bath
I think the photo says it all....

posted on: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Shopping for men
I bumped in to a friend in Tesco's yesterday, both as we were looking for items (water filters and Quorn as it happens)....

posted on: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Creating Polygons
I was sent some polygons (coastline) of a group of islands recently that Ken was using to produce a map for a joint project we have....

posted on: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

PDAs: a dying breed?
Two interesting posts on Palm Info Center got me pondering the future of PDAs. The first concerned an announcement by Dell, stating they were axing the Axim PDA range and so exiting the PDA market....

posted on: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Free Our Data: Copyright and database right
I was intervewied by Michael Cross of the "Free Our Data" campaign at the Guardian last week. He wrote this up as part of an article titled New study casts doubt on Ordnance Survey's copyright control, that followed up a blog entry summarising Charlotte Waelde's report....

posted on: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

The Brompton Mean Machine
Being a commuter I have a mission to find the best way to get in to work. In fact, being a GIS lecturer seems to involve a mandatory long commute....

posted on: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Data or no data
I recently received a LiDAR tile from the Environment Agency for some research I am currently doing. The EA are quite progressive in licensing small amounts of LiDAR for academic research....

posted on: Mon, 09 Apr 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Deeply Touched
I run a Synology DiskStation DS-101j on my network principally for backups. Its a nice bit of kit with lots of goodies on board; printer server, web server (Apache, PHP, MySQL), photo server, ftp server....

posted on: Wed, 04 Apr 2007 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Horsepower: what does it all mean?
I was flicking through my Land Rover Enthusiast this weekend and saw an article on torque and horsepower....

posted on: Mon, 02 Apr 2007 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

More Shapefiles
Shapefiles have been in my mind recently, partly due to having to swap data with a researcher in an earth science department....

posted on: Sun, 01 Apr 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry