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The Guardian: Data Visualisation 101
The Guardian have been forging ahead with the whole "data journalism" area (and I guess I should mention their book!...

posted on: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Podcasts for learning
Donald Clark wrote a good blog entry on the usefulness of audio, listening and podcasts for learning....

posted on: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Photos that make you say "OMG!"
A great selection of historic photos that just shout "O MY GOD". Fantastic!

posted on: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Links roundup
A few links to follow up: 1. Pointclouds.org.uk: I don't normally plug other institutions, but this site outlines a link-up between Faro and UCL and, basically, scanning a few locations to try to get on the BIM bandwagon....

posted on: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

GEO-12 roundup
I attend the GEO12 trade show yesterday..... it's hardly the most salubrious location (Holiday Inn in Elstree) but the space is reasonable and, well, its free and yes, you do get a free lunch!...

posted on: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Pedagogic History
Donald Clark has started a blog marathon looking at a history of pedagogic practise. Its a self-selected list and will inevitably not include those you think it could or should..... but if you want to get a flavour and feel for the scope and extent then it makes fascinating reading. And in good academic style, there are plenty of references to follow up on. A must read.

posted on: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Testing 3D landform quantification methods with synthetic drumlins in a real digital elevation model
Hillier, J.K. and Smith, M.J. (2012) Geomorphology Metrics such as height and volume quantifying the 3D morphology of landforms are important observations that re?...

posted on: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

‘The Physical Landscape of Britain and Northern Ireland’: a project to increase geomorphological awareness
Hooke, J.M. and Smith, M.J. Scottish Geographical Journal A project has been initiated that will produce an interactive website searchable by maps and database terms, aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness of the geodiversity, landforms and processes of Britain and Northern Ireland,....

posted on: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Leaves in Near infra-red
During my course on Remote Sensing last year I was trying to drive home to the students that EM radiation is comprised of different wavelengths and that Earth surface features reflect radiation very differently at different wavelengths....

posted on: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Freemind location
I blogged on Freemind, the open source mind mapping software, a few days ago, but wanted to add on to that post....

posted on: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Tax move?
Nice graphic over at The Guardian displaying historic tax rates across the world.... so, where do you want to move??

posted on: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Reforming teaching and learning
Garr Reynolds has combined together a nice selection of contemporary videos on how teaching and learning could happen, the malaise in some areas of education and some of the suggestions for solutions. Ken Robinson's cartoon talk is perhaps the most academic and well founded, but the others all add very interesting aspects, even if you dont agree with them! Well worth checking out and, it goes without saying, that it is universities that come in for the most severe treatment in terms of large lecture theatres and sterile content. However judge for yourself.

posted on: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Happiness and Productivity
A great talk from Shawn Achor on TED.com detailing how happiness leads to productivity, rather than the western view of productivity leading to happiness (aka work hard, earn more, be happy)....

posted on: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Freemind: great mind mapping software
I'm a big fan of mind mapping and whilst Tony Buzan is a bit over-the-top on the sales pitch (for a far more eloquent and scientifically founded piece on memory training read "Moonwalking with Einstein"), mind mapping is a great way of rapidly getting ideas down on paper and storing information in a condensed, and easily accessible, form....

posted on: Sun, 18 Mar 2012 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Geotagging - always a good idea?
Nice pick-up from The Guardian..... geotagging photos and uploading is a popular pastime for some, however it can have unintended consequences as the US Army points out. Warren cited a real-world example from 2007. When a new fleet of helicopters arrived with an aviation unit at a base in Iraq, some Soldiers took pictures on the flightline, he said. From the photos that were uploaded to the Internet, the enemy was able to determine the exact location of the helicopters inside the compound and conduct a mortar attack, destroying four of the AH-64 Apaches. Ouch! There must have been a big sigh when that happened. Might as well have stood there waving a flag saying shoot me.

posted on: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Landsat 5 still refuses to die!!
Interesting news article over at USGS about their continued efforts to revive Landsat 5 (or more specifically the Thematic Mapper instrument)....

posted on: Tue, 06 Mar 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Google adds postcode extents
Nice pick-up by The Guardian..... Google Maps now defines postcode extent when you query the postcode itself: for example. I'm assuming this is CodePoint, as per my previous blog.

posted on: Tue, 06 Mar 2012 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Las Vegas: a Landsat Timeline
This shows the real power of the Landsat archive....watch a desert transform in to a city over 40 years. The ability for remote sensing to offer such a relatively simple, but powerful, output is remarkable. It also offers a visual critique of modern society...

posted on: Tue, 06 Mar 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Happy birthday Envisat
Envisat's birthday was nicely flagged by NASA EOID....at 10 years old it is doing pretty well and is required to remain in service until the Sentinel range of satellites (part of the GMES programme) become fully operational. Envisat is a big bugger of a satellite..... claimed to be the largest ever EO satellite launched (26m long) it weighs in at an impressive 8.5t and carries 10 science instruments, including the flagship radar ASAR and super-spectral MERIS (useful summary at Wikipedia).

posted on: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Android Dictionary
And by this I mean a dictionary app to look up words.... there are quite a few available in the market place, but I wanted one I could store on the phone, was relatively quick and didn't need a data connection. Dictionary.com do an app for example, that is slow, heavy and needs data. However Freedictionary.org come up trumps with a good app, although ad supported (not so bad if you have AdFree Android installed). Remember you also need to install the offline dictionary as well.

posted on: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry