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Liam Neeson Kill Map
Clearly Liam is one badass guy!!!! Love the kill map just for the way it presents information that you find yourself asking for during a movie. In my case (re)watching "Taken" and thinking, whats the body count in this?? Star Wars 1 surprised me though.... I wonder who holds the cinematic record?! Anyway, its nicely designed and more as an infographic, but still feel it could be improved. <a target="_blank" <="" span=""> <a target="_blank" <="" span=""> <div class="visually_embed_overlay" data-id="

posted on: Sat, 16 May 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Dreams of sushi
Always... look ahead and above yourself. Always try... to improve on yourself. Always strive to elevate your craft. That's what he taught me Read more...

posted on: Sun, 10 May 2015 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

The Ultimate keyring
Call me sad, but I've been on a minor mission searching for the "ultimate" keyring. The humble keyring has served its purpose but - sorry - it's not longer fit for use....

posted on: Sun, 10 May 2015 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

International Map Year 2015
Well the International Map Year has passed me by up until this point... that said it formally kicks off at the ICA in Rio de Janeiro in August 2015 and runs through until December 2016. As the website says: "International Map Year (IMY) is a worldwide celebration of maps and their unique role in our world. It's organized by the International Cartographic Assocation (ICA) and supported by the United Nations (UN)." So things are just starting to get going - there's a helpful news item in the ICA newsletter. Interestingly no UK organising committee...yet!

posted on: Wed, 06 May 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

It's arrived....
24 MP of pure CFA free joy...... How good do I need to be for santa?!

posted on: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

QQIS Help Forums
At some point using QGIS you'll have a question about how something works or wondering how to solve a spatial problem....

posted on: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

USGS Earth Explorer Bulk Downloader
When wanting to download data from the USGS I've found that EarthExplorer is one of the easiest to use products and rapidly pulls together datasets that you might be interested in....

posted on: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

QGIS: great features 2
I've been working with some colleagues in Argentina for which open source data is sparse. To this end, I wanted to collate some SRTM data (from EarthExplorer) and OSM data....

posted on: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

VOTE NOW !! OS Photofit
The Ordnance Survey is currently mid-way through their competition to source (cheaply?!) new photographs for the covers of the iconic series of maps - the competition is called Photofit with the first two rounds now having closed (the next covers the iconic 1:50k Landranger series)....

posted on: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Landsat 9 takes shape.....
A helpful press released over at NASA concerning Landsat 9.... things seem a-go with initial funding to kick things off, with gradual evolutionary development to the platform.

posted on: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Phase One iXU 180
DPReview reports on the latest Phase One Industrial medium format aerial camera, the iXU180. This is a 10,328 x 7760 sensor at an optical size of 53....

posted on: Wed, 01 Apr 2015 | path: /remote_sensing/UAV | permanent link to this entry

!! 1000th Blog Post !!
This post marks the 1000th entry for the Spaced-OoooO-Out blog. My first post was on 12 September 2005 outlining a talk I gave at the Society of Cartographers annual meeting in Cambridge on the Journal of Maps....

posted on: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Credit card for travel?
I'm off to the 6th Argentine Congress on Quaternary Geomorphology (or the rather handy Google Translate version!) shortly so have been prepping various academic and travel things ready for the trip. One thing I stumbled across which might be useful to other (UK) travelers is paying abroad - credit cards are obviously dead handy in this regard but usually charge a foreign transaction fee. Not so the Halifax Clarity Credit Card which is free on foreign transaction and, indeed, free on cash withdrawals. If you pay off your card monthly then this is a great deal.

posted on: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Primer
Although a little dated (it was produced using v2.0 and we are currently on v.2.81) Lex berman's QGIS Workshop is a very easy to access and use intro and primer to QGIS, with a smattering of useful links. Worth looking through for hints and tips.

posted on: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences
I wanted to highlight the 2015 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences which is run by and IEDA and Elsevier....

posted on: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

OS Open Data
OS recently provided a recent update on their OpenData products as a reminder of what is available and some of the new products. Indeed, take a look at their main OpenData page, the products page and the download page. There are some really good products here including Meridian (medium scale vector), Terrain 50 (medium scale DEM), CodePoint (postcodes), BoundaryLine (administrative boundaries) and a range of raster products. Very good for a range of mapping projects and all using the very flexible Open Government License. Enjoy!

posted on: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Burning a DVD....
Part of a note to self.... I wanted to burn a DVD of an mp4 i had downloaded and started looking around for an easy and quick way to do this....

posted on: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

World's most detailed wide field space photo.....
.... has now been created! This was a great project over at the BBCs StarGazing Live 2015 getting the public to submit photos of Orion to create it....

posted on: Sat, 21 Mar 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

QGIS: great features 1
Thought I'd kick off an occasional series of blog posts highlighting nice features in QGIS..... this is my go-to app for working with spatial data as it's fast and reliable....

posted on: Sat, 21 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Sense About Science: Peer Review
I'll be participating in the upcoming Sense About Science Peer Review Workshop 29 May 2015 and wanted to flag this as a worthwhile event which is particularly targeted at early career research (PhD students, post-docs) to both find out about peer-review and debate the system. Its sponsored by all the main publishers and should be a good event.

posted on: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Eclipse Maps
Feels appropriate, given the eclipse across northern Europe (very nearly now!) to post about the topic..... and point people to the very good Eclipse Maps (Esri employee by day, eclipse fanatic by night). Below is an example from a couple of years ago - really nicely produced and very clear. Worldwide eclipses 2001-2020 are shown here.... the gallery has a good range of maps both historical and predicted.

posted on: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Monochrome Cameras
It's a strange situation now - in the past monochrome (or B&W or panchromatic) photos were the standard images to be produced....

posted on: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Treasure the voice
A really powerful talk from Julian Treasure at Ted. He starts with the seven deadly sins of speaking - why aren't people listening to you - before moving on to the four powerful cornerstones of speaking....

posted on: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Remote sensing in the buget
Yup, its true. Perhaps the biggest surprise in the budget was the announcement that Pitcairn would be the focus of the world's largest marine reserve at 834,000 sq km, more than twice as big as the UK, with a view to preventing illegal fishing....

posted on: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Andrew Stanton: Clues to a Great Story
I came across Andrew Stanton's (of Pixar fame) TED talk ages ago but have only just got around to watching it. Any great presenter needs to take on board the elements of story telling and here Andrew provides a masterclass in both presentation structure, design, delivery and making us care..... can't overstate enough how important these elements are. A MUST WATCH! (and the hook is brilliant!)

posted on: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

OPEN ACCESS EPRINT: Use of legacy data in geomorphological research
Smith, M.J., Keesstra, S. and Rose, J. (2015) GeoResJ This paper considers legacy data and data rescue within the context of geomorphology....

posted on: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Health and Safety Horrors
I was recently doing a health and safety talk to our second year students prior to a geomorphology field trip - nothing overly risky as it was essentially walking footpaths on parts of the UK coastline, but all this trips need to undergo a risk assessment and trip briefing. It's important to cover what can be quite dry material in terms of trip regulations so I was looking for some inspiration to drive home the point the seemingly mundane situations can lead to... dangerous activities!! Compliance training specialists Highfield have put together a great "House of Horrors" - my particular favourite was the window cleaner!

posted on: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Getting things done.... update
Way back in 2008 I blogged about Getting Things Done.... David Allen's productivity system for busy people....

posted on: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

How to win friends and use GIS
For those newbies to QGIS, a good primer....

posted on: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Dice Player
I often download and later watch talks from TED, as well as a range of podcasts. Good presenters often talk quite slowly in order to improve clarity, particularly for live performances....

posted on: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Android App: Maps.Me
I've been a long-time user of Mapdroyd, part of my mapping requirement to have offline maps for travel....

posted on: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Bukard 1992: Determination of the mean scarp thickness d0 to compute flow avalanches (TRANSLATION)
[NOTE: way back during the mists of my MSc whilst research the runout of high frequency avalanches in British Columbia, Canada, I asked a fellow student (Matthias Jacob) to translate a paper written in German from the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research....

posted on: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

QGIS Primer: Analysing Point Data
A good QGIS primer on analysing point data....

posted on: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Space Gaffiti
Very cool magazine short at the BBC about creating an animation from space using graffiti on the ground - this was created with four "frames" that were painted over four days and imaged daily from space (no mention of the satellite). The four frames were then turn in to an animation using the animated GIF as a file format. Cool concept.

posted on: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

10 **FREE** copies JoM 2010 Best Map: The Forgotten Capital: A Historical Atlas of Sandwich, Ontario
At the Journal of Maps we are having a small clearout and are giving away 10 FREE high quality prints of the Journal of Maps 2010 Best Map award winner: Lafreniere, D. and Rivet, D. (2010) The Forgotten Capital: A Historical Atlas of Sandwich, Ontario Printed at the following specifications: Flat Size: 297 420mm (A3) Colours: 4 colour process Paper: 170gsm matt (350 gsm matt cover) Print Method: HP Indigo digital print Supply: 13 page atlas, wiro bind on the left hand edge If you would like a copy please leave your contact details in the comments below - winners will be drawn after Friday 27th March 2015.

posted on: Sun, 08 Mar 2015 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

QGIS 2.8 Wien
QGIS 2.8 Wien has just been released which sees a plethora of useful features added. The latest version introduces a long term release (LTR) which will provide a 1-year support cycle with backported bug fixes. This is particularly useful for businesses. And, along with the latest version we now have a UK QGIS Shop for the purchase of all those less than useful items of clutter you might want to show off with!! P.S. And as a reminder, remember that QGIS is completely USB portable friendly. Just copy the entire QGIS directory over to your USB stick and then double-click on bin\qgis.bat file.

posted on: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Ardusat for Schools
A good article over at edSurge on how Ardusat have raised money in a funding round to support the use of micro-satellites by schools for learning. Real science for real kids - inspiring.

posted on: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects Gigapan
With the scanning of Paolozz's studio outlined earlier, I promised to show the external camera processing we completed. So, with no further delay, below is the pano from the top of Paolozzi's cabin bed. All seven ScanStations are visible here. in close association with hijack and Dacapo

posted on: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Free remote sensed imagery resources
Nice pick up by Go-Geo from the Exelis blog (the makers of ENVI) on a range of resources for access to free remotely sensed imagery. Its actually in the PDF linked off the blog page. Very handy resource.

posted on: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Amazon Prime Drone
Clearly Amazon are very keen on the whole drone/UAv delivery thing.....the BBC reports on a recent FAA draft ruling that require operators to have "line of sight" with their kit. This pretty much puts paid to delivery for the time being. However expected this (air!)space to become crowded as a number of delivery operators will push for the this. I guess to start with we might see extended trials in some regions.... one to watch as it will clearly affect the wider UAV debate. And take a look at the Small UAV Coalition.... the only thing "small" is the UAV. Some big backers (see the members)behind this advocacy group...smiley happy website though!!

posted on: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing/UAV | permanent link to this entry