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SpaceX Successful Landing
I blogged earlier this year about SpaceX's nearly successful (or failed, depending upon your point of view!) attempted at a vertical landing of the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket. This time they were successful and, to boot, launched 11 satellites in to space as well. Makes for a great party piece!!

posted on: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Timelapse: 1. Geocoding
Following on from last week's blog, the first stage in putting together the timelapse video with inset map is to geocode the photos....

posted on: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Timelapse: Creating an Inset Map
Last month I blogged about an update to my workflow for creating a timelapse and particularly adding overlays (both graphics and text from EXIF data) and solving problems with dates being out-of-sync by timeshifting them....

posted on: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

[The Urban Age Project]
Wanted to point people in the direction of a friend of mine back from the dim distant days of my PhD in Sheffield - Paulo was on a funded PhD from Brazil and I distinctly remember working long hours in the remote sensing lab, with "After 8" breaks in the afternoon. Anyway, enough nostalgia!! Paulo works as an engineering geologist in the government, but has reduced the number of hours to allow him to work more as a musician. The soundcloud embedded player below links to his latest EP, URBANA IDADE. If you like Satana, then this is very much in that style. I particularly like tracks 1 and 4, with some cracking guitar riffs. Great for an evening of mellow chill.

posted on: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Getting FATter
Three years ago I blogged about using FAT32 beyond the 32Gb limit to format large external drives. The rationale for this was to have an disk file system that worked across operating systems and didn't run in to the complete drag that is NTFS file permissions....

posted on: Tue, 15 Dec 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

DOS For loop for iterating
I'm currently working on a pet project doing some timelapse (if you hadn't guessed!) involved geocoding the photos (and a much longer blog on this process at a later date once it's complete)....

posted on: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

EA LIDAR DEM Coverage
A little while back I blogged about the release of the EA LiDAR DEMs for the UK - well a nice pickup from GoGeo for a coverage map of the data.

posted on: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Pippity Pip
I was using the CLustre code recently for analysing some lineaments and it reminded me to update to the latest version of WinPython (which I covered at the AGI)....

posted on: Wed, 09 Dec 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN)
I missed this last year, but it's well worth flagging to all undergraduates as a fantastic way to get industry experience - Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN)....

posted on: Wed, 09 Dec 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

DOS file listing
Need to get a plain and simple file listing from the command line in DOS to pipe in to a programme?? As ever a good starting point is to get help for the command. So: dir /? If you peruse through this you'll eventually work out that this is the command you want: dir /a-d /b > ..\list.txt The ">" symbol sends the output and stores it in a file. Make sure to specify "..\" before the filename so the file is saved in the directory above the existing one otherwise that file will be listed as well. And if you want to sort on (for example) filename then you add the "\on" switch: dir /a-d /b /on > ..\..\list.txt This will now save me looking that command up everytime!

posted on: Wed, 09 Dec 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Visualisation Update
Following on from my neogeography/big data blog Edoardo L'Astorina at Blu Frame (web designers) contact me to note a review he's recently completed on 20 online visualisation tools. And it's a useful review and worth a look to see where things are at.

posted on: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Repost: Cartographer's Toolkit
A really nice blog translating and re-posting visual thresholds when viewing graphical features (for cartography). Useful.

posted on: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Journal of Maps Best Map 2015 (FREE to view)
It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the award of the 2015 "Best Map" to Vít Pászto, Alžbeta Brychtová, Pavel Tucek, Lukáš Marek and Jaroslav Burian (Palacký University) for their map using fuzzy logic to delimit rural and urban areas in the Czech Republic....

posted on: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Editorial: summary of activities 2015
Smith, M.J. (2016) Journal of Maps What is a map? A seemingly innocuous question that is deftly handled by the International Cartographic Association (ICA, 2015) as "a symbolised representation of geographical reality, representing selected features or characteristics, resulting from the creative effort of its author's execution of choices, and is designed for use when spatial relationships are of primary relevance.”"

posted on: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 | path: /publications/journals | permanent link to this entry

Timelapse: timeshift your timestamp!!
AS I noted in my previous blog entry, if you forget to set your time/date on your camera and its wrong, you need to reset it in order to get XnView to pull our this metadata and overprint it on your JPGs....

posted on: Sat, 05 Dec 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Timelapse Update
A little while back I blogged about producing a timelapse. That sorted out all of the main issues I had with setting a camera up and leaving it to record a timelapse of a scene....

posted on: Fri, 04 Dec 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

VirtualBox Update
Just a reminder that VirtualBox remains a great option for virtualisation and running a range of operating systems....

posted on: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Open Source Roundup
Following on from my talk at AGI yesterday, a few open source posts came up at the helpful GISGeography. These include: Free GIS Software: Map the World With Open Source GIS Mapping Software 10 Open Source Remote Sensing Software Packages Mapping Out the GIS Software Landscape 27 Differences Between ArcGIS and QGIS – The Most Epic GIS Software Battle in GIS History All make for helpful reading!

posted on: Wed, 25 Nov 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

AGI Open Source Presentation
Great to be back at the AGI Annual Conference today and speaking about open source and giving a live demo....

posted on: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Turning Point Clickers Orphaned by Windows 10 @turningtech
I was just doing some testing of a remote polling session for a class this week so took my Turning Point RF Receiver and plugged it in to a Windows 10 desktop - yes its marketed as driver free (and hassle free) installation....

posted on: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

GeoCom15
Just a reminder that the AGI's GeoCom15 is coming up 23-25 November 2015 at the rather swish Chesford Grange Hotel just outside Kenilworth. Remember that its both the conference and exhibition, the latter of which is free to wander around, so no excuse not to register and come along to see myself and Prof Nigel Walford from the Centre for GIS speak.

posted on: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Digital preservation
What do you do when an artifact you have is in danger of loss or destruction?? Preserve it of course!...

posted on: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 | path: /remote_sensing/UAV | permanent link to this entry

SkyTech Event (and Commercial UAV Show Report)
I attended the Commcerical UAV Show last month at the Excel Centre, sharing a slice of the vast area with the Robotics Show....

posted on: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 | path: /remote_sensing/UAV | permanent link to this entry

**EGU 2016** Unmanned Aerial Systems: Platforms, Sensors and Applications in the Geosciences (SS12.18)
EGU 2016 General Assembly Session (search for SS12.18) Conveners: Mike J Smith (Kingston), Mike James (Lancaster), Damiŕ Vericat (Lleida), Saskia Keesstra (Wageningen)...

posted on: Mon, 02 Nov 2015 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Cardiff, England
....can always count on a good geography blunder from local government!!

posted on: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Maps.Me ReUpdate
This news article reminded me that I should provide a brief update on Maps.Me (which Ive blogged about before) which is receiving a good roadmap of development....

posted on: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

QGIS 2.12....
..... has just landed. See the changelog for the new features which continue to be extensive and useful, for example rule based labelling and rule based styling of attribute tables.

posted on: Wed, 28 Oct 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Tips for Social Media
A helpful article on blogging/use of social media for academics which pretty much hits the spot. You can't ignore it, but it can suck the blood out of you if you are not careful!

posted on: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Free GIS Data
Great long list of free GIS data resources from Robin Waters. Something for everyone!

posted on: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Redux: think you know your countries?
As a follow on to last weeks Think you know your countries? blog, have a visit to TheTrueSize.com where you can select countries and move them around a mercator map at will to compare them to any other country. How big is Germany, really, compared to Angola??

posted on: Sun, 04 Oct 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Battery Discharge Fix
Well after the debacle that Google's upgrade of the Nexus 7 (2012) - just imagine wading through treacle and you'll get the idea as to the usability of Lollipop (e....

posted on: Sat, 03 Oct 2015 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Think you know your countries??
Then try your luck with the Mercator Jigsaw - took me about 5 minutes with some distinctly tough ones in there. And - goddamn - that Mercator projection can be problematical ;)

posted on: Fri, 02 Oct 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

FREE EPRINT: Manual mapping of drumlins in synthetic landscapes to assess operator effectiveness
For the first 50 people, get your free eprint of Manual mapping of drumlins in synthetic landscapes to assess operator effectiveness Hillier, J., Smith, M.J. et al

posted on: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects Wrap Up
Well with the Paolozzi project (Studio of Objects) finally finished, the start of the summer saw the final wrap up "event"....

posted on: Mon, 21 Sep 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

OS Photofit Cover Landed!
Yes its landed!! My winning photo has now been published by OS and is available from Amazon, displayed in all its glory. Evidence of my copy and the photo credit!!

posted on: Sat, 19 Sep 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Long exposure image banding
I quite often experiment with neutral density (ND) filters for long exposure photography as part of images I produce and, over the last couple of years, have had two particular problems (neither of which I have examples of any more so I've pulled in some links from Google Images): 1....

posted on: Fri, 18 Sep 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

DJI announce micro four thirds camera
DJI have announced a micro four thirds camera for their drones which seems to be specifically targeted at the film industry but has important implications for photogrammetry....

posted on: Fri, 11 Sep 2015 | path: /remote_sensing/UAV | permanent link to this entry

Mapping the Syrian Conflict
An interesting short piece over at the BBC about mapping the Syrian conflict - what is interesting is the BBCs lack of understanding about how data, (online) mapping and journalism are merging together to create a new generation of (often (remote) citizen) data journalists....

posted on: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

MCQ Best Practice
Following up on the last blog post, Donald also has a great post on the 10 stupidest mistakes in multiple choice question design....

posted on: Wed, 09 Sep 2015 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Textual Double Header
Donald Clark did a good textual double header last week..... the first piece was on why text actually makes for good learning....

posted on: Fri, 04 Sep 2015 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry