How Large Is theDivide Between Redand Blue America?

A very interesting article about the shift over the years politically. The maps are what I find fascinating. 

Thanks to Beth Weise born for sharing. 
The great divide


GIS Jobs of Today: Only problem-solvers need apply

By Diana S. Sinton

The words “problem,” “solving,” and “GIS” are often used together. GIS is regularly touted as a technology that helps people solve problems. If the problem is that a wilderness search and rescue team needs help identifying a location suitable to land a helicopter, GIS can help with that. If you are a political campaign manager and you want to understand the socio-economic demographic patterns of the people who have been donating to your campaign, GIS has your back.  Do you have multiple years’ worth of classified land use, land cover data covering the same geographic area and you need to quantify and qualify the changes? Hit the GIS Easy button.

In reality, however, reaching solutions happens that directly and easily only in the marketing brochures. The actual real-world process will be characterized by stumbles, a hassle or two, and a few work-arounds. Regular practitioners know the tremendous amount of work that a GIS project can represent in terms of question clarification and refinement, data collection and management, and software skill acquisition and application, among countless other tasks.


The rest of the article can be found here: Directions Magazine


Mapping Every Disputed Territory in the World (by Max Galka)

One of a maps first set of purposes was to show troop movement and or territorial boundaries during ancient times.   The would show the land owned by a King or nobleman and sometimes those very same maps would cause a dispute which resulted in war.  Check out this article on how Google Maps and other map applications change the boundaries based upon a person IP address or geographical location.  Talk about political correctness.

Here is a portion of the article:

Some of the biggest geopolitical events in the world are centered around disputed territories, land whose sovereignty is claimed by more than one nation / occupying power.

At the other extreme, some territorial disputes involve land that would seem entirely worthless. The U.K., Iceland, and Denmark all assert ownership of Rockall Island, an 8,000 square foot rock in the middle of the North Atlantic, hundreds of miles from the nearest inhabited location.

From one extreme to the other, at least 124 countries (or “would-be” countries) are involved in a territorial dispute of some kind, involving, by my count, 105 separate territories.


Story Boards Part One

The past year I have had the honor of working with an awesome group of folks at Eglin Air Force Base.  We do all sorts of cool and exciting projects.  While I work with a part of the Cultural Resources Group, we are under the broad umbrella of the Civil Engineering group. We were tasked back in January to create storyboards for three major events that happened and that our group was instrumental and involved in that benefitted the community.  These were:

  1. Moving the Cape San Blas Lighthouse from Cape San Blas to the new location in Port St. Joe.
  2.  Creation of off-shore reefs using concrete targets from the firing ranges on base.
  3. Clean-up and renovating a marina that is on base.

Take a look at these and tell me what you think.

Also, here is a few links about the Cape San Blas lighthouse move:

City Of Port St. Joe to Move Cape San Blas Lighthouse

Cape San Blas Lighthouse Journeys to Port St. Joe


Visualizing the Great Migration — The Most Under-Reported Story of the 20th Century

This is a very insightful map of the Great Migration that occurred in the early 20th century.  No one really has written much about it.  I am interested in the migration pattern of early native North Americans and of the continent as a whole.  I really love this stuff.

Follow the link to read more byMax Galka

In 1910, 83% of African Americans lived in the South, about the same percentage that had lived there since at least as far back as 1790.

In the 60 years that followed, growing racism and a lack of economic opportunities in the South led more than 6 millionAfrican Americans to migrate north. The pull northward was also compounded by World War I, which boosted the demand for northern industry, but left the North with a shortage of workers.

Nosara, a surfer’s paradise (there’s always room for improvement)

Nosara, Costa Rica really is a surfer’s paradise with the some of the best wave action in the world.   Our task for my last lab assignment in Cartography is to correct a map that was not the easiest to read. So, I set our to use Illustrator to trace the initial image and then I started deleting all of the text, roads, and symbols.  Then using the old map as a base I took the cluttered map and created a more minimalistic map highlighting the points of interest.   Check out the before and after, tell me what you think, share if you like.

To view the pdf of the map, click here Lab7map


Nice surf


Look at that wave

Artboard 1

The old map, kind of hard to read.


The new and improved map. Easier to read.

Bike share mapping creates beautiful portraits of London, NYC and Berlin (this is very cool)

Bike sharing isn’t very popular around the Northwest Florida area but it is in larger cities across the globe.  There is a very neat project that shows the real-time bike sharing use across major cities in North America and Europe.  Now, I love riding my bike but for me to be able to get to the office from my home would mean that I would leave the house at 3 in the morning.  But, if I were located in a larger city with an adequate cycling lanes, I would probably be one who commutes by bike.

Follow the link in the quote and see how this project started and what the visuals reveal about the programs.

Thanks to for the post on facebook about the article.

Bike sharing programmes have grown from just 24 cities worldwide a decade ago to more than 800 cities today, but how has a 200-year-old device suddenly become the next big thing in urban transport? The key is digital information, the real-time GPS technology that allows the bikes to be tracked and secured, and lets cities monitor how and where they are being used.