Saturday, September 30, 2006

World's Best Magician - From "HUMMER" commercials

If you've seen the new Hummer commercials with the bad magician, then you'll this clip. I had this uploaded in May and when I saw the HUMMER commercials with the magician I rolled over laughing. This guy is hilarious. Enjoy!


Meet Steve.

He has a day off and needs milk for his cereal, so he goes to the store.

Friday, September 29, 2006


A couple of GIS LINKS to mention. I have added links for Lincoln County GIS and St Joseph City GIS to the wonderful state of Missouri. The links have also been added to GIS PILOT.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Bloggers ogle at Google Earth's topless sunbathers

Bloggers ogle at Google Earth's topless sunbathers

"When most people use virtual globe Google Earth, they look up such sights as Sydney Opera House, Big Ben or even their own homes.

But two of the computer program’s users got an extra surprise when they explored the Dutch city of the Hague - and spotted topless sunbathers.

A Dutch blogger looking for his favourite pub accidentally zeroed in on a man wearing just ..."(continue article)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


I have started the new layouts for GIS PILOT that are on the home page and links pages. I am still working on the layouts for the individual state pages which will take more time.

New Yorkers "stalk" victims in city-wide game

By Karen Brettell

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wei-Ming Kao approaches a heavily guarded truck in a secluded parking lot in an industrial area of New York to pick up his orders -- to "stalk" and "kill" his target.

But all is not what it seems.

Kao, 27, a graduate student, is playing "StreetWars," a version of a popular high school and college game "Assassins" that kicked off in New York on Monday with around 240 players.

Kao is given a photo, name, home and work addresses and phone number of a target whom he must pursue and "kill" with a water pistol, water balloon or other water-based soaking, while eluding the player who is coming after him. ...(continue article)


Well, for the last day and a half, Blogger has been very difficult to access and use on my end. I'm not sure if it's just our system or Blogger being Blogger, but keep in mind my main site, GIS PILOT if you need GIS LINKS and have trouble accessing this blog.

Monday, September 25, 2006

White and Nerdy


"ESA’s microsatellite playing major role in scientific studies

ESA's smallest Earth Observation satellite, Proba, is making big contributions to science with applications ranging from environmental monitoring, agriculture, forest , land use, crop forecasting, marine and coastal science as well as biological soil crusts and solid waste landfill monitoring.

Launched on 22 October 2001, Proba orbits 600 kilometres above the Earth and acquires around 450 scientific image datasets of more than 100 separate sites each year. Its main payload, the Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS), is a highly configurable hyperspectral imager that sees down to a resolution of 17 metres and can acquire up to five images of a desired target at a time, each at a different angle with respect to Earth's surface, because Proba is ... (continue article)"

By L.A. Johnson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette New interactive mapping features at detail more than 700 points of interest in southwestern Pennsylvania.

With a quick click of the mouse, tourists can find the location of and information about local restaurants, hotels, attractions, bike trails, covered bridges, parks, libraries, universities and hospitals throughout the region.

Click on the restaurant, hotel or other attraction you're looking for in the vertical menu along the right side of a map. The map then zooms in on the location and with another click offers ...(continue article)

Map Pittsburgh GIS

Friday, September 22, 2006


Artificial reef made of tires becomes ecological disaster

What began 30 years ago as an idealistic plan to shape an artificial coral reef has become an underwater wasteland BY TRENTON DANIEL

"A plan in the early 1970s to create a massive artificial reef off Fort Lauderdale has turned into an environmental mess with the U.S. Navy, Broward County and others trying to figure out how to remove about two million tires covering 36 acres of ocean floor. What was intended to lure game fish now is damaging sensitive coral reefs and littering Broward's tourist-populated shoreline.

''They thought it would be a good fish habitat. It turned out to be a bad idea,'' said William Nuckols, project coordinator and military liaison for Coastal America, a federal group involved in the cleanup. ``It's a coastal coral destruction machine.'' The tires dot the ocean bottom a mile and a half from... (continue article)



MILLER COUNTY, MO has a new GIS site to bring to our list. You can search owner, address, or parcel. They also claim by using the basic search feature you can search by subdivision which is very important in this area.


(From ESA Mars Express Iimage: Cydonia - the face on Mars

"ESA's Mars Express has obtained images of the Cydonia region, site of the famous 'Face on Mars.' The High Resolution Stereo Camera photos include some of the most spectacular views of the Red Planet ever. After multiple attempts to image the Cydonia region from April 2004 until July 2006 were frustrated by altitude and atmospheric dust and haze, the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board Mars Express finally obtained, on 22 July, a series of images that show the famous 'face' on Mars in unprecedented detail. The data were gathered during orbit 3253 over the Cydonia region, with a ground resolution of approximately 13.7 metres per pixel. Cydonia lies at approximately 40.75° North and 350.54° East. "These images of the Cydonia region on Mars are truly spectacular," said Dr Agustin Chicarro, ESA Mars Express Project Scientist. "They not only provide a completely fresh and detailed view of an area famous to fans of space myths worldwide, but also provide an impressive close-up over ..." (...continue article)


KNOX COUNTY GIS (KGIS) has been kind enough to inform me that they have added a beta version of SEVIER COUNTY, TN GIS to their list. KGIS already runs on of the best GIS sites we use on a daily basis and trust me when I say there many, many sites out there that need to take lessons from KGIS on how to incorporate user interface, layers, and search features. KGIS also says to keep an eye out for JEFFERSON COUNTY, TN GIS. It's not up yet, but will be in the future.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

GIS SITES News - NOAA scanning water for hazards

NOAA scanning water for hazards

Agency will be updating maps for navigation

"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has begun surveying and mapping marine hazards in Mississippi's waterways, an agency representative told the state's Commission on Marine Resources on Tuesday.

"We started last week in Mississippi to make accurate maps for navigation," Osborn said. "Right now, we are primarily working on navigation channels. Even small hazards can create a serious risk to commercial fishing and recreational boating." NOAA contracted Louisiana's C&C Technologies for the project, which is using side scan sonar instruments to find submerged hazards.

Osborn said the equipment found 400 submerged objects in a 40-square-mile test area. Project technicians are first completely scanning Biloxi's Back Bay. Afterwards, they will move on to St. Louis Bay and other bays. They will also scan near-shore waters, but will only go into deeper parts of the Sound when they are following large debris fields with the sonar." (...continue article)


I've added this site to both GIS SITES BLOG and GIS PILOT.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports of Asheville's new GIS site:

ASHEVILLE – The city of Asheville announced today the introduction of a mapping tool online allowing people to view, manipulate, measure and print maps of parts of the city.The public also can use mapAsheville to search for a piece of property by its address or its owner's name.

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina GIS

Rand McNally's New GPS System

Here's a press release for the new Rand McNally GPS:
Mapping and Routing Expert Rand McNally Packs 150 Years of Experience Into New Portable Navigation System
  • The Rand McNally GPS Navigator is the first portable navigation device from the provider of America's most trusted maps and directions. Rand McNally has combined its leadership in navigation, its extensive understanding of travel needs and the latest technology to create an intuitive GPS navigation system that is simple enough for everyone to use.
more on the GPS Navigator here.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Blogger has a scheduled outage this afternoon, which is something that happens ever few weeks. In case you need the data or links from this site, prepare for the outage and you can find the same links on GIS PILOT, my other site.

Monday, September 18, 2006


GIS PILOT updates: Added ATLAS: The Louisiana Statewide GIS and Lake TAhoe, CA Data Clearinghouse.Also, New Mexico Search and Rescue Resources and New Jersey Environomental GIS DATA.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Online Television Gets its Chance

This fall's new television brings about a new form of television viewing. As more and more people are stuck behind a computer for most of the day, and more young people are turning to their computers rather than TV, the aspect of watching your favorite television programs and movies on your computer just got easier.

After some trials, streaming shows online and allowing a viewer to pick when they want to watch it has gained popularity. In a TiVo-world, the choice of when and what to watch is now important. ABC had the most visible test when they offered shows like "LOST" and "GREY'S ANATOMY" online for about 6 weeks in late spring. Their ESPN branch streamed the playoffs of the WORLD CUP from Germany online to much success in June. CBS increased their internet traffic to the NCAA Men's Basketball playoffs from: "about 25,000 with the 99 cent fee to "hundreds of thousands" when they were free. The larger audience allowed the network to earn about $4.5 million in extra advertising revenue,..."



Monday is here!

Anyway, here's some news floating around the geography world:

Saturday, September 16, 2006


Check out the "DAM IT ALL!" Shirt with the Angry Beaver.

Friday, September 15, 2006

GIS SITES Presents - Oysters!

Florida is getting an injection of oysters in the St. Lucie River as thousands of oysters are farmed and let go into deep water reefs. "This week, the 98,000 oysters that scientists and waterfront homeowners started raising in mesh bags in June will be scattered over natural reefs in the St. Lucie River to augment the struggling local population"

GIS SITES Tracks the International Space Station

The INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) received a new set of solar wings from the Space Shuttle that will not only provide more power but will also make the ISS one of the brightest objects in the night sky. The glow that reflects off of the panels will create an object near the intensity of Venus. Below are links to related sites that will allow you to track the ISS in the night sky and find out when it passes over your neighborhood again. The Heavens-Above site has real-time tracking of the ISS over the earth.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

U.S. CENSUS 2010 News

The 2010 Census is coming on strong and may see the largest growth of minority populations recorded in Census history as the Hispanic population grows to record rates. With issues of immigration and citizenship for illegals on the front burner, expect this issue to dominate the headlines of the Census process. Just a prediction.

Freedom of Information: Commission rules against town again

I really feel for this guy trying to get info out of the city. Most of the government bodies we deal with in a given day are helpful, but every now and then we crash into the "Wall of Red Tape," and get that one city, county, or town that just will do everything they can to NOT help us. I am also amazed that we still have to PAY for information that is constructed and supported by TAX $'s. I understand copy fees, but there are some greedy government bodies out there.


It's hard to research GIS related material without running into the brick wall that is "GOOGLE EARTH." Google reaches further into the world of Geography by adding a new round of improvements and advances with a new update of features for GOOGLE EARTH. Also, a couple of links to mapping news.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Cumberland County, NC GIS added to GIS SITES & GIS PILOT.


Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

GIS SITES and GIS PILOT - We're close to the 2,000 link mark now. GIS PILOT has topped the 1,800 mark and should be around the 1,900 mark for links in a month or so. Thanks for all the links that readers have submitted. Keep up the good work. If you have a link or suggested site, go to GIS PILOT and submit it there.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Monday, September 11, 2006


Thanks to a reader for finding the Cobb County, Georgia GIS site which I have added to this site as well as GIS PILOT. I had the Assessor site up already and I will leave that for reference.

New Full screen iPod on the shelf, but Movies are on their way to iTunes.

About 6 months ago it was leaked that a full screen iPod was in the works and set to release in the year. Apple has finally claimed due to various technical reasons, the battery life being the main one, that the full screen iPod will not be released for awhile. The full screen iPod is pretty snazzy, too. It features a touch pad that is built into the screen itself to allow for all the regular features of the regular iPod. The real push for the new iPod was to allow for full length feature films to be downloaded off iTunes and viewed in widescreen mode. Until the new, full-screen iPod does make it to the stores, we'll have to settle for movies on the regular iPod video. Tuesday marks the announcement of the addition of downloadable movies to the iTunes site.

Friday, September 08, 2006


I have added the MISSOURI DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES site to GIS SITES and GIS PILOT. This is a good resource site for any water related maps and information, namely permits for properties and subdivisions. It gives me an extra source for finding legal descriptions and info for properties I have to research at work. Usually, if I can find the property that has been submitted for a permit, the legal description is very good. They had a GIS link on the menus last week, but as of this post it was taken off. I hope they put it, or something related, back up.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Saturday, September 02, 2006

GIS SITES Presents GIS news

The LABOR DAY weekend is here so watch out for all the police while your out. They crack down during holidays centered around drinking, lakes, and B-B-Q's. While you were out, I found some news regarding GIS, mapping, and GOOGLE EARTH. Judging by the internet keywords and buzz, GOOGLE EARTH is the most popular term with regards to GIS-related news. The user-friendly software, free to download, is quickly becoming a popular site for people and governments around the world.


GIS SITES is taking the Labor Day Holiday off for some much needed drinking,...uh, I mean relaxation. Be sure to check out GIS PILOT for more GIS links and sites. I have updated GIS PILOT with a few sites listed at the bottom of the PILOT's main page.