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I wanted to offer this picture as a New Year's gift for those interested in the sometimes strange mix of technology and space. I took this a couple years back in Chang Mai, Thailand. Blog Post
Jan 5, 2005   By Scott Page
Because I can: here's another Wired story I can flack. Writer David Goldenberg collects half a dozen examples of supercool, high-tech bridges in the latest issue. When Chris or Abhijeet teach me how to upload pics with our new software, I'll put a couple here. Meanwhile, the story's online. Salient bits: Today, an explosion of new designs and materials is creating a third golden age of bridge building. Cable-stays transfer the load on the roadway to towers via radiating wires. Blog Post
Jan 3, 2005   By
Exciting improvements in planning are possible when GIS tools are used in combination with public participation tools such as keypad polling. During a comprehensive plan update meeting in Hayden Colorado, flip charts were replaced with computerized systems and keypad voting tools to gather resident input on a proposed development and future growth. CommunityViz and GIS were used to analyze the impacts of growth and to create a visualization of what the proposed development would look like in the landscape. Blog Post
Dec 21, 2004   By Ken Snyder
Because I'm kind of a dumbass, I forgot to post the link to this really interesting story from the December issue of Wired, the magazine for which I work. Does it still count as flacking my mag if I didn't write or edit the story? Anyway, the point of the piece is that you can control traffic by not controlling it -- let chaos reign, and people naturally slow down and find their own order. Wisdom of crowds, or something like that. Blog Post
Dec 19, 2004   By
This time I didn't make it up. From the strange, inventive, and apparently European Web site socialfiction.org comes Psychogeographical Markup Language, a way to tag urban environments with metadata that's not cartographic but emotional. They say, "PML incorporates work done in fields like annotated space, geo-tagging, mental mapping, GIS & collaborative mapping but is different in that it aims at the invisible & the absurd." As socialfiction's explanation Blog Post
Dec 16, 2004   By
David Sucher argues that France's spectacular new bridge is not just a feat of engineering -- it's architecture. "...I'd suggest that it qualifies as architecture, maybe even top-notch architecture..." Brian Micklethwait wonders about the reason for building the bridge: "Economically it looks crazy to me. A few more curves on the road and they could surely have saved themselves billions." Blog Post
Dec 16, 2004   By Abhijeet Chavan
Walt writes (subscription required, unfortunately) in the Wall Street Journal: "The most important development this year in U.S. wireless communications wasn't the headline-grabbing mergers of various wireless carriers. It was the quiet, gradual rollout by Verizon Wireless of a technology called EV-DO, which for the first time is providing broadband-speed Internet access over the air from anywhere in the cities where it has been deployed." Blog Post
Dec 15, 2004   By Chris Steins
Hey, look, it's another way to look at city/non-city living! It's from the New York Times Magazine's Year in Ideas issue (reg. req'd). Here it is: your moment of geographic zen. What does it say about you if you live in a dark green region? Um...that you shop at WalMart? That you have satellite TV? That you're more likely to drive a truck? I've read the Times article and I still don't really get it. Blog Post
Dec 13, 2004   By
I just discovered Liferay, an open source portal, after reading David Fletcher's discussion of Portal Architectures on his blog. Although I have seen and evaluated PHP Website", I haven't seen see Liferay, which is equally -- perhaps more -- impressive. Blog Post
Dec 12, 2004   By Chris Steins
According to Urban Legends References Pages, the widely circulated 1954 photograph of what a home computer in 2004 would look like is an Internet hoax. Blog Post
Dec 10, 2004   By Abhijeet Chavan