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Charlie

So you know you’re getting old when you get random emails telling you a former co-worker has passed on. I’ll add him to the list. We all get old – life etc. Of course I’m telling everyone the obvious. So my former life at TVA was a mixed bag. I hate politics. I hate red

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Hard Work

“An idea I live by comes from a John Wayne movie called Rio Lobo.  John Wayne and Jack Elam are on one side of a crick shooting their guns at the bad guys on the other side.  John Wayne looks down at Jack Elam and says “Scatter gun’s useless.”  Jack Elam says “Don’t mind if

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Code Like Crazy

A mentee came across my “mentoring coordinator” desk.  The mentee was looking for a mentor who would help with programming skills and career paths.  While I am in no way qualified to help with either of these questions, it has me thinking. My first thought is that the programming language choice doesn’t matter.  A solid

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Scholarship to State of the Map US 2014

I stumbled on this article and it made me chuckle. It shouldn’t at all. I guess given what all we’ve been experiencing with the OSM Crowd I’ve gotten a bit jaded (way more than Carol) about the whole ecosystem of OSM. I’ve got a blog post coming about the entirety of OSM….and I’m not sure

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Hollywood can do it why can’t you….

“Hollywood can do it why can’t you?” was the sentence that about put me over the edge back in 2000. I had inherited a “position” where I was going to be the “ortho guy”. Essentially the guy that took 9×9 scanned aerial prints and made orthoimagery out of them. Correct scaling issues and incorporate an

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Spatialite and ArcGIS and QGIS

I know this is old news as I just upgraded to ArcGIS 10.2. Whaaaaa?? BUT ALL YOU EVER TALK ABOUT IS QGIS?!?!!?? It’s true – I do use ArcGIS – It helps me more annoying. I know – I didn’t think it was possibly either. Over the last year we (NRGS) have been taking a different

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Display a map on a Computer Device

I hate patents. Not the kind of yelling-make-your-eyeballs-pop-out-of-your-head hate – I just don’t like them. I read about this over the weekend and did a bit of thinking and my first thought was – No one has tried to patent GIS? There aren’t any current “Patent Holders” on it? I guess not – which makes

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It’s the stories…..

I do an terrible amount of soul searching from time to time. Questions of why I do what I do surface – I answer them and go back to work. Some days I get a lot done – some days I don’t. Some days I get easily distracted. I can truly say that the data

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Hippie Hut

St Croix was the first study area in the USVI. I had been there one other time a couple of months earlier and I really liked the place. It St Thomas was the “city” and St John was a sort of “suburbia” then this island was the country. There wasn’t much here. So when we

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Apparently the National Map isn’t Essential

The Government shutdown is in it’s….well – what are we close to two weeks in…. The clients of NRGS are typically organizations struggling with data or organizations that need an answer. So I utilize a lot of NAIP, census data, and whatever is freely available. I was employed by the federal government during the first

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