Chuck Spinney: Cartographic Games Divorced from Reality – Daniel Neep on The Middle Eastern Example

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Below is a brilliant essay that shows how cartographic hallucinogenics can capture one’s Orientation and create an incestuously amplifying* decision cycle that disconnects a “policy” maker from real world. * Note to new readers: For an explanation of how “incestuous amplification” operates to disconnect a decision maker from the exigencies of the real world read my essay, Incestuous Amplification and the Madness of King George.

FOCUS: THE MIDDLE EAST, HALLUCINATION, AND THE CARTOGRAPHIC IMAGINATION

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Jun 11

Willow Brugh: Distributed Digital Disaster Response

Willow Brugh

Willow Brugh

Willow Brugh on Distributed and Digital Disaster Response

The citizen response to 2012’s Hurricane Sandy was in many important ways more effective than the response from established disaster response institutions like FEMA. New York-based response efforts like Occupy Sandy leveraged existing community networks and digital tools to find missing people; provide food, shelter, and medical assistance; and offer a hub for volunteers and donors.

In this talk Willow Brugh — Berkman fellow and Professor of Practice at Brown University — demonstrates examples ranging from Oklahoma to Tanzania where such distributed and digital disaster response have proved successful, and empowered citizens to respond in ways traditional institutions cannot.

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Jun 5

Bob Abramms: New Printing of Hobo-Dyer Map (North Up South Up Combined Plus World Population Map

Categories: Geospatial
Bab Abramms

Bab Abramms

Newly-released mind-expanding paradigm-shaking world maps.

1. Equal area Hobo-Dyer map (North-up & South-up combined)

and

2. World Population Map (updated 2015 desktop version)

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May 12

Guy Thomas: New Centimeter-Accurate GPS

Categories: Geospatial

guy thomasNew centimeter-accurate GPS system could transform virtual reality and mobile devices

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a centimeter-accurate GPS-based positioning system that could revolutionize geolocation on virtual reality headsets, cellphones and other technologies, making global positioning and orientation far more precise than what is currently available on a mobile device.
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May 6