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The idea of flash mobs has spread quickly, diffusing at a time when online video sharing can immortalize the moment in time and social media can amplify the audience beyond just one place.
I LOVE this particular flashmob (as a bonus, 'read' the cultural landscape to try to identify where this took place). While there are many types of successful flash mobs, all share one characteristic: place matters. The place where a flash mob performs is not simply a stage; place is a crucial part of the meaning of the flash mob. An incredibly prominent place with open spaces and many sight lines is a prime location for a flash mob. Beyond these tangible characteristics, if a site has some importance cultural significance, those qualities can be meshed with the meanings of the flash mob. For more of my musings on flashmobs (and extra clips) you can continue reading here.
Tags: place, space, diffusion, popular culture, music.
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we saw this flash mob in my first geography class and i just thought that it was amazing how many people gathered around to listen to the street performers. i also love how it escalated so quickly from a single performer into a complete orcastra in a matter of a couple minutes. #georic
I love the consept of a flash mob. How a planed performace can start in the steet and instantly people are attracted and engaged. They are done all over the world, but where the mob takes place is the important part. The location of the mob is more likeley to be in a popular city, or near a highly populated area (park, beach, ect..). Its important to realize how something like this would serve no signicinace if it was done say at a shopping center in a surban town. Its also interesting to see what the message of the mob is, this video was more of just entertainment while some mobs have clear messages that there trying to comminucate to socioty.
The people who were apart of this flashmob picked a very good place to do it. They decided to do it rightin the center of a town or market area where many people would notice them. They wanted everyone to focus their attention on them even if it was just for a few minutes. If they were to pick an are that was not in a city or town area not that many people would be gathered around and watching them.
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"The Main Languages of Business in Africa."
While this is not a perfect map, if is still a powerful one to convey several points. One, the impact of colonialism is still felt in the the cultural, economic and political institutions of Africa. Two, given that most of African countries have many indigenous languages spoken by the population, the old colonial language remains as a de facto Lingua Franca in most places, especially among the elite.
Tags: language, Africa, colonialism.
With imagination one can explore and understand how very different life was for people in the United States before the Golden Spike was hammered into the ground in Utah in 1869. That was a much-hailed event that knitted the country together by linking two railroad lines from the eastern and western ends of the continent. Just ten years earlier, when the map at left was made, life was more centered on local transactions. It was hard for families with children to visit friends because travel in this part of the country was slow and arduous, over bumpy dirt roads by horse and wagon. A life involving daily travel for several miles from home each day to work was not feasible. Yet change was in the air even then.
Engineers had put together the recently-invented steam engine with the practicality of a road made of rails and cross-ties, and businessmen and politicians were envisioning a national transportation network – a railroad system. What a difference that could make in the life of this still-young nation! The federal government began sending dozens of mapmakers across the country to identify and draw the best routes for a national railroad in an initiative called “the Great Reconnaissance.”
The national railroad system brought a revolution in commerce and mind-set to the United States in the 19th century. Landsat technology has fomented a revolution of its own, making hundreds of maps of landscapes around the globe daily and becoming an integral part of our national infrastructure just as the railway system and automobile Interstate Highway Systems did in previous eras. With Landsat we have our own 21st century Great Reconnaissance.
This atlas shows how the population is changing - growing in some parts of the country, while shrinking in others. The maps show the entire United States by county, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 Census and Esri. How do things look in your neighborhood?
There are about 1.6 billion Muslims, or 23% of the world's population, making Islam the second-largest religion.
Did you think that most of the world's Muslim population lived in the Middle East and North Africa? If so you are not alone, but the Middle East and North Africa account for only 19.8% of the global Muslim population. In fact there are more Muslims in India and Pakistan than the Middle East and North Africa.
Tags: Islam, perspective, religion, culture, Middle East.
"Ben Schmidt, assistant professor of history at Northeastern University, has visualized the routes of 19th Century ships using publicly available data set from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The resulting image is a hauntingly beautiful image that outlines the continents and highlights the trade winds. It shows major ports, and even makes a strong visual case for the need for the Panama and Suez Canals."
Beautiful data visualisation of 19th century ships using publicly available data set from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
Lessons in GIS and Medical GIS - Examples of applications. Various Resources at hand.
This chart shows the lexical distance — that is, the degree of overall vocabulary divergence — among the major languages of Europe. The size of each circle represents the number of speakers ...
And yes, English has its deepest roots in German...the French aspects were tacked on after the Norman Conquest.
A feast for visual learners - that is most of us.
As the English is now the International Diplomatic language, it is a big problem, especialy for the French which are unable to accept, and they not speaking, is a big problem for them and the tourism, not only in France, in allmost all of Europeean countrys..
Very interesting article on the degree of overall vocabulary distance between European languages.
This StoryMap from ESRI is a nice way to explore the current events in Crimea and this set of maps from National Geographic shows the historical geography of the region. This issue has many inter-regional connections as well. Many residents of former Soviet Republics are nervous seeing Russia's aggressive political strategy; Moscow's previously similar foreign policy that aligned with Beijing's interests are now diverging.
"A slice of rock removed from the mainland near the island of Utoeya is the winning design for a memorial to commemorate the victims of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik."
Monuments are not just in a place...they can create place and place can infuse added meaning to a memorial. This is a great example of the interplay between memorials, place, artistic and cultural meanings.
Il 22 luglio 2011 il fanatico cristiano Anders Breivik ha ucciso 69 ragazzi nell'isola di Utøya in Norvegia e procurato la morte di altre 8 persone in un attentato con esplosivo a Oslo. Una tragedia che ha colpito tutto il mondo e ha lasciato impietrita la civilissima Norvegia.
Per ricordare le vittime di questo massacro sarà creato un monumento. Questo il design selezionato. Un monumento che riesce a riprodurre in modo fisico il dolore procurato dall'esperienza di chi ha dovuto provare in prima persona la perdita improvvisa, brutale e permanente di tante persone care.
Un trozo de roca retirado de la parte continental cerca de la isla de Utoya.
This is a creative and beautiful idea for a monument. I have never come across a design similar to this one. This is a great example of taking advantage of the surroundings around you, such as the water, rocks and trees.
If you haven't discovered CGP Grey yet, his YouTube channel is a veritable fountain of geographic tidbits. His distinctive style helps to contextualizes some of the more odd and complicated parts of the Earth (but some find the rush of facts disorienting). If you want another example, watch Bizarre Borders, part 2 which focuses on the complexities of the US/Canadian border.
Tags: borders, political, territoriality, sovereignty, CGP Grey.
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A Human Geography Resource; Especially for Teachers
The Human Imprint is home to everything Human Geography related for the student, educator, and the every day Joe/Jane. This site includes geographic related stories, lesson plans, and other links that bring us closer to understanding the “why of where.”
Have you already seen this resource produced by a Chicago AP Human Geography teacher? If not, there's no time like the present!
Resource for geography teachers
The Netherlands is well known for its excellent cycling infrastructure. How did the Dutch get this network of bicycle paths? Read more: http://bicycledutch.w...
This video depicts the way that the Dutch got there cycling in the early years and it also shows the maufacturing process in which goes into making a bike. In this video it goes flashbacks of how the bike has evolved throughtout generations and time.
Gas and oil prices have risen amid fears the Ukraine crisis could have a damaging effect on one of Europe's main energy supply routes. But analysts say high European gas stocks will limit the turbulence.
Russia is Europe's biggest supplier of natural gas, but Ukraine is the key to their distribution network. Here is a great analysis of the energy implications.
Voila pourquoi "On" s'y intéresse autant... (à l'Ukraine !)... maintenant, vous savez !
El papel geoestratégico de Ucrania, la razón del conflicto, el control de materias primas fundamentales y sus rutas de distribución.
There is a distinct fact that Gas travels into the Ukraine from Russia and Belarus and leaves for Europe. Where as the gas fields are towards the east and they dont venture toward Belarus but more towards Russia and Hungry and Crimea.Gas and oil prices have risen so that it can be distrubuted and taken care of that way where as the transportation costs money. Fears about the Ukraine crisis could have a huge effect on one of Europe's main energy supply routes. But the command will even out the chaos.
By the end of this month, it is likely that Vladimir Putin’s Russia will fully control Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. And it is clear that he aspires to much more.
According to this article, Ukraine will be fine economically with Crimea being pinched off, but Crimea and Russia would suffer from an annexation
The Boston-Washington corridor, home to 18 percent of Americans, produces more economic activity than Germany.
"Living on One Dollar is a full-length documentary made by four college students who traveled to rural Guatemala to live on just a dollar a day. Upon their return, they created Living On One, a nonprofit to raise awareness and inspire action around global issues like hunger and poverty -- and started by publishing the Change Series of video shorts. I found it so compelling I've dedicated this whole film fest to it. Each episode not only succinctly frames an issue faced by people in the developing world and makes it personal, but also offers resource links to learn more -- and even better -- to do something about it."
This set of eight videos that are all roughly 5 minutes bring up a variety of topics on on global poverty, development and economic issues that bring in a human element so that these topics are tied to real people and real decisions. Also see this interactive online game that asks you the question, can you survive extreme poverty?
Great insight into a range of issues of development. Each 5 minute program address one issue relation to poverty and development.
Thanks Seth Dixon!
Who has the oil? http://pic.twitter.com/7Njc7OD8rw
Natural resources are not evenly distributed...this distribution pattern impacts global economics, industrialization, development and politics tremendously.
Tags: industry, economic, energy, resources.
cherchez la France... !
Useful info graphic for use with climate change and society
Fascinating image showing global distribution of Oil resources.
Once thought to be symbols of prosperity, innercity highways are now just eyesores — and sources of civic dysfunction — to some new urbanists.
This TED Talk also explores what cities should be with old freeways, suggesting that they should be dismantled and the spaces revitalized (and yes, my inner-Californian linguistic roots demands that I call them freeways).
Tags: transportation, urban, planning.
How's that for Rotterdam
President's decision to shift official language from English to local language comes months after its decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth
The Gambia has been showing signs that they want to remove neo-colonial influences. Last year the President withdrew the Gambia from the Commonwealth (a collection of 54 countries, mainly former British colonies), tired of being 'lectured' about human rights. Now they have rejected English as the official language. Mandingo (38%), Fula (21%) and Wolof (18%) are the three most widely spoken languages but it is currently unclear if one of these will become the new official language or if several will receive that status.
Questions to Ponder: What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the old colonial language as the official language in multilingual African countries? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a local language/languages as the official language?
Tags: language, governance, Africa, colonialism.
Exercise 22 :
a. How did president arrive/achieve the government?
b. Is it Gambia a poor or a rich country?
c. What is the Commonwealth? Search on internet
d. What are the accusations that UK does to Gambia about human rights?
e. What do you think about the ivory trade happens?
f. What is your opinion about the decision of Gambia's president?
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"Germany is Europe's dominant country. Its large and strong economy has allowed it to bankroll the bailouts that have kept some of its neighbours - and the euro - afloat. The graphics below help explain why it is so dominant, and powerful - and also some of the problems it faces."
Germany is the most dominate country in Europe, as it has a strong economy and a large population. However, former East Germany is struggling. As most areas there have unemployment rates over 8% and the household incomes are less than 20,000 euros. This causes the flock of immigrants who come into Germany each year to live within western parts of Germany, where the economy is much better.
Why Spaniards have dinner so late? A map of the difference between solar time and clock time around the world.
I edited a world map from Wikipedia to show the difference between solar and standard time. It turns out, there are many places where the sun rises and sets late in the day, like in Spain, but not a lot where it is very early (highlighted in red and green in the map, respectively). Most of Russia is heavily red, but mostly in zones with very scarce population; the exception is St. Petersburg, with a discrepancy of two hours, but the effect on time is mitigated by the high latitude. The most extreme example of Spain-like time is western China: the difference reaches three hours against solar time. For example, today the sun rises there at 10:15 and sets at 19:45, and solar noon is at 15:01.
Reuters photographer Carlos Barria recently spent time in Shanghai, China, the fastest-growing city in the world. A week ago, he took this amazing shot, recreating the same framing and perspective as a photograph taken in 1987, showing what a difference 26 years can make. The setting is Shanghai's financial district of Pudong, dominated by the Oriental Pearl Tower at left, and the new 125-story Shanghai Tower, China's tallest building and the world's second tallest skyscraper, at 632 meters (2,073 ft) high, scheduled to finish by the end of 2014. Shanghai, the largest city by population in the world, has been growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year the past 20 years, and now is home to 23.5 million people -- nearly double what it was back in 1987. This entry is focused on this single photo pairing, with several ways to compare the two.
In the Atlantic, there was an article that highlighted some incredible comparisons of Shanghai’s Pudong district that shows the impact of globalization. This image is my rendering of the two images as a composite image. Globalization has hit…hard and fast. Today, we shouldn't think of Shanghai as a major city in China, but as as one of the major cities in the world.
Wow. This is amazing. The cynical side of me wonders what the costs have been for the people of the area. Not to mention the environmental costs.
Elmhurst College’s Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC is a 4-week, online course designed to introduce how location technologies are used in society.Ever stop to think about how important location is when using your smart phone? This educational MOOC begins with an elementary explanation of how society uses location in a myriad of disciplines. Geography, or rather, "where?" is important to all of us from various perspectives.Within this MOOC, participants will learn what location technologies are used for, how the discipline developed and learn by doing via a series of scaffolded practical exercises. Online spatial software will be employed for any device using a browser which takes users through exercises and real world examples. It is appropriate for those with no prior experience with geographic information systems (GIS) software all the way to advanced users.Skills for the Digital Earth will incorporate video lectures, interaction opportunities and discussion forums. Each module will feature a quiz and activities, and participants will receive a badge after each completed module to be used to demonstrate skills mastered.
I am very excited about this free MOOC offered through the Elmhurst College Online Center (they also offer the Graduate Certificate Program for AP Human Geography teachers). The instructor, Dr. Rich Schultz is the Associate Director of the National Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence.
This is just for fun...but it is a way to start some conversations about modern agricultural practices, especially the local and organic movements.
Creative fun to spark a conversation. #GSJam
Good for sessions on Animal Welfare and Farm Assurance.
Comments on the Media Coverage of the Recent Events in Crimea
"As was the case 160 years ago, Crimea has once again become 'the tinderbox', potentially ready to ignite a pan-European conflict. Precipitous events in Crimea once again draws public attention to that often-forgotten triangular peninsula jutting into the Black Sea off the underbelly of Ukraine. While the news reports from Russian, Ukrainian, and Western sources have been generally confusing and conflicting, some interesting analysis has appeared in several media outlets."
In 1853-1856, there was a power struggle between Russia and an alliance of the Ottoman Empire including France, Britian and Sardinia. This power struggle created a bloody war with countries that would be forced to pick their side of the alliance. Russia kept Crimea but did not succeed in winning the war between forces. The war revealed inadequacies of its military and civilian infrastructure and ultimately led to the abolition of the serfs in 1861. Although Crimea served as an independent state it also created a free state to be grabbed up by Russia or any of the other alliances.
This is very revealing