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Column: In defense of Marilyn Hagerty's small-town Olive Garden 'experience'

Column: In defense of Marilyn Hagerty's small-town Olive Garden 'experience' | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Shears sez: Believe it or not, this seemingly throwaway opinion piece from the FoxCities Hub entertainment pullout has a remarkable exploration of scale, culture, retail and cuisine in terms of chain outlets opening in smaller cities. Worth a read!

"If you grew up in a small town and moved away to a more diversified city, it’s universally understood that you get to crack on your humble beginnings as often as you’d like."
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Kiribati, facing rising ocean, considers moving its population to Fiji - San Jose Mercury News

Fearing that climate change could wipe out their Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the population to Fiji.
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556 - The World on your Shoulders: Map Tattoos | Strange Maps | Big Think

556 - The World on your Shoulders: Map Tattoos | Strange Maps | Big Think | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: I've thought about doing this about a million times, but it'd have to be with a cartographer/tattoo artist I could trust. If they messed up a border or shape, I could never look at it again!

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11 Wars That Led to Natural Disasters - Mental Floss

11 Wars That Led to Natural Disasters - Mental Floss | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

After examining 11 Natural Disasters That Led to Wars, Erik Sass turned that around.  11 Wars that led to Natural Disasters.

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Architecture of Fear - a conversation with Trevor Paglen - we make money not art

Architecture of Fear - a conversation with Trevor Paglen - we make money not art | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Fascinating.

 

"I suspect that there are very few places left on this planet that haven't been discovered by intrepid explorers. Yet, Trevor Paglen has found and investigated territories that still need to be documented and exposed to the world. If you've never seen his photographs, i suggest you swing by the Z33 House for Contemporary Art Center in Hasselt, Belgium. They are part of Architecture of Fear, an exhibition that examines how feelings of fear pervade our daily life."

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A Visual History of Manhattan's Grid

A Visual History of Manhattan's Grid | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
A new exhibition examines the master plan that made New York what it is today...
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Depleted Texas lakes expose ghost towns, graves

Depleted Texas lakes expose ghost towns, graves | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Fascinating spin on ghost towns.

 

"Johnny C. Parks died two days before his first birthday more than a century ago. His grave slipped from sight along with the rest of the tiny town of Bluffton when Lake Buchanan was filled 55 years later."

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The Ghost Map: Hard Lessons in Epidemiology from Victorian London

The Ghost Map: Hard Lessons in Epidemiology from Victorian London | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Definitely need to pick this one up. This project is the grandfather of both GIS and epidemiology.

 

"What an ill Victorian infant has to do with the power of maps and the future of modern cities."

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4 Things That Totally Suck About Using Technology In School

4 Things That Totally Suck About Using Technology In School | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Serious truths here.

 

"I’ve read that e-books are the future of books, and it’s not a matter of if they’ll surpass print books but when. Being still in college, I wondered if that was the case for e-textbooks. There’s certainly more buzz on e-textbooks as they’re cheaper and it means that students don’t have to break their backs with heavy physical books. But are they better? Is going all digital better?"


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Around the Fukushima plant, a world left behind

Around the Fukushima plant, a world left behind | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Incredible.

 

"In the 12-mile zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the world has stood still since March 11."

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A Trip to Bhutan - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic

A Trip to Bhutan - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: An incredible photo essay of Bhutan.

 

"The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small Himalayan country east of Nepal, nestled between China and India, with an estimated population of 700,000."

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How the Aurora Borealis Works

How the Aurora Borealis Works | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Demystifying the cosmic origins of one of Earth's greatest wonders, or what solar storms have to do with snow.
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A loonie idea

A loonie idea | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
NATURALLY enough, Canadians are thrilled whenever foreigners single out their country for positive attention—especially when the praise raises it above the behemoth to the south.
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A Booklover’s Map of Literary Geography circa 1933

A Booklover’s Map of Literary Geography circa 1933 | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: This is a fun, whimsical yet informative map.  I'd love to see an updated version!

 

"On the Bostoncentricity of literature, or what "our first man of letters" has to do with Poe.  Titled The Booklovers Map of America Showing Certain Landmarks of Literary Geography and created by pictorial cartographer Paul M. Paine in 1933, the map zooms in on the biggest literary cities and places “The Birthplace of American Literature” squarely in the Boston/Cambridge area."

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Who Said Google Maps was the Standard? - Spatially Adjusted

Who Said Google Maps was the Standard? - Spatially Adjusted | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Very good question!

 

Geoff Duncan writes: Google Maps is starting to see some high-profile defections.

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Going Postal

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Shears sez: I envy this traveler.

 

"Going Postal: A photo journal of post offices and places across the United States"

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Silicon Valley, Seattle … Chattanooga? Tennessee’s ‘Gig City’ Woos Geeks

Silicon Valley, Seattle … Chattanooga? Tennessee’s ‘Gig City’ Woos Geeks | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: I'd live in Chattanooga. It's one of the most beautiful cities in the country.

 

"The city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is dangling wads of cash in front of nerdy innovators everywhere."

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History of the sky

History of the sky | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: This is a pretty fascinating video.

 

"Ken Murphy installed a camera on top of the Exploratorium in San Francisco and set it to take a picture every ten seconds for a year. A History of the Sky is those pictures as a series of time-lapse movies where each day is represented with a grid. So what you see 360 skies at once"

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The Myth of Popular Culture: Why ‘Highbrow’ & ‘Lowbrow’ Don’t Work

The Myth of Popular Culture: Why ‘Highbrow’ & ‘Lowbrow’ Don’t Work | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: We actually cover a lot of this in my cultural geography class every year.

 

"From Dante to Dylan, or what nineteenth-century phrenology has to do with the codification of bigotry."

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The Top 10 Most Popular Study Abroad Cities

The Top 10 Most Popular Study Abroad Cities | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

"Want to study abroad? It might be fun to study in cities popular with college students."

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40+ ideas on using Google Earth and Maps in the classroom « Digital Explorer

Shears sez: Very nice collection of ideas for using Google Earth in the classroom.

 

"First things first, if you don’t have Google Earth, download it for your own computer and then be sure to pester the IT office to download it for your school. See the Digital Explorer research if you need to make a case to senior management. To use Google Maps fully you will need to have a Google account, sign up if you haven’t already."

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Religious Geography of the United States

Religious Geography of the United States | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: These have been around for a little while, but it's still nice to note where these maps are located since the Census can't ask about religion.

 

"A set of 2000 census maps that focus on religion in the United States.  Even in secular societies, religion can play an important role within society, both culturally and politically.  Included are links to many more religious maps.  "


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Rebecca!Morgan Geography's curator insight, November 21, 2013 1:30 PM
Geography- these maps show the diverse religions and the distribution of them.
Andrew and Tom's curator insight, November 25, 2013 3:11 PM

This map shows the consentration of religion in the US and how ut mainly is in the south.

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A Handbook For Flipping The Bird All Over The World | Co. Design

A Handbook For Flipping The Bird All Over The World | Co. Design | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Absolutely crucial information to have.

 

"Traveling to a place where you don't know the language? No problem. Here's a foolproof guide to causing offense without consulting Berlitz."

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Educational Materials | Earth and Environmental Sciences

Educational Materials | Earth and Environmental Sciences | Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Helpful stuff for any earth science educator.

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