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When Google Earth Goes Awry

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"These jarring moments expose how Google Earth works, focusing our attention on the software. They reveal a new model of representation: not through indexical photographs but through automated data collection from a myriad of different sources constantly updated and endlessly combined to create a seamless illusion; Google Earth is a database disguised as a photographic representation. These uncanny images focus our attention on that process itself, and the network of algorithms, computers, storage systems, automated cameras, maps, pilots, engineers, photographers, surveyors and map-makers that generate them.”


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 23, 2013 11:06 AM

The quote above from Clement Valla shows some of the problems with trusting too completely in a form of technology if you are not sure how it works or what its limitations are.  What does he mean when he says "Google Earth is a database disguised as a photographic representation?"  What does this have to do with the term metadata?   


Tags: cartography, visualization, mapping, art, google.

Mary Rack's curator insight, August 26, 2013 10:10 AM

This post represents a "sub-issue" which underlies many of today's  decisions: How much "information" is really a composite of items that may or may not be related? And how many of our decisions are based on those constructs? As a result, are we liviing in a "house of cards", a fantasy world that is sure to collapse around us one day? It's a scary thought. 

Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, September 12, 2013 9:55 AM

I understand that this article mostly depicts the inherent limitations with our current technology within GIS systems but I mostly just found these images to be eerily and awkwardly beautiful. Art made accidentely. Thank-you flawed technology.

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Furniture designed to Maximize Space for Urber Urban Dwellers

Amazing design and stylish furniture...

 

This is an excellent example of (non-geo) spatial thinking.  The design in this furniture resembles the work of urban planners--mixed use areas to satisfy the needs of many populations. 

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Food Flags For Sydney Internat'l Food Festival

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The advertising agency WHYBIN hired for the Sydney International Food Festival is so clever - they've come up with a really neat concept to promote the festival by creating food flags for the various countries represented.

 

15 "flag" dishes that both visually and gastronomically represent their respective countries.  This could be a very fun project for a student with strong culinary skills. 


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Cartographically Inspired Fashion: for the APHuG fashionistas!

Cartographically Inspired Fashion: for the APHuG fashionistas! | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

I found this on pinterest (where else?) and decided to share the cartographic love. 

 

1. Paint your nails white/cream

2. Soak nails in alcohol for five minutes

3. Press nails to map and hold

4. Paint with clear protectant immediately after it dries. 

 

This also works with newspaper, etc!!


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Seth Dixon's comment, August 27, 2012 12:13 PM
Of course this is for the geography nerds! Glad you like it and you'll have to show me (since it really isn't my style).
Frida González's curator insight, May 20, 2013 11:20 AM

Uñas de mapa :DD

Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 8, 2014 1:28 PM

This also works with newspaper, but don't try it with NatGeo Maps because the paper is of too high a quality to have the ink bleed out; I would recommend using an old USGS Topo map.


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11 of the Most Colorful Cities in the World

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What are the cultural aesthetics of architecture within any particular cultural group?  What do these landscapes say about the people and society that created them?  Do you think there would be economic benefits for Guanajuato's (Mexico) urban layout?  Why is Willemstad more iconically Dutch than most places in the Netherlands? 


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Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 15, 2014 10:46 PM

This article tells us the eleven most colorful cities in the world. Although they give us eleven options, everyone knows that the first one is going to be the best one. Number one, the picture that is shown above, is located in Guanajuato City, Mexico. As you can tell from the photo, all of the buildings are different colors. The city was founded in 1554 next to one of the richest mining areas of Mexico. In the 16th century, there was a mining boom, thus led them to the construction of this colorful, beautiful city. Alleyways are spread out in every direction surround by a breathtaking mountain view. This was the only spot that Mexico took on the top eleven scale. The Netherlands took the number two spot along with the number eight spot. First with Willemstad and second with Utrecht. India was another country that took two spots on our countdown. The last two spots were claimed by Jaipur and Jodhpur. Places that were on here that I was surprised about included places like Italy and Sweden. The pictures do not do it justice. The places looked magnificent and I only hope and hope to see them up close and personal one day.