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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 8:06 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 7:10 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 6:55 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 9:13 AM
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 8:20 AM

Uñas de mapa :DD

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Tagsfunart.

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11 of the Most Colorful Cities in the World

11 of the Most Colorful Cities in the World | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

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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