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What Lt. Cmdr. Data Tells us About Star Trek's Interpretation of Moore's Law

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Star Trek. As someone who was largely a social outcast growing up, it was in some ways a default -- Gene Roddenberry's vision represents a future that is largely hopeful and where differences are accepted and encouraged within Federation's society rather than intentionally muted, and that was a source of comfort. As I am at a different stage of my own "discovery of humanity" than when I originally viewed the series, other questions and thoughts have emerged. One that I'm tackling today involves the android Data, and what his technical specifications suggest about one particular part of the future: the future of technology Read more
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Coming to Terms with My Academic Self

I recently had an interview for a gig with a major research university, an "R-1" institution with all of the trappings and resources that academics dream of achieving, myself included. Well, chances are very strong at this point that I will not be getting that job, and that realization has forced me to do some soul searching about my path as an academic, a teacher and a researcher. Read more
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Drones and Society: A Presentation to the 2014 PA Digital Government Summit

On Friday, December 5, MU colleague Lee Stocks and I were honored to give an invited presentation to the 2014 Pennsylvania Digital Government Summit in Harrisburg.

Here are the slides from that presentation.





































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The Google App's "Grand Canyon": the Current State of Extended Knowledges and Voice+AI

Is the national park land the *only* Grand Canyon that Google recognizes as a potential destination or feature of curiosity? What are the motivations behind the exclusion of information about the physical feature itself, and the apparent stance of willful ignorance on other points of access for tourists, such as the Hualapai Tribe's West Rim attractions? Read more
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COPLAC 2014 URC Conference Posters

Three Mansfield University Geoscience undergraduate students presented their research at the COPLAC Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference this past weekend at Keene State College in Keene, NH. I was the co-adviser of two of these projects, along with my colleague Lee Stocks. Read more
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Cave Densities in WV - Applied Geography Presentation

Here are the slides from the talk I co-presented with my Mansfield University colleague Lee Stocks at the 2014 Applied Geography Conference in Atlanta this past Thursday. The presentation resulted in our paper being published in Papers in Applied Geography, volume 37. Read more
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Resolution and Coverage Testing for Phantom 2 Vision+ UAV Imagery for Mapping

A few days back, I sent up our new DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ above the Mansfield football stadium for some imagery testing, and published a blog on doing lens corrections for mapping. Now, I'm going to take those corrected images to the next step and test their resolution and coverage to see how effective this equipment is for providing high-quality, high-resolution and low-cost remote sensing imagery for mapping applications. Read more
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Lens Correction on DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ for Mapping

The new prevalence and inexpensive nature of UAVs has given cartographers and spatial scientists a great new tool for creating extremely high-resolution (both spatial and temporal) maps of places. At Mansfield, we've got several platforms that we're using. Read more
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Fun with Maps: Resolution Test GIF

I took the Phantom 2 Vision+ out to do some resolution and lens correction testing this morning. Part of this required using the football field on campus, since it provides some nice measured straight-line geometry that can be used to gauge the resolution and correction to ensure accuracy. But, while I was doing this, I messed around a little bit with the resulting imagery and made a little animated GIF Read more
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Mapping Biomes for the Plaid Avenger: Adventures in Georectifying and Symbology

This summer, I've been enjoying doing some work for the Plaid Avenger, especially creating new maps for his next edition of The Plaid Avenger's World, an excellent alternative textbook for world geography courses. Some of that work, particularly mapping biomes, has been a bit of an adventure. Read more
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