Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Happy Holidays Everyone

... and good cheer to all.

It's been an interesting 2013. 2014 is going to be even better, I hope.

In the meantime, go track Santa today.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Exhausting #GISWeek

Right now....

After this workweek.... ugh, so busy!
And what I'm going to do when I get home....
Daily Life GIFs 13 Exhausted Guy Collapses


Friday, 26 July 2013

Career Illumination

After almost 6 yrs doing map production, I really gotta learn some JavaScript and Python. Again. 

Argh. The banes of GIS work... You are either a mapper or a programmer, and the two are not that interchangeable at the municipal GIS level.... 

That open source web GIS with leaflet is looking interesting. Might have to cut my teeth on that sometime.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Post #FMEWT 2013 Thoughts, Vancouver edition

So, on Tuesday, Dale & Don did the annual Safe Software FME road show, showcasing the latest & greatest stuff in FME 2013.  Good times. Always a good time to go, meet some fellow #FME'ers and check out the new stuff.

I won't go into all the details (you can find it here, a live blog account, and watch James Fee & company discuss it here) but I did enjoy 4 big things:

1) Better Labeling, via the MapTextLabeller. 
Even though it's an extra cost add-on, you can't deny that adding better labeling transformers are really going to help those customers with limited GIS budgets. This helps fill that void somewhat. Maplex in ArcGIS covers a lot of the same (if better) functionality, but if you don't have access to that resource, this will do nicely if you aren't tied into the Autodesk/ESRI stack.  And definitely helpful for guys like Jonathon McIntyre making those high quality floor plan PDF's from FME.

2) Uploading and testing your CAD files right to FME server, to QA/QC those pesky as-built drawings from contractors.....! Geometry validation is going to be very useful for our infrastructure GIS guys here in the office.

3) Real-time tracking.  Watching Dale's TESLA in real-time was pretty cool, and pulling the City of Vancouver's data via FTP into FME's workbench was just as awesome.

4) Reading ZIP files! Writing to ZIP files! Damn, wish I had this when I was revamping the scripts for our Open Data site. No biggee, Python helped out on that regard.

Thankfully, I've got 2013 installed at work now so I'm excited to try out the new stuff right away!

When the SAN vendor gave us a trial of their SSD caching
Yes, Soup for me! heh, heh, heh.....

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Google Streetview Hyperlapse

Simply amazing.

Update: What's even better... go make your own on the Teehan+Lax. Here's my 30-40 commute, roughly, from home to work. There & back in 10 seconds.

(ht Gordon Price on Pricetags)

Friday, 1 February 2013

Best of January Links

It's 2013, time to work on whipping this mapping blog back into shape. Hopefully I can add a little more insight on what's going on, map-wise, in and around Vancouver, BC.

LOCAL: Sarah Pearce is giving a talk to the Vancouver GIS Users Group, Wednesday, Feb 6 at the BC Hydro Building downtown. Details.

NATIONAL: ESRI Canada has a new catalogue of courses. Check it out, stay on top of new tech.

INTERNATIONAL: The URISA Vanguard Cabinet picked a new set of Young Professionals to add to the ranks. As one of the original five founding members, it's been an illuminating process, and kudos to URISA for getting us YP members more involved in the organization. Best of luck newbies! (Maybe we need an Annual Report like this group!)

GIS Career Advice: Great advice, as usual, from Bill Dollins: Yes, You Need to Code.

Map-Tastic: The London Tube Map, reimagined with curves and circles.

Best Practices: Lifehacker How I Work Series: Jason Pontin & Katie Pomodoros.

Graphic Excellence, with a Vancouver geographic twist. So many high school memories at Broadway & Granville, waiting for the bus to the suburbs.

Viral Video: This is nuts. A 360 pushup? Now that's just showing off now.