Message no. 112[Branch from no. 108] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on
When one clicks on what you sent it only gets you to google maps because in your post that is all that is highlighted. But if one copies in the entire address to the URL field, it takes us right to your house. Good going! It must be cool to be on a little peninsula surrounded by water! Growing up on the
Message no. 113[Branch from no. 106] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on
Hi Dana and all -- good job on the bloggin'! It was great to see a map of the bronx zoo too. Did you scan that in, or pull it off the web?
I should let you all know, so you understand my passion for mapping, that for 4 years I was one of the team managers and creators of the mapping project at the Los Angeles Zoo that got us accredited as a botanical garden. Now we are "The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden" officially. There was no google maps at the time, so I had to get aerial survey maps from the City of
With this technology we made a virtual map of everything the zoo had (nobody new what vegetation was in the zoo). We brought in experts and made a massive database and identified all the plants down to the species level. It was a kind of Noah's ark project -- take stock of what you got so we know what we are losing and who has what.
With my team (Janica Jones, Cruz Ortiz and Bob Wickham, R.I.P. :( , ) we went around the world to Zoos and rainforests teaching others the mapping techniques and trying to establish one big world map of "where the wild things are". The thought was that if we had accurate maps and knew the value of the resources, nobody could callously erase endangered precious life forms. We also wanted all the zoos and every home owner to know who had what so we could share endangered plants (i.e., maybe you have an ancient Gingko tree on your street and some developer wants to cut it down to build a parking lot. Our network would send somebody to get the tree and move it to the zoo. We did this with big trees that the
As a representative of the L.A. Zoo I made a trip to the Bronx Zoo to meet with their developers and got a great behind the scenes tour of the efforts there -- particularly the new
You have a great zoo there in the
By the way, Dana, can you post any satellite maps of the
In fact I would like to hear from all of you -- let's start using the vocabulary from the text (look ahead to chapter 3) on "structure matching" (p. 91) and "legibility" (p. 73) and complexity, etc.
T Message no. 114[Branch from no. 99] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on
You are welcome to post anything anytime! Sequence is important sometimes for us to follow a certain storyline, to gain sequential understanding, and for administration and organization, but life is much more complex and NONLINEAR. Feel free to post stuff early. Then we can get to it at our leisure, with more time. And when people post stuff late, it still counts, but it means that we may have moved on and may not have time to give it the attention or credit it deserves. So post, post away!