27 April 2015

Erosion problem in Florence

Down in Florence Township there is an erosion problem beyond much of what we talked about in class this semester. Check it out: Combine this with the story (below) about the hidden surprise in Raritan Center and you might just want to re-read those sections on landscape inventory a few times.

A hidden surprise

We spent the fall 2014 semester studying the Lower Raritan Watershed and couldn't keep our eyes of the properties around the Raritan Center. They seemed so central to everything that happens in the LRW. But this site, populated with busy warehouses, a major hotel, and some fascinating wetlands also contained some hidden surprises we were told. As a former WWII Army arsenal, there are some unexploded ordinance here and there. Ha! Is that really a thing today?


24 April 2015

150th anniversary

150 years ago today, the funeral train carrying the body of assassinated President Lincoln rolled through New Brunswick where it was greeted by mourners before continuing on to Illinois by way of New York City. I can only imagine what if must have felt like; days before they were celebrating the end of what seemed to be the most dreadful possible war, now they were shocked by the tragic assassination of the man many credited with ending the war.

Always the outlier, just months before New Jersey went to McLellan instead of Lincoln in the 1864 election. On April 24, I doubt there was any sign that New Brunswick remembered.

22 April 2015

20 April 2015

Sketch Out Loud at Rutgers Day

On Rutgers Day, Richard Alomar will be at the main entrance to Blake Hall on Red Oak Lane to talk about and lead the “Sketch Rutgers” Sketch Walk. The walks are scheduled to be 30 to 45 minutes long and start at 10:00 and 2:00.

Each person will receive a sketch pad and pencil. Participants are welcome to sketch all through the day. There will be short breaks to discuss and collect impressions on the walk. (http://sketchoutloud.blogspot.com/)

ED in AC

The Piano Man of Atlantic City made a lot of news regarding his eminent domain case. We'll talk a little more about the Supreme Court's perspective today in class.

19 April 2015

Digital archives

Keeping old data and programs is a challenging problem that many in GIS are just beginning to face. But at MoMA, they've developed a complex system to keeping old digital art. Their digital archivist has written a little about how they make sure that they have the proper software to go with the art (video, image, whatever).

So that it all still makes sens in 100 years they use the same thing as in GIS: metadata. But, instead of calling it that, they call it the archival information package. And, when their system is fully up and running, it willl not just be a stack of old floppies:
As MoMA acquires more digital artworks, and as the image resolutions used by artists and filmmakers increase, we project the digital collection to grow to approximately 1.2 petabytes (1.2 million gigabytes) by 2025.
 The new system will be dynamic and there is a video from IBM to show you how it works. But the overall story is one that should be fascinating to GIS thinkers who are looking forward to looking back someday.

17 April 2015

Gaudi in NYC

There is an exciting exhibit in NYC right now on Gaudi's work at Sagrada Familia. If you can't join our studio abroad, which will visit the cathedral, you can visit this exhibit for the next best thing. Make your trip to Harlem pretty soon, the exhibit ends May 8th.