The Mercator Projection is the biggest myth about the Earth that we pass on (often unknowingly) to our children. OK, I don’t know if it is the biggest but it certainly builds the wrong perception of the globe.
The Mercator projection was originally designed in the mid 1500’s. A highly useful projection because it kept . . . → Read More: The Myths created by the Mercator Projection
Truth in advertising should extend to photo manipulation too. Here’s a few videos that highlight the point:
A great example of the power of Photoshop in the right hands.
Here’s an interesting (and honest) video from McDonald’s on their advertising: http://youtu.be/oSd0keSj2W8
Another one called “The Photoshop Effect”: http://youtu.be/YP31r70_QNM
. . . → Read More: Image Manipulation
Google Glass. It is so easy, even a kid can figure it out. This video shows the first few minutes that they were wearing the device.
Yesterday was the “big day”. I caught the train up to New York City to pick up my Google Glass. Yes, I’m now officially a Glass Explorer. It all started with one simple tweet:
#ifihadglass it would augment disaster workers with real-time info and capture what they see for shared knowledge… ala borg. #SMEM
. . . → Read More: Becoming a Glass Explorer
About two years ago, I did a blog regarding usability. This video adds to that including my thoughts on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and the impact on disaster technology. Regardless of how the future rolls out, the advances in technology should not make things more complex for the users. In fact, the additional computing . . . → Read More: A little more on usability
Reprinted from Urgent Communcations at http://urgentcomm.com/disaster-response/when-going-gets-tough-hams-get-going
When the going gets tough, hams get going
Mar. 19, 2013 Merrill Douglas | Urgent Communications
A handheld radio, portable antennas, extra batteries and cables, a soldering iron, clean clothes, snack bars and a length of rope.
That’s some of what you’ll find in a “go-bag.” And if you’re one of the . . . → Read More: When the going gets tough, hams get going
Here is a list of readings that I’ve compiled for my classes and students over the years on topics relating to the intersection of technology and disaster, crisis, risk management. This list is kept current as older material becomes obsolete and new materials is available. Let me know what you think are solid reference materials . . . → Read More: Where to find more information
I have heard too many times from people in disaster response: “If we can just get the product donated, then we can do…” If a person or organization is willing to do a program only if it is all provided for free, they are simply stating that the program is not important enough to budget . . . → Read More: Why free stuff isn’t free
I can’t believe the NRA’s video statement. It really wasn’t a press conference; they didn’t engage or interact with the reporters. The NRA leadership just spoke. Twitter was rolling during the conference with immediate feedback on the conference. The general sense of the comments made the NRA seem out of touch. Their crisis communication team did such a poor . . . → Read More: The disaster life-cycle and gun violence