Social media’s impact on natural disasters

Infographic: Social media's impact on natural disasters. http://t.co/AW5BZWEfPs #SMEM no longer an "if to do it" question but "how to do it"

— Keith Robertory (@krobertory) April 16, 2014

If El Niño Comes This Year, It Could Be a Monster

If El Niño Comes This Year, It Could Be a Monster http://t.co/EftOZCUfxE A good read on all the pros/cons of #ElNiño impacts. #SMEM

— Keith Robertory (@krobertory) April 16, 2014

The Myths created by the Mercator Projection

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

Image Manipulation

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.

http://youtu.be/Uq4HMIv6so8

 

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

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Google Glass Kids

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.

Becoming a Glass Explorer

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

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A little more on usability

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

When the going gets tough, hams get going

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

Removing your Facebook foot prints

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Think about it for just a moment.  Who looks at your Facebook history?  There are only two types of people who look back at what you’ve posted on Facebook: advertisers and stalkers.  The human-to-human interaction on social media is about the now.  It is not really much about last month let alone last year. 

. . . → Read More: Removing your Facebook foot prints

Where to find more information

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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