splitting off

So, I’ve been saying that I’m going to post more often, and I keep meaning too.  But I’m splitting fatguyclimbs off from the Geography/GIS.  Those(that) topic will be covered by Burning River.  I expect I’m going to try and keep the landscape geography and photography here.

Rock and Roll


from the firehose

Just a quick update.  I’m going to try and get to one a week as soon as we finish futbol up, but for now just a word that we’re working on some really interesting stuff behind the scenes (some of which I doubt I should/can discuss in a public forum — that remains to be seen) but we’re also still planning some hopefully really cool stuff that I can fully document.

But a question to think about.  Historically, geographers had to learn foreign languages, study distant reaches and sandy beaches to gain true credibility in the field.  Is the internet distant enough, and are the languages used to drive the web foreign enough?

Many Happy Returns

Way back when, maybe post one or it might have been post two, I relayed the advice that I should have been touching this blog every day or so, like an actual daily log or a journal.  Obviously that hasn’t panned out, part of me is somewhat upset about that, part of me is really working to minimize my web presence.  So why a random post?  It’s a new year, so why not?

We started climbing, well, bouldering, which IS climbing, but that’s a digression.  Getting into yet another gym, and finally finding a coffee house has stirred up the “cultural geographer” in me again.  This will be nice, I may get to roll everything back into one big happy academic career.  For the moment though, think of it as the spatial distribution and deviation of a unified social subgroup across an arbitrary geographic extent…  I like trying to find big academic ways to describe the question “why is the climbing community in Cincinnati SO different from the climbing community in Akron?  How do other socio -cultural influences impact the differences seen in the communities?”

But the side step really comes back to the fact that I’m finally pulling down again, and for as minimal of a time as I’ve been back I feel really good.  I’m not in the greatest of shape, and it’s leading to a few strains in the fingertips, but that could also be another of those differences between communities; we are climbing on much steeper stuff here than we did back home in Akron.

and the adventure continues…

oh. Happy New Year.


I’m still here sort of… or rather I’m on and off of here.  So I thought I’d just pop in give a quick update of sorts.  We called a job hunt to a close and started our third career, as it were (Environmental Health Professional, Academic, and now GIS Professional), so that meant a new city and actually working private sector as a full employee (I’d done contract work before).  That also meant closing up Burning River Geospatial for the time being…


… it’s been an intimidating, humbling, and exciting couple of months full of a lot of changes.  At some point when I start to feel like I’m getting my legs back under me I’ll try and pull together a full and complete update for everyone, but until then, well, you can swing from vine to vine as well as I can…


As a joke we once said that: “the student has become the master”.  In recent history I have had amazing mentors who have helped steer what has almost always been my vision to the point where we are nearing reality.  My most recent mentor is a HUGE proponent of Open Source technology, of which I have never been super fond of, mostly because I am not developer enough yet to leverage the full capabilities of the technology.  However, the reality exists that the world I model is by and large owned by a single proprietary source company and we only get extend their product.  That still offers a number of exciting opportunities, especially with the way that we communicate geospatial information.

I’ve taken way too long to write this entry (going on a week or a little over), and my intent here wasn’t to discuss my developing knowledge of the open source options for geospatial information technologies, there are better individuals to carry that message; my intent is to give a quick thank you to the people that have helped get me to this point.  I can’t discuss this without mentioning how I’d still be contemplating soils research or applicationns of satellite imagery to blah blah blah, if it weren’t for the help of the Research Manager at Akron.  I’m grateful that with his guidance I was able to congeal the randnomness of mycareer and skill sets into a single message/ goal.

Thanks to all of you!


Job hunting sucks.  News flash for everyone I’m sure.  I’ve been in this boat before, a number of times, so some days I know how difficult it can be and how hard on the brain it can be; other days I forget.  To that end I have real empathy for anyone in this situation right now, without getting to political, I can’t quite get my head around the decision making process of our current leadership.  That being said, I started the day out in one of those down points; just had what I was hoping was yet another solid lead crash through the floor, without any other trails to follow. Which gets me to the metaphor.

I have a fairly wide range of skills to draw upon, I”m currently laying out the foundation for my own consulting firm, I’ve practiced environmental health for years, and I am out in front of my field enough that staying in the academic world is a very serious potential path for me.  Which puts me in a better situation than a lot of my former colleagues who are in our boat, but we’re all still hunting.  Best we can do is to do everything we can do to make sure that the weapons/tools we have at our disposal to work this out are as sharp and well practiced as they possibly can be.    We’re not deer hunting in Ohio after all.

I haven’t posted in a while so I wanted to get a quick note in, and just to show that we really still are serious about holding on to Rich Internet application development I’ll pass along that although the code is still a little sloppy I’ve managed to put together a new Item Renderer for my web mapping applications.  I’m hoping that I can g et it cleaned up and published very soon, because I have a client site that can use some of the technology; which is an added bonus because I’m managing to sidestep the ESRI framework for this.  Yes we’re still working on making this a true platform independent application.