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"Surfing the waves of the Digital Frontier"
"Surfing the waves of the Digital Frontier"

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Most are used to looking at satellite images from the top down but did you know satellites have the ability to take images at a very oblique angle? This not only provides a beautiful perspective but can offer insight into activity or help identify features where looking close to nadir can be difficult. A couple things happen though when you do this, high loss of resolution and inaccurate georeferencing. #obliqueimagery #satelliteimagery #Imagery
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New Geospatial educational series on YouTube by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Episode 1: What is Geospatial Intelligence?
#NGA #Geospatial #GIS
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Weird cloud line seen in Google Maps Satellite layer and Google Earth
https://earth.app.goo.gl/Ukecu #GoogleEarth #Google Maps
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I use Android Pay allot and one of the promotional incentives was every time you used it you had a chance of collecting a Justice league member. I managed to get them all but wow, it was anticlimactic. No reward for the whole collection. I would have thought at least Superman would appear or something.
#AndroidPay #JusticeLeague
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๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† (My first impression)
(If you have not seen the show yet you may not want to read. Risk of some spoilers)

I'm a big Trek fan and I'll throw out my opinion of the new series. So a lot of mixed reviews and as usual, there is a lot of flak from the nostalgic expectations of fans. Here are a couple of hot items I've seen from posts. People have issues with the klingons appearance, ship designs, character development, and the suggestion that Federation should fire first was an issue as it didn't match the values of the Federation.

Let's start with those. The look of the appearance of Klingons is an easy distraction. It took through the series "Enterprise" to fully explain why Klingons even looked so human from the Original series compared with future versions with a story arc of a genetic virus caused by Dr Soong. Before the series Enterprise it was overshadowed with a brief comment by Worf in the DS9 episode where they went back in time expressing how it was an issue in their history they do not discuss. From a Trek design standpoint considering the drastic change from the original series to The Next Generation its a wonder they could have explained it at all. As far as the raw appearance of the Klingon appearance fans should not be so harsh. Even during the initial introduction of Worf he had several cosmetic changes to his appearance throughout TNG seasons to eventually form a modern Klingon appearance which came closer to what was observed in the Kirk Era movies. However, with TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise fans grew fond of the consistency in appearance. With that, innovations in consume and makeup design and budget to dedicate to such things allowed for new innovations to make historical aliens look actually more alien.That's a good thing. Many episodes throughout Trek without a good budget left aliens looking almost human with the exception of some minor features. With modern TV we have the potential to see not only a new take on traditional Star Trek species we get a more diverse galaxy that may introduce variables of trek that are rarely expressed beyond just being cultural.

Ship design is a similar argument to the Klingon changes in appearance. I have my personal preferences in which ships designs I thought worked best for Trek but overall what works to portray a civilization hundreds of years into the future deserves the artistic talent of CGI. Drives me nuts to see fanatic trek loyalists complain about the lack of switches and dials just because of the low budget and technology of 1960's era television.

Character development is a more legitimate concern. It was hard to watch discovery center around the amount of overwhelming issues the main character had in regards to the situation presented before her and to constantly be judged and criticized that she biased towards the Klingons because of her past. It doesn't scream Starfleet professionalism to me. However, I give the show a pass here. Very few shows do well in the pilot with character development and this one did a decent job overall to get me curious about her and everyone else in this perspective of Star Trek.

How about the moral delimena of whether to fire first against the Klingons. I think many people have a hard time grasping this one. It comes down to a completley different culture and how to communicate with them. I thought that Sarek was clear on why this was necessary but perhaps this should have been explained more for a more diverse audience of the show. The Klingons understand honor in Battle, strength in conflict, and portrayal of weakness. Firing on the klingons wasn't necessary going to start a war but for this species it might have prevented it giving more respect to the Federation through a show of strength. The main Klingon antagonist used the Federation's message of peace to not only express weakness but also to point out that the Federation's way of expansion and submission of other cultures is more subtle and passive. In some way's they are not wrong from what we see in other series but that's a discussion for another day. Firing first would have given more respect to the Federation in the Klingon's eyes. This is unique message that has to be sent to this species. You actually see many seeds of the Klingon's concerns come to fruition regarding the submission and damage of a more pacifist Klingon culture in many episodes of The Next Generation. This should not be overlooked. Of course this there is a hidden message that has always been in Trek to what kind of society the Federation actually represents in their form of government, citizens rights, and obligation to contribute to a monetary free society. The Klingons, as do many mirrors in real life, see this as a destroyer of individuality and in direct contradiction to their way of life.

If there was one thing that was always fascinating from the Klingon continuity before this series was its mirror on the Viking culture and mythology. From that standpoint it gave some appreciation and foundation to understand the culture if you figured this out right away. I will say ST: Discovery had elements of the original Klingon culture but decided to isolated away from viking similarities making it more uniquely alien. I'm in conflict whether this is good or bad for the series as a whole; especially for the audience of show trying to understand differences in cultures and how ideals clash without giving too much bias towards one culture or another. Initially Its hard for me to accept this change because I was able to isolate certain species of Star Trek by their historical mirror and appreciate their culture in a more broader sense just as I'm sure many other would. Romulans were mostly Roman other elements, Klingons Viking, Ferengi represented extreme capitalism. Once again, this was to help audiences understand clashing ideals with more black and white contrast. I like the new approach but will it offer enough stability to the audience without being too realistic and dark in truth to how these encounters between cultures can occur. Misunderstandings, diplomatic mistakes, cultural differences that make or break entire civilizations.

Overall, not very many pilots do well. In recent memory Battlestar Galactica has a very good pilot for a Sci-Fi. Trek is no exception here and even harder for the challenges of overcoming a rough start. Nostalgia is Treks greatest strength for a series already established but greatest weakness for ones just getting started. Fans are ruthless on continuity where it will be harder and harder to come out with a new trek series.

If I had any issue with Star Trek Discovery its actually the same issue I've had with most every Star Trek Series. That is the failure to separate the responsibilities of officers and enlisted. There are times when this is less of an issue with the best being in Enterprise where the Mako marines were used on away missions. Chief O'brien is a good example of an enlisted representative on TNG and DS9 but he is foothold representative of the Starfleet majority of the workforce. You see additional references of crewmen pepper various episodes but rarely are they focused on. Starfleet has the mission of exploration but peacekeeping is its secondary function and for the most part it is organized like the military. It should reflect this a little more and give some additional respect to the responsbilities of enlisted. My point here to parallel this is that an away mission should not be made up soley of bridge staff officers. If done right, one officer (Not even from the bridge staff) and several enlisted should be the away team compliment. This team should depend on the purpose of the away mission to determine what type of officer and enlisted go forth. There would be exceptions such as diplomatic missions regarding Senior status of the Captain. Ship compliment and size would narrow these options further but often never should be a overbalance issue of ships made up of 100-1500 personnel throughout Star Trek. In TNG, It blows my mind to think that on some away missions in many episodes the entire senior staff have put all of their lives on the line leaving the ship attended my significantly less qualified individuals. The original series had the most extreme, often putting the Captain on away missions but at least having a significant number of red shirts with him. Jokes aside they represent the enlisted crew. Discovery didn't make this a big issue as their were unique circumstances in the first episode but even in the opening minutes it puts this issue at forefront again with the Captain and first officer tasked with fixing an ecological disaster on the planet.

Phew, okay, with that said if you are wondering whether Star Trek Discovery is worth watching give the show a few episodes to shake things out before making any judgments. I give the Pilot and second episode a 6.5/10 but that's pretty good. I look forward to seeing this new story with a more realistic visual of Star Trek and how they plan to tie in continuity of what people know.

#StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery
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Awesome view of the eclipse today...
#eclipse2017 +Andrea Simmonsโ€‹
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When you were a kid did you ever wonder if you get dig straight down to the other side of the world? Where would you come out if it was possible? This website helps you explore that curiosity. You may not come out where you think you might.
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Really disappointed in Vic's comments. I think Google flagship phones have excellent photo capabilities. Many friends have shared iPhone images that were subpar. I'll admit there are other factors at play such as Don't use Facebook for photo sharing as it down samples and strips metadata. But high end Android phones are pretty good. http://www.androidauthority.com/android-phone-cameras-worse-than-iphone-790729/
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Happy Earth Day! Here's to another year of Geospatial awareness to watch over the only planet we've got to live on.
Happy #earthday2017
Be sure to check out the new Google Earth and explore the great sites around the globe!
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