Thursday, October 18, 2007
I have to say so long. I hate it, but it's true. Took a tumble that put me down for a good while. I hope to be back next time around, but it depends on progress in physical therapy. I had lots of fun while it lasted--the dream class for sure. Just the right amount of not too much snarkiness, and plenty of levity. Good luck with the program, and keep in touch. I sure can use the distraction about now. I'll check in now and again to witness the awesome cartography you're sure to crank out.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Missed having Edward in class tonight. We could have commiserated over the exam! If you read this, watch out Edward!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Anyway, I finally got the elevation and streets layers added, but I'm not able to export and save the image in Arcscene (.sxd) as a .jpg and upload into the blog, so you'll have to take my word about how cool it looks. The blog seems so inadequate without some graphics and I feel compelled to say something clever and entertaining, but alas, it's late, my brain is mush, and my wit is not on command.
More next week.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
For some reason, I had a hard time figuring out where the parcels were located.
Josh was in class tonight--I was wondering if he was still in the class after missing last week. Nice to see him.
So, another long day, and I'm ready to head home. Music night at our house tonight, so I'm looking forward to a nice cold adult beverage.
See you next week. Same map time, same map channel.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I didn't quite have time to add the legend because the insert function automatically uses the titles in the table of contents. The descrptive titles for the symbols would have been file names without being changed in the table of contents. Also, the scale needs tweaking a little bit, and if Id had more time, I would haave played around with the colors a little bit.
Only 5 of us in here, and only one new classmate. Was nice seeing familiar faces--especially my friend Edward. I'll have a tendency to rely on him for help--he's such a computer whiz, and I'm more like a computer whatsit. Hope he doesn't get too annoyed.
Also, I need to remember my flash drive next week.
I'm a little worried about all I have going on right now, too, and hope Ican devote the time I want to the class. I'm certainly in a time of transition. I think having GIS to focus on will be helpful.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Well, that's just indicative of how the night has gone. There was an error uploading my image. I don't know what's going on with me, but I just can't seem to remember how to perform the simplest functions. And now I've learned that we have a test next week and we also have to write a report on the whole project thing. Which adds to the frustration of not being able to work on any of this at home. I'm so freaking slow and I hate feeling so stupid. I don't know when I'm going to find time to do anything. Arrrgh.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Felt a little remiss for missing class last week, but I think I'll be Ok. Won't have the same kind of time free to study for this test like I did the last one, but I've learned all I can about editing in one night. Had a little chat with Edward about my beltsander blog and discussed some LP business with Pete. Oh yeah, I made this little Rapid City map thing, too, which as Edward pointed out, was decievingly quite arduous to complete. Found out there's some happenin laundro-mats in that SD town. Never know what kind of information you'll come out of a GIS class with!
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Pete seemed a little distracted tonight for some reason--a little more scattered and disheveled than usual? (I'm not the only one who noticed). Been up a while Pete?
Enjoyed a beautiful pink sunset behind Pisgah out the classroom window, though. Not to say I was looking out the window and not paying attention, but there was a little down time while everyone completed exercises and practiced queries.
Just checked out my blog and I have 8 posts. It's hard to believe we've had 8 weeks of class and it's already the end of February. Weird how time flies.
So the whole joins and relates concept with tables seems pretty straight-forward except for the few caveats that will probably solve themselves with time and familiarity. Only question I think I'll have once I get more into it is knowing which table to relate to which--as in, which direction to join or relate. And I'm sure that will be determined by how the data is being used, but I know the direction probably won't always be interchangeable. Like I said--caveats that will be resolved with experience.
By the way, Edward is a very sneaky photo pirate with his tiny camera.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Especially tired tonight, but made it through the tutorial with my sturgis raster image matched nicely to the forest roads, see? And for your veiwing pleasure, I will add the images I couldn't get uploaded last week. I realize now I was in Edit Html mode instead of Compose so the images weren't projecting--learned all about projecting images tonight. I do want to become more familiar with the Datum formats and coordinate systems.
Here's my lovely NC counties map with the scale bar I made for my friend, Reed, who will plot on it the results from a woodrat habitat survey he did. Hope it gets published.
Hey Pete, if you see this, will you post the supplemental power point from class either on the AB Tech black board or on your GIS Blog where we can access it?
Everybody ready for the Query Quiz next week?
See ya then.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Did pretty well on the exam, so I'm happy about that. Had plenty of chocolate cake with my SO after class, so I'm happy about that. The book exercises were really a drag. Seems like they didn't contribute to any real product--every map we created, we just erased to make a new map. Seems the previous chapter exercises all compiled into one big final map, which was a bit more rewarding than just going through the motions in chapter 6. Anyway, I did get the NC counties map I wanted, so I'm happy about that.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I can't believe I did that.
Comments for class (If you read this, Pete):
I liked having more time for lab last week. Our guest instructor gave us plenty of time to explore and familiarize ourselves with tools and such. Also, it gave us (me) time to fix mistakes or backtrack. It would be nice to limit lecture since we have access to powerpoints and it follows the text so closely. Otherwise, I feel Ok about my progress. Except for losing my file this time. And I would have liked a review for the test. I'll have to come in on my own time to make up for what I lost. Shit.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
There we go.
The work in chapter nine is the kind of stuff I can get caught up in--colors and fonts and borders and patterns. Maybe deep down I'm really a graphic artist. For example, I think the schoolchildren photo we added to the Rapid City map is pretty lame. And it needs a border to balance with the other data fields. And I don't know whatever happened to my "Rapid City" label, but it's not on the map. Looks like I still need work on labeling so I'll go back to chapter 2 and review. Sure wish I could play around with this stuff at home.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
I feel like I'm just so slow navigating through all this. I'm not too computer savy and it seems to take me forever to complete the lab assignments. Doesn't help this is a night class. I feel my brain is much by this time of day. Plus, I get caught up in playing arround with all the different options and ways to manipulate the image, which is good, I suppose, because I'm learning how to use the tools, but it also adds to the time it takes to follow steps in the book. I really wish I could work on this at home to familiarize myself more with tools and icons. And I've only just switched from PC to Mac about 6 months ago and now I'm trying to get used to the PC ms layout again. Is everyone else just zooming through the exercises?
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I'm glad the lectures and powerpoints are available on line. And I'm glad the lecture material seems to follow the text pretty closely. But I wish I could play around with the GIS programs at home.