August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse

For those of you that have read this blog for a while, you might remember me mentioning the Great American Solar Eclipse for 2017 in a post back in October 2015!  Well, it looks like the media woke up about it, because it is all over the news now.  It is finally here, just one week away on August 21st!  More info here.

Are you going to travel up north or to the east to see it?  Below is a handy map showing how may hours it will take you to drive to the closest area to view the total solar eclipse:


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Guerrilla Cartography Kickstarter

Guerrilla Cartography has a kickstarter for their upcoming Water Atlas project.  Contribution options include adding your location to the collaborators map, receiving a copy of the book, or even donating a copy of the book to your favorite school, library, or community center with your name printed on the inside cover.  Check it out.


Thanks goes to Chandler Sterling for pointing this one out!

GIS Certificate at Rio Hondo College

GIS Fall Semester classes starts August 21st 
Pursue your GIS Certificate at Rio Hondo College.  Registration starts next week.  Apply for admission and register for classes entirely online.

Fall semester classes include two Introduction to GIS (GIS 120) courses including one located off site at the LA County Department of Public Works (DPW) at 900 S Fremont Ave, Alhambra.  Also offered is Cartography (GIS 221) and Intermediate GIS (GIS 220).

For more information visit or contact Prof Warren Roberts .

World Imagery Firefly

World Imagery Firefly was created for thematic maps.  Currently in beta, Firefly is an alternative view of the default World Imagery basemap, and is designed with desaturated colors.  When zoomed out, the map appears grayscale, but as you zoom in, the colors become more saturated until the full color detail of the imagery appears.  World Imagery Firefly is especially useful for overlays of  brightly styled layers when you want an imagery basemap, but do not want the imagery to compete with the layer styling.  Check it out.