The Social Theorist Strikes Back

Posted in Education, Geography by  •  August 27, 2015

Last week I wrote a post warning my GIS-inclined readership to Beware of Social Theorists in Geography. Apparently this struck a nerve with some who fit the description and don't want me to express such an opinion. Here's the text of the primary voice in opposition to the contents of my post: I’ll encourage you...

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Beware the Social Theorists in Geography

Posted in Education, Geography by  •  August 21, 2015

Dear Justin, I spoke with the Human Geography department because that was where I assumed my interests led. But then, while they didn't explicitly state it, they seemed to imply that a lot of Human Geography is theory based, and I got the impression that the use of mapping/statistics and analyzing using the...

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I was on campus at Colorado State University in Pueblo yesterday and had the privilege of listening to President Lesley DiMare and Provost Rick Kreminski describe and explain the University's budget environment. As part of the discussion Dr. Kreminski shared data on higher education funding by State. I was...

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Hi, I would like to inquire about Master program in Geography. have been accepted into a graduate program in Geography at South Dakota State University and Miami University at Ohio. My question is which is the best South Dakota State OR Miami University at Ohio in Master of geography especially in GIS ? -A. Dear...

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Hi Justin, I am probably not your typical follower. I am seriously thinking about pursuing a career in GIS, but do not have the degree or experience to start a career so easily. I graduated with a political science degree in 2014 and am currently working as a paralegal at a law firm specializing in real estate. I...

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Justin, I see programming is an integral part of GIS but it is not currently in my programs' curriculum, and I haven't been able to add it in with my other classes as of yet. Is it an absolute must as an undergraduate? And how far into it should I delve into (intro?, intermediate?) Harel Dear...

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Hi Justin, First of all, I would like to thank you for sharing such good articles that help us a lot in our decision making process. I am from Brazil and when I was an undergrad I studied for a year in the US where I took a course on the foundations of GIS and after that I spent a semester learning more about...

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Dear Justin, I'm hoping you could give me some advice! I'm an undergrad studying Turkey. I've been building up a double major in Computer Science but I really don't enjoy programming to any huge extent. I don't want to be a software engineer. I like the skills, just not the end goal. My advisor has recommended...

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For blog readers considering an online GIS certificate or graduate degree, there's a new program at the University of Kentucky worthy of consideration. Kentucky has become one of the most innovative Geography Departments in the US thanks in part to the pioneering work of Professor Matthew Zook and his devoted...

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Marijuana Usage in Washington State

Posted in Business by  •  July 24, 2015

In a recent posts I reviewed a research report estimating the size of the Colorado marijuana market and reported results from a survey attempting to determine the marijuana usage rate in Colorado. In this post I report results from an identical survey I ran in the State of Washington. The Washington survey results...

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In my most recent post I looked at a study conducted by the Denver-based Marijuana Policy Group (MPG). They produced an estimate of the number of users in Colorado and an estimate of the total metric tons consumed in Colorado. I used their metric tons estimate to take a stab at the size of the marijuana market in...

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Colorado’s Missing Marijuana Tax Revenue

Posted in Business by  •  July 14, 2015

I was talking with some real estate investors from Santa Fe, New Mexico recently. They are thinking about moving to and investing in Colorado. The topic of recreational marijuana came up along with the question: "How much tax revenue is being left on the table?" Good question. And it's a difficult question to...

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Mark your calendars! I will be one of the featured speakers at the 2015 Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association Technology Conference. If you happen to be in Clearwater, Florida on September 22 stop by to say hello.

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The Chilcapamba Community in Ecuador

Posted in Ecuador by  •  June 2, 2015

After a week in Quito and a weekend in Otavalo I traveled to a small indigenous community about 30 minutes by car from Otavalo. The name of the community is Chilcapamba. I stayed with the leader of the community and his family. Alfonso and Francisca Morales operate a small guest lodge in...

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Before leaving Quito I had a chance to have a good conversation with the proprietors of the hotel where I stayed. It was so satisfying for me because the conversations were in Spanish and I was able to understand and make myself understood, mas o menos. Progress! [As an aside, this is a key advantage to staying in...

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Adios Quito

Posted in Ecuador by  •  May 10, 2015

Yesterday I left Quito after a wonderful 6 day visit and now I'm in Otavalo, a market town about 2 hours north of Quito by bus. My favorite activity in Quito (and in most cities) is people watching and one of the best places for people watching in Quito is La Plaza Grande in Old Town. Here's a pic I took sitting...

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My wanderlust was reawakened this past spring while teaching a course entitled, "Geography of the World Economy" in the Hasan School of Business at CSU-Pueblo. I was like a kid in a candy store sorting through various materials to present to my students. I must have watched 30-40 videos, mostly documentaries with...

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Day 1 in Quito

Posted in Ecuador by  •  May 4, 2015

Turns out that yesterday, Sunday May 3, was Mother's Day in Ecuador. Consequently, everything was closed and I wasn't able to find a decent meal upon arrival. Luckily I brought a peanut butter granola bar so I didn't go to sleep with an empty stomach but I woke up with a big appetite. The place where I'm staying,...

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You Must of Got Manure for your Brains

Posted in Ecuador by  •  May 3, 2015

Well, day 1 was a bust. Somehow I managed to miss my flight from Houston to Quito. Apparently I was so busy admiring my packing job I forgot to pay attention to what I was doing. I guess my best excuse is something like the excuse given by Chevy Chase in Vacation, "I'm from out of town". See video clip...

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Viajar a Ecuador

Posted in Ecuador by  •  May 2, 2015

As I write I'm sitting in the Houston International Airport waiting to depart for Quito, Ecuador. I like packing light. Here's a picture of the stuff I'm taking to Ecuador. And here's a picture of my bag all packed and ready to go. Not everything in the first picture made the cut. And, the pile...

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