A few of my students asked if I plan to write a blog post about the election. I think many of them are trying to understand why the American electorate has chosen someone they consider to be a racist as President. It's not an easy topic to cover in a classroom. It's difficult to find the right words. I want to...

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Data Analytics for Cyber Security Defense

Posted in Teaching by  •  November 10, 2016

Fri, Nov 11 Data Analytics for Cyber Security Defining Big Data Analytics Data types Analysis types Visualization Why use visualization See patterns Enable participation Simple Data Visualization for Distributions Histograms Illustrate the shape of data...

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Eight Reasons Pueblo Should Vote No on 200 and 300

Posted in Pueblo by  •  October 24, 2016

I received my ballot yesterday. I can't wait to move beyond this bizarre election. November 9th can't come soon enough. In the meantime, I feel compelled to speak out against a pair of misguided local ballot measures. Ballot Question 200 Shall the Pueblo County Code be amended by Ordinance to prohibit all licensed...

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One of the most contentious issues for voters in Pueblo this election season involves the future of retail marijuana. A group associated with the 2 major hospitals in Pueblo, calling themselves Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo, have stated adamantly, as if it were proven fact, that crime has increased substantially...

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Why do you hate Pueblo West?

Posted in Pueblo by  •  September 23, 2016

I'm teaching a real estate class this term at CSU-Pueblo and a couple weeks ago one of my students asked, "Why do you hate Pueblo West?" I answered, "I don't hate Pueblo West. What makes you think I do?" He replied, "You say so on your blog." Well, I don't think I've come right out and said explicitly "I...

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Earlier this month the Pueblo Chieftain published a story indicating 95% of Pueblo Police Officers have No Confidence in Pueblo Police Chief, Luis Velez. Of the 99 Pueblo Police Officers who completed the survey 94 indicated they have "No Confidence" in Chief Velez. Wow. Velez is about as popular as a root...

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Based on comments, the majority of readers are most interested in online graduate programs and several new players have emerged just in the past year. So, for my 2016 rankings, I've decided to focus on online Master's degree programs in GIS/Spatial. To keep the task manageable I will not include any Certificate...

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Check this out. I've posted an image of the papers served by the City of Pueblo. And I mean tacked on the door, not mailed (according to my tenant). The official date on the paperwork signed by Gina Dutcher at the City Clerk's Office is November 11th, Veteran's Day. I would love to hear from any Veterans who were...

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Last week, on Veteran's Day, I received notification from the City of Pueblo ordering payment of $1,588 for trash and weed abatement at a rental property I own on Polk Street in the Mesa Junction neighborhood. Apparently I'm one of the lucky winners thanks to City Council's recent decision to seek payment for old...

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The other day a reader asked for information on careers in geography and I referred her to this page on the Association of American Geographer's website: http://www.aag.org/cs/what_geographers_do The page was still open in my browser this morning so I poked around a bit and found this. Job options for...

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When I hear politicians like Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spouting off about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be repealed I get annoyed. It's especially frustrating when it's coming from someone who's been bought and paid for by large corporate interests. Have you seen The Rainmaker? It's a 1997 movie based...

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The Best Bell Game We Ever Lost

Posted in Pueblo by  •  October 3, 2015

I closed my eyes and she slipped away. - Boston (1976) What a game. The 115th Bell Game was a great contest with momentum shifting back and forth throughout. Michael Ranson was the best player on the field and led Central to a thrilling victory. It was a Wildcat win that will go down as one for the ages if you...

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Bell Game Live Blog

Posted in Pueblo by  •  October 2, 2015

Here's my recap and take on the final seconds. Final score 27-24. Cats win but very controversial finish. Bell rings blue. :( Bullshit. Refs wind the clock and time expires on the Bulldogs. Dog coaches throwing hats and yelling at the refs. Refs sprint off the field. Pass complete! Plus penalty for late hit....

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The 115th Bell Game

Posted in Pueblo by  •  October 2, 2015

POST GAME: I attended the game and wrote a recap with my take on the controversial final seconds. Last year I wrote a post in preparation for the 2014 Bell Game and produced a graphic illustrating the rivalry's glorious history. This year I've updated the same graphic to include Centennial's 5th straight victory...

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The Supply and Demand Fraud

Posted in Geography, Real Estate by  •  October 1, 2015

"There you go again." - Ronald Reagan, 1980. The conservative political columnist Thomas Sowell is back at it. He must have spent all of 15 minutes rearranging a few paragraphs from his previous post criticizing protection of Open Space, a concept he considers to be an example of The High Cost of...

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If you're thinking about going to graduate school in geography and you're a regular reader you know I promote the idea of finding the right professor to advise you rather than only looking for a good graduate program. I also suggest contacting potential research advisors as part of your admission campaign. This...

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Hooray for the new AAG President

Posted in Education, Geography by  •  September 3, 2015

In recent battles with some of geography's social theory gang (see Beware, Strikes Back, More Sorcery) I was reminded of the inane initiative led by Eric Sheppard to change the name of the Association of American Geographers to the American Association of Geographers. While flexing their verbosity muscles to argue...

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Uncle Owen: "Do you speak Bocce?" Social Theorist: "Of course I do. It's like a second language to me. I'm also fluent in postmodernism and poststructuralism." Uncle Owen: "What I really need is a Professor who will help me succeed in my career, even if I don't become an academic scholar." Social Theorist:...

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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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