Sources of Oil Used by the U.S.

August 30, 2014

Randal T. Olson compares the sources of the petroleum the U.S.A. uses, to where people believe the oil comes from.

Canada is the largest source of oil to the U.S.A..

Canada is the largest source of oil to the U.S.A..

While Canada is our major supplier of oil, Americans tend to believe that the oil comes from Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

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Intelligence Squared: The Killer Apps of Western Civilization

March 6, 2014

Naill Ferguson gives a provocative talk about his thesis that there are six “Killer Apps” that made western civilization so successful over the last five centuries.

The killer apps he suggests are:

  • Political and economic competition
  • The scientific method
  • Property rights (linked to voting)
  • Modern Medicine
  • Consumer based economies
  • Protestant work ethic

There’s a PBS series about it as well.

The Intelligence2 podcast, recommended by Mr. Schmidt, is a great resource for talks like this one. They have a nice archive.

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Supercell

June 17, 2013

Impressive footage of a storm near Booker Texas, by Mike Olbinski.

A supercell near Booker, Texas from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo.

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Imagining Geography

May 16, 2013

Making the figurative a little more literal: using the soccer field as a map.

One of the games Dr. A. plays with the middle school geography class is to have them use the soccer field as a large map. They chose a place and someone runs to its location on the field. What I like is that he insists that the map be all in their heads. They might have one or two control points, but they have to visualize the map mentally.

I saw them out on the soccer field today, and I thought I’d make their imaginary map a little more literal in Gimp.

UPDATE: Dr. A[ustin] clarifies the rules of the competitive game they were playing in the comments below, in case anyone wants to try it.

Update 2: Move your mouse over the image below to see the picture with or without the map (larger version here).

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Shaded Relief Maps

February 24, 2013

Shaded relief of Australia from the Shaded Relief Archive.

The Shaded Relief Archive is a great source of continental scale shaded relief maps. Dr. A. used them when the middle-schoolers built their 3d models of Australia and Antarctica for geography.

Australia: Under Construction.

NASA’s Earth Observatory is another great source.

Australia topography from NASA’s Earth Observatory.

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Building Physical Models of Geography

January 8, 2013

Australia: Under Construction.

Dr. Austin has the middle school students build physical models of the continents as an exercise in geography. They use some type of cellulose clay to shape the topography then paint on or apply other icons to represent other types of spatial data; one group, for example, used sparkles to represent population.

The final models are nice for trying stop-motion fly-throughs.

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Suffrage in the U.S.A.

November 22, 2012

Go back in time and see who would have won the last presidential election. BuzzFeed has an excellent set of maps showing who would have won the election if voting was restricted as it was in the past.

2012: The actual voting map. (Image from BuzzFeed).

1970: Adults over 24 years old (before the voting age was lowered to 18). (Image from BuzzFeed).

1920: Women’s sufferage. Only white voters (men and women). (Image from BuzzFeed).

1870: Only men can vote. (Image from BuzzFeed).

1850: When only white men could vote. (Image from BuzzFeed).

The video below gives a quick history of when voting rights were extended to different demographic groups.

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Following the Technology

October 29, 2012

Following the arrow.

Our middle and high school students tried their hands at geocaching on our visit to the Audubon Center at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

They got their GPS units and instructions on how to use them: basically just choose the right waypoint and follow the arrow. They were told that they wouldn’t need to walk through the prairie.

But the arrow pointed toward the prairie.

Following the GPS.

(These guys were actually on a trail). The Mississippi River is in the background.

The results were scratched legs and quite a number of boarders.

Seedpod boarders.

Afterwards, our guide pointed out that they could have found all the caches by using the paths.

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