Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Week Geography: The Cosmos Gathers in Jerusalem for Passover/Good Friday

Unlike the scattered disposition of people during the first advent, the cosmos was centering on Jerusalem.

Herod Antipas

The Tetrarch of Galilee and Perea ruled the rump of his family's kingdom.  All left under his direct control was Galilee to the north and Pera (modern-day western Jordan).  His family of Jewish gentiles were a vague shadow of the great kings like David and Solomon.  He was in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.  Ultimately, he would represent how some people completely waste away God's gifts.

Pontius Pilate

The Roman governor of Judea represented the Emperor Augustus by ruling the Holy Land directly for Rome.  Jerusalem was his capital and the influx of Jews from across the Empire, Arabia, and Persia for the Passover celebration required his direct oversight.  Pilate represented the might of worldly powers but his violence and ultimately cowardliness represented the limits of worldly gains.

Joseph Caiaphas

The high priest of the Temple lived, worked, and prayed in Jerusalem.  He would need to oversee the Passover.  During his time on Passover/Good Friday, Caiaphas shows the tragedy of making religion an ideology and political calculations while ignoring the divine.

Jesus

The Christ entered Jerusalem knowing what was going to happen.  While some like Caiaphas feared Jesus would use Passover to start a revolution, but instead He came to complete the feast.  He would also turn the focus of the faith from the city of Jerusalem to the universal Jerusalem

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Virtual Geography Convention 2014: Beach Science

Welcome to the Virtual Geography Convention 2014!  If you wish to submit to the virtual geography convention please contact catholicgauze [at] gmail [dot] com.

The Tampa Bay Times has an article about Dr. Stephen Leatherman and how he scientifically measures the quality of beaches.  It makes me enviousness of his field research.  There were many times in Afghanistan when I wished I had the dream job of protecting and scientifically caring for beaches.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Virtual Geography Convention 2014: Does Distance Matter in Distance Education?

Welcome to the Virtual Geography Convention 2014!  If you wish to submit to the virtual geography convention please contact catholicgauze [at] gmail [dot] com.

Heng Luo, Anthony Robinson, James Detwiler, and John Dulton of Pennsylvania State University have posted on the internet their quantitative study: Does geographic distance matter in distance education?  Though they only look at the Master's in GIS program at Pennsylvania State for the study their answer makes sense.

Virtual Geography Convention 2014: Spatialization of Identity in Dubai, UAE

Welcome to the Virtual Geography Convention 2014!  If you wish to submit to the virtual geography convention please contact catholicgauze [at] gmail [dot] com.

Addison Miller, graduate student at Ohio Wesleyan University, presented a paper at the Association of American Geographers conference entitled Spatialization of Identity in Dubai, UAE.  Mr. Miller was kind enough to post his presentation online.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Virtual Geograph Convention 2014: What is Wrong with the Geography in Academia in One Tweet

This is what happens when the Association of American Geographers lets anyone present at their annual conference without any sort of review.  This is also what happens when geography is lost as a discipline in academia.


Virtual Geography Convention 2014: Animated Map of Drone Strikes in the Middle East

Welcome to the Virtual Geography Convention 2014!  If you wish to submit to the virtual geography convention please contact catholicgauze [at] gmail [dot] com.

A animated time-based map discussed at this year's Association of American Geographers conference shows drone strikes and fatalities in the greater Middle East area.

Of a sort of ironic note, the cartographer uses MapStory which was originally financed as a Department of Defense project.