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Ryan Hamilton
Ryan Hamilton
Ryan Hamilton majored in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado and has been employed within both the LiDAR and IFSAR mapping worlds since 1998. His interests (that all appear to be tied to mapping) include blue water sailing, backcountry skiing and big mountain and downhill mountain … More »

Map Geeks are a Unique Breed

 
September 20th, 2013 by Ryan Hamilton

Map geeks are a unique breed that tend to be equally reliant on both the left and right sides of our brain. Call it indecision to form a self identity or call it a balanced intellect, but we fall somewhere between a pocket protecting engi-nerd and a black turtleneck, beret wearing artist.

My own college background is a perfect illustration. I entered college as a fine arts major, realized I would never move out of my parents house if my income was reliant on my artwork and stumbled across cartography as an art form that had actual job titles associated with it. This mix of opposing characteristics makes for a group of people that are usually smart and funny. Yeah I know the dot coms of the world already exploited the nerds just want to have fun vibe and you will be hard pressed to find many geospatial companies that go as far to push creativity as the Googles of the world, but hey, as a ratio of fun to dollars made, I would say mappers are the top of the heap. I mean come on we have a foosball table and our marketing departments encourage videos like these:

Enjoy!

 

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