Friday, November 30, 2007

November 30, 2007

I really don't enjoy test day, because I wake up early to study and I'm grumpy for the rest of the day. Today didn't help any since we had the lab quiz also. And of course I always make everything much more difficult than necessary. But other than that class went fine.

The terminology is starting to drive me a bit nuts. Getting things like spatial operations and selection operations confused. And it's a lot to learn when you've never worked with it before. But all in all, I'm doing well. I will also be taking the next class in January, thanks to the Town.

As for my father, surgery went as planned on the 20th. He was home five days later and seems to be doing alright. I know it's hard since he can't lift more than five pounds and he's a weightlifter. Plus now my parents are both home during the day, and who knows how that will go after a few weeks.

November 30, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

November 16, 2007

This class was a good refresher of creating feature datasets; I think I'm getting a better understanding of them. And I'm glad Pete was able to give me a better was to manage my files, because that will greatly help with the layer files. Of course this means I need to change some things, which will result in my recreating a map or two. Hopefully it will make my databases more accurate in the long run.

I've started creating a few more maps for the Town. I must remember to create a database to connect with my layers, which I didn't necessarily consider. It's hard not knowing exactly what the information will be needed for future analyses when people just want to look at a nice map. Maybe I'll have to sit down with them so they can realize the capabilities of the software.

Dad's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday; hopefully it won't be postponed any longer. It should make for a fun Thanksgiving holiday for my parents.

November 16, 2007

November 9, 2007

GIS Day was definitely a good experience and worth attending. It was impressive to see the capabilities of the GeoDome. I was also impressed by the session presented by Linda on "Jobs in GIS." I was able to attend the presentation by the NC Climatic Data Center, which left a bit to be desired.

Although students from the class were there to assist attendees with the GPS units, I only had one individual with a question. Of course, it was more technical than what I know about GPS, so he was sent to Pete.

Not sure how many people noticed the map I created as it was quite the same caliber as some of the others. But for those who might have missed it, you can see it in my previous blog.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

November 2, 2007

I'm very glad we didn't have a test today, although I'm more likely to forget things since it won't be for two more weeks. Class was interesting though, as we learned some basics about using GPS units. I never had the privilege of using the fancy one at my previous job, as I was too low on the totem pole. Still, technology never ceases to amaze me and maybe I can talk the Town into purchasing a nice Trimble.

The schedule for GIS day looks like it will be a very busy event. Hopefully there will be good attendance; I've told everyone I thought might be interested. I'm excited to see the demonstrations so I can get new ideas as to what might be useful for work.

I've also posted the Zoning Map for the Town of Fletcher in all its glory. Very exciting to have it completed so quickly.

I'm off to Nashville for the weekend, not much of a country fan but I've heard the town is lots of fun anyway.

November 2, 2007