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Ursus americansus as Elephant in the Room

More on the 2009 Geocortex User Conference... we had a planning meeting back in December, and the topic of mascots/motif came up (2006 was the Blue Heron, 2007 was the Orca, 2008 was the Glaucous Winged Gull ).

Someone joked about selecting Vancouver Island’s iconic Black Bear, and everyone quickly agreed that given the current state of the economy, it was probably about the worst motif for a conference happening in 2009. But then we all decided that to address the ‘elephant in the room’ head-on and in a humorous way would be very Geocortex.

So we picked it. Because no matter what happens in life, we don’t want to lose our sense of humor. Besides, we’re designing a 2009 Geocortex User Conference that’ll represent an even smarter investment given the prevailing economic winds.

Charting a course (literally)

compass2I returned earlier this week from a kayak trip to The Broken Group. We didn’t take a GPS (long story), and about five minutes into the paddle I whipped out the compass to set our course and realized I’d forgotten the basics of charting a course from so many years ago (things like subtracting declination properly so we didn’t end up in the Sea of Okhotsk). I always carry my compass, but haven't used it (except as a shaving mirror) in nearly a decade.

Paddling with a non-geographer who I knew would taunt me endlessly if I admitted ignorance of the one thing he’d expect of me given my education and line of business, I reckoned I could probably glean the core concepts as we paddled using various cues on the nautical chart. Without Google access to a quick refresher, it took the first kilometer or so to piece together what I needed (the weather was fine, so there was minimal risk). Fortunately, Bob didn't seem to notice my unorthodox navigation technique and visibility remained good. In fact, we made it through the whole trip without having to radio the Coast Guard (Canadian or Russian).

Oh yeah, the trip was awesome. A humpback whale surfaced next to our kayaks and everything.