Following Up: A September 2013 Update on Previous Articles

It’s been quite a while since our last follow-up post, so here are a few mini-updates and additional tidbits on some topics from previous articles here at The Basement Geographer: UVB-76: 30 Years of Radio Mystery (originally posted 26 December 2011): On 24 January of this year, the mysterious Russian shortwave radio ‘numbers’ station known of UVB-76…

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A Look at GPS Alternatives

Around the world, use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) is so commonplace that for many who use GPS-enabled devices (handheld navigation devices, automobile satnav units, cellular phones and tablet computers, geofencing, surveying, and so on), the words ‘GPS’ and ‘GPSed’ have become everyday verbs.  The presence of GPS in modern life is so ubiquitous…

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The Island of Misfit Photos

Most users of image hosting sites such as Flickr and Panoramio who tag their photographs with geographic coordinates are aware enough of their locations to tag their imagery with the proper coordinates (or are at least savvy enough to buy cameras that automatically geotag their photos for them).  Anyone who’s closely browsed the maps on…

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Old Country-Code Top-Level Internet Domains Never Die, They Just Fade Away (Sometimes)

In the big, wide world of the Internet, there are essentially two types of top-level Internet domains (TLDs) in everyday usage (discounting the infrastructural .arpa).  There are generic domains with no specific geographic attachment (e.g., .com, .net, .org, .info, .mobi), and there are country-code domains assigned to individual countries and territorial entities based for the…

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UVB-76: 30 Years of Radio Mystery

Over the years, shortwave radio has produced a massive community of amateur radio operators around the world.  It’s also produced a fair share of mysterious encoded broadcasts over what are known as number stations.  When someone happens upon a numbers station, they are greeted by some sort of repetitive signal, occasionally interrupted by a music…

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Poldhu Wireless Station and the Cornish Peninsula That Helped Give Us Modern Radio

‘The Lizard‘ makes for a rather odd place name, but the name of this Cornish peninsula has nothing to do with reptiles; it’s a corruption of the Cornish Lys Ardh, or ‘high court’. There’s more to the peninsula than its name, however, for this 530 km2 (196 sq mi) peninsula is the southernmost point of the…

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Testing Out Voice-Command Searches in Google Maps

It’s always fun to toy around with whatever new innovations pop up in the world in the world of Internet mapping. One of the newest changes introduced by Google Maps at the end of August is the integration of voice-command searches in Google Maps (well, at least for English speakers using Chrome). Voice searches have…

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Internet Browser Use by Country

One website I enjoy visiting every few months or so is StatCounter’s Global Stats page, just to look at the various trends in differences in the way people from different countries browse the Internet. It’s a rather telling indication of how well marketing works in various countries, and it’s been rather interesting to see the…

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Killing Time with Wolfram Alpha

As I type this, I’m sitting in line for a ferry. I’ve got ten minutes to kill. Let’s see what sort of geographically-related mucking about I can crack out before the boat starts to load with everyone’s favourite curated answer engine, Wolfram Alpha (don’t forget to click on the images to expand them): Hell Springfield (That’s a…

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