4th Annual GooglEarth Day, 2012
A Virtual Conference

April 22, 2012.

From Roger Rayle:  Huron River Water Trail (HRWT).

My role on the HRWT mashup was to reconstruct it to add mouse-over label highlighting, consistent icon/label coloring, more readable layout, and flyable tours.  I continue to help the HRWT committee compile and catalog river features beginning with the features from the Google Earth mashup stored in a central Google Doc that stakeholders will be able to view and update. 

My ongoing assistance to local entrepreneurial groups provides another option to help with the Huron River Water Trail... namely, to help get some cell phone/tablet apps created that users can use to enhance their experience along the Trail.  I envision apps to find paddling partners, locate amenities, report problems, crowd-source new features, and add one's own stories and images.  The Water Trail will be another amenity appealing to the young entrepreneurs building a stronger economy here in Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan.

Attached are a couple of screenshots of the Huron River Water Trail Google Earth mashup I helped tweak from one of their staff's initial build. 

Here are links about the HRWT:


From Roger Rayle:  Tornado, Dexter Michigan.

After the March 15 Tornado in Dexter, I posted some screen images from a Google Earth mashup of all tornadoes in Michigan from 1950-2008 ... and one of the 3/15 tornado's path... both from the National Weather Service.  In addition, I shared an earlier mashup I created from the 1950-2008 tornado data to show what their paths would look like if all originated at their average geographic center. 

The Dexter tornado was unusual in two ways:  it occurred in March, rare for Michigan, and it traveled southeast rather than the more common east-northeast.

March 15, 2012.  Dexter Tornado Track.

Michigan Tornado Tracks, 1950-2008.

Current Issue of Solstice:  An Electronic Journal of Geography and Mathematics contains articles that follow up on materials presented at last year's GooglEarth Day as well as other material of possible interest to GooglEarth Day participants.  

This Solstice cover was honored, February 15, 2012, as
it was selected to appear as part of a permanent display of journal covers on the walls of the Shien-Ming Wu Current Periodicals Reading Room at the Shapiro Science Library of The University of Michigan.

Images from that ceremoniy appear to the right and below the Table of Contents.

December, 2011

Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad
Richard Koenig

QRcode links to a pdf of a screen capture from the PowerPoint file hyperlinked above.

The Perimeter Project, Part 6
Connections:  Scholarly Multi-tasking in a Mobile Virtual World, Part 3.
Sandra L. Arlinghaus and William E. Arlinghaus

QRcode links to a pdf (not fully functional) of the PowerPoint file hyperlinked above.
This section is devoted to .kmz files to open in Google Earth,
created by the Solstice Editor, in support of a variety of projects. 
It also contains links to related materials from interested readers of Solstice.

  1. Bridge Odyssey of Craig Robinson, ACBL President 2011:  blog
  2. Transcontinental Railway Odyssey of Richard Koenig
  3. Varroa Mite Project of Diana Sammataro; kmz file; update
  4. Virtual Cemetery with William E. Arlinghaus
  5. Note from Robert F. Austin:  link to isochronic map--Mapumental.

QRcodes link to screen captures from the .kmz files hyperlinked above.

Notes and Comments on the Composition of Terrestrial and Celestial Maps
by J. H. Lambert
Translated and Introduced by Waldo R. Tobler
New edition, ESRI Press, 2011
Review by Sandra L. Arlinghaus

From Matt Naud: 

mashable: QR Code on Tombstone Creates Dynamic Memorial - http://on.mash.to/qshVT7  #TEDGlobal
From Merilynne Rush (msh.rush@gmail.com)

Dear Friends,

I hope this letter finds you well and happily anticipating Spring.  A lot has been happening in the home funeral/green burial movement.

For the past year I have been spreading the word about green burial options in Washtenaw County.  There have been three "natural burials" so far this year.  A green burial, or natural burial, has many definitions but the one I prefer to use is burial without the use of embalming or a cement vault and in a shroud or biodegradable container.  The local cemetery where this option is available also is working on a ground maintenance plan that incorporates native plants, little or no pesticides and reduced mowing.  It is good to know that through collective efforts to request this option, it is now available in our county!

I am on TV.  The Green Room, an environmental show on the local network, features an interview with me about natural death care.  Click here to view the archive of this 30-minute show.  

Here's news of some exciting recent events:

  • March 17 presentation and discussion with local Native American group and the caretaker from Marble Park Cemetery (they had another green burial recently!)
  • April 28 full-day workshop in Petoskey on how to care for your own dead.
  • May 5 in Detroit

The National Home Funeral Alliance conference is in Chicago this year. 
Save the date:  Oct. 12-14.  More info on the NHFA website.

Thank you.  If you have any questions,  please let me know.


Merilynne Rush, Home Funeral Guide