We're not lost, Sergeant, We're in … France

Weekend Wanderings: March 2013

We’ve had a mild winter and I’ve been diving into more veteran reunions, so I’ve gone far too long since I last posted a Weekend Wanderings.

  • As I was cleaning out my inbox to try to rebuild my To Do list, I came across a link to our pet photographer’s blog, in particular to her entry on our photo shoot for our Christmas car with our little Cavalier, Henry.
  • Melissa was in Mumbai, at the Taj, not long before the terror attacks there in 2008. We were both more horrified about the risks taken by the staff who’d been so marvelous to her, so when our favorite Village Smith blogged about the Heroes of the Hotel Siege, we really took note.
  • If you’re blogging and you’ve wondered how to get a million hits on your blog in less than a year, you should consider following The Other McCain’s advice. I picked and chose from among his recommendations, so you will never see a Rule 5 post here. Of course, if you like Rule 5, you can always go see XBrad’s Monday posts labelled Load HEAT.
  • In my paying job, I do software development for a company that does international development (think “foreign aid”, but sponsored by many sources, not just first world governments). So, I get to see a lot of interesting technologies. The latest one is FormHub, which is used for mobile data collection. It allows collection of survyes, integration with GPS data at the time of data collection and rapid analysis of that data via maps. They’ve got a great explanatory video and I keep thinking that we can come up with some applications as military historians for this software. Craig Swain’s work on the Historical Marker Database comes to mind.

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Dave, what a great hour of entertainment you provided with your links to The Other McCain’s Advice and the Historical Marker Database. The exchanges of links are not merely “hit number” friendly, but provide a good way to discover great new blogs to read. The McCain advice was hilarious and we looked up historical markers in our own area.

Comment by Linda McDaniel Smith

Awesome! On our next trip to France, I will be adding some data points, since they have not had a whole lot of contributors there.

I’ll also see what I can do with submitting data using FormHub.I have been thinking about using it around the Montelimar battlefield (a battalion of the US 36th Infantry Division vs the German 19th Army). At each spot, I’ll take a photo and answer some questions, then see if I can use the geographic visualization tools in FormHub to learn things be viewing all points that have one item at a time. For example, display all unit positions at a certain time, or display all positions of one unit. I think it has great potential.

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