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GIS... I hate it.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by BurlyShirley, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    I've had a few software classes over years, but... this is a real pain in the ass. I thought I would be super-student this go-around, taking this class at night beyond my normal load, and really try to juice up my resume by claiming to be competent with this stuff... what a mistake. The LAST thing I want to do is sit in front of a computer fooling with maps. I'll finish this class, but no more for me. My hat's off to anyone who has mastered it.
     
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  2. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    You're missing a great opportunity here.

    You could make maps to vast amounts of treasure and sell them on e-bay for big bucks.
     
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  3. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    Well really it's pretty easy to make a bogus ass map. I could do that in paint too.
     
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  4. pigboy

    pigboy in a galaxy far, far away

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    why would anyone need a map of the ass? I mean the topology and layout are virtually identical on almost all models of ass.
     
  5. Damo

    Damo Short One Marshmallow

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    Not mine...

    I need to go running.
     
  6. MikeD

    MikeD Leader and Demogogue of the Ridemonkey Satinists

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    1. Varying foliage

    2. Different chasms, fissures, and sinkholes caused by both catastrophic incidents and erosion.
     
  7. laura

    laura DH_Laura

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    GIS classes are horrible. Especially the entry level classes. What you need to do is find someone doing watershed/landuse/native fish population migration/ whatever-the-****-you-are semi-interested-in, and ask them if you can help with some map development. They'll have all the sweet, interesting shape files, aerials etc. And they can tell you how to use the software in a way that will actually be meaningful to the work you are interested in. I love GIS. I wish there was a market for it up here. i need to get back in to it before I forget how to use it.
     
  8. skinny mike

    skinny mike Turbo Monkey

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    and that's exactly what i'm taking this semester... :bonk:
     
  9. Krzr3000

    Krzr3000 Monkey

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    Yeh...it sucks until you take the specific applications classes. Intro was hell for me, as the prof. was the knows-it-all inside out and expects the same from you type. There are so many opportunities for this stuff though, it can be applied to anything and pretty much every town has a GIS department now. At least here in the NE.
     
  10. geargrrl

    geargrrl Turbo Monkey

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    I've learned some GIS by the seat of my pants this year. Our club got a grant for ArcGIS, with no training included. We have an open space project that we are doing a trail inventory on. We've gotten lots of hands-on help for specific tasks from the head of the GIS dept at the U; a local community college instructor, the county GIS guys and a pro here and there. It's been really fun (if challenging/frustrating at times) learning as we go, on a project that has great importance to us. At one point, the head of the GIS dept told us we were past his first year students in what we were doing.
     
  11. laura

    laura DH_Laura

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    If you actually apply the skills, it's a pretty easy program to learn the basics of, IMO.
     
  12. Zark

    Zark Hey little girl, do you want some candy?

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    Tough it out Burly.

    GIS is all about context. If you don't see how's applicable, its all a bunch of tools without any clear use. Like Laura said find someone using it to something applicable and try to get an internship and figure it out form there.