Now 2024 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA+ Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

10 Best...
10 Best Cats
10 Best Graphic Novels
10 Best Nonfiction
10 Best Odd Balls
10 Best Picture Books
10 Best Scifi/ Fantasy
10 Best Tween Books

The Adventures of Tittletom by Ellis Credle
Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne
Alex and Lulu by Lorena Siminovich
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel
Beautiful Yetta by Daniel Pinkwater
Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising! by Patricia Hubbell
Boundaries of Home by Doug Aberley
Brownie and Pearl Get Dolled Up by Cynthia Rylant
The Chick and the Duckling by Mirra Ginsburg
The Fairy's Return by Gail Carson Levine
Forever by Rachel Pollack
Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight
Harriet's Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson
A History of Cadmium by Elizabeth Bourne
Knitty Kitty by David Elliott
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
The Long Retreat by Robert Reed
Looking for Jake by China Miéville
Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower
Make-Believe by Michael Reaves
The Octonauts and the Frown Fish by Meomi
One to Nine by Andrew Hodges
Raiders' Ransom by Emily Diamand
The Secret of the Old Clock by Caroline Keene
Sector 7 by David Wiesner
The Tarot Cafe #3 by Sang-Sun Park
Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood
Waiting for the Phone to Ring by Richard Bowes
Waking Up Wendell by April Stevens
What Can You Do With a Rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla
When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist 2024

Ozathon: 12/2023-01/2025

Canadian Book Challenge: 2023-2024

Chicken Prints
Paintings and Postcards

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

Boundaries of Home: 12/27/10

cover art

Boundaries of Home by Doug Aberley was another of my GIS research books. It came up when I was reading about public participation GIS, a term coined by the author actually five years after the book was published.

As the book was written before GIS became widely available for public consumption through DGI (distributed geographic information), Aberley seems down on maps. He describes them as something for mass consumerism and not something that's taken seriously by the public. In the introduction he describes how the public has lost all context of where they live beyond being a small dot on a fold-out map.

The book goes on to explain how small community groups and individuals can create personal maps either by drawing maps based on walks through the neighborhood and surrounds or by augmenting professionally made maps (like the USGS quadrangles).

The USGS quadrangle suggestion was something that struck home with me. Back when we were still living on the peninsula we bought the map of our area (the northern half of San Mateo County) and marked with pins. We still have the map (minus the pins) in our downstairs hall way, and it was one of the things I referred to when the San Bruno neighborhood was on fire after the PGE pipeline explosion.

Now though, there is a faster, more immediate way to custom map one's neighborhood, Google Maps. As the book predates Google Maps by twelve years, I found the frustration over map access, especially for cooperative mapping, interesting in its historical context.

Comments (2)

Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Comment #1: Tuesday, December, 28, 2010 at 10:44:12

Regulo Zapata

Thanks for sharing your comments and stopping by at Desperate Lands. Thanks for the nice comments! I Look forward to Following your review Blogs!

Comment #2: Monday, January 3, 2010 at 21:35:04


Thank you for stopping by.

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2024 Sarah Sammis