Authorizing Comments, the social bargain
Announcements / August 7, 2015

Comments need attribution and accountability. This is a site of civil dialogue that leaves anonymity at the door. Instead of requiring users to create a new login to be able to comment, this site will use your existing logins from different social media on the web and other sources with an established personal authorization. Yep, we’ll let your friends vouch for you . With that comes some hiccups, occasionally their authorization tools break and I have no solution or the hurdles to become a developer with them in order to run an authorization app keep them out of our toolshed. All of this is stuff I’m sharing with you about the process of setting up a blog I really didn’t want to learn about, but my commitment to privacy and ease of use made this an obligation and hope the transparency is helpful. If the login doesn’t have an email associated with it, you will be required to enter it before leaving a comment.

Announcements / August 7, 2015

Everything was rolling and then just fell off the rails. Thanks for all the kind links and adds. This blog will be fully functional again soon and looking forward to suggestions and guest reviews. The database that held the site was damaged so it will take a couple hours to rebuild the first review. Stay tuned.

Disclosure: Amazon Associates
Announcements / August 7, 2015

Links to reviewed books will be provided for purchase from as a convenience. Any revenue returned from referrals through this link via the Amazon Associates program is used to keep the lights on (monthly web hosting fees, annual domain registration fees, security and email services, etc.). If the book is not available through Amazon, another online source will be provided. You are, of course, not obliged to use this link. It’s recommended that you seek the book out at your local independent book store or purchase directly from the author. “Amazon’s trademark is used under license from, Inc. or its affiliates.” That’s the small print.

About Map Book Blog
Announcements / August 6, 2015

This blog is a way for GIS users, map fanatics, visualization of spatial data geeks, and cartography buffs to share some of the books related to mapping that they’ve enjoyed. You’re invited to write a guest review of: A book you’ve always loved The one currently on your nightstand Atlas Fiction Technical Manual or Guide Share the best with us. Register to get a login for comments. Comments are moderated.