Hey gun owners, are you tired of being in fear of having your home, or work place marked on a map for the world to see just because you own a firearm? Are you tired of being treated worse than a child molester because you exercise your 2nd Amendment right? Are you tired of self-righteous college professors/lecturers, politicians, and "journalists" who are willing to put you, your family and even your community in danger because they fail to plan for the unintended consequences of mapping gun owner's properties? Well here is an app for you. This interactive map allows you to map gun free locations to include work places, schools and private residences. You will be able to annotate such information such as if there are any valuable items located inside, alarm systems, cctv systems, etc. Plus you can add additional information like how many children live at the residence, the best avenue of approach without being seen and much more. Since these "helpful" people are willing to help criminals find firearms, you can help those criminals find easy, soft targets for numerous crimes all from the safety of your own home thus moving the criminals away from targeting you and your family.
The app is in protest to another app. It doesn't provide the functions described as I will not create irresponsible apps. If you do download and run this app, the text it contains explains my intentions in full.
As long as that app remains, in any configuration, this will remain.
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The app first determines your location then lets you choose a radius, defining a circular area in which a random location is chosen for you. Using the walkingtools.net compass interface or Google maps, you can then attempt navigate to that random location.
This casual activity is a great way to get a little exercise while learning about an area in a way no tour guide could ever show you: through randomness. People find that they discover surprising aspects of their neighborhoods that they would never have become aware of, and that their sense of local geography (their cognitive map) grows greatly in detail and complexity. All while enjoying healthy activity: walking.
Psychogeography was first described by Situatonist Guy Debord in 1955 as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals." Among its techniques were walking exercises that took people out of their normal, well worn paths so that they would learn more about world around them.
This application has little value unless an author has created HiperGeo content for your specific geographic area, which for now is limited to a few schools and universities that are experimenting with the platform.
If you are an instructor who is already teaching basic digital image production (.png and .jpeg), audio (.mp3) and/or have students adding content to youtube.com, you will find it very easy to have your students situate that media in geographic space (using latitude and longitude values) to create locative narrative work. We encourage you to be in touch, and we will do what we can to help you get started.