The Art of Geography is about combining art, technology, and appreciation of the natural world. Some of the byproducts of this melding are maps that help you get where you want to go, photographic panoramas that show you what it's like to be in various wilderness locations around the world, and abstract expressionist & landscape art.
"California Map & Travel Center ... also carried a large selection of globes and a truly outstanding selection of maps. I don’t know of anywhere else I could pick up a topo map of the Sierra Nevadas, a street map of Gdansk, and an upside-down map of the Australian continent all under one roof.."
The Portland Pearl District gallery map now uses the Layers feature of Acrobat 7 to allow you to control what classes of information are displayed. So for instance, if you don't drink coffee and only use mass transit, turn the coffeehouse and parking layers off and the map becomes more personalized and less busy with excess information.
National Geographic Maps ... is retreating from publishing maps for the general public and is focusing instead on detailed maps targeted for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, emergency responders, geologists and other field workers who often venture out of well-traveled terrain.
What About ProPhoto RGB?: "After spending some time last week discussing how sRGB and Adobe RGB differ, it seemed an opportune time to bring ProPhoto RGB into the mix. While the gamut of Adobe RGB is bigger than that of sRGB, ProPhoto RGB is really big. But is bigger necessarily better?...."
For those not familiar with First Friday, a number of galleries and some businesses in downtown Palo Alto (Bay Area) have one night a month where they stay open late, and often have their openings/receptions for new art then.