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|Education / Re: Mmesoma Ejikeme Apologises To JAMB by GeoAfrikana(m): 5:29pm On Jul 19|
How are you better than the tribalists who were blindly defending her?
|Agriculture / Re: How Do I Stop This Continuous Bee Attack On The Farm? by GeoAfrikana(m): 11:49am On Jul 19|
|Career / What Can You Do With A Geography Certificate? by GeoAfrikana(m): 10:44pm On Jul 18|
Were you 'given' geography in a university or polytechnic? Are you wondering what else you can do with your geography certificate asides teaching?
Once upon a time, people believed that all geography graduates will end up as teachers. That isn't the case anymore. In this post, I'll share with you few modern job roles you can occupy with your geography certificate.
A cartographer is a map maker. While traditional maps were made on paper and were static, most modern maps are interactive web-based maps. That said, static maps in jpeg and PDF formats are still in use today. Although some PDF maps now have some level of interactivity.
You may ask, "who makes maps in today's world?"
Maps are used in many applications today than ever before. Last year, the chieftains of a town in southwest hired me to make a map of all family houses and notable places.
I went to the field with my sidekick and we collected the coordinates and attributes of each family house and I created.
Tools and Skills
A cartographer is half scientist and half artist. Therefore, you must posses both scientific and aesthetic qualities to excel in cartography. Here are some skills you must master to be a successful cartographer:
a. Basic Statistics - before you freak out, you don't need to learn ANOVA, chi-square and all that stuff. You only need to very comfortable with levels of measurement, mean, median, mode. Also, a good understanding of data normalization will save you from committing fallacies with your maps.
b. Graphic Design - You must get comfortable with a vector graphic design software. Common ones are Inkscape, Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator. I use Inkscape because it's free and open-source.
c. Coordinates and Projections - You must understand map projects and coordinate reference systems; why they are needed in the first place, the different types available, the pros and cons of each type and how to choose the right one for your project.
d. Desktop GIS - You must be comfortable with one or more desktop GIS. Unlike what you might think, your data will mostly be messy and scattered. You'll need a desktop GIS to clean the data and perform joins.
The two most common ones are ArcGIS and QGIS. I love QGIS because it's very powerful yet free and open-source. If you must use ArcGIS then use ArcGIS Pro not ArcMap. ArcMap is the old generation and is no longer supported officially.
This is a lot longer than I expected so I'll stop here for now. Hopefully, I'll have the time and motivation to write on some other fields of expertise on modern geography.
|Career / Re: What Can A Young Graduate Gainfully Engage In Apart From Tech? by GeoAfrikana(m): 2:16pm On May 16|
Many things, you can learn:
2. Car Repair (you can specialize in mechanical, electrical, body or painting)
3. Wood Work (carving, sculpture)
These are high-paying gigs with great potential especially in a huge market like Nigeria. All you need is expertise, honesty and professionalism.
For expertise, you need to learn from experts, not roadside some mediocre. Thankfully, the internet has democratized knowledge, unfortunately, many aren't taking advantage of this. Moreover, your education gives you an edge; reading and writing. The makers of all these cars and gadgets we use have special manuals for repairers. But most of our technicians are illiterate so they can't read this stuff. Your literacy gives you an unfair advantage over them all.
For honesty and transparency, please shun the typical Naija mentality of giving inflated quotes, and buying inferior materials for customers (without their consent), among many other evils. You will be surprised by the amount of referrals you get.
For professionalism; document your work, and follow industry best practices (that way you won't loose four bolts and tie only three), explain what you want to do and how you plan to do it to your customers before doing anything. Never stop learning, many of these technicians stop learning immediatetly they get their 'freedom' certificate. Customers relationshio should only grow into professional connections not friendship.
Just do this in any endeavour for 2 years and see the wonders that will happen in your life. You might not become a multimillionaire but you will always have something on your table and your customers will love you such that you can call them anytime for any non-financial help (like admission, processing some papers, giving signature etc) and they will be pleased to assist
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|Autos / Re: Innoson To Introduce A Luxury Rugged Pickup Truck ‘IVM Ijele’ (Photos) by GeoAfrikana(m): 12:44pm On Feb 23|
AbdulMagaji:You said the guy has surpassed Ford. That was an exaggeration.
No sane Nigerian hates Innoson. Stop insinuating what isn't.
|Health / Re: Doctors In The House Please HELP!!! (viewer Discretion Photo) by GeoAfrikana(m): 11:04am On Feb 23|
Chocoleen:This looks like normal stuff.
Even a married man will see this stuff if he stays away from his wife for two weeks straight.
Please stop taking drugs. Don't kill yourself.
That said, I pray God blesses you so that you can get married soon enough. 32 years is huge.
|Programming / Share Your Codemixing Mishaps! by GeoAfrikana(m): 1:44pm On Feb 21|
As developers, we've all made mistakes in our coding journey. And codemixing is one of them.
So today, I want to hear from you: What are some of your funniest codemixing mishaps?
For me, one of my biggest mishaps was writing print instead of console.log in a for loop of about 50 items. It was a silly mistake, but it taught me to be more mindful of the syntax I'm using.
Have you ever experienced codemixing, where you accidentally mix up syntax from different programming languages?
Share your experiences in the comments below! Let's start a conversation and help each other learn from our mistakes. After all, we're all in this together, constantly learning and improving our coding skills.
Share your funny codemixing experience.
|Politics / Re: NOI/ANAP Poll Results Since 2011 (Pictures) by GeoAfrikana(m): 6:21am On Feb 17|
Why do I keep seeing statistical charts and reports with no regards for data normalization?
10% of North east isn't the same as 10% of southwest or southeast. The former may be 100k people while the latter could be only 30k people.
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|Crime / Re: Gombe Police Arrest Tricycle Rider Who Specialises In Stealing Passengers' Goods by GeoAfrikana(m): 9:13am On Feb 13|
|Education / Re: Lagos Government Shuts Chrisland School Over Whitney Adeniran’s Death by GeoAfrikana(m): 7:13am On Feb 13|
Throwback:Honestly, I believe your comment is the knee-jerk reaction here.
|Programming / Re: Who Can Replicate A Website For Me? by GeoAfrikana(m): 4:10pm On Feb 10|
Bloomsbury:I'm not a fan of those platforms. The commissions they charge is draconian.
I think LinkedIn is a good alternative. He can browse people's profiles and hire the best without wasting 20% on some platform.
|Programming / Re: Who Can Replicate A Website For Me? by GeoAfrikana(m): 4:07pm On Feb 10|
GREATIGBOMAN:Lol. I use Elementor very well, in fact here's a site I recently developed with it; akinsdials.com
But, Ai still has a long way to go.
|Programming / Re: Github Lays Off 10% Of Its Staff by GeoAfrikana(m): 10:57am On Feb 10|
Oh, Microsoft acquired GitHub.
No wonder they retired Atom IDE for VS Code.
|Programming / Re: What Do ALX Stand To Gain? by GeoAfrikana(m): 10:43am On Feb 10|
techliteup:I'll advise people to take CS50X and CS50W on Edx.
|Programming / Re: Who Can Replicate A Website For Me? by GeoAfrikana(m): 10:42am On Feb 10|
truthCoder:From.my little experience, those kind of tools generate very messy and useless boilerplates.
An example is Elementor. Another example is the Qt Designer.
|Programming / Re: One Of The Worst Websites I've Seen So Far by GeoAfrikana(m): 10:35am On Feb 10|
Bro, stop defending what isn't.
Mobile friendliness is for everyone. It's even the elders that need a modern website most. A neat modern website doesn't have to be glossy and glamorous. It needs to be easily accessible to even people of special needs. Tell me, how can a man or woman of 60 years with weak eyesight read the tiny texts on that website?
This is mediocrity in a picture.
|Programming / Re: One Of The Worst Websites I've Seen So Far by GeoAfrikana(m): 10:34am On Feb 10|
Please tell me this is a snapshot of the 1995 version of the website?
|Programming / Re: Nodejs Is A Language Not A Runtime. by GeoAfrikana(m): 10:31am On Feb 10|
chukwuebuka65:Interesting and educating rant.
However there's a problem. According to your argument, Python and Anaconda are two different languages. And I've never heard anyone in the python community say such.
|Programming / Re: I'm Looking For The Best Service And Cheap One To Host Flask Server In Nigeria by GeoAfrikana(m): 3:24pm On Feb 09|
Mrquote:I never knew Python anywhere is slow.
You can try out rando.
Most Nigerian websites were built with WordPress and PHP. I don't know if that has changed. Even globally, wordpress hosting is more ubiquitous than VPS.
|Crime / Re: Man Who Was Shot During The Abeokuta Protest Is Alive (Photos) by GeoAfrikana(m): 11:55am On Feb 09|
Jennyclay:Is destroying and looting banks their fundamental right?
|Programming / Re: Website Developer by GeoAfrikana(m): 7:00am On Feb 09|
Kmighty232:Post your past projects/samples.
Nobody serious client will hire someone without a portfolio on a faceless forum.
|Programming / Re: I'm Looking For The Best Service And Cheap One To Host Flask Server In Nigeria by GeoAfrikana(m): 6:59am On Feb 09|
1. Many Nigerian hosting services like Qservers offer VPS service. But they don't offer plans for hobbyists. For example, Qservers' VPS starts from 26k per month. Whereas Linode offers as low as $5 per month.
2. PythonAnywhere is, in my opinion, the most pythonic hosting platform. They even offer a free plan which (I don't think) requires a credit card. More importantly, they've abstracted away the complex web server configuration steps so you won't even need to touch Nginx, Apache or even Gunicorn. You only give them the path to your wsgi file and they'll handle everything from there.
3. This dollar issue is a problem. But a workaround is those fintech platforms like flutterwave, cardify, chippercash and spendwise (which I use but not necessarily because it's better). These platforms offer draconian exchange rate (no cap) but since all you need is less than $5 then you can manage them. Major platforms like Linode, Digital Ocean, Vultr (which I don't recommend) and AWS offer free plans that could be up to one year.
|Politics / Re: Tinubu Is Healthy, Every Nigerian Above 40 Is Sick – Orji Kalu by GeoAfrikana(m): 6:38am On Jan 11|
MadamExcellency:Who told you they're not sick?
|Crime / Re: Is This A New Scam Format? by GeoAfrikana(m): 5:28pm On Jun 07, 2022|
That's easy to do if you don't run a business.
|Crime / Is This A New Scam Format? by GeoAfrikana(m): 5:01pm On Jun 07, 2022|
A guy called me just now. He claimed to be from a certain company in Lagos. I didn't get the name because he mumbled it.
He said he wants to ask about my "shopping habit". I told him to go on but I made up my mind not to release any personal information. I'm a data scientist so I know the protocols to observe when collecting sensitive data from people.
The guy asked about where I do most of my shopping. I told him that I do it online and offline. Then he asked about which online platform(s) I use. I told him I use many but I can't name any.
Then he asked for my age. I told him I can't tell him. As a data scientist, I will only ask such precise question from people if I am representing a government institution or a highly reputable company. Otherwise, the question should be coarse like "what's your age range 15-25, 26-35. Afterall, the age will most likely be aggregated during analysis.
Long story short, the guy thanked me for my time and cut off the call.
I strongly believe this is a scam format. I believe he was trying to access my bank account(s).
Have you received similar call(s)?
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Zelenskky: Russia Continued To Bomb Ukrainian Cities During Negotiation Talks by GeoAfrikana(m): 8:57am On Mar 01, 2022|
uniquetechng:He's speaking with history, proof and appeal to rationality. He's not trying to manipulate your emotions.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Zelenskky: Russia Continued To Bomb Ukrainian Cities During Negotiation Talks by GeoAfrikana(m): 8:25am On Mar 01, 2022|
seanwilliam:Emotions and insults as expected.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Zelenskky: Russia Continued To Bomb Ukrainian Cities During Negotiation Talks by GeoAfrikana(m): 5:57am On Mar 01, 2022|
It amazes me how they regurgitate the thrash they've been fed and still feel confident and intelligent.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Zelenskky: Russia Continued To Bomb Ukrainian Cities During Negotiation Talks by GeoAfrikana(m): 5:55am On Mar 01, 2022|
Danjunior:How many innocent people have been killed in this war compared to what the hypocritic USA has killed in Africa and the middle east?
Also, if Ukraine joins NATO, USA would eventually invade Russia and innocent people would be killed. The war cannot be averted. So, Putin is only taking action now to avoid a future world war.
Of the West really cherished innocent lives, they should leave Ukraine alone for the sake of the innocent lives they want to protect. Are the innocent lives less important than NATO's thirst for territory? NATO's actions say yes to that question.
I try to not comment on this issue here because many of you are just being naive and emotional which makes you easy to manipulate.
Russia and Putin who have no history of enslavement are the devils but those who enslaved your fathers and still work hard to ensure that your future generations maintain subhuman status are the saints.
I don't know how you folks reason.
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|Foreign Affairs / Re: Zelenskky: Russia Continued To Bomb Ukrainian Cities During Negotiation Talks by GeoAfrikana(m): 5:35am On Mar 01, 2022|
Enyinnem:You folks are just being emotional. An objective person will see through these media media stunts.
Was there a ceasefire agreement? No. So, what's the point?
Watch that Putin's speech and see a real and honest person speaking without twisting his tongue. Not those sensational Hollywood speeches of American presidents.
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|Foreign Affairs / Re: Peace Talks Ended Between Russia And Ukraine With No Breakthrough by GeoAfrikana(m): 5:33am On Mar 01, 2022|
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|Sports / Re: FIFA Bans International Games In Russia, No Flag Or Anthem Allowed by GeoAfrikana(m): 6:38am On Feb 28, 2022|
ALLNIGERIANSMAD:"Without any provocation" you say?
Obviously, you're naive.
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