No, not the celestial type… movie stars! You can track movie stars in near real-time via a Google Map. While on the surface this might appear to be a normal Frank Fluff piece, in reality this is a rather grave development. It brings to the forefront the idea that people’s movements can be tracked an analyzed in real time for the whole world to see. That’s a little bit of a chilling notion, I believe. Although star gossip is a multimillion dollar business, I think it’s rather intrusive to have their every movement documented for general consumption. If Dame Judi Dench wants to pop by her local comic book store and pick-up the latest supplement for Dungeons & Dragons, what business is it of anyone else…
Hugo at UNEP/GRID-Arendal was kind enough to share a press release on a project he is working with us. The focus of their center is to provide generally understandable representations of scientific information. Their new maps and graphics site is a clearinghouse of many of these representations that takes advantage of web mapping with some back-end GIS in addition to providing static graphics. Overall, this is a great resource and will probably be especially useful for the classroom.
Maps and Graphics at UNEP/GRID-Arendal
UNEP/GRID-Arendal Maps and Graphics library.