A More Accessible Online Map

A List Apart has an interesting article on how to use CSS to make online maps more accessible to visually impaired people. What I find most interesting is that A List Apart, being a web centric development site, applies web ideas to maps. It seems to me that much of what they are attempting to do could be done less complicatedly if a little more GIS functionality entered into some of these APIs. This type of article is what happens when so many different people from some many different backgrounds attempt to define data spatially. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since more ideas and more eyes can only make geospatial technologies that much more robust.

California Car Culture Could Heighten Earthquake Woes

Sorry for the excessive alliteration there, but it sums up this article quite nicely, I think. It appears that the infrastructure that surrounds car ownership does more than generate excessive amounts of smog. Carports, garages, overpasses and the like could pose a significant risk to California residents should a massive earthquake like San Francisco’s 1906 quake strike. I think we’ve all seen the historic footage of the Golden Gate Bridge shaking like a polaroid picture. Imagine that happening anywhere around the state and you can see the concern!

Gospel of Judas Found

This is rather off the beat and path from our normal news, but I thought it was interesting given the National Geographic Society’s involvement. Apparently a National Geographic Society expedition has discovered a leather wrapped papyrus manuscript written in Greek in Egypt. This manuscript featuring what is believed to be the gospel according to Judas is considered to be the “most significant ancient, nonbiblical text to be found in the past 60 years.”

Via the New York Times

Near Real Time Tracking of the Stars

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…

Google Mars!

Way cool for space nuts out there like me…. Google Mars!  It’s just like Google Local, except with data from Mars.  There’s a nice elevation dataset and some interesting visible data as well.  Of course you can’t search for pizza joints in the area, but hey, it’s a step in the right direction!