Gadgets

GPS Based Tax

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Hot Hardware (a most excellent computer/techie site, by the way) is reporting an interesting proposition by the Governor of Oregon. Apparently Oregon is having a bit of financial difficulty, what with all the people trying to save on gas and the associated decline in gas tax revenues. Governor Kulongoski’s proposal is fairly simple – let’s […]

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Krugman Predicts End of US Auto Industry

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Paul Krugman, Nobel prize winning economist, has predicted the end of the US auto industry. Although this has been widely reported elsewhere, I think it’s interesting to note the reason Krugman quotes: “It will do so because of the geographical forces that me and my colleagues have discussed…” So if anyone gives you flak for […]

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Crime Tracking in the 21st Century

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Ars Technica has a pretty nice summary article on a few crime mapping and mashup sites around the web. We’ve reported one or two of these in the past, but there are a few I hadn’t heard about. It’s interesting to see Toronto releasing all if its homicide information on the web for all to […]

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‘New pathway’ for African exodus

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You may remember back to our earliest episodes of VerySpatial TV where we each took part in the Genographic project and talked about our results. We may (or may not) have mentioned that the “Out of Africa” theory has been the predominate view for our (humans or Homo sapiens sapiens) distribution around the globe. Apparently […]

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Make Your Own Electorial Map

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This is a great tool for those interested in the US Presidential Election – make your own electoral map! The idea is that pundits tells us over and over why they think a certain state might lean a certain way. You’ve undoubtedly got your own theories about how, say, Wisconsin is going to vote. Well […]

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Where does your name live?

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If you have any mild interest in genealogy, then check out this name checker application. You enter in your surname and it reports back to you the places in the world where your last name is most popular. Mine showed some surprising results – for a French last name, there aren’t any listed in any […]

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And you thought you were an adventurer…

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I was catching up on the day’s news, and saw this cool post at GOOD Magazine’s site called Wanderlust, which features an interactive map and multimedia about great journeys that have been undertaken throughout history, from real-life journeys like Magellan’s trip around the world to fictional adventures like Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 […]

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The Journey is the Reward

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At least the good people at Wanderlust would say. That site shows you the travels of famous journeys throughout the world. It’s kinda fun to trace the routes of, say, Amelia Earhart or Marco Polo and see where they overlapped. The site traces the routes at the world level, then allows you to zoom in […]