A9.com – mapping at ground level

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Although a lot of the attention has been focused on Google Maps, MSN Virtual Earth, and Google Earth, Amazon’s A9.com subsidiary is continuing to map US cities in a different way – from ground level by driving and photographing every block in a GPS-equipped SUV to create a virtual tour of each city. So far, A9.com has 35 cities mapped and I have used the service a couple of times to get a feel for the area I’ll be staying in for a conference.

Check out the A9.com BlockView images, and see what you think

Via News8Austin.com

‘Podcast’ is Word of the Year

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That’s right! ‘Podcast’ has been declared the Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary and will be included in next year’s update to the dictionary. It’s really a recognition of the phenomenal growth in the popularity and awareness of podcasting.

Via BBCNews

AAA Travel High School Challenge

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AAA (American Automobile Association) will be sponsoring the 4th annual AAA Travel High School Challenge, a 3-part geography competition that kicks off with a 40-question online contest from January 9-17, 2006. The top 5 scorers in each of the 50 states and DC will compete in state finals, with those winners receiving a paid trip to Orlando, FL to compete in the finals in May 2006. The challenge is open to all US students in grades 9-12, and is offering more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes across the whole competition.

For information, check out the AAA website

Via Yahoo!

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I first came across Jeff Thurston’s blog when I was doing a search on geovisualization and found the domain. This was well before we started VerySpatial over the summer, and I was a bit bummed that someone had laid claim to the domain so I wandered off. Since then I have gone back a few times, included the blog in my aggregator, but I have never read more than 10 entries. Why you might ask? 1) This is a great blog and I want to read it from the beginning and 2) I am a bit intimidated :-). The majority of entries would make for great columns in a magazine.

So today I ripped the entire site to my hard drive (sorry about the extra hits today Jeff) and will be reading it from the beginning.

I recommend that you take a moment and check out Jeff’s blog and make sure to go through his archives to find any of a number of gems that offer insight into the geospatial community.

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