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'Occasionally a cable car passed, trundling heavily, with a strident whirring of jostled glass ...' - from McTeague (1899) a novel by Frank Norris Ever since the days of the Californian gold rush San Francisco has held a special posi...
'Occasionally a cable car passed, trundling heavily, with a strident whirring of jostled glass ...' - from McTeague (1899) a novel by Frank Norris Ever since the days of the Californian gold rush San Francisco has held a special position in the myths and literature of America. To celebrate San Francisco's status as one of the most vibrant literary cities in the world the San Francisco
about 2 hours ago
Strava, the popular tracking app for cyclists and runners, has released a new route finding and route creation tool called Route Builder. The application allows joggers and cyclists to create or find popular routes between any two (or...
Strava, the popular tracking app for cyclists and runners, has released a new route finding and route creation tool called Route Builder. The application allows joggers and cyclists to create or find popular routes between any two (or more) locations. Users can add two or more points to the Route Builder Google Map and instantly view a suggested route. Route Builder includes two options to
about 5 hours ago
Dot maps of the USA, showing population distribution by race have proved very popular recently. For example, the Racial Dot Map of America is a fascinating insight into the geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversit...
Dot maps of the USA, showing population distribution by race have proved very popular recently. For example, the Racial Dot Map of America is a fascinating insight into the geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity in the USA. South Africa now has its own racial dot distribution map. Mapping South Africa with Dot Distribution shows racial distribution across South
about 7 hours ago
Over the weekend I thought it would be interesting to create a Street View gallery of all the locations used in the Monopoly game. Unfortunately the locations in Atlantic City that inspired the original game have poor quality or no Stree...
Over the weekend I thought it would be interesting to create a Street View gallery of all the locations used in the Monopoly game. Unfortunately the locations in Atlantic City that inspired the original game have poor quality or no Street View imagery on Google Maps. If you want to have look at the Atlantic City locations Scouting New York has some interesting photographs in their article on
about 24 hours ago
The first ski resort just opened i North Korea. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/435018/Luxury-ski-resort-for-impoverished-North-Korea
The first ski resort just opened i North Korea. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/435018/Luxury-ski-resort-for-impoverished-North-Korea
1 day ago
Tweet a transit query to this Google Maps based route finder and you will receive a link to a Google Map that automagically displays your route. Plan Paris Metro interactif works really well as a traditional Paris Metro route finder. ...
Tweet a transit query to this Google Maps based route finder and you will receive a link to a Google Map that automagically displays your route. Plan Paris Metro interactif works really well as a traditional Paris Metro route finder. You can enter any two destinations into the application and view a suggested route shown on a Google Map, You also get step-by-step directions explaining how to
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Two forthcoming books that deal with maps of the First World War: Peter Chasseaud's Mapping the First World War: The Great War Through Maps from 1914-1918, out in a few weeks from Collins; and Simon Forty's Mapping the First World War: B...
Two forthcoming books that deal with maps of the First World War: Peter Chasseaud's Mapping the First World War: The Great War Through Maps from 1914-1918, out in a few weeks from Collins; and Simon Forty's Mapping the First World War: Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above, out some time next year from Conway Maritime Press.
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I get students to build Google Earth tours for classes (see spatial stories in this post), my site Google Earth for Teachers describes how to create them using Google Earth. However, the editing tools are basic to say the least. People...
I get students to build Google Earth tours for classes (see spatial stories in this post), my site Google Earth for Teachers describes how to create them using Google Earth. However, the editing tools are basic to say the least. People have built tools for making tours before (Snoovel, Google Earth Studio) but they've both sunk without trace. So I was excited to find out someone else has had a go: Google Earth Tour Builder.I had a go at creating a tour. It seems to be following the design of a 'stepper' as in, more like a PowerPoint presentation with slides and clicks to move on than a Movie clip so the flow through the tour is structured like ArcGIS explorer (not sure if that still exists either...). However, beyond that, I can't really explore it. My problems:- No help files, screencasts, tutorials to tell me how to work it- When I create a new place I'm told to 'drop a draggable placemark to specify a location' but I can't find anything to drag. (on OS, tried in FF and Chrome).If I can get it to work I'll review it further.
1 day ago
Last week we showed you some ways to view U.S. National Parks on Google Earth during the U.S. Government shutdown.  With the government still not back in order yet, this map of “Places affected by the 2013 U.S. Government Shutdown&...
Last week we showed you some ways to view U.S. National Parks on Google Earth during the U.S. Government shutdown.  With the government still not back in order yet, this map of “Places affected by the 2013 U.S. Government Shutdown” from MyReadingMapped is quite handy. It’s a very comprehensive map, showing hundreds of locations that are directly affected by the shutdown. In the words of George, creator of the map: On one hand this map shows you just how large the government has grown. On the other hand, it shows just how much of government regulates and/or services the needs of business. Thus, you can see how much influence big business has in intervening in government, to get government to intervene in business, to the advantage of the politically influential business over its competition, consumers, taxpayers, employees and small business. Thus, your job and income are entwined in how big government has grown either because your employer intervened in government on your behalf, or because it services a government program, or because your employer sells product and services to the government, or because your customer works for or sells product and services to the government. Or, because your employer receives a government subsidy, bailout or tax break. We have the world’s largest economy in part due to the fact that we have the world’s largest government. You can view the map on their site, directly on Google Maps, or in Google Earth by loading this KML file. Great work, George! The post Places affected by the US Government Shutdown appeared first on Google Earth Blog.
1 day ago
Vasile Cotovanu has created the map to nerd heaven and it involves taking the train. Vasile's real-time simulator of the Swiss rail network has long been one of my favorite maps. It is now even better. The SBB Network is a real-time m...
Vasile Cotovanu has created the map to nerd heaven and it involves taking the train. Vasile's real-time simulator of the Swiss rail network has long been one of my favorite maps. It is now even better. The SBB Network is a real-time map of the Swiss rail system based on the network's published timetable. The map allows you to view animated trains moving in real-time on a Google Map. Actually
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