Random thoughts, news, events expressed via Google Maps, Google Earth, YouTube, Twitter API'S
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Killer Whale attacks Sea World Trainer
Kasatka - A Killer Whale attacks the trainer at Sea World in San Diego, CA. The whale drags the trainer down under water and holds him there for about a minute. According to CNN
Other trainers were able to persuade the whale to surface, allowing the trainer a breath of air, but enacted emergency procedures in place for such instances.Google Maps Satellite view of Sea World in San Diego, CA
The other trainers got a net in the pool, and the trainer, who also has years of experience, was able to calm the whale, swim to the other side of the net and get out of the pool.
UTAH - America's Safest State to Drive
Washington D.C. - Deadliest Drunk Driving place in America
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Bhopal Disaster - 22nd Anniversary on December 3rd, 2006
This weekend (December 3rd) is the 22nd Anniversary of the greatest environmental disaster ever, which struck Bhopal, India. According to BBC, 3000 people died initially followed by 15,000 from related illness. Greenpeace claims that a total of 20,000 people died.
Related:BBC News on December 3rd, 1984
Google Maps Satellite view of Union Carbide plant site in Bhopal, India where the accident took place (Source:Wikimapia)
US to North Korea..Better behave or else no IPOD's for you
Maybe this will get North Korea's attention. According to CNN
The Bush administration wants North Korea's attention, so like a scolding parent, it's trying to make it tougher for that country's eccentric leader to buy iPods, plasma televisions and Segway electric scooters.Whatever works!
$1500 jar of Spaghetti Sauce
Make sure you get what you paid for. A Perryville, MO couple purchased a $1500 SONY Camcorder from a Cape Girardeau BEST BUY store. At home when they opened the package they found a jar of CLASSICO Spaghetti sauce instead of a Sony Camcorder.
(UPDATE: Sony has agreed to ship a new Camcorder to the couple and they will let the couple keep the CLASSICO Spaghetti Sauce).
Monday, November 27, 2006
Peace on Earth - Not in this Colorado Sub Division
A Home Owner's Association in Pagosa Springs, Colorado has threatened a resident of the sub division with $25.00 a day fine for putting up a Christmas Wreath with "PEACE ON EARTH" sign. The sign according to some is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.
According to CNN
Lisa Jensen said she wasn't thinking of the war when she hung the wreath. She said, "Peace is way bigger than not being at war. This is a spiritual thing."(Update: The Homeowner's Association has backed off from their threat of $25.00/day fine. PEACE ON EARTH retuns to PAGOSA SPRINGS)
Jensen, a past association president, calculates the fines will cost her about $1,000, and doubts they will be able to make her pay. But she said she's not going to take it down until after Christmas.
"Now that it has come to this I feel I can't get bullied," she said. "What if they don't like my Santa Claus?"
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Groom Shot Dead by NYPD on his wedding day
Sean Bell (23 years old) is shot dead by NYPD on his wedding day outside the Kalua Cabaret Club in the Jamaica Section of Queens, New York. According to news reports:
At a news conference Saturday, Kelly said the department was still piecing together what happened, and that it was too early to say whether the shooting was justified.For more on this story check out CNN.
The car, driven by Sean Bell, was struck by 21 of the police bullets after the vehicle rammed an undercover officer and hit an unmarked NYPD minivan. Other shots hit nearby homes and shattered windows at a train station, though no one else was injured.
Police thought one of the men in the car might have had a gun but investigators found no weapons. It was unclear what prompted police to open fire, Kelly said. It was also not clear whether the shooters had identified themselves as police, Kelly said.
Here's a approximate location of the shootings on Google Maps
Political Turkeys of the Year (2006)
Here's a look at Political Turkey's of 2006. Source CNN
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Missing Brothers from Red Lake, Minnesota
Friday, November 24, 2006
Nevada Town bans foreign flags
Pahrump, Nevada bans display of foreign flags.
According to CNN:
The town council voted last week, 3-2, to approve an ordinance that makes it illegal to display a foreign flag -- unless an American flag is flown above it.
Pahrump resident Michael Miraglia proposed the ban because, he said, he got upset when he saw immigrant activists marching through U.S. cities last spring, waving Mexican flags. Mr. Miraglia told USA Today that he was especially miffed that "we had Mexican restaurants closed that day."
So that's what started all this -- the fact that some guy couldn't get his burrito fix...
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Deadliest day in IRAQ
More than 140 people perished in Sadr City, IRAQ today (November 23rd, 2006) in a series of bombing attacks. Officials are describing this as a "deadliest single strike in Iraq since the war began more than three years ago".
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
92 year old Woman killed in a shootout with Atlanta Police
This one does not make sense. A 92 year old Atlanta Woman, Johnston was killed in shootout with Atlanta Police at 933 Neal Street, Atlanta (Satellite Map shown below) on 11/21/2006. This happened when the Atlanta Police broke down Johnston's front door while serving a search warrant.
Quoting State Rep: Mable Thomas (D-Atlanta)
"A confrontation with police and a 92-year-old woman don't go together."
For more on this check out CNN
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Huntsville, Alabama School Bus Tragedy
Friday, November 17, 2006
Suez Canal opens to Traffic on this day in 1869
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Michigan at Ohio State (November 18th, 2006)
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
eBay Motors and Google Maps
I had created a Google Maps Mashup with eBay Motors sometime back. Have made some minor changes from the original mashup.
This time I have drawn a circles around a given latitude and longitude. Circle varies based on distance in miles from the center of the Zip Code.
Here are couple of Screen Shots:
Hummer Sales within 100 miles of the Detroit Area:
Lexus Sales within 100 miles of Toronto, Ontario
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
This day - Greatest Disaster in College Sports History
November 14th 1970 - Ceredo, WV
A chartered Southern Airways DC-9 crashed in Ceredo, WV. All 75 passengers were killed. The plane was carrying thirty-seven members of the Marshall University football team, eight members of the coaching staff, and twenty-five boosters home. Five crew members also lost their lives.
We are Marshall, a motion picture chronicling the aftermath of the crash and the effort to build the football team from scratch, is all set to release on December 22nd. Here's the trailer from We are Marshall.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Gerald Ford - Longest Living United States President
Sunday, November 12, 2006
San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge opens for Traffic 11/12/1936
Friday, November 10, 2006
Edmund Fitzgerald - 11/10/1975
Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior during a gale storm on November 10th 1975. All 29 members of the crew perished.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
America's Most Wired Cities
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
America's Most Expensive Colleges (2006)
Monday, November 06, 2006
India Related Google Maps Mashups
Mike Pegg has a post on India Related Google Maps Mashups at GoogleMapsMania. Do check it out.
He has a couple of my India related Google Maps Mashups mentioned:
Men in Blue (Indian Cricket Team)
Channel 4 (UK) Investigative report on Indian Call Centers.
Also do check out my other India Related Google Maps Mashups:
Indian Bride, Groom on Google Maps
Sachin Tendulkar's Record Breaking Test Cricket Centuries
Latest News from India
Bollywood Best Actors and Actresses
Trusted Indian Celebrities
Happy 33rd Birthday to Indian Beauty Aishwarya Rai
Happy 41st Birthday to King of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan
Happy 64th Birthday to the Legendary Amitabh Bachchan
About Me - My life's journey from New Delhi, India (my birth city) to Present Day - Detroit, MI