Random thoughts, news, events expressed via Google Maps, Google Earth, YouTube, Twitter API'S
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Chile Earthquake Tweets #googlemaps #chile
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Google Mapping becomes a whole lot easier #googlemaps
Google's Fusion Tables is a place where you can store tons of data. You can then with couple of clicks visualize that data instantly on Google Maps or as Intensity Map. You can also view it as a Line, Bar, Pie, Scatter diagrams.
Columns with locations are interpreted automatically, and you can adjust them directly on a map if necessary. You can apply filter and aggregate tools for more selective visualizations.
There are lots of tables in Google's Fusion Tables which are publicly accessible which you can use to start mapping.
Once you select a table and select the "Visualize----->Map" option, you have the option to Export to KML, Get KML Network Link or Get Embeddable Link for your website or blog.
Check out more at Google's Fusion Tables (via Google Lat Long Blog)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
White House - a view from space after record snowfall #geoeye
Monday, February 15, 2010
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - Geotagged Videos #vancouver #olympics #googlemaps
Saturday, February 13, 2010
An awesome weather event?
With snow falling in Florida Panhandle yesterday, Florida became the 49th state to have snow on the ground as of yesterday evening. Hawaii being the only state not having any snow. This map from National weather service shows that 2/3rd of United States had snow on the ground as of 12.01 AM on Friday. With Florida and other Southern states getting the snow later on in the day.. now we have "United States of Snow".
This from Associated Press:
At the same time, those weird weather forces are turning Canada's Winter Olympics into the bring-your-own-snow games.So how has it been where you are. As for where I am.... Here in mid-west (SE Michigan), last year we saw most snow in prev 50 years and this year we have had just one, sort of significant snow event otherwise its been relatively quiet.
Who's the Great White North now?
"I'm calling it the upside-down winter," said David Robinson, head of the Global Snow Lab at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Winter Olympic tweets from Vancouver and elsewhere #vancouver #googlemaps
UMapper has created a cool Google Maps + Twitter mashup of tweets from Winter Olympics 2010 which is underway at Vancouver B.C. When you pan around, the map shows the latest tweets from the current map view
And here's a Google Maps Mashup I created which shows you Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic tweets from Eastern/Western Canada, Eastern/Western United States, Europe and Australia. Select the region (radio buttons) on the map from where you want to view the tweets from.
Google Maps adds experimental features to its maps page.
Google Maps has added a lot of experimental features to its maps.google.com page. To enable/select each of the feature, look for the "New" link at the top right on the Google Maps page.
One of the features lets you rotate the maps. Here is India upside down: (Other features listed below)
Drag 'N' Zoom: Zooming in on a specific part of the map is now fast and easy. Simply click the Drag 'n' Zoom button, draw a box on the map, and zoom! You're there!
Aerial Imagery: Add Aerial imagery to the map! Aerial imagery gives you rotatable, high-resolution overhead imagery presented in a new perspective. Currently imagery is only available in certain areas, but we're adding more all the time.
Back to Beta Tag: Gmail isn't the only one that can enjoy a BETA tag.
Where in the World Game geography game: Test your knowledge of world geography! Guess the name of the country from satellite imagery, and try to beat your top score!
Rotable Maps: Tired of North always being up? Add rotatable map types and give East, West and South a fair go.
What's around here: Adds a second search button that searches for "*", returning the top results in the current view. A great way to browse the map.
Lat Long Tooltip: Displays a tooltip next to the mouse cursor showing the latlng directly underneath it.
Lat Long Marker: Adds an option to the context menu that lets you drop a mini marker showing the latlng of the position that the cursor was pointing at when the context menu was evoked
Smart Zoom: Ever zoom in too far and get the message "We don't have imagery at this zoom level"? Ensure you don't see it again, with Smart Zoom, which will check in advance what imagery exists, and ensure you can't zoom in beyond it.
(via Stephen Shankland's Twitter status)
Thursday, February 11, 2010
A View into streets of Tehran, Iran from space #iranprotests
On the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, GeoEye releases a image of Tehran, Iran taken from 423 miles in space. The image was taken on February 11th at 10.47 AM. The image clearly shows huge crowds in the streets presumably demonstrating against the government. (via Google Lat Long)
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Tweets Mapped - #vancouver #olympics #googlemaps
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics starts tomorrow February 12th, 2010. There will be a lot activity on Twitter related to this event. I have created a Google Maps Mashup of Vancouver Olympic Tweets. This mashup shows tweets from Western/Eastern Canada, Western/Eastern United States, Europe and Australia. Select the region (radio buttons) on the map from where you want to view the tweets from.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Google Maps and Google Earth imagery updated - includes #Haiti
Google LatLong Blog reports imagery updates for Google Maps and Google Earth which includes more updates for Haiti. To see which areas have been updated, download this KML for Google Earth or view the updates in Google Maps. The updated areas are highlighted in red.
Also looks like Haiti gets more updates. Here's a image from Western Haiti region of Leogane which shows people camping out. If you pan out you can see the devastation caused by the earthquake.
Monday, February 01, 2010
Who is Hiring - #fortune #bestcompanies #googlemaps
Fortune has a list out there of the Best Companies which have job openings of at least 500 or more. So who are these companies and where are they located. I have mapped out the headquarters of these "Best Companies" on Google Maps. The map shows a sidebar with the list of the companies that are hiring. If you click on the names of these companies a information window pops up on the map above the location of the headquarters of the company. Additional details shown in this information window are Company Name, Address, Number of Job Openings and the type of job openings. The information window has a forward and back arrow which will take you to the next/previous "Best Company" Location.