Friday, August 31, 2007

Gun Ownership around the world

United States leads the world in Gun Ownership with 9 Guns for every 10 Americans followed by Yemen where 6.1 Guns are owned by every 10 Yemenis.

I have created a Google Maps View of Gun Ownership from around the world with data from "Small Arms Survey - 2007).

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Diana, Princess of Wales - 10th Death Anniversary

Here's a Google Maps Tribute to Princess Diana on her 10th Death Anniversary (August 31st). A look at her Birth/Childhood, Marriage, Motherhood, Campaign Against Land Mines, Death and Funeral on Google Maps with YouTube Video.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Departures and Cancellations at major US Airports (June 2007)

Here's a Google Maps View of Departures and Cancellations at Major US Airports (June 2007) along with YouTube video of take off. (Source - TIME Magazine dated September 3rd, 2007).

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Hyderabad, India hit by Terrorist Attacks

Hyderabad, India was struck by terrorist attacks which claimed more than 41 lives. The Deadly Bomb Blasts took place at an open air auditorium in Lumbini Park where families were enjoying a laser light show. The other Bomb Blast took place couple of miles away at a restaurant named "Gokul Chat". (More at CNN and BBC)

LATEST NEWS FROM HYDERABAD and other major cities in the Indian Sub-Continent

Here is a Google Maps View of both Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat restaurant.
Lumbini Park

Gokul Chat Restaurant (via Wikimapia)

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Friday, August 24, 2007

World's Most Corrupt Countries

Forbes had come out with an article on "The World's Most Corrupt Countries" back in April, 2007. Here's a look at those Corrupt Countries on Google Maps. Topping the List is Haiti. Click here for Forbes Article.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Embed Google Maps in your blog or website

Google Maps can now be embedded with ease into your blog or website. From just click "Link to this page" in the top right-hand corner. Copy the text that you see in the second box and then paste that text into your blog editor or into the HTML of your webpage. Simple as that (via). Example follows:

Here's a Google Maps View of Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive and then continuing on to Blue Ridge Parkway. More on Scenic Drive through Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway check this blogpost "Fall colors: Blue Ridge Parkway".

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Canada's Last Igloo to be flattened

Canada's Last Igloo at Iqaluit, Canada (Google Maps View) which housed the Kamotiq Inn restaurant is to be replaced in the coming months by a 4,645 square-meter (50,000 square-foot) office building. This due to the fact that the region (just 120 miles south of Arctic Circle) is experiencing an economic boom. (more at Yahoo News)

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

60th Anniversary of India's Independence

Here's wishing India and Indians all around the world a happy 60th Anniversary (August 15th, 2007). On this occasion I would like to mention some of the India related Google Maps Mashups:

(Please do email me or post a comment if you know of any other India Related Mashups)

About Me
Latest News from India
Celebrities from India
Indian Matrimony
Bollywood Filmfare award history
Indian IDOL 3
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2007 (another singing talent competition)
Sachin Tendulkar's record breaking test centuries

Found at (GoogleMapsMania)
Find My Ghar (means find my house)
India's Top 10 Colleges
Map of Mumbai Metro Rail System

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

How much Time off do you get?

If you live in Finland consider yourself lucky, you get the most number of days off (44 days) compared to other countries. Looks like folks in United States (25 days) and Canada (20 days) get the least number of days off.

Here's a look at the Time Off Policy around the World shown on Google Maps. (The numbered markers represent the number of days off for that country)

(Data Source: CNN)

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Barry Bonds becomes Baseball's Home Run King

Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's record of 755 Home Runs. (more at CNN)

Barry Bonds achieved this feat at AT&T Park, San Francisco on 08/07/2007. Here's a 3D Google Earth View of AT&T Park.

Click here for Google Maps View of AT&T Park, San Francisco.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Google Maps Street View now covers Orlando, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston

Just noticed that Google Maps Street View now has coverage for Orlando, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego. Here's a Google Maps Street View of entrance to Magic Kingdom, Orlando.

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Coal Miners trapped in UTAH

6 Coal Miners were trapped in a coal mine in UTAH. The men were caught in a cave-in at the Crandall Canyon Mine before dawn Monday (8/6/2007). As of last word the rescue workers have still not been able to reach the trapped miners. (more at CNN)

Here's a Google Earth View of Crandall Canyon Mine, UTAH.

Here's a Google Maps View of Crandall Canyon Mine, Utah

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Google Maps API adds geocoding support for India

Google Maps API now adds geocoding support for India. However, it does not seem accurate. Here are couple of examples:

New Delhi, IN 110001 (At Least New Delhi shows up close by) However..scroll down for Mumbai, IN 400026

Mumbai, India 400026 (This is not correct - it finds Mumbai Road outside Hyderabad, India)

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Saturday, August 04, 2007

New 7 Wonders of the World Mapplet

I have created a mapplet version of my New 7 Wonders of the World Google Maps Mashup. What is a mapplet though? (from Google Maps API Blog)
Mapplets are Google Gadgets that are made especially so that they can be loaded by a user on, and have access to the main shared map.
Click here or the image to add the New 7 Wonders of the World to "My Maps" (located at

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Google Maps now adds drive time during rush-hour traffic

You live in Manassas, VA and have a flight to catch from Reagan National Airport, Washington D.C. You head over to Google Maps for directions. Besides showing you the directions and approximate drive time, Google Maps now lets you know how much time it would take to reach Reagan National Airport in Current Traffic Conditions. Nice Feature! which might just help you in catching that flight in time. (via Google-LatLong Blog)

Here's a image of driving directions from Manassas, VA to Reagan National Airport, Washington D.C. taken at 6.30 AM EST which shows that a drive of 32.4 miles will take 1 hour 10 mins in current traffic conditions.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

I-35W Bridge collapses into Mississippi River in Minneapolis

Google Earth View of I-35W Bridge over Mississippi River:

Interstate 35W Bridge over Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed this evening. Click here for Bridge Specs.

From local KARE 11 TV station in Minneapolis
The entire span of the 35W Bridge collapsed about 6:05 p.m. where the freeway crosses the river near University Avenue. Traffic in both directions was affected.

There about 100,000 cars a day traveling over this bridge according to MnDOT and it is believed there were at least 50 cars on the bridge when it collapsed.
Google Maps View of the Bridge location in Minneapolis.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Treatment

Here's a Google Maps View of America's Top 50 Hospitals for Cancer Treatment as mentioned in US News.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Pratibha Patil - India's 1st Woman President

Pratibha Patil was sworn in on July 25th, 2007 as India's first woman President succeeding Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Pratibha Patil now moves into Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi - Official residence of President of India.

Here's a Google Maps View of Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

News Helicopters Collide in Phoenix, Arizona killing 4

Couple of News Helicopters covering a Police Chase in Phoenix, AZ collided in mid-air and then crashing into the ground at Steele Indian Park located in Phoneix, AZ. Quoting CNN
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told The Associated Press that the agency is reviewing air traffic control tapes to see if the helicopters' pilots were communicating before the crash.

"Typically air traffic controllers clear helicopters into an area where they can cover a chase like this," Gregor told AP. "Once they are in the area, the pilots themselves are responsible for keeping themselves separated from other aircraft."
Google Maps view of the crash site.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Burj Dubai becomes the world's tallest building

Burj Dubai becomes the world's tallest building (on July 21st, 2007) at 512.1 metres (1,680.1 feet) overtaking Tapei 101.

Google Maps View of Burj Dubai.

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Blast at Mojave Air and Space port kills 2

CNN is reporting that a blast at Mojave Air and Space Port killed 2 people. This occurred during a test of a new rocket motor for SpaceShipTwo -- a spaceship being built for Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's space tourism company. (more at CNN)

Google Maps View of Mojave Air and Space Port

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Singing Competitions from India - Mapped!

There are couple of Singing Completions taking place on Indian Television. Both are extremely popular with world wide following.

SA RE GA MA PA Challenge 2007 - The auditions for this show was held all over the world. The show narrowed down to 14 finalists (1 from Houston, TX, 3 from Pakistan, 10 from India). Here's a Google Maps View of the Contestants (includes YouTube video clips).

Indian Idol 3 - The format here is the same as American IDOL. Check out the Google Maps View of Indian IDOL 3 Contestants.

Note: In both of these Google Maps Mashups, a Information Window opens up for a random marker on initial page load. Click on the participant image at the top of the page for information window to open up for that particular participant.

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On this day in 2005 - Mumbai, India is paralyzed with 37.2 inches of rain

Mumbai, India recieved 37.2 inches of rain in a 24 hour period on July 26th, 2005. This was followed by another 22.6 inches of rain the next day. Most places don't even get this much rain in a year. Human tragedy as a result - (233 from drowning, 120 from landslide, 24 from stampede, 126 from suffocation in cars after water levels rose rapidly preventing escape, 12 from electrocution) (more at wikpedia)
Google Maps view of Mumbai the city I grew up in.

Video of Mumbai Flood releif 2005

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

On this day - Air France Concorde Flight 4590 crashes near Paris, France

On July 25th, 2000 an Air France Concorde flight en-route to New York from Paris, France crashed outside Paris killing all passengers on board and 4 on the ground. (more at wikipedia)

Google Maps View of the crash site.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Geodesic Polylines on Google Maps

What is Geodesic? Quoting Google Maps API Blog
A geodesic line is the shortest route between two points on the surface of the earth, and often resembles the path that airplanes take to get you to your destination in the most efficient manner.
Google Maps API has been updated so you can now create Geodesic Polyline. I decided to give it a try by adding the optional parameter {geodesic:true} as follows:
new GPolyline(points,"#ff0000", 3, 1,{geodesic:true});

Example: (My aboutme page)

Example: Andrew Speaker's Risky Trip

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Corporate Logos seen on Google Maps

Here are couple of Corporate Logos visible on Google Maps

Coca Cola Logo on a mountainside in Chile (via Google Earth Blog)

Toyota Sales office in Torrance California:

Ford Logo, Dearborn, MI (via Google Earth Blog)

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Visitors trapped for hours inside St. Louis Arch

CNN is reporting that because of an apparent power outage, approx. 200 people were trapped in St. Louis Arch for hours. Power went out at about 8.45 pm on July 21st, 2007. Power was finally restored after 2 hours. (more at CNN)

Google Maps Satellite view of St. Louis Arch:

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Apollo 11 lands on Moon - July 20th 1969

On July 20th 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the Moon making Neil Armstrong and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin the first humans to land on the Moon. (more at wikipedia)

Here's Google Maps view of Moon with landing sites of Apollo 11 and other Apollo missions marked.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Google Maps Street View of Manhattan Transformer Explosion location

Here's a Google Maps Street View of Manhattan Transformer Explosion Location. (news at CNN)

This view is from Grand Central Station looking towards Lexington Avenue and 41st Street.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Brazilian Airliner crash in Sao Paulo kills 200

BBC is reporting that upto 200 people have been killed after a passenger plane, a TAM Airlines Airbus A320 crashed and burst into flames at Congonhas International Airport, as it landed in wet weather, shot over a busy road and hit a fuel depot. (more at BBC)

Google Maps View of Congonhas International Airport.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

100 Great American Towns - Mapped

Here's a Google Maps View of 100 Great American Towns as mentioned in CNN Money. This Google Maps View also has the latest news for each of the 100 Towns via Google News RSS Feeds.

Yes!! the town I live in "Plymouth Township, Michigan" makes it to the top 50!!.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Apollo 11 launches on July 16th, 1969

Apollo 11 the 1st manned mission to moon was launched on this day in 1969 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida (Launch Pad LC 39A). (Google Maps View of the Launch Location).

More at Wikipedia.

Here's video of the launch:

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

New York City Blackout on this day in 1977

New York City Blackout of 1977 lasted for almost 25 hours. It started at 8.37PM on July 13 and it was not until 10.39PM on July 14th that the entire New York City had the power restored. The Blackout was caused by couple of lightening strikes (more at wikipedia)

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Monday, July 09, 2007

New 7 Wonders of the World - Mapped

Here's a Google Maps View (along with video from YouTube) of the new 7 wonders of the world which was announced in Lisbon, Portugal on July 7, 2007.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Illegal Fishing Caught - Thanks to Google Earth

Some fishermen in Spain's Canary Islands are illegally bottom-trawling beaches for fish. How was this discovered? It was seen on Google Earth and reported. (more at OGLE EARTH).

Here's a Google Maps view of the Illegal Act!!


Monday, July 02, 2007

Mapping Google Voice Search via 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411)

You are on the road and you need to find a Pizza Place, how do you go about doing it. Here's what I tried.

1. From my mobile I placed a free call to Google Voice Search (1-800-466-411).
2. It asked me city and state to search in. It recognized my Indian Accent "Plymouth, Michigan".
3. Next it asked me the category and I replied "Pizza".
4. Google Voice Search then started reading off from 1 thru (I think 10) names of Pizza Places in Plymouth, MI.
5. I selected #2 which was Domino's Pizza.
6. Next Google Voice Search asks whether I would like to be connected to Domino's Pizza or have Google Voice Search send me a Text Message with a map link.
7. I replied "Text Message".
8. Within a fraction of a second I get a text message on my mobile with this link:
9. When you click on it here is what you get (shown on the right). Neat!!
(via SearchEngineLand)

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