Monday, April 30, 2007

Fortune 500 Women CEOs and Gender Pay Gap in America

Here's Google Maps View of Women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies (source Fortune).

Also a Google Maps View of Gender Pay Gap in America. I found this in the May 7th, 2007 Issue of Time Magazine (page 20).

Louisiana had the highest pay disparity. (A College Educated women would earn 64% of what the male counterpart would earn, whereas in West Virginia a women would earn 89% of what the male counterpart would earn.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Hottest Jobs in 2007

Fortune Magazine makes use of Google Maps to show where the hottest jobs in America are for 2007.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Chernobyl disaster - 04/26/1986

Chernobyl disaster - the world's worst accident ever in the history of nuclear power, occured today April 26th, 1986. (more at wikipedia)

Google Maps View of Chernobyl accident location:

Related: Some incredible pictures (found in the comments for this post)

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Business of Baseball on Google Maps

Google Maps view of Baseball's most valuable teams as mentioned in FORBES

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Tragic week in US History (April 15-21)

April 15th. 1865 - Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theater, Washington DC (Google Maps View)

April 16th, 1947 - Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, (Google Maps View) to catch fire, killing almost 600.

April 16th, 2007 - Virginia Tech Massacre: A gunman goes on a shooting rampage killing 33 at the Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg, Virginia (Google Maps View).

April 18th, 1983 - United States Embassy Bombing in Beirut, Lebanon (Google Maps View) where 63 people died.

April 19th, 1995 - Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, (Google Maps View) is bombed, killing 168.

April 20th, 1999 - Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves in the Columbine High School massacre (Google Maps View).

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

British Airways Pilot too sleepy to fly

Passengers from a British Airways flight to London, UK were offloaded at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (Google Maps View) as the Airline crew felt that it did not have enough rest. So after a 13 hour delay which gave ample time for the British Airways Flight crew to rest the passengers were on their way to London. (more here)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Deadliest Shooting in US History at Virginia Tech

A gunman walked into (04/16/2007) a dorm and then into a classroom at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) and killed 32 people in what is now the Deadliest shooting rampage in US History. (more at CNN, CBS, BBC)

(Note: The shooting Monday at Virginia Tech occurs in the same week, eight years ago, as the shooting at Columbine on April 20, 1999)

Here's the timeline of World Wide School shootings on Google Maps (source InfoPlease)

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Oklahoma City - Fast Food Capital of America

Oklahoma city (Google Maps View) gets the distinction of being named the fast food capital of America for 2007. (Source CNN)

Quoting CNN:
What's behind Oklahoma City's propensity to purchase Big Macs? For starters, Oklahoma City ranked No. 15 in the latest survey of "America's Fattest Cities" by Men's Fitness magazine, which based its results on things like gym memberships and the amount of time spent sitting in traffic. That's up from No. 17 last year, but this is not a list you want to move up on.

The city also houses the headquarters of fast food chain Sonic, which has 268 locations across the state. (By comparison, Sonic has only 34 restaurants in all of California.) A quick search of McDonald's locations in the Oklahoma City area turned up 50 Golden Arches in and around the city, so its residents are certainly not wanting for fast-food options.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Aircrafts in a holding pattern over Manchester, NH

Passenger to Air Hostess on a SouthWest Flight 1187 to Machester, NH (Google Maps View): "Hello Miss why is this aircraft not landing, what's the problem".

Now how would you react if the Air Hostess replies "Sir, the Air Traffic Controller at Manchester, NH is on a potty break. As soon as he is done with his thing, we will be at the gate in no time - Here would you like some peanuts!".

The incident did really occur (except the conversations which I made up). Not only did the the potty break delayed the aircrafts in the air it also delayed the takeoff of a Plane carrying lungs for transplant. For more on this story check out CNN

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Sanjaya Malakar on a roll

Sanjaya Malakar moves in to top 7 of American Idol. Haley Scarnato was voted out.

Here's Google Maps view of Sanjaya Malakar and the rest of the American Idol Contestants.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

America's One Trick Towns

Quote from
As America's economy has shifted away from the Heartland, smart small towns have transformed themselves into kitschy tourist destinations. So where can you find a second Eiffel Tower and the world's biggest ball of twine?
Check the locations of "America's One Trick Towns" in this Google Maps Mashups!

(UPDATE! This Google Maps Mashup made it to "Mashup of the Day" at on April 13th, 2007)

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Hey Cabbie! We need a ride to Sedona, Arizona!

No problems Sir! its going to cost you $3000 plus Gas, plus Food, plus lodging.
It's a Deal!

A retired couple moving from New York to Sedona, Arizona did not want their cats to travel in the cargo hold of the plane and like many in New York they don't drive a car so they decided to catch a cab to Arizona. (Source: CNN)

To help the couple and their cab driver out, here's the driving directions via Google Maps from New York to Sedona, Arizona (a 2339 mile journey).

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Twitters of Note: 04/08/2007

Here are some of the twitters I ran into this weekend at my twitter Google Maps page.

Follow Tom Gurry

Follow Rochelle Hartman

Follow Michael Zole

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Friday, April 06, 2007

New Home for Sex Offenders in Miami, FL

Google Maps View of Julia Tuttle Causeway, Miami, FL - the new home for Sex Offenders in Miami, Florida.

CNN is reporting:
Five men -- all registered sex offenders convicted of abusing children -- live along the causeway because there is a housing shortage for Miami's least welcome residents.

The Florida Department of Corrections says there are fewer and fewer places in Miami-Dade County where sex offenders can live because the county has some of the strongest restrictions against this kind of criminal in the country.

Florida's solution: house the convicted felons under a bridge that forms one part of the causeway.

The Julia Tuttle Causeway, which links Miami to Miami Beach, offers no running water, no electricity and little protection from nasty weather. It's not an ideal solution, Department of Corrections Officials told CNN, but at least the state knows where the sex offenders are.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Twitters of Note - 04/05/2007

Here are some of the twitters I ran into today at my twitter Google Maps page. Let me know if you come across any notable and not so notable twitters (send me a screenshot).

Twitter Screen Name: SantaClaus

Twitter Screen Name: jspepper

Twitter Screen Name: fazbalaph

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Sanjaya Malakar in Top 8 of American IDOL

Sanjaya Malakar moves on to Top 8 of American IDOL. Here's Sanjaya Malakar and the rest of the American IDOL contestants on Google Maps. (Red Markers - Contestants voted out!)


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee is located at 450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN. This museum is built around Lorraine Motel where on this day in 1968 (April 4th) Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

Here's the Google Maps View of Lorraine Motel, Memphis, TN.


Google Maps again showing post Katrina Satellite Imagery of New Orleans

After the firestorm of criticism over Google Maps showing pre Katrina Satellite Imagery, Google Maps now is showing post Katrina Satellite Imagery of New Orleans.

Here's what New Orleans Superdome looks like (Images look much sharper now)

I have circled the area in the top left corner which reads "Re-Opening 9-24-2006 GO SAINTS".

In Google Earth it looks like this:

Blue Tarps covering the Roofs (Google Maps View)

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Monday, April 02, 2007

CBS News Top Stories on Google Maps

Here's a Google Maps Mashup of CBS News Top Stories (via CBS News KML Feed).

(Note: Mike Pegg's post on KML and GeoRSS data sources in Google Maps motivated me to create this mashup)

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Google Maps Driving Directions from Detroit to London, UK

This is very funny - Google's Driving Directions from Detroit to London, England (via)

Check this out: Step # 29: Swim across the Atlantic 3462 miles


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Federal Way, WA

Folks at Federal Way, Washington (Google Maps View) - Sanjaya Malakar's hometown, must be happy this morning as Sanjaya Malakar makes it to the top 9 of American Idol.
Also check out American Idol Contestants (top 11) on Google Maps.

Some folks are happy and of them continues her hunger strike:


Twitters on Google Maps

Here's my attempt to create a Google Maps Mashup of Twitters. Click on "Refresh Twitter Map" Button on the Map to get the latest twitters.


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

On this day in 1979 - Accident at Three Mile Island, PA

On this day (March 28th, 1979) a partial core meltdown occurred in the Nuclear Power Plant located at Three Mile Island, PA (more details at Wikipedia).

Here's a 3d view in Google Earth of Three Mile Island (via Google Earth Blog)

Google Maps View of Three Mile Island, PA

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This day in 1862 - Battle of Glorieta Pass, New Mexico

On this day (March 28th, 1862) the Confederate States Army's invasion of New Mexico territory was halted by the Union Forces in the "Battle of Glorieta Pass" (more at Wikipedia)

Google Maps View of Glorieta Pass, New Mexico

Google Earth View of Glorieta Pass, New Mexico

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

On this Day in 1977 - Tenerife Disaster

On March 27th, 1977, 2 Boeing 747 airliners (Pan AM flight 736 and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flight 4805) collied at Los Rodeos Airport located at Tenerife, Canary Islands , Spain (Google Maps View). This accident claimed 583 lives which is one of the highest number of fatalities in aviation history. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon Skywalk - a horse shoe shaped glass walkway over the Colorado River (at a height of 1200 meters and extends approx 65 feet from the edge of the Canyon) is all set to open to General Public on March 28th.

A look at the location of Grand Canyon Skywalk on Google Maps and Google Earth:

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Bloomfield Hills, MI school bans pupils from MySpace

St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic School located in Bloomfield Hills, MI (Google Maps View) has given a ultimatum to students - "Take down your MySpace sites or else don't bother coming to school".

For more on this story check out Detroit News.

Wikipedia: Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Million Dollar Homes being rented for $150 a month in Hawaii

Japanese Billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto will be renting his million dollar homes located in exclusive oceanside Kahala Avenue area, Hawaii (Google Maps View) to native Hawaiian families for $150 a month.

Why is he doing this? Quoting him - "because the affluent people can help the least fortunate people." (Source: CNN)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Happy Independence Day - Tunisia

This day (March 20th) in 1956 Tunisia gains Independence from France. Here's a look at Tunisia on Google Maps.
(more on Tunisia at: Wikipedia, CIA World Fact Book)

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Boy Scout missing from Traphill, North Carolina

(UPDATE: CNN is reporting that Michael Auberry has been found and that he is in good condition. CNN further states that Michael Auberry wandered away from his campsite because he planned to hitchhike home since he was homesick)

12 year old Boy Scout Michael Auberry went missing on March 17th, 2007 from Traphill, North Carolina.

Quoting CNN
Michael and his fellow Boy Scouts were camping north of Wilkesboro, along the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Virginia state line.
If you have any information about this child please contact Wilkes County Sheriff's Office (North Carolina) 1-336-651-7501.

Click here for Google Maps view of the location where Michael Auberry went missing.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Leprechaun in Orange County Florida - Drivers Slow Down!

Leprechaun in Orange County, Florida is handing out not GOLD but traffic tickets. He has been sighted in the vicinity of SR 417 and University Blvd (Google Maps View). (more here).

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Friday, March 16, 2007

NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game History on Google Maps

Google Maps view of NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game from 1939 to 2006. I created this mashup last year but have just added the following additional sort features:
Teams which had traveled most miles to win
Teams which had traveled least miles to win
Teams which had traveled least miles to lose

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Top 25 Crimes of the Century

Time Magazine has come out with a list of what they they think is the Top 25 Crimes of the Century. Here's a Google Maps View of the Top 25 Crimes.

(ProgrammableWeb has this mashup listed today under "Best New Mashups").
(This mashup mentioned on 03/16/2007 by Mike Pegg at GoogleMapsMania)

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