Sunday, May 28, 2006

Marriage And Open Source Dont' Mix?

Saw this article posted on Digg on how Marriage and Science don't mix. It's safe to bet that the same can be said of other nerdy passions such as open source contribution.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

WiFi and Cafes Not Being Such a Good Mix

Maybe it's just me. But if you're this desperate to do some "reading and blogging," you've got a bigger problem than the internet cafe being full. Ever heard of reading a book? Going outside?

Sunday, May 07, 2006

The Random Curvy Line Generator: Google Maps in Europe

When I saw this article announcing Google Maps Europe, I knew I'd find maps that represent a stark contrast to the standard grid pattern of western US cities. I was also reminded of how much maps have changed over the past couple of years.

I'm in Pasadena today for a short visit. I haven't been down here but a couple of times since I lived here six years ago. When trying to find the location of our hotel, etc., using Google maps--I remembered that the last time I'd tried to find my way around on-line in Pasadena would have been with Mapquest. Anybody remember Mapquest? Even today, Mapquest and Google Maps are a stark contrast to each other. See the difference in the two images of Naples Italy, below:

Never mind the fact that the Mapquest map is polluted with ads and extraneous AOL linkage. While both maps are at maximum zoom, the Google map is simply more useful, it's navigation interface is much more graceful and elegant, and the satellite overlay is a fantastic orientation tool.

Imagine when Google Travel combines travel planning services with Google Maps and Google Local to provide you with a customized, Fordor's style travel guide with street by street maps, itinerary, and "recommended stops" (advertisements) along the way. I'm glad somebody's doing it.