Transforming Paper and Plastic into a 3D Interactive Experience

The Google Earth API was used as a foundation for StrataLogica to make use of its sophisticated image rendering logic, satellite imagery and access to built-in tools and navigation controls. As an enterprise scale application, we faced some interesting challenges and gained many insights along the way that we d like to share.

Our first task was to prove we could wrap Nystrom s existing educationally focused maps and globes onto Google Earth while retaining the same high quality resolution delivered in their print products.

Achieving acceptable image resolution resulted in file sizes which were much too large. In addition, we needed to deliver an increased level of map content and granularity of images as the user zoomed into the earth. To address these two issues, we created a custom process that takes an Adobe Illustrator file and outputs Superoverlays in accordance with KML 2.1 standards. Using open source Python frameworks, we created a customized solution that outputs Superoverlays with various levels of content.

Our next challenge was to provide support for authoring and maintaining content, in the browser using the Google Earth plugin. All content is authored and maintained in a content management system CMS in much the same way as any dynamic website. One unique difference is that some of the content elements are geo-referenced coordinates that specify the location of content on earth. In the case of placemark balloons, the geo-referenced coordinates identify hotspots on the Nystrom maps which become clickable when the user turns on a setting. The placemark balloons provide supplementary audio, image, video and descriptive content such as the example shown above for the Appalachian Mountains.

Google Gears: Upgrading from a 1950 s Chevy in Cuba

For obvious reasons, people are often assuming that Google Gears Offline. To me this isn t the case. Gears happens to have three initial APIs LocalServer, Database, WorkerPool that can lend themselves to offline work. However, some people are grokking that WorkerPool and even Database are very useful even if your application never goes offline.

Segue: I am really excited to have Brad Neuberg of Dojo, Rojo, and other non-ojo projects fame, working with me at Google. It is a real pleasure to see the group growing, with great new hires such as Joe Gregorio, and others that haven t made it official yet

I was having a chat about Gears with Brad, and he was talking about how he saw it as a way to update the Web in place. He got it.

Let

New iphone & ipad Database Resources..on Facebook

Filemaker set up a handy new online resource for all of its iPad and iPhone database developers pro and amateur alike. Instead of putting it on their own site though, they started up a Facebook page instead. Odd, but perhaps just a sign of the times. Handy probably come to think of it, since most people are checking their FB feeds more than anything else.

Anyhoo, it looks pretty useful. Packed with demos of how developers are creating Filemaker solutions for the iPhone/iPad combo, tips, videos, links, and of course, updates.

The Facebook :Timeline Now Available Worldwide

Last year we introduced timeline a new kind of profile that lets you highlight the photos posts and life events that help you tell your story. Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. When you get timeline, you ll have 7 days to preview what s there now. This gives you a chance to add or hide whatever you want before anyone else sees it.
You can learn more about these new features by taking the quick tour available at the top of your timeline. If you want to get timeline now, go to the Introducing Timeline page and click “Get Timeline.” Or you can wait until you see an announcement at the top of your home page When you upgrade to timeline, you ll have seven days to review everything that appears on your timeline before anyone else can see it. You can also choose to publish your timeline at any time during the review period. If you decide to wait, your timeline will go live automatically after seven days. Your new timeline will replace your profile, but all your stories and photos will still be there.
If you want to see how your timeline appears to other people, click the gear menu at the top of your timeline and select View As.You can choose to see how your timeline appears to a specific friend or the public.

Social Networking Safety Tips

Using social networks only to send bulletins and promote your business is bad form. The first thing you want to do is create an engaging profile. It s often the first thing people notice. Taking the time set up a simple bio page is well worth the effort. If you re over thirty it may be difficult to grasp the personal nature of online networks.

When I went through on-campus recruiting for accounting firms in 1997 it was all about the navy suit and the ability to make vanilla small talk. We were taught to blend. Not anymore. Today

Training in the 21st Century creates blended learning programs

Unlike traditional training programs that involve substantial travel expenses and lost work time, our blended programs are a combination of multiple training methods tailored to cost-effectively fit your needs. We teach vital new business skills, increase productivity, and create a more effective workforce.

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8 Amazing TV Shows To Watch & How To Start Watching Them

Not only does Beijing offer breathtakingly beautiful scenery, but it also allows you to experience one of the most accessible and traditional forms of Chinese entertainment; acrobatics. China is highly regarded as having some of the most amazing acrobatic shows around the globe, so why not follow the bandwagon and visit one of these amazing shows today with The China Travel Depot.

The tradition of Chinese acrobatics has existed in the culture for over two thousand years and continues today at the country s main training school; Wu Qiao (located in Hebei province) where training begins for students at the age of 5. Some of the most common acts include lion dances or dragon dances (acrobats in hefty costumes dance, roll and jump like lions and dragons), sword swallowing, fire breathing, conjuring and juggling. You may even be treated with a costumed ostrich while the acts prepare their next act.

A personal recommendation is the

Rhode Island School Prayer Plaqoe Debate Highlight Stupidity Of Left s Neutrality Of Religion Nonsense

The founders and framers of the US Constitution and the Republic should be spinning in their graves over the mindset on display in this situation. Well perhaps they have been spinning in their graves ever since 1947, when the Supreme Court ruled in the Everson v. Board of Education case. A Supreme Court Justice at the time, Hugo Black,an anti-Catholic KKK er introduced a wrong interpretation of the framers original intention in his brief about the case, falsely saying that a separation of church and state existed in the constitution.

Though the ruling went in favor of the plaintiff, it set in stone the misguided notion that all religious expression, whatsoever, was expressly forbidden in public institutions by the framers of the constitution. Republican Tea Party candidate running for the state senate seat in Delaware Christine O Donnell, was widely ridiculed for her statement during a debate that there isn t a separation of church and state clause written in the constitution.

She was absolutely correct to state that it s not there, because it isn t, what does however exist, are the following words in the 1st Amendment:.

WordPress Themes Club

The Templatic WordPress Themes Club membership is ideal for any WordPress developer and freelancer that needs access to a wide variety of WordPress themes. This themes collection saves you hundreds of dollars and also gives you the fantastic deal of allowing you to install any of our themes on unlimited domains.

You can see below just a few of our WordPress themes that are included in the club membership

 
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An organization has its own shuttle bus and provide free transportation for their employees is a very common service in China. Workers in schools, government agencies or private businesses all enjoy some sort of transportation tip free bus, taxi re reimbursement etc. on a monthly basis. However, it is quite rare here in North America. A recent article in New York Times exposed that Google is providing this service to the employees in the San Francisco region. I suppose it may be not as needed as in China since most people work in Google can afford cars but it is still a very thoughtful service due to high traffic in the cities. If you can hop onto a free ride and relax, surf on the Internet and get off right in front of your office, it s kinda nice isn t it Anyway, the article says, Google owns 32 buses, their routes cover over 10 cities and 6 counties around SF area. The buses provide free transportation to over 25% of the employees around 1200 people. They even have their own department of transportation I googled Google Bus, but only could find the Korean version of Google Bus, but I have to say this is a great idea to keep their employees and great advertisement

Beside free transportation, Google is doing the best to keep the employees: free cafeteria, free GYM, free rock climbing facilities, free swimming pool, free car wash, and free spa I need to forward this to my Microsoft friends