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Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane.
This comedian doesn't just get laughs; he uses stand-up as a platform for discussing important social issues and to foster greater cultural understanding. His big goal is to break stereotypical perspectives of Muslims and show that "there are good people everywhere." Here is another of his entertaining and education TED talks.
Tags: Middle East, TED, globalization, culture, Islam.
Humor ??? The most important in life !! Can somebody imagine the everyday, Hard, Dangerous, Tedious, Blunt and Dul life without HUMOR ??? Ask the Jews people !!! The Humour, the Inteligent one, helped them living thru the hardest time to conquer, and to survive, and to remain still as "Israel", one of the Happyest Country. So, is Humor Important ?????
This map show Father's Day celebration dates around the world. The Father's Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in June, as a day to honor fathers and to express their love and affection for them.
Happy Father's Day to those of you celebrating it this June 16th. You can consult this interactive map to determine when countries officially celebrate Fathers Day and you may also wish to consult this map for Mothers Day.
Aprovechando la celebración del día del Padre, les envío un mapa de cuales son los lugares y las fechas en las que se celebra este día en todo el mundo. Como se puede apreciar, el tercer domingo de junio es la fecha más usada para darle un justo homenaje a quien. además de habernos dado la vida, nos entregó todo su amor, su sabiduría y su protección en nuestros años formativos. Para todos los papás del mundo, un feliz día!!!
Languages that evolve at high elevations are more likely to include a sound that's easier to make when the air is thinner, new research shows
"Many of us tend to think of Antarctica as a sheet of solid snow and ice. But, in contrast with its peer to the north, the southern pole's ice sheet lies atop a rocky continent. What are its features, its mountains and valleys, plains and coastlines?
A new dataset from the British Antarctic Survey provides the most detailed map ever of the bedrock below, information scientists hope will enable them to better model the affects of climate change on the ice, whose melting will have an impact on climate the world over."
This video sheds some light on explorations to uncover truths about one of the most remote places on Earth.
Tags: Antarctica, water, physical, remote sensing, geospatial.
Talking about challanges - Amundsen and Scott sure had a tough one!
New geologic map helps scientists understand ancient volcano’s roots and contemporary rock falls.
On a personal note, my very first globe and National Geographic magazines were given to me by my grandparents who noticed I had an affinity for all things geographic. They lived just outside Yosemite Park and they made sure I explored it frequently while I was growing up so I have a soft spot for this particular national park. My grandmother informed me that El Capitan was the largest single piece of granite on Earth and my skeptical 3rd grade mind replied, "Is that a fact or an opinion?" Informal geographic education had a greater impact on my educational path than the formal K-12 curriculum. Without those simple nudges, I doubt I would be a geographer today.
Tags: California, physical, geomorphology, erosion, landforms.
We've all heard stories about the horrible air quality in Beijing (especially during the 2008 Olympics). Here's a picture of Beijing by Tom Anderson that I find riveting. The skies are obviously polluted but this image shows two competing cities that are vying for control of China's future. In the foreground we see a cosmopolitan capital that is sophisticated and technologically advanced, engaged in the great connections that come from industrial growth. On the other side we see the industrial city that is recklessly producing copious amounts of consumer products with little regard for the environment or worker safety that can be seen as the dirty side of globalization. Both images are true reflections of China in the 21st century and the tension between the two will be one of China's great issues in the foreseeable future.
Tags: pollution, China, development, economic, megacities, East Asia, industry.
Traduction : Tout le monde a entendu parler de l'"airpocalypse" qui décrit l'horrible qualité de l'air à Pékin (particulièrement pendant les JO de 2008). Ici est présentée une photo (prise par Tom Anderson) véritablement fascinante. Le ciel est obstrué de fumées et de pollution, mais cette photo montre surtout 2 "villes" en concurence rivalisant pour obtenir le contrôle du futur de la Chine. Au premier plan, nous pouvons voir une capitale cosmopolite, sophistiqué, technologiquement avancée, engagée par les connections qui naissent de la croissance industrielle. D'autre part, en arrière plan, on distingue la ville industrielle qui produit imprudemment une quantité copieuse de biens de consommations, avec peu d'intérêt pour les normes environnementales ou la sécurité au travail, qui peuvent être vus comme les grands oubliés de la globalisation. Les deux plans sont les deux reflets de la Chine au 21ème siècle, et leur opposition sera l'un des grands enjeux du pays dans les années à venir.
This image is from June 11, 2013, but if you click on the link you will see an image of Popocatépetl that is refreshed every minute. This massive volcano looms over Mexico City and plays a key role in the mythology of the city. The images are taken from a relatively new station in Tochimilco (clouds or intense weather might occasionally limit the visibility of the volcano).
Tags: Mexico, physical.
Maps that are dynamic, adapting to current conditions like traffic, are the most useful of all, which helps explain why Google wants to buy a popular social mapping service.
What America can learn from one of the most sustainable food nations on Earth.
Many feel that corporate expansion within the food industries is inevitable because that's what we are currently experiencing in highly globalized countries such as the United States. Bolivia proves an example of a country that that has rejected corporate hegemony in the marketplace because they support traditional food choices and local vendors. Keep in mind that we shouldn't overly romanticize Bolivia, but they are a compelling example showing that consumers can impact food options.
Tags: food, globalization, South America, folk cultures, indigenous, culture, Bolivia.
More food related fodder for your fantastic friday.
PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan again condemns the anti-government protests in Turkey, saying they do not constitute a Turkish Spring.
Many young citizens are accusing the Turkish government of becoming increasingly authoritarian and have taken to the streets as they fear that their secular society will follow more traditional Islamic values (just last week, the sale of alcohol was outlawed). Over 1,700 have been arrested in 67 cities in these protests in the last few days.
Tags: conflict, political, Turkey.
Back in 1992, most legal immigrants came from Latin America and Europe. Nowadays, they tend to come from Asia and Africa.
These statistics only include documented migrants although the number of undocumented migration (mostly from Latin America and the Caribbean) has declined since 2007.
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Houston is blessed by topography and geography. But the city's recent success is really a masterclass in learning from history.
In this article from the Atlantic, Derek Thompson says that Houston combines some great advantages (1-stength in energy resources and 2-proximity to Latin America) to be the U.S. metropolitan region that has grown the most since the recession.
Tags: urban, economic.
Today was the first of the T3G Institute at the Esri headquarters and the wonderful team has shared great resources that I found incredibly useful for teachers to use great web maps. So what makes a great web map. A great web map should be highly interactive, intuitive, and be able to function at various scales. This video helps to show the power of maps to help tell a great story or to share spatial content.
The presenters each shared an exemplary web map.
Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
Outstanding... and beautiful map stories.
Incredible tools to teach geography and get kids excited about it! So cool!
The UN projects Kenya to grow older and healthierSummary:
Tags: population, demographics, models, Africa, Kenya.
Aging populations in LDCs? Modern medicine and education at work
The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings, of the familiar terms on today's maps of the World, Europe, the British Isles and the United States. For instance, where you would normally expect to see the Sahara indicated, the Atlas gives you "The Tawny One", derived from Arab. es-sahra “the fawn coloured, desert”.
This is a fun set of maps that forces us to reexamine the historical linguistic roots of place names. Many toponyms have a complicated histories so the actual root of the name is not always a single straightforward translation as shown in these maps. As you explore these maps, most readers will find something the they would dispute, correct, or want to see contextualized more but all in all, it is a fun set of maps.
Tags: language, mapping, art, cartography, toponyms, historical.
If you haven't discovered CGP Grey yet, his YouTube channel is a veritable fountain of geographic tidbits. His distinctive style helps to contextualizes some of the more odd and complicated parts of Earth's borders. If you want another example, watch Bizarre Borders, part 1 which focuses on countries within countries and single-neighbor countries.
Tags: borders, political, North America.
Rising waters spilled onto flood plains and into cities across Germany. Central Europe has endured its worst flooding since medieval times.
If you having been following the news lately, central European countries such as Germany and Poland are experiencing major flooding right now. Compare this image above to one where the Elbe isn't flooding and you'll quickly be able to visualize extent of the flooding.
Tags: Germany, remote sensing, disasters, environment, geospatial.
From The Hunger Games trilogy: different perspectives on the country of Panem.
This imagined geography in the Hunger Games is loosely based on what a post-apocalyptic North America (that's partially submerged) might look like. This is but one of the many maps collected on this pinterest board that I found through GISetc.
This is great, check out the different (all imagined) geographical differences!
Middle schoolers loved the trilogy. What an awesome way to build regional identity (sense of place) by using these maps as a jumping off point to research how these regions got their identity!
Cool concept. Could we use such a resource for studets t create maps of historical events, literary settings, biographical stories, personal narratives?
Essay #3 for the AP Human Geography 2013 exam focused on how railroads and highways impacted the size and form of U.S. cities. Andy Baker, one of the great readers on that question has put together an interactive map filled with tangible examples of how Indianapolis' land use history has been heavily influenced by the railroads and highways. This would be a great resource to prepare students to answer that FRQ.
Tags: transportation, urban, models, APHG.
Can you tell a Vancouver mansion from a crack shack?
Which homes were once being used to sell illegal drugs and which homes could be sold for over $1 million? It is not as easy to distinguish between the two as you might think. What constitutes affordable housing can change dramatically from neighborhood to neighborhood. Want more? Try Crack Shack or Mansion II.
Tags: housing, narcotics, urban, economic, place, socioeconomic, neighborhood.
A growing body of mortality research on immigrants has shown that the longer they live in the United States, the worse their rates of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
This article highlights a fascinating cultural shift that impacts the migrants that come to the United States. The second generation might have more money but they tend to live shorter lives than their parents. As the next generation becomes integrated into American pop culture, unhealthy habits follow (smoking, drinking, high-calorie diets and sedentary lifestyles).
Tags: migration, popular culture, population, food, culture.
An isogloss is a line that divides regions based on the words that are used to describe the same item or concept. This series of 22 maps is a delicious way to visualize some of the lingusitic differences in the United States. Why are these distinct vocabulary terms regionally used?
Notice that this map shows that Rhode Island and Wisconsin are distinct in using the term "bubbler" where there rest of the country would refer to the same object as a drinking fountain (West) or a water fountain (South).
Tags: language, North America, mapping, regions.
22 mapas que muestran las diferencias lingüisticas del inglés en Estados Unidos. Herramientas para la geografía lingúistica que visualizan las isoglosas
And of course, regional accent variants are often accompanied by a wide variety of lexical variants.
Try to replicate it with development schemes all you want, but you're overlooking what makes New York City—and other places of ambition—so great.
Part of the economic success of a city can be an overriding cultural ethos of the metropolitan area. This elusive spirit of the city is often referred to as a sense of place, which many sound 'fluffy' to some, but can have some very tangible impacts on the urban economic development. This article answers the question, "How does a sense of place impact urban economic development?" by using various U.S. cities such as New York City, Portland and San Francisco.
Tags: urban, economic, place, neighborhood.