When will you get your robot butler? When will we first set foot on Mars? These and countless other questions about the future are answered in this amazing chart of where technology is headed in the next 30 years.
OpenStreetMap recently had it's "State of the Map" conference (Oct. 13-14) in Portland, Oregon. This video was embedded in a great article entitled "The New Cartographers" that summarizes some of the current issues discussed at the conference as well as concerns that confont the project. The project has experienced exponential growth and is a major player in the world of online mapping (think Wikipedia for maps).
Questions to Ponder: What are some advantages (and disadvantages) to an open source mapping data set? What do you imagine is the future for the world largest open-source mapping data?
Tags: mapping, cartography, geospatial, social media.
"UM people believe Saturday’s Kansas State game never should have been played and won’t schedule those types of games again (non-conference road games against Top 25-caliber, NON-marquee teams that aren’t played in UM recruiting areas). Miami will gladly play a Florida and Nebraska and Notre Dame - which are on future schedules - because they are marquee games that would be nationally televised in an attractive time slot, as Notre Dame-UM is this season (7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, NBC). But UM doesn't want two particularly difficult non-conference games in the same season going forward.
Bottom line: UM has no use playing a noon game on FX in Manhattan, Kansas, which is of no benefit to them in any way..."
My two cents: That last statement makes ZERO sense. FX is a national cable network that's making a move into college football. I was in a small town in Maryland on Saturday and I was able to see the Hurricanes-Kansas State game. The next day, I was in Philadelphia and couldn't watch the Miami Dolphins game on CBS because they were airing the Jets game up there instead.
Ultimately, all this seems to translate into: UM would rather the Hurricanes lose to a "marquee" team on a broadcast network in an "attractive time slot."
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested Jackmeoff Mudd recently.
Yes, that is actually the name he is being held under by the BSO.
The 5’6”, 155 pound 54-year-old man was facing a multitude of charges after being arrested. Jackmeoff Mudd faces several charges including: Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Alcohol on the beach, violation of probation, and carrying an open beverage in public...
The IOC fulfilled its promise not to feature one minute of silence during Friday’s opening ceremony. Instead, it offered two pauses of remembrance. Neither was for the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered at the 1972 Games.
First, the ceremony paused—in the words of the BBC’s commentators—for “a moment of remembrance for all people in all countries” in order to honor “the fallen of two world wars and all other conflicts.”
After this generic war moment, the ceremony then paused later for a second moment of silent reflection “to respect our memorial wall for friends and family of those in the stadium that cannot be here tonight.” (According to the BBC website, “spectators were asked to present images of loved ones” who had passed away.)
IOC President Jacques Rogge had previously attempted to justify the decision not to honor the victims of the Munich terrorist attacks by saying that “the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident.”
It’s now clear that Rogge wasn’t telling the whole truth. It’s not that the opening ceremony wasn’t fit to remember tragedies. It’s that the IOC wanted to pick and choose which tragedies to remember. The fallen from world wars and the deceased relatives of people with opening ceremony tickets made the cut. The victims of a terrorist attack that occurred at the Olympics four decades ago did not.
People headed into the National Academy of Sciences this morning passed by a curious sight: The institution's memorial of Albert Einstein was covered in yarn from head to toe, resulting in a colorful oddity that greeted researchers and other...
Starbucks’ relationship with New Yorkers has now settled into middle age. And as anyone who’s ever forged bonds in the throes of passion knows, time tends to dull a suitor’s ardor. The idiosyncratic qualities that once made New Yorkers the object of such intense interest and attention in the first place—our standoffishness, our demanding nature, our very unattainability—have come to be viewed as annoyances, or worse. The signs of strain in Starbucks’ relationship with New Yorkers have been visible for some time.
The cushy chairs were the first to go. The original flagship New York City store was shuttered. Then some city Starbucks stores started barring laptop use during peak hours. Reuters broke the story last year that many New York City stores have begun to block electric outlets to discourage laptop users altogether. Last winter, under the headline, “Just a ‘wee’ change,” the New York Post reported that the city’s Starbucks had been steadily closing its restrooms. The Post quoted “a source familiar with the company’s New York plans,” as complaining that “Starbucks cannot be the public bathroom in the city anymore.” Those discounted refills (actually free if you have a Starbucks Rewards card) now are the subject of increasingly frequent grilling at the counter by those once highly solicitous baristas: Did you really consume that beverage in the store? And, as message boards with names like www.ihatestarbucks.com attest, the interrogation sometimes continues as to whether the consumption actually took place over the last hour...
Time to get one last cafecito for the road, because David's Café II will close its doors at the end of the week.
Owner Adrien Gonzalez told Short Order that the iconic Lincoln Road fixture, which serves much-needed shots of liquid adrenaline along with authentic Cuban cuisine, is closing the Lincoln Road location for good at the end of the week in yet another case of small independent restaurant owners being squeezed out by high rents.
Gonzalez wasn't sure whether David's would close on July 22 at night or early July 23. In any event, there will be no parties, no blowout celebrations. Just a few last coladas and pastelitos among friends...
Since its deployment during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, the USS Enterprise has seen conflicts ranging from the war in Vietnam to those in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan.
The U.S. Navy’s oldest operating vessel, the world’s first nuclear-powered carrier, made its final port stop in Naples, Italy, on Friday before setting sail for its home port, Norfolk, Va., where it will be broken down piece by piece before its steel ligaments are sold off for scrap. Its last hurrah mirrored its first. The Enterprise made its inaugural stop in Naples after its commissioning in 1962.
The Enterprise embarked on its 25th and final deployment in March, to the Middle East. In those seven months, its 180 aviators flew roughly 8,800 sorties and the ship crossed the Strait of Hormuz 10 times, peacefully facing off against Iranian sailors amid building tensions in the region. During its longest period at sea, the crew went 52 days without setting foot on land.
A woman who claims the Transportation Security Administration detained her from her flight because the agent didn’t like her attitude has posted a video of the confrontation on YouTube.
The 22-second video has 45,000 views as of Monday morning. It is posted under the name AirportVideoofTSA. The person who uploaded the video writes, “I was not allowed to board a plane (even though I had already been through airport security) because I drank my water instead of letting the TSA “test” it. The TSA agent finally admitted that it wasn’t because they thought I was a security risk-it was because the TSA agent, Louis Godeaux, was mad at me!"
"This 'Canes disaster, I have never seen our defensive tackles this bad. EVER. Horrific. Poor. That's a bad football team right now, the Miami Hurricanes. BAD! And there needs to be some accountability. There needs to be some leadership! You cannot go to Manhattan, Kansas and get your ass dragged up and down the field by a team ranked #21. Do you know what they did after they beat the living piss out of us? Still 21! There's no respect for our program anymore. How did it get to a point where we don't have respect?!?! We're like Eastern Michigan!..."
A persistent drought compounds a problem already besetting farmers, they and agriculture economists said. About a third of the country’s corn is diverted to produce ethanol under federal renewable energy standards. Ethanol production already had driven up the price of corn in recent years.
“The ethanol policy is a bad idea because the impacts of a drought are much more severe than it used to be,” said Colin Carter, a UC Davis agriculture economist.
Livestock producers have lobbied for changes to the ethanol policy, but to no avail. The ethanol issue underscores the severity of the problems in the animal industry, said Bill Mattos, president of the California Poultry Federation.
Just days away from the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics, controversy is already brewing. Turns out that in the spirit of the Olympic motto, “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” the BBC has decided to change its journalistic standards to “Lower, Dumber, and Jesus Christ, who wrote this crap?”
An Israeli woman who had received the news that she was pregnant the morning of her flight to Bulgaria was among the victims killed in yesterday’s terror attack at the Burgas airport according to Israel’s Channel 2 news.
Kochava and her husband Itzik Chriqui left on vacation for three days to Bulgaria. On the day of the flight, it was revealed that she was finally pregnant after attempting unsuccessfully to have a child for four years. Her husband suffered from minor injuries and returned to Israel to receive treatment.
Her sister was shocked when she received the tragic news of Kochava’s death that afternoon, as they waited for Itzik at Ben Gurion airport.
“Those evil murderers. She is a 42-year-old pregnant woman. Two of them went, her and her baby. They were just going away for a three-day vacation and they had to return in a coffin” said one of Kochava’s sisters, Yael Mored, in anguish.
“She was our little sister,” added another sister of Kochava. “She had no children and got pregnant after four years of treatment. The day she left for the trip, she received the news that she was pregnant.”
Lots of successful people have degrees from the University of Miami. Everyone from Gloria Estefan to, like, 10 percent of the NFL. But some of the school's most famous former students never graduated -- either opting to transfer or quit college altogether. Current UM kids, don't take this as inspiration to drop your studies. We're sure we could show you a totally depressing list of completely unfamous UM dropouts that includes everyone from strippers to professional parent-moochers. Keep up those studies.
1. Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, and his wife, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry 2. Ben Folds, lead singer of Ben Folds Five
3. Micky Arison, owner of the Miami Heat and CEO of Carnival Corp.
4. Grace Slick, lead singer of Jefferson Airplane
5. Sylvester Stallone, actor, screenwriter, and director 6. Patti Scialfa, guitarist of the E-Street Band
7. Kimbo Slice, punches things for money
8. Jeff Garlin, actor on Curb Your Enthusiasm 9. Charles Grodin, actor 10. Enrique Iglesias, singer
Triple PunditBreaking News: Panasonic, Energizer, P&G Promise to Ramp Up Battery ...Triple PunditPanasonic, Duracell (Procter & Gamble), Energizer and Rayovac today have promised to accelerate the recycling of household batteries.and more »...
Justice Department officials today offered $1 million for the capture of the five Mexican "border bandits" who killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry with an ATF-sourced weapon in the mountains south of Tucson.
Agent Terry's death has been at the center of the Congressional investigation into a botched ATF gun-smuggling investigation dubbed "Fast and Furious." Two weapons linked to the shooting of Agent Terry made it into criminal hands as a result of that operation, which sought to track smuggled guns to drug cartel kingpins. A dispute between Congressional investigators and the Justice Department over "Fast and Furious" documents led to Attorney General Eric Holder being held in contempt of Congress last month.
But despite all the controversy, the details of how Agent Terry was killed have never been revealed until today.
At a news conference in Tucson, Justice Department officials said that on December 14, 2010, Agent Terry and his Border Patrol team were trying to intercept five men who had crossed into the U.S. from Mexico and tripped electronic sensors planted in the southern Arizona desert. The federal agents confronted the men, opening fire with beanbags, not bullets.
It turned out the men were "border bandits," armed gangsters who rob drug smugglers. The bandits returned fire, and in the firefight, Agent Terry was killed. One of the bandits was shot in the foot, and taken into custody, but four other suspects escaped while agents were tending to Agent Terry...