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A Word About Word Press, and This Site

If you are enjoying this site, I want to thank you for visiting, but first, give the “devil” it’s due. This site, as you may have noticed,  is built using Word Press, which is a powerful (and free!) software platform to manage on-line publishing. It is a great tool that can have anyone publishing on-line in no time at all, and worth a look if you want to have a site, blog, or even a mere great-looking on-line address to gather your thoughts, post your pictures, etc.

Now, great as WP is, it would not be nearly as powerful or impressive, were it not for the legion of fans that toil daily on improving the software and what, and how it does what it does. The WP community is vibrant, energetic, and inspiring– heck, the idea for this site was borne after spending a few hours digging through the pages of illustrators, programmers, stay at home publishers, students, and many others that use this wonderful tool. If you happen to be a WP user and have ever posted at least one tip, sample, free theme, script, plug in, etc. I thank you and salute you! Again, this post couldn’t be made with out you.

Special thanks got to Evan Eckard, who created the theme upon which this site is built upon. You sir, rock!

Bing Maps: The World (augmented) in your hands.

Alongside writing, the ability to create accurate representations of the landscape (i.e.. mapping), has been a key element to the advancement of societies. But where do you go to once that you have had the ability to see and experience the world remotely (as we have for years) with services such as Google Maps?  The answer (or at least a glimpse of the amazing undiscovered possibilities for mapping) was presented by Bing at the TED Conference recently.

In a short presentation where Bing’s Blaise Agüera y Arcas (love the name) also demonstrated that Steve Jobs is not the only one that knows how to launch a product from a stage, the boys from Redmond displayed some of the old-time mojo that once gathered to them legions of fans.

The application, which allows to coordinate live video feeds with a pretty awesome enhanced version of Bing’s maps engine takes you, well, where other maps haven’t taken you before: indoors, combining video and mapping in a vision of mapping that had escaped even many in the sci-fi crowd. For example, the service can use geo tagged images from flicker (say MS, what happened with picassa?) to inmerse you in the experience when browsing a map at street-level. This is a revolutionary jump for photography, and as significant as the invention of the portable camera was in its time.

In case you think the hyperbole  is getting out of hand, click on to the videos and be awed. As you watch, take the time to reflect on the many implications for privacy, commerce, military use, exploration, and even social networking. The Big Bad Boys in Redmond, finally have something that is truly worthy of the Bing! Dope

The presentation a TED:

The Bing Maps video from Bing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0Z3NSff3I0