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Proximity Changes Perception

General
Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
7:59 am

As I reviewed news stories about the tragic Oklahoma tornado, I couldn’t help but notice the stark contrast between a photo taken from far away and one taken up close and personal.  The first photo is from NASA: “The image was captured on May 20, 2013, at 19:40 UTC (2:40 p.m. CDT) as the tornado began its deadly swath.”

OKStorm1

The second is from a CBS News account on the day the storm hit: “A child is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., and passed along to rescuers Monday, May 20, 2013.”

OKstorm2

My thoughts and prayers go out to the people who are struggling to cope with the aftermath of this huge disaster.  How wonderful to hear stories of the many, many people who are giving personal, selfless service to help the good people of Oklahoma.

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Happy Discovery: Weather in Google Maps

Technology
Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, August 18, 2011
10:39 am

A Lifehacker tweet caught my eye this morning:

From the ‘why wasn’t this part of it before?’ files: weather in Google Maps lifehac.kr/rntesc

What a great addition to Google Maps! For one who travels frequently as I do, the weather overlay on Google Maps is a godsend. Many times during my career, I have showed up somewhere ill-equipped for the weather and had to buy a coat or sweatshirt to survive. Now, if I can only remember to look at Google Maps, I will be much better prepared.

I wonder when it will show up on my iPhone app?

By the way, do you want to visit us in Mesa, AZ? Maybe in November.

 

However, although the temperature outside is verifiably toasty, my wonderfully air conditioned office registers a mere 78 degrees!

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