Monday, May 25, 2009

Map the Fallen


A few weeks ago I wrote about a new initiative of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation that utilized a map to put a face on those affected by spinal cord injuries. This past week at a gathering of veteran entrepreneurs I was privileged to see a preview of another map apropos for launch on Memorial Day. Sean Askay, an engineer at Google, pursued this project on his own time. Sean writes,
This Memorial Day I would like to share with you a personal project of mine that uses Google Earth to honor the more than 5,700 American and Coalition servicemen and women that have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have created a map for Google Earth that will connect you with each of their stories—you can see photos, learn about how they died, visit memorial websites with comments from friends and families, and explore the places they called home and where they died.
Check it out! http://www.mapthefallen.org/
I too salute those fallen brothers and sisters that have paid the ultimate price.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

iPhone Paper Clip Stand

I recently wrote a post and article about my fondness for the Apple iPhone 3G. Last fall while traveling to the Northwest, I watched videos on my iPhone to pass time as a passenger driving each 5-hour leg of our journey. It was fantastic except that I struggled to find an acceptable viewing angle for the phone on a tray in my lap. My inventive mind had me designing; my resourceful instinct led to searching the Internet first; and to my surprise I found this:

I'll definitely give it a try; thank you Dean! Read his full post.
Get the template (in PDF) at Dean's website.