Thursday, April 19, 2012

Maps Data: Natural Earth

Natural Earth

"Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software."

HTML5 maps

Some Facts About the Space Shuttle

5 Horrifying Facts You Didn't Know About the Space Shuttle - Forbes (1/2)

out of five Shuttles–Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavor—two met a disastrous and fiery fate. That’s a 40% vehicular failure rate (updated) and a flight failure rate of 1.5%.
total program cost per flight of $1.3 billion (total 135 flights)
the Shuttle’s trip to the International Space Station (ISS) was only a 200-250 mile journey… approximately the distance between NYC and Boston. The Shuttle also flew to the Hubble Telescope, which is maintained at an altitude of 350 miles, a little less than the distance from NYC to Norfolk, VA.
the distance between the Earth to the Moon is 238,000 miles."

(about 1000 times more than Shuttle's flight)

Amazon: Jeff Bezos's Top 10 Leadership Lessons - Forbes

Jeff Bezos's Top 10 Leadership Lessons - Forbes
  1. “Base your strategy on things that won’t change.”
  2. “Obsess over customers.”
  3. “We are willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time.”
  4. “There are two kinds of companies: those that try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.”
  5. “Determine what your customers need, and work backwards.”
  6. “Our culture is friendly and intense, but if push comes to shove we’ll settle for intense.”
  7. “If you want to be inventive, you have to be willing to fail.”
  8. “In the old world, you devoted 30% of your time to building a great service and 70% of your time to
  9. “Everyone has to be able to work in a call center.”
  10. “This is Day 1 for the Internet. We still have so much to learn.”