Flight Following (Personal Safety Category): More than a few folks traveling by air have showed up at home when they weren't expected - and, the other way around. Now there's a way to alleviate that problem once and for all because "technology" has delivered robust real-time flight following to your computer or hand-held! Use the links below to find out how, or click here to understand how pilots manage the incredibly complex technology of today's aircraft.
A Map of Every Passenger Plane in the Skies at This Instant (Smithsonian Smart News, September 17, 2012)
Student Following (Privacy Category): In follow up to a post I ran earlier this year (RFID Tracking of Students Comes to San Antonio), Wired magazine has provided an update. For more, click below:
Tracking School Children With RFID Tags? It’s All About the Benjamins (Wired, September 7, 2012)
Street View Following (Law Enforcement Category): Hey, it wouldn't be Friday if I weren't passing along some inane story about Google's Street View - and last time I checked, it's Friday. Click below to learn how a Street View driver is faster than a speeding bullet while driving through Detroit (If the guys and gals driving Street View cars in places like this aren't getting Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay, they should be):
Google Street View Camera Captures the Business End of a Gun (betabeat.com, September 19, 2012)
Follow On Zombie Attack (Munching on Your Neighbor Category): FEMA has recently decided to follow the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by sponsoring a preparedness campaign based on an anticipated Zombie Attack. Sorry, try as I may, I don't get it. Something tells me there are a couple of very slick advertising "weavers" on Madison Avenue and soon a small boy is going to be shouting out something along the lines of: "The Emperor isn't wearing any clothes." Decide for yourself, click below:
No, Really: Gov't Warns of 'Zombie Apocalypse' (AP, September 6, 2012)
Follow That Nose! (Mild Attempt at Subject Matter Redemption Category): London's MailOnline recently ran a piece on "smell maps" that are being developed for various cities around the world. Created by artist Kate McLean, the maps are offered as a way to enhance understanding of a city's environment. As envisioned by Ms. McLean, the concept could be used to promote tourism. As envisioned by me, the maps could be used to help create a baseline for a sniffer system of sensors that's looking for trouble (toxic release, etc.). Anyway, for a whiff of this story, click below:
Who Nose the Way? Artist Creates 'Smell Maps' of Cities Across the World in Tribute to Our Most Under-Appreciated Sense (MailOnline, September 18, 2012)
All for this week. Have a great weekend!