*President-elect Barack Obama has yet to show off his basketball skills to the nation at large, but with his new world ball from George Mason University, he is one step closer! Obama was presented with a world ball during his January 8th economic address held at the university. The ball was developed by head basketball coach Jim Larranaga (an avid supporter of geographic literacy), chair of the university geography department Dr. Alan Falconer, and National Geographic Maps. Perhaps now the president-elect can finally show us those three-pointers!
*What’s new in 2009 for Apple? They’re putting geography at the center of the iPhoto application! With iPhoto Places, the pictures you take on your iPhone are automatically “georeferenced” with the location where you snapped your picture. You can then search through your album of pictures using place terms (so a picture taken at the Statue of Liberty will be tagged with “New York” and “Statue of Liberty”). You can also use this data in iPhoto Maps, which creates a map of your journey according to the picture tags you choose.
*Do you know your state’s motto? Perhaps not, however with t-shirts and mounted prints of state mottos made from this map, you can finally learn. This Intelligent Travel post details more about the state motto project from visual artist Emily Wick.