Online Insights on fiveAA, Sunday, November 18, 2007

November 18, 2007

Global Incident Map
This is interesting! This site consists of a World Map featuring strange and dangerous things that are happening right now in every country in the entire world – and it is updated every few minutes. You can move the map around, zero in on any one area and actually upload the story of what is going on.
It is amazing when you can see the things that are happening in our own backyard and our regional neighbourhood. As at Nov 18, there are arrests over suspicious speed boats in Sri Lanka, FIVE radioactive trucks are stopped at the Belarus border, power station employees evacuated  in NSW due to a Greenpeace protect, meanwhile Greenpeace protestors have blockaded a Palm Oil ship in Indonesia.
In Nigeria there are more attacks on oil pipelines, while there are numerous school bus incidents in the USA.
You also see how many bomb threats are focussed on power stations around the world.
Click on any icon on the map for text update information. It’s not just about Terrorism – it’s about everything happening every minute some place in the world of terrorism threats, explosions, and airline incidents.
Mouse-Over descriptions for more detail, zoom in and out, choose a Satellite/Map/Hybrid view, select a date range from last 7 days to last 12 months.
News Scroller: Immediately below the map there is a scrolling list of the most recently added incidents – click an item of interest to get to the full incident description and links to related news items, as well as a more precise satellite/map image.

Real World Race
An online racing game that uses the satellite view from Google Maps as your custom made racetrack. It takes a while to get the hang of it, but can be great fun.
There are preset racetracks throughout Europe, but you can add your own. I raced through the streets of Adelaide.

If you are going to be under pressure to get a cat or dog for a Christmas present, it’s worth introducing your child to the British RSPCA website where they can adopt a cyberpet.
This is not the only virtual pet site on the net, however this one works on PCs AND Macs, and also lays down the law on the responsibilities of pet ownership.
If your child starts looking after a pet now, and the cyberpet is still alive and happy come Xmas Eve, maybe they will be good pet owners?

Viennese Vegetable Orchestra
“The Vegetable Orchestra performs music solely on instruments made of vegetables. Using carrot flutes, pumpkin basses, leek violins, leek-zucchini-vibrators, cucumberophones and celery bongos, the orchestra creates its own extraordinary and vegetabile sound universe. The ensemble overcomes preserved and marinated sound conceptions or tirelessly re-stewed listening habits, putting its focus on expanding the variety of vegetable instruments, developing novel musical ideas and exploring fresh vegetable sound gardens.”
I strongly suggest watching the video to see footage of the vegetable orchestra during shopping, preparations and some clips of one of their live shows.
Bizarre sound, amazing concept!