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Where In The World. . .

Learning geography doesn’t have to be boring.

Although, honestly, dudes, just typing that sentence above has me yawning. Stuffing your head full of facts and figures and geospatial relationships can put anything to sleep, no matter the caffeine dose or the biochemical load of stimulants.

Or so I’ve heard.

From other people.

Moving on.

Despite the boredom inherent in the academic learning of geography, the global citizens of today (that’s you folks and your young dudettes and young dudes) need to know more than the nearest neighborhood. It helps to understand that when news talking heads are discussing Ukraine and Russia fighting, we know where they are in relation to each other.

The best way I’ve found to instill a if not love of, then tolerance for geography, is maps.

My dad and his wife travel. A lot. What I like to do is find where they’re going to be and then do a little research. My young dudes used to talk with their grandfather before he set off, he’d tell them where he was going and then they’d hit the maps with me to find the country.

We would look at that country’s information and physical layout to think about what he might want to do while he’s there, or what other countries he might want to visit.

The young dudes actually loved doing that and still, to this day, remember some interesting facts about various countries that had played host to their grandfather, yet still exist today.

You don’t have to have a globetrotting relative to play this game, though. While watching some of the World Cup matches, I realized we could be doing the same sort of game, only with countries participating in the tournament.brasila_1000

The good folks at Wired Magazine had the same idea. They went out and secured satellite pictures of every country participating.

That’s Brazil, by the way. It’s a nice little travelogue flipping through the various satellite images. Get your little dudes with you when you sit down to look and see what questions you can answer.

Who knows? You might even learn a thing or three.

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Dude, Wherefore Art Thou?

You dudes are frakkin’ everywhere.

No, seriously.

It’s like this. Every once in a while, WordPress (the fine folks who host this humble blog) will send along a packet of information about who reads the blog and how many and stuff like that. You know, stuff that interests only me and, maybe, Barry.

However, this time, I found something I thought you might enjoy. It’s the list of places from where people — people like you — read the Dude’s Guide. And, dudes, I’ve got to say: I was completely flabbergasted when I read this list. Go ahead and take a gander at the screencap I pulled off the report.

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All total, there are 51 countries from which this blog has been accessed. Now, I’m not saying that anyone actually reads this blog when it gets accessed. For all I know, this might be some sort of automatic program crawling through blogs looking for some place to put spam.

Of course, it could be that there are people in each of those countries reading the blog. It could be.

Personally, that’s what I choose to believe. Not because I have an enormous ego and find it nice to have it stroked in this way. Although it is nice. No, I want to believe that because it’s just so cool that someone as far away as the USSR or Australia or some other tiny little nation, can just hop on their computer and call up a blog that I’m writing upstairs in my house.

I still remember the thrill I got when first I received a modem. I was living in Jacksonville at the time and modems still were rather new in the personal computing space. Yeah, I had to go through the squealing and squeaking and all that noise, but it was worth it, just to see those white letters crawling across the black screen.

I was talking to someone in California on my computer screen. It was awesome then and it’s awesome now. We tend to take this sort of thing for granted, the instant communication with people on the far side of the globe. I know I do as well. But sometimes I get reminded what a really tremendous accomplishment this is.

We are forming a global community in ways those hippies in the 1960’s never considered or would have thought possible. There’s commerce, communication, stuff! And it’s as easy as simply sitting down at a computer and turning it on.

That is pretty awesome! Take a minute to think about it. Maybe talk to your young dudes as well. Sometimes we need to step back and realize there really is a forest around us. Wonderful, amazing things are taking place all around us all the time if only we take the time to notice.

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Creepy Or Creeptastic?

by Richard

I don’t know if I should be creeped out, or just overjoyed with the sheer awesomeness of it all.

I’m talking about Google’s Street View. It’s a part of Google Maps that allows you to actually see a photograph, in 360 degrees, of the address you’re looking up. Well, now they’ve taken it one step further.

They’ve put together all in one place a collection of street view images from amazing sites around the globe, including Kennedy Space Center. And it’s all in one place for you dudes to take a gander at.

Here’s a link to where they’ve got the whole Magilla all put together.

Some of the views include the Swiss Alps, the wonders of the world, Antarctica and the Amazon. It’s amazing the pictures they’ve got on offer. If you want, all you have to do is click on the see in Google Maps link and then you can really go to town. You can control the angle from which you’re viewing the scene, make it go higher or lower, turn left or right.

It’s almost like being there. Without the different weather, different foods, different people, diff– Okay, not almost just like being there, but it is a pretty cool place to look at some of the world’s wonders.

Okay, sure, there are those who get a little creeped out by the knowledge that Google is in vans riding around the country, heck, the world and taking pictures of everything it sees, but I’m not one of them. I’ve decided being creeped out by this is just plain silly. This is too cool to be creepy.

Seriously, get yourself over there and have a good time taking a short visual tour of the world.

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