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INFONUZE: 3-D Maps, Indoor Maps - Coming from Google

Three short news articles:

“Google Announces Massively Improved 3-D Views for Google Earth, StreetView Backpacks & Offline Maps for Mobile”


 “Google deploying planes over cities for 3-D maps”


“Google gets the jump on better 3-D maps with a ‘fleet of planes’”


No drones.

Privacy concerns?    





Wear the Screen


WebMD has a recent article titled “Melanoma Rates Skyrocketing in Young Adults: Melanoma Risk Now Six Times Higher in People under 40.”

Sunscreen helps prevent melanoma, a skin cancer caused by ultraviolet rays, which is very hard to stop once you have it. Yet many people forget to take sunscreen along, or forget to put it on. It does no good if it stays in your house or in your bag.

Consumer Reports has rated sunscreens for effectiveness and cost-value. For one thing, price does not reflect performance.

Consumer Reports recommends an SPF factor of at least 30.  If you only have SPF 15 at hand, by all means use it instead of nothing.

If you are a man, you may think you are tough, but you are not tougher than the sun or melanoma. So please wear sunscreen when you are outdoors. If you are outside long enough to get some tan, you need it.

If you are a woman, chances are good that you are wearing facial cosmetics that contain SPF 15. Consider buying a moisturizer with SPF 30 the next time you replace, or buy it now for the summer, and use the rest of your SPF 15 after the sunny season is over.

Another tip: apply sunscreen on your lips if you are outdoors. Lips are not immune to melanoma. Ordinary lipsticks and lip balms do not contain sunscreen, but it is possible to find balms with sunscreen.

WebMD has an article based on the Consumer Reports (CR) article. You can find it here. It tells what CR studied and what they learned about a variety of brand names and SPF factors. It also discusses risks of spray-ons as well as the need to include additional means of sun protection such as hats.

Here is an “Overview and Facts” article on melanoma. More articles.



June Culture & Trivia

June Culture & Trivia


June Flowers are Honeysuckle and Rose. As the rose was pictured in May, we have Honeysuckle for June.

Did you know that no other month begins on the same day of the week as June does? This is true both in leap years and ordinary years. Additionally, June and March end on the same day of the week every year.

One legend has it that June was named for Juno, the wife of Jupiter. Juno is the Roman equivalent of the Greek Hera. Hera was the goddess who protected marriage and the hearth/home of the married couple. Hence, we have the tradition of June weddings to this day.

Midsummer Night / Summer Solstice (June 20-21, the longest day/shortest night in the northern hemisphere) is celebrated all over Europe and in various places in North America, often with bonfires. In some places, people still practice the ancient custom of throwing old things into the fire to symbolize releasing the old and being open to receive the new, as a practice of spiritual renewal. (See photos at bottom.)

midsummer-lanterns-poland Watch 11,000 illuminated lanterns drifting up into the sky over Poznan, Poland (2). This celebration occurred on Midsummer evening 2011.  A short video with music. Another short video with better visuals and live plaza sound—hear the excitement.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a comedic play written by Shakespeare, which you may have seen. The 19th century German composer Felix Mendelssohn wrote several pieces of music based on the play throughout his career, including the Wedding March we have heard countless times. Here is his “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture” (1) performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Claudio Abbado. (The sound is great on decent headphones; this is a professional recording.)


(1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0gHTNJVFtA&feature=related 
(2) http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/06/watch-11000-lights-taking-over-a-midsummer-night/ 
(3) http://www.thecosmosphere.com/arrival-of-summer-in-poland-with-floating-paper-lanterns/

baal-bilde   bonfires_in_mtns_of_Tirol   bonfires_at_sea_betw_Denmark_Sweden   Glad_mid-sommer_cake

European midsummer or St. John's Eve bonfires on land, on the rocky craigs of the Tyrolean Alps, and at sea. Scandinavian "Glad Midsommar," "Happy Midsummer" cake.




Flame Virus - 30 May 2012

Flame / sKyWIper Virus

The Flame or sKyWIper Malware –Wikipedia Article

PCWorld article: “The Flame Virus: Your FAQs Answered”


MSNBC Article: “Was Flame virus written by cyber warriors or gamers?”

Haaretz (Israeli newspaper): “Flame virus had massive impact on Iran, says Israeli security firm”

The Telegraph (UK): “Iran confirms Flame virus attacked computers of high-ranking officials” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9298935/Iran-confirms-Flame-virus-attacked-computers-of-high-ranking-officials.html

IMAGES for Flame Virus on Google Images:





Find Printed Books

Find Printed Books

  Finding Books in the Fountainhead Library  Read this page.

  Does the Book Exist?  If you want to find out whether a book by a certain title exists or if you want to discover existing books on a particular topic, the best resource is WorldCat (www.worldcat.org).  WorldCat may be the largest catalog of English-language books in the world. Establish a free account and explore. For greater precision and control, use the Advanced Search interface. WorldCat will not only give you the full citation information, but it will also tell you the nearest libraries having a copy of the book.

  Is the Book Available for Sale?  There are many online book vendors. Among these three: Amazon, Alibris, and Barnes and Noble, you are likely to have virtually every book in print. The page, bookfinders.com, has a long list of links to booksellers, including those in other countries/languages. If you are searching for older books, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America site may be helpful.



May Trivia, 2012

May Flower: Rose


There are many celebrations of greater or lesser importance in May. In old European customs, May Day marked a change in season from spring to summer. Maypoles may still be erected or trees planted in some places to honor a sweetheart, or celebrate the return of warm weather.

Mothers’ Day:  The second Sunday in May is dedicated to mothers in 55 countries, including the U.S. and Canada. Other days in May are celebrated by an additional 9 countries, including Mexico (the 10th). In some communities in the U.S., people wear roses on their lapels or dresses to honor their mother. They wear a red rose for a living mother, or a white rose for a deceased mother.

Many countries celebrate important national holidays during May, including Cinco de Mayo (Batalla de Puebla) in Mexico, Labor Day in some European countries, and Memorial Day in the U.S. There are several liberation and constitution days, as well as VE Day, Victory in Europe by the Allies, a part of ending World War II. This is on May 8th in the West and May 9th in Eastern Europe. The European Union celebrates May 9 as Europe Day. This was established in 1964.

Related to Memorial Day, but a much older custom, some communities, especially in the southern U.S. celebrate “Decoration Day” in May. This is a day to visit the cemetery where ones ancestors are buried and decorate the graves with flowers. It may also be a reunion with other families using the same cemetery.

One historical date in the U.S., which marks a day of incredible symbolic and actual importance in the 19th Century, is Golden Spike Day. May 10th, a celebration of the joining of the eastern and western halves of the Transcontinental Railway in 1869. The joining occurred at Promontory Summit in Utah. This was the first railroad permitting rail travel all the way from coast to coast. This new facility sparked dramatic changes in many lives and industries. Below is an 20th Century mural of the event by Harry Hopp (retouched in 1944*), which is found in the railroad station in Salt Lake City. (*Can you find the physical impossibility in the picture?) Another painting of the event can be seen at: The_Last_Spike .


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