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Navigate and search the real world … online or off

“Roughly 60 percent of the world is without Internet today, and even where online access is available, it can still be spotty. That means that quick and easy access to information is still not possible for a majority of the population. This is a huge problem, especially as people attempt to navigate and explore the world around them, so Google Maps is taking steps to help people across the globe find directions and get where they’re going, even when they don’t have an Internet connection.

Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings.”–From the Google Official blog.

The Architect’s Virtual Capitol

Take an online tour of our nation’s capital here.

Air Travel Consumer Report

“The Air Travel Consumer Report is a monthly product of the Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (OAEP). The report is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by the airlines. “–From the Report.

Festival Outlook

Festival Outlook is an online database of music festivals and concerts from around the world.  Search by festival name, location, lineup (artist or band) or date.  Entries provide known festival information and links to official websites.

Map History/History of Cartography

“Old maps, early maps— non-current maps in general—are the subject of this site. Whether you are an academic, , collector, teacher, parent or surfer – WELCOME! Use this site to find the worthwhile free information about old maps, both on the web and in the real world. The site’s 120 ‘pages’ offer comment and guidance, and over 6,000 annotated links selected for relevance and quality.”–from the website.  Using the Index may be the easiest way to find maps you are looking  for.

Lowest Gas Prices

“Our gas price locator can help you find the cheapest gas prices in your area.”–From the website.  From Motor Trend.  Pick you state, then your county, and then your municipality.

Alternative Fuels —

Information here about alternative fuels such as ethanol, natural gas, propane and others.   Links to information about tax incentives, alternative fueling station locations are and more are found here.

The Southern Gateway : Crossing the River, Connecting America

“The Southern Gateway is more than a bridge. The term refers to an overall plan for improving cross-river travel for people and freight, and for better connections through Memphis to the tri-state region (TN, AR and MS) and the nation at large.”–From the website.

Historic Global Weather Conditions

View historic global weather conditions here by location and by date, going back to 1945.

Best Places To Live

Money Magazine’s list of the best places is found here, going back to the 2006 list up to the 2010 list.

2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

The CDC offers links here to health resources related to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.

Wireless World Travel Made Simple

Information here about your mobile telephone service when you travel abroad.

Disaster in the Gulf

“BP oil spill-related press releases, statements and reports are collected here in a single convenient webpage.”–From the website.